My daughter won the Congressional Art Contest in our district in our state... She was honored with a reception locally where she received an award. She also received two round trip tickets to Washington DC for the opening ceremony of the Congressional Art Display.
Each trip was on one of these purple planes :)
We first went to the Rayburn building where the congressional offices are. Then we began our tour... This is my daughter standing in the Cannon Tunnel near her artwork: My Palette for this Painting
Melanie and I in front of a full size replica of the Statue of Freedom that sits atop the capitol dome.
Melanie and Dad on the upper level of the capitol visitor center.
In the Crypt. Although it's called the crypt, no one is buried here. (dang!) but it is where some funerals (like Ronald Reagan's) were held.
Inside the Rotunda. Lots of amazing artwork.
These steps lead down to the visitor's center.
Outside... all three of us.
Out to eat at Rock Bottom
How we got from point a to point b... walking and the Metro (subway)
Mitch Breitweiser, a Marvel Comics artist from Arkansas!, was the main speaker at the opening ceremony
best known for his Captain America:
A little bit ot fun with the Blues Bros. at Chicago Midway (on the way home, 4 hours to burn there! )
I never thought I'd like a big city... especially Washington DC, but I was happily surprised. We had a really short, but wonderful time. We also visited 2 of the 14 Smithsonian Museums... and felt like we flew through those! I hope to visit again with the whole family. A whole week wouldn't be long enough!
Last night was prom... my daughter was voted Prom Queen! :)
It was so surprising to her... before she left my younger daughter said she was so pretty she could be prom queen... Melanie said "No Way!!" LOL!
Recently, she also has won 1st place in a local art competition between 15 schools, 1st place in our state Nutritional Poster contest, and 1st place in our District's Congressional Art Competition, where her art will be on display for a year in Washington DC. Several rewards go along with these wins as well.
I'm still hanging in there with the bootcamp dvd! Also still filling in rest days with other stuff. I can't do the Brazil Butt Lift yet... not enough energy! My daughter is doing it and doing great, although she says sometimes it kicks her booty. :)
I've suspended the Vi-shakes since Easter. I couldn't get the eating under for several days... since my son's birthday... and I decided to not waste it. I am 3 days into the 6 day supermodel slimdown diet that came with the BBL workout discs. So far so good. :) I"m not cheating! It's just what I needed.... some discipline. After this... I'm back on the shakes.
Well... overall I'm 24 days in a row exercising!
How many days does it take to make it a real habit? I still have days of "I don't wanna!" but I'm always glad I did.
Haven't missed one workout and I'm still filling in the 'rest' days with something else. I'm on a great streak! 16 days straight of exercise. :)
I'm also riding the exercise bike sometimes and/or samba reggae... I'll soon add the Brazil Butt Lift, but it looks hard!
I'm really scared to get on the scales again. I had a gain last week and Easter Sunday was a piggy day. Hopefully by Saturday I'll have a nice woosh! I really am doing well except for that one day. My trackers are public to prove it! :) (well, I did really crappy eating wise on the 10th... really bad crappy.)