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Washington DC

Sunday, July 01, 2012

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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEFTHANDLUKE 8/10/2012 7:02PM

    great photos,and a great time too i'll bet...your daughter is awesomly beautiful,and by the way,she looks like a carbon copy of, that's right, of you..... thanks for visiting my page emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 8/4/2012 12:44AM

    LOVED your blog! :) Your daughter looks just like you. It looks like y'all had a great time. :)

(P.S. LOVE Captain America!) ;)

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DASU1949 7/6/2012 8:58AM

    Awesome trip!
Congratulations to Melanie on her award!
Looks like you all had a great time.

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HELE_LANAKILA 7/3/2012 11:29AM

    Looks like y'all had a great time! Loved your daughter's artwork. Congratulations to her.

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NGCHILD 7/2/2012 2:28PM

    Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing with us!

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STUFFANFLUFF 7/2/2012 2:02PM

    This is awesome! How fun for your family and way to go to your daughter. Love the pics!

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JOLEEV 7/2/2012 1:39PM

    What an honor Renee! So happy for all of you! Glad you had such an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SEASONS__CHANGE 7/1/2012 5:59PM

    What a very proud moment and glad you guys had a great time.

LOVED the pictures and thanks for sharing the experience with us.


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MAMMAW497 7/1/2012 3:09PM

    What a great trip! and a great experience for your daughter. How neat.
next time you have a four hour layover at Midway let me know and I'll give you a tour of Chicago. :-)
If you were pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoyed your time in D.C. you'll be overwhelmed at the beauty, friendliness and cleanliness of Chicago. the museums, art,,,,
I live in a chicago suburb, Schaumburg.

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SPARKNMOM 7/1/2012 1:08PM

    Wow!! What an amazing opportunity!! So glad you shared the pics :)

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NATIVE_ONE 7/1/2012 12:41PM

    I have worked in DC and lived in HI - total opposites for sure! Congrats to your daughter for her accomplishments and by your pics, it looks like you all had a wonderful time!

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    Looks and sounds like so much fun thanks for sharing!!!

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    Looks and sounds like so much fun thanks for sharing!!!

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GMO_JEN 7/1/2012 11:24AM

    Congrats to your daughter-that is awesome! Love the pictures and all the history-looks like a great trip. :)

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BEARGODDESS 7/1/2012 10:56AM

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Great pictures! Your daughter especially looks like she's just having so much fun! Congratulations to her!

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LIBRA73 7/1/2012 10:42AM

    Great pictures! What a cool honor! I know you are a proud mama! Just awesome!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/1/2012 10:22AM

    Absolutely awesome! Congrats again to your daughter!


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JUSTME29 7/1/2012 10:17AM

    A month might not be long enough in DC. Congrats to your daughter what a great piece of artwork.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 7/1/2012 9:43AM

    Congrats! By encouraging children to express themselves can lead to a wild ride for the parents! Glad you enjoying fruits of good parenting! May this joyous ride keep you sailing through whatever comes up next.

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MICHELELYNN777 7/1/2012 8:55AM

    What a wonderful trip and such an accomplishment for your daughter! Thank you for sharing all the great pictures, too!

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STORMMIEONE 7/1/2012 8:24AM

    Very cool! I've never been to DC. Looks like everyone had a great time. Congrats to your daughter!

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