Anyway, here are the pictures from Chet's phone that I wanted to include. First we visited the "Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence" and fed the ducks and geese. (Click here if you want to read a little bit more about this memorial.) The girls had a blast feeding the ducks and baby geese (goslings?). The babies were especially eager to eat white bread from 7-Eleven, and nipped the girls' fingers a few times.
After the ducks were full we walked The Ellipse to see the south lawn of the White House, which gave us the chance to try to explain "The President" to Sydney (not easy).
Chet and I took a selfie:
This past Tuesday two exciting things happened: 1) Chet's and my newest nephew was born and 2) a neighbor (who I had never met) asked if I was another neighbor's new Au pair. I'm going to go ahead and assume she asked because I look so darling and young, and not perhaps because she was upwards of 70-years old and possibly didn't have the best eyesight.
Yesterday a disturbing thing happened: a bird flew into our house via the porch, and found its way down into the basement. I called Chet, then a pest control company, then was waiting for someone at 1-800-CRITTER to pick up the phone, when the bird found its way out of the basement and flew out kitchen window. Lorelei and I were both freaked out (it was in the house for about 15 minutes); thankfully Syd was at school and Bubby was napping. And as if the sheer trauma of it all wasn't enough, I had to hunt for and clean up the bird droppings it left us to remember him by. Turd (literally).
Remember back in this blog post when I said I couldn't for the life of me remember where the first two pictures were taken? Well, Papa Greg did some research and has the answer:
The building is the National Archive Building and houses the U.S. Constitution. The statue in front of the same building has the inscription “The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future.” A fitting theme for this great family day of learning about America.Thank you, Papa Greg! Happy Thursday, everyone!