Thursday, December 13, 2012

The White House Christmas Tree

Jason heard from a co worker that outside of the White House there is a street called the Eclipse. It has many small Christmas trees in front of it that have decorations from the state. 

 We took a trip down there and went to see the Christmas trees.  It was very crowded place but we had a good time.  It was neat to see the White House and all the Christmas decorations. We found the Utah tree, Tennessee Tree and the Virginia tree.  It was fun to see that some child had molded the arches, a skier and it was in the decoration ball. I love Christmas trees and the beauty they are with Christmas lights. We also went to the Opryland hotel in Baltimore, MD and saw the lighting of the Christmas tree and it snowed inside for the children. It was bubbles but it was pretty neat.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas with family and loved ones. Remember that Christ is the reason for the season.  Look beyond the gifts and think of what gifts you can give the Savior in the upcoming year.  I know I need to work on that myself.  

Arches ornament

Cute Trains around the big tree

Tennessee Tree

Waterfall show

The tree at Opryland

The State Capital and Utah Jazz game

We signed up for tickets to take a tour at the State Capital in Washington D.C.  We had to go through metal detectors and I beeped.  My belt set it off, ah.  I always seem to set them off.  The state capital building is very pretty and big. We started our tour with a video in this huge theater and then had headphones on and followed a tour guide around.  We got to learn more about the history of the great nation we live in--America. 

It was touching to hear the story about 9/11.  The tour guide told us she was in the building that day and was running for cover and was not sure if she was going to live.  The plane that was headed for the capital crashed a few miles away from where she was.  It was touching to be reminded of all the sacrifices many people made that day.  While we were walking around we passed by John Boehner office. It was neat. 

The rotunda
The beautiful painting at the top of the rotunda

The statue in the old ballroom

The star showing the center of D.C.

The capital building sign

Us outside the capital

Jazz vs Wizards game

Warm Ups

Jazz team huddling up

Final Score 

For my birthday Jason bought us tickets to the Utah Jazz game vs. the Washington Wizards.  This is the closest way we could see my Utah Jazz team.  Unfortunately the Wizards are not doing well this season. The game was pretty close the whole game.  We had a good time and really good seats.  We had a great time.

The National Zoo

The Cute panda eating bamboo

The elephant and me

The tiger

The Lions

The Halloween decorations

The zoo entrance
We have had some fun exploring Washington D.C. and all the free things it has to offer.  We took a trip to the National Zoo right before Halloween.  They had it all decorated for Halloween.  We got to see pandas, lions, and tigers oh my.  The tiger was being very vocal and some kid was growling back at it. It was pretty funny.  We had a good time looking at all the animals.  It was such a pretty day out in D.C.