cha-os (key-os): a state of utter confusion or disorder
SYNONYM: AUGUST 2012
I have adventures and pictures to share! YAY!
August started out much like the rest of the summer, with conferences and scheduling and all that good stuff. THEN the fun started! We finished up with our last week of Especially For Youth, and geared up in extra high speed and effort for student prep (with prep for Education Week as well). During this time, I hightailed it out of Utah and headed to the Washington, DC area. Why?
FOR DEANNA'S WEDDING!!!! That's right, I went with my friend, Kendra, to DeAnna's wedding. We headed out on Wednesday, and I will let the pictures do most of the talking:
This is the car they tried to give us. Yes, it looks like a clown car. I took a regular suitcase, and it didn't fit in the trunk. PLUS, it did not have GPS...a must for the 2 of us never being in the DC area before. (Kendra was there in the 8th grade, but we won't really count that for this).
Me: NO WAY!
We decided to head to the Mall in DC, to get some sightseeing in right off the bat. We were able to see the Washington Monument.
The flags were flying at half-mast and it was a beautiful sight.
We then headed to see:
It was about here that I realized how surreal this trip truly would be for me. I have seen these sights on TV and movies my whole life. I was now seeing them in person. I felt the same way after going to England, but it is even a little different being in Washington, DC.
The next day, we helped decorate for the reception, and then headed to have dinner with 2 of my favorite people. I told Kendra that she would love them...and she did!
After dinner, we headed to take in a few more sights. It was really nice to go at night because A) The monuments and memorials were all sorts of lit up B) It was relatively less yucky, weather-wise C) Minimal traffic!
So, this cougar (we think) was at a car dealership, and as Kendra and I both attended BYU, and it just looked fun, I caught a picture as we were driving by.
Our sightseeing adventure of tonight was the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. We first stopped across the water way, and it was beautiful. Then we realized there were still people there, so we went for a closer look.
This is the front, closer view.
The man himself
I have a thing for ceilings. This one was pretty cool!
The next morning we were up early to get ready for the BIG event! It was a beautiful experience! DeAnna was a beautiful bride and Tim looked so sharp!
Jenny, the lovely, with her camera!
The McGraw crew!
This temple is just so beautiful!
During the break between the temple sealing and the reception, we heading off to have more adventures. We ended up at the National Zoo:
We hung out with the Pandas
And the cute lil' elephants
We then headed to a very moving place.
We went to see the gravesites for the Kennedy family.
As you walk away, engraven on a wall is part of President Kennedy's inagural address.
We then headed to the Tomb of the Unknowns. I love the inscription, "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God".
We were there for the changing of the guard, which was a moving experience, even when someone's cell phone went off in the middle of the changing. What an amazing honor to protect this tomb.
After visiting Arlington, we headed back to the reception.
I was surprised that I got to see so many old friends!
Jessica, who was our unofficial weekend roommate when DeAnna, Jessica, and I lived in Branbury.
Jenny, who is so FANTASTIC!
Shauntelle was in our ward when we lived at Branbury!
Jessica was my roommate for part of the year at Branbury, and then we lived together in Alta Apartments. She is a dear friend!
Kendra and Molly were both my residents my first year as an RA (as was DeAnna).
THEN the McGraw children performed a moving rendition for DeAnna and Tim.
Gotta love it!
The next morning, before heading to the airport, we headed to the Marine Corps War Memorial (aka Iwo Jima Memorial)
Wonderful. It was near the Netherlands Carillon, which was playing while we were there.
It is SO big!
Our last stop was to Dunkin' Donuts because Jenny and DeAnna have been telling us for years how amazing the donuts are, and so we went for it! They were pretty good. I especially liked the strawberry frosted one.
We then headed home. It was a great trip, and just the beginning to the chaos that is August. More to come soon!