Me and Chris were the event planners. Friday we took my mom, sister, and nephew to our favorite restaurant: Matchbox! We take all our first time DC guests there!!
Saturday we met up with some more of my out of town family to do some see what kind of shopping the DC area had to offer. My plan was to make it to The Capital Wheel at National Harbor (for the kids) but Memorial Day weekend was the opening weekend!! Traffic was backed all the way up the off ramp to the highway, so we nixed that and hit up Tanger Outlets. This outlet mall is fairly new to the area and I've been meaning to visit. This was the perfect opportunity.
Sunday was the day I looked forward to because this was going to be everyone's first opportunity to see the monuments. My sister came back in October and we tried to visit the monuments then but it was rainy & cold! Since it was Memorial Day, we knew it would be too hectic to drive. We thought it would be a good experience and a little fun for everyone to ride the Metro instead! What a success! My family got a taste of the subway life and we didn't have to worry about driving or parking! If you read this post, you already know how I feel about this subject!
The initial plan was the definitely see the White House and the Lincoln Memorial because my nephew talked everybody's head off about these two monuments up to this point! There would have been trouble to pay if we didn't make the magic happen. We also had to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial because my sister wanted to see this one! My moma wanted to see it all!
The weather was beautiful, but it was a little on the warm side! My sister is 5 months pregnant and if you know anything about the monuments, you know they're not a hop, skip, or jump away from each other!! Walking around all the monuments would easily take a whole day! With this in mind, we planned to see as many as she could tolerate. The sun was wearing us thin HOWEVER we all got a second wind after the temperature cooled down and we grabbed a light snack. My mom wanted to see them all. I've been up here for almost a year and she's just now coming to visit. Who know when she'll make her way back! So, she wanted to take full advantage of her vacation and finish seeing as many as we could!
Overall we had a great time! I miss my family dearly and I wish home was a little closer but the visits are fun and I hope they become more frequent in the future (meaning more trips for them up here!) :-)