Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy birthday, Ava!

This bundle of perfect cuteness is four years old this Wednesday, Aug. 16th. She has spunk and personality to spare!  I wish I was with her this week! Big hugs, Ava!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Happy Birthday, Emmett!

This little man is two years old on Friday, Aug. 5th.  We love his smile, his quiet looks, and that he is ours!  Happy Birthday, Emmett!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The King and I

On July 26, 2017 we went and saw The King and I at the Kennedy Center in D.C.
What a thrill.  I am still pinching  myself.

Our compadres: Elder Jarred and Sister Karren

Amazing bust of President John F. Kennedy. If you look at it carefully
one eye droops more than the other. The artist wanted to reflect how  
the years as a president take a toll on the man.

View from the Center of the Potomac River

Wish I had more pictures, it was magic.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Space Shuttle Discovery

The very best part of the day!  It was amazing and the pictures do it no justice. My heart skipped a few beats when we walked into this humongous room to the following: The Space Shuttle Discovery

The arm, provided by Canada, that the astronauts used to space walk.

Part 2 - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Pictures above are of satellites.
I was told the marvelous things they did, but...

Two happy campers amongst all the machinery.

Following pictures of re-entry capsules,
each with an interesting story, but the ladies
sitting there forgot them.

Picture below is the restoration room. 
It is immense with a lot going on in it.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

On July 15th, we had a senior missionary tour of the 2nd Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  The original museum, which is still open,  had  so much "stuff" , a second museum was built, and Mr. Udvar wrote two very large checks for the construction of it, so, of course, it was named after him.

We had an excellent volunteer tour guide, who managed to have a story for
everything he showed us. He managed to keep the women interested, sort of.

The following just show the scope of this place, pretty amazing. 
They had one of a kind planes, only one left planes, planes from Germany
and Japan from the WWII, and a ton more.
See the Blackbird?

The Concord
This is a Pan Am plane, one of the first to fly passengers globally.
Grandpa Claire Banks flew this to Alaska in 1953.
The Enola Gay that dropped the first atomic bomb in Japan.

Kamikaze plane

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Happy Birthday, Hank!

This happy, active, cutest little guy turns two on July 27th!  Hank is growing up fast chasing his older brothers and sister. Don't think I could refuse any request from this one.