About Us...

About Us...
This is our travel blog... our electronic travel journal you could call it... documenting our journeys to new & different places. I called our blog, 'Tree Top Flyin'... a Jimmy Buffett reference that reminds me of traveling, & the adventures to be had with our newly acclaimed 'IFR' Pilot & his plane. We're a non-traditional family - living in non-traditional ways... and I love it that way. For the four of us life is quick & distinct... it's unique and adventuresome - but it's also very normal. We have angst, & we have laughter. We have pain and we have greatness. We're happy, and we're whole...this family, that is mine.

Washington DC - July 4, 2010

A Trip to D.C.

I'd never been to Washington D.C. before this Summer, and neither had Jim or the boys. Conveniently my little sister, Amy - and her brilliant self - was there doing a summer internship.
Amy's that person who trails fun in every step she takes...
who better to have as a personal tour-guide.
Ty & The Lincoln Memorial

Bo was not super thrilled with the White House visit. In his defense, maybe unless you get to go
inside - it's sort of anti-climatic.

Lucky for us we were there for the 4th of July, and the White House Visitor Center was having a Birthday Party for The Nation. These temporary tattoos and the colonial characters in full costume really turned things around.

Before I could put a stop to it -Ty had put the tattoo on his face.
These were activity/journal books I made for the boys ahead of time to try to keep them interested in the sites & the history. They're such smarties, they both did a bang-up job!
Of course - a point system & prize at the end might have had something to do with that.

Jim's Mom - (Grammy P.) came from North Carolina, and played with us for most of the trip.
Our hotel was on Pennsylvania Avenue so we strolled to Georgetown just about every night for dinner.
Fireworks on The 4th -

I'm leaving out so many fantastic things we saw...
The flag that inspired the Star-Spangled-Banner, Lincolns Hat, Niel Armstrong's Space Suit, The 911 Exhibit, Georgetown, The engravings at Lincoln's Memorial, Unmanned drones at Air & Space, The 'I Have A Dream' spot, The First Lady Dresses, and on and on...

This is how we all felt at some point each day. Heat Warnings the whole week we were there.

The Air & Space Museum was the favorite. We went back three times.

We went for seafood one night down by the Potomac River.
The dessert buffet was kid heaven.
Trying to get Bo to pose for a picture... as he gets older - this is taking a lot more muscle.
Our last night we went to a Nationals Baseball Game
The boys adore Amy. In their heads - I don't think she counts as an adult.
Adults are so boring after-all.

The Nationals lost despite our cheering, but the weather, the seats, and the company were perfect!
A fantastic trip!

Dear Reed

Dear Reed,
Maybe if you didn't look like such a fool in all my pictures - I'd have included you on the blog before now. I understand that your feelings are hurt - and with those terrible shots of you behind us (or actually, they're right here) - I realize today, that I should always include - even the weirdest friends I have. Here's to you Reedy...

Morton's Salt Guy?
Way creepy...

Oh wait, you look kind of normal here... must be Stacey's distracting good-looks.

Awww, that's the Reed I like to know.

What a debut... good times to come!