I've loved visiting there since I was a little girl. We even thought about having the wedding there at one point. It was such a delight to take Frank there for the first time.
First we hit up the First Division Museum. It's one of the best history museums I've ever seen and really makes military history come alive.
Frank was so impressed and said it would be a great place to take homeschooling kids for a history lesson (in case any moms out there are looking for ideas!).
After that we walked around the gardens and climbed on the giant tanks out front. I'm not the most coordinated person so I was really proud I made it up all the tanks ... although I'm pretty sure my family almost died laughing at my attempts.
The Rose Garden was stunning. I kept thinking it would have been a great place for wedding photos.
My dad's parents are in town already for Lillian's wedding this weekend. It's always good to have them here, but it's difficult to see how bad my grandpa's memory is getting as his Alzheimer's progresses. He says odd things and all we can really do is laugh and carry on. But I think Grandma enjoys these little vacations and having other people around to help keep an eye on him.
We found this little pedestal in one of the gardens and we enjoyed a good 5 minutes of Angela and Joseph pretending to be Greek statues. The best pose of the day:
So dramatic. :)
Finally we stopped in the gift shop—of course. I never buy stuff at gift shops but I love looking at everything they sell.
There was a beautiful display of blue and white china that made me think of Katrina and her cute iPhone case. If I were going to buy, that pretty teapot would've been top of my list.
I'll keep writing what I can, and if you're hoping to see posts about those things, I promise they'll come eventually. If you're not (and most of you probably aren't), then just carry on. :)