Mt. Vernon - George Washington's Home

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
Trip End Aug 23, 2008

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Where I stayed
Best Western, Alexandria VA

Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Monday, August 18, 2008

 After our complimentary breakfast at the hotel we were fast on our way to Mt. Vernon, after a few wrong turns we almost got there when our son's breakfast came up.  Luckily we packed an extra set of cloths, but he still smelled like puke all day - not to mention our new car.

We're glad we listened to the wise advice we got and spent the whole day at Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home.  The estate, privately owned, is maintained by the Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association.  There is something to do there for every person, of course visiting the home (which among other artifacts has the original key to the Bastille, given to Washington by the French), the gardens, a working farm and even a "basement tour" which takes you to the locations of the movie "National Treasure 2", some of which are not accessible to the public at large.

We started at the Ford Orientation Center to learn a bit about what we're going to see, wife & daughter used that time to go to the bathroom, son used that time to practice going up & down the stairs.

Our 3.5 year old daughter had a blast, granted the tour through the mansion was a bit boring for her, but the guides (each room has a different guide) try to make it interesting for her, she even asked questions and overall had an interesting experience.  After the mansion we walked around the grounds, looked at the garden, had a snack and took the "National Treasure" tour for an extra $5, it was worth the money especially if you've seen the movie.  We then took our kids to see the working farm, the tomb and other buildings which Washington used (like the stables, office, and more - around 20 or so).

We ended our day at the museum, a very interesting audio/visual trip through Washington's life.  At the end there is a little room for the kids which they can play with a huge doll house like Mt. Vernon, some stuffed animals, puzzles, press buttons to hear animal sounds and even get dressed like their counterparts in the 1800's.  A great end to a day where they couldn't touch anything "interesting", and loads of fun for all.

We went back to the hotel to rest and then went out to get some water and other supplies.  The funniest thing happen during that ride when my wife & 3.5  year old daughter were "debating" giving our 1.5 year old son a water bottle - all the while he's screeching at the top of his lungs.

Cheri: give him the bottle.                                                                         

Bella: he doesn't want it.

Cheri (more sternly): just give him the bottle!

Bella: he doesn't want it.

Cheri (loud scream): give him the bottle already!!!

Bella: here mommy (handing her the bottle).

Cheri turns around and gives Jacob the bottle, which he throws on the floor and continues screeching.

Bella (in a soft girlie voice): See, I told you so.
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