This week I booked our flight to spend Christmas in Washington D.C. I am ridiculously excited. I've been planning this trip for months, but it didn't feel real until I plunked down the cash to actually get us there.
This will be the twins' first flight. With five of us, it tends to be budget-breakingly expensive to fly anywhere. And the thought of flying with three kids and all their stuff just freaked me out when they were younger. But I managed to score a great deal on airfare (thank you Kayak and Bing travel), making it almost break-even with the cost of driving+two extra nights hotel+crazy parking costs in DC. To get this awesome deal we will be flying on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, which is not perfect, but it's ok. I had already reserved passes for Christmas Eve services at the National cathedral, so my only concern with flying in on Christmas Eve was getting in early enough for that, and absent any major hiccups we should be ok.
I also contacted our congressman months ago to line up tours. I was a bit surprised that anything was available that week, and sadly, the White House is not giving tours then. But we will get to tour the Capitol and I will get to tour the Supreme Court (they didn't have space for the five of us, and I think the rest of the family was relieved to get out of the Supreme Court tour, anyway). I also asked for gallery passes for both the House and Senate. I don't really think they will be in session then, but with the Jan 1 fiscal cliff deadline, I thought it was within the realm of possibility.
We will be spending Christmas Day at Mount Vernon, which seems to be the only place open, and I'm thankful there's that. I think it will be pretty cool to spend Christmas at GW's house. I'm trying to talk the family into seeing White Christmas at the Kennedy Center that night, but they are resisting. No one else shares my love of musical theater.
The rest of the week we will be hitting the museums and monuments. We love museums, but I'm a little bit afraid we might get museumed out. If anyone has any suggestions for not-to-miss attractions, I'd love to hear them. I've never been to DC before, and I'm a bit overwhelmed by how much there is to do.
Now, if we can just survive Thanksgiving. It is truly my favorite holiday, and I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. But this year we are going to Hometown and I am not cooking and not at all excited about that trip. I can do anything for three days, right?