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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

First day of touring!

We got back from our bus trip to DC on Tuesday night.  Yesterday was spent with a sore throat and sinus, catching up on laundry and emails.   Although the trip had it's highlights, it is good to be home!

We would change seats every day of our trip to DC.  The first day of actual touring I was on the left back seat.  Most of the things were on the right side, and the bar in the window kept getting in my way.  Finally I resigned to seeing the back of the passenger in front of me.  

Things improved in the afternoon, when our step on guide suggested we tour the Capitol.  That had to be the best part of the trip!  To think it was 20 minutes away from being bombed by the Al queda hijackers of Flight 93!

As you can see, I loved the dome!  The artistry is astounding and probably one of the older buildings in our young country.
George is a little off center to the right on the bottom with the purple robe on.  That would be George Washington to you Brits.
Love the paintings around the rotunda with the 24kt gold leaf on the frames.  So cool to see paintings that one has only seen in magazines or books.  I think this is the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Here is the Declaration of Independence.  It was awe inspiring to see this on display!
My bff Linda, sister Connie, myself, Jan and Darlene from our Red Hat group posing in front of the White House!  Previous to 9/11, one could go INTO the White House. No more! Thanks allot terrorists!



Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

What a fun group and trip. I ran into a group of Red Ladies over last weekend and posted them on my Monday blog...they were so cute and having so much fun. I also love DC and miss it....need to get back there soon.

BadPenny said...

Fantastic history & tour. Shame you couldn't see mucgh at first but good to change seats !