No, not the Twelve (12) Days of Christmas.
Twelve days until we leave for Virginia.
This year we’re going a little earlier than usual. That might be helpful, considering all the luggage rules the airlines have now. We might wait to do a little bit of the Christmas shopping for when we get there. Mom S. was thinking too, she already had one of our large presents shipped to our apartment, one less thing we have to carry on the airplane. (Thanks Mom S.!!!)
The reason I’m here writing about it, is because I have been getting SUPER excited about going. I’m definitely NOT getting super excited about leaving work. . .well, I am, but I’m not. (Seems like bad things happen to people who leave for vacations here; whether they get fired or just get written up when they get back.) Certainly makes me REALLY nervous. . .but I gotta do what I gotta do. Thankfully I’m really only missing three days, since the 24th and 25th are paid vacation days for the whole office.
Anyway. . .back to reminicsing about VA 2006. (I didn’t go in 2007, as I had JUST started this new job.)
I LOVE going to see the National Christmas Tree and all the National Monuments and such. These pictures were taken with my Rebel. . .pre-Canon 5D days. I can’t wait to go this year and get some amazing photos!!!
I’ll just tell you that the first time I went to VA/D.C. for Christmas, I was SUPER excited to go see the National Christmas Tree. Boy was I disappointed when I got there. It has to be THE ugliest tree I have ever seen. haha (I don’t know what I was expecting really.) But, that is okay. It is still awesome.
Heading over to the Lincoln Memorial (at least I remember the name of that one).
He is a relative after all!!! (My great great great great (etc.) Aunt was Mary Todd Lincoln).
Ducks in the real Reflecting Pool.
This group stopped Ric and asked him to take a picture, so I took a picture of him taking a picture. Mainly because usually when someone stops him to take a picture and I’m around, he will say “She’ll do it, she’s the professional.” ha
One day while we were out there in 2006 we went to the National Zoo. It was a little chilly, but SO worth it (we love going to Zoos). 🙂 I was obsessed with the Tigers that day. Especially the Mama and baby that were running around playing!
Then we go back to Amanda’s to cook the Ssssssssseafood, have some drinks, watch movies, chat and have a good ol’ time. Sometimes we end up Ssssssssleeping over and sometimes we end up going back to Mom and Dad S.’s house.
We usually have calamari, crab legs, peel & eat shrimp and whatever else.
We always eat too much (at least I do), and sometimes they drink too much, and SOMETIMES there are even dancing crab legs that make their appearance! 😉
Another one of my favorite VA/D.C. visit traditions is Cheeseburger in Paradise. My FAVORITE restaurant out there! This is one of the rare times that I actually order myself an alcoholic beverage. Aren’t they SO cute!
I alternate between when I go depending on what year it is.
2000-2003 I went on the 24th with Ric. 2004 was the first year that I stayed back to do Christmas with my family and left on the 25th instead. 2005 was our first Christmas together as a married couple, which worked out good, since it was my year to go on the 24th with Ric. 2006 I went on Christmas Day again. 2007 I didn’t even get to go AT ALL because of the new job, which is why I’m SOO excited about this year, because I haven’t been since the year I just wrote about. . .2006.
Christmas traditions that differ between the Jacobys and Seelens.
J: Main Christmas with the family is on the 24th in the afternoon, then to Grandma’s in the evening. Christmas Day with Mom for her b-day and then to Mom’s biological family’s houses. Though, now that Ric is in the family, and him going to VA on the 24th every year, we have moved Christmas with immediately family to the 23rd. (Except for 2008 – this year we’re having Christmas on the 28th).
S: Midnight Mass on the 24th and on the 25th Christmas bright and early in the morning with PJs on. Movie theatre in the evening.
I’m looking forward to Midnight Mass with my hubby and in-laws, and Christmas bright and early in the morning on the 25th, in our PJs. Oh, and DEFINITELY looking forward to some “monkey bread.” MMMM, MMM GOOD!!! And this year we’ll be spending Christmas with Ric’s grandma and grandpa who now live in VA as well. YAY!
It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year!!!!!!!
Oh heck. . .why not reminicse about 2005 while we’re here too.
2005 was our first Christmas together as a married couple. We both went out to VA on the 24th. 24th is Midnight Mass. Here is a picture in the parking lot before going in.
This is Christmas Day. We always get dressed up and have a picture in front of the Christmas Tree as a family. I was included this time because I’m not just “the girlfriend.” I’m a SEELEN now! 😉
Just the kids.
The next day, on the way to the Fisherman’s Wharf, we stopped by The Awakening statue.
The Awakening is a 100-foot statue of a giant embedded in the earth, struggling to free himself. It was created by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. and originally installed at Hains Point (East Potomac Park), Washington, D.C. in 1980. In 2007, the National Park Service announced that the sculpture would be moved to the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside the District of Columbia, after the artist, Johnson, sold the statue for $750,000. The sculpture was excavated and removed from Hains Point on February 20, 2008, and is now installed at National Harbor.
If you google “The Awakening Statue”, there are pictures of it being transported on a semi-truck. Looks funny!
The next day was the day that Ric and I went to Downtown D.C. We usually go on our own when the rest of the VAians are at work. . .at least I won’t annoy them with the 24384861 pictures I taken then! 😉 2005 was the first year for the World War II Memorial. It was new to everyone that year.
Cheers to Us. Having some HOT chocolate in downtown D.C. It was PRETTY chilly!
I believe this is the year that we were there so long, and got back to our car (Dad S’s car actually) and it was gone. Well, it was moved, up onto the grass. It FREAKED us out! We got a ticket too. Didn’t realize we couldn’t be parked there after a certain time (right before rush hour). We learned the hard way! I think before that year and since that year, we have taken the train to Downtown D.C. (It’s only about a 30 minute train ride.)
The next day Ric and Frank went to the Art Museum while Emily, Amanda and I went to the National American History Smithsonian. There is a lot of cool stuff there!
Here we have Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers.
Well, I would post some from 2004 too, except there weren’t any D.C. trips that year. On the 27th we all got in a huge rental van and road-tripped to New York, NY until Dec. 30th. That was an AWESOME trip. I’ll blog about that one some other time. 🙂
Are you tired of pictures yet? I’M NOT!!!! 🙂