Saturday Chatter – Washington D.C. touring advice needed, books I’m reading and more

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I finally feel like we’ve had a few weeks of summer.  To me, that means having a mostly free schedule.  Free play.  Time for home projects.  Afternoons reading on the back porch.

I’ve been making an effort to declutter the whole house.  I wish I could say I’ve been methodically moving from room to room.  Instead, we’ve jumped from bedrooms to bookshelves to junk drawers to garage.

The only thing I have trouble clearing out is books.  I decided I could finally part with some of our homeschool books.  We’ve got five tall bookshelves full and I’d like to pair it down to just three.  Let’s just say, I’ve still got some work to do.

It’s hard to say good bye to all those good read-alouds from Sonlight.  My kids got sentimental about some of the books too, even the kids who aren’t really into books.  Reading together builds memories.  It’s hard to beat the good feeling that comes from a mom and kids snuggling up together to read.



I’m not very crafty, but I’m super happy with the giant spoon and fork we hung over the sink.  I found them at a local place called Street Scene.  They were brown wood.  I’m guessing they hail from the 70s.


The silver spray paint made all the difference.  Can you see the little tikis carved on the handles?  I think those are so fun!   It reminds me of ‘Ohana in Disney World.

Washington D.C.

We’re going to tag along with Jim in a few weeks to Washington D.C.  The kids have never been.  We’ve only got two days, so we’ll have to be selective about what we do.  I’d love to know if you’ve got ideas.  And if you’ve know of any must-eat restaurants, let me know!


I’m in process of reading two different books right now.  I started The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  I found this one on Scribd, after hearing about it from several people.  So far, I’m really liking it.  I’ve heard it said that if you like Downton Abbey, you will like this book.  I think that’s a fair assessment.

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I got part way into the book and my Scribd account expired.  It was a Valentine’s gift from Jim and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to renew it or not.  In the end, I decided to renew.  They gave me a free month and I can cancel at any time.  It was the same price to get a month of Scribd as to buy the kindle version of the book.

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The other book I’m reading is  Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindburgh.  This is such a restful book.  She wrote it during the 1950s, but it is amazing how she deals with so many of the things that modern women wrestle with.  She talks about the feeling of being pulled in many directions, busyness, distractions, finding simplicity and more.  The book is timeless.  It’s as if you’re on the beach with her as she shares her thoughts on life.

What are you reading now?

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  1. Wow….I remember my parents having big wooden utensils like this hanging in out house in the 70s! I LOVE them painted silver and am kicking myself for letting my parents part with their set :(.

  2. Great job on the fork & spoon – they look awesome!!!!

  3. I don’t know where you are staying, but if you find yourself anywhere near Mike’s American Grill in Springfield, VA you won’t be sorry if you have dinner there. Lunch is good too, but my favorite menu is the dinner one. I Miss living there! Old Ebbitt’s Grill near the White House is fun for breakfast. Have fun!

  4. The spoon look so good. I’m reading Faulkner, As I Lay Dying.

  5. I just finished Michelle Knight’s book “Finding Me”. She is a remarkable woman. Now, for your trip to Washington. I think a must see is Arlington Cemetery esp the Tomb of the Unknown and the Kennedy grave site. Of course the Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson monuments. If you want your kids to know more about WWII, the Holocaust Museum is unforgettable but pretty intense. If your kids like airplanes and such, the Aerospace Museum is good. If they like interesting parts of American history from the ruby red slippers to the first ladies gowns the National Museum of American History is good. Ford theater is a real part of history. The good thing is most things are free, but it is a real pain to drive around and find parking. They used to have a shuttle you could hop on and off, but we haven’t been there for a few years so I can’t speak to how that works now. Have a great trip. BTW, I like DC better than Disney

    • The Metro is inexpensive, clean, and safe. It works great getting around DC.

    • DC better than Disney!! Actually, I can see why. All those great museums. I love museums and a good “history moment” as my kids call them. Thanks for the suggestions on what to see. The American History museum is high on my list.

  6. Oh how I love your fork & spoon. Gorgeous improvement…and I love how you hung them over your window too. Very cool. My brother just retired from the Pentagon and we got to visit a few times while he was there. I thought I really wouldn’t care about seeing the Korean Memorial, but it moved me GREATLY, so I tell everyone I think it’s a must see. So much to do there. Wish I could remember the name of the restaurant where we enjoyed some fabulous Thai food! Enjoy your time…no doubt, you’ll make many wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

    • Thanks! I’ve heard the Korean Memorial is very good. I’m looking forward to seeing it. I haven’t been since I was in high school, which is getting to be a long time ago now 😉

  7. Washington DC is a super place to take kids, but the weather in the summer is usually hellishly hot and humid. Beware! My three don’t-miss spots that kids and adults will love (and they are indoors which equals air-conditioning) are: The fabulous Air and Space Museum with actual airplanes hanging from the rafters, the Museum of Natural History – the dinosaur exhibit is awesome, and the new(ish) Museum of the American Indian – the exhibits are fascinating as well as educational, the building is gorgeous and geared toward all ages. Okay, I lied… here’s number four of my top three. 🙂 The National Zoo is tremendous. They currently have two litters of lion cubs that are just hilarious to watch, Enjoy!!

    • Thanks for the suggestions! I’m not looking forward to the humid weather, but since this is a business trip we couldn’t change the timing. I know we’ll be spending a lot of time in the museums so that will help. I don’t think we’ll have time for the zoo, but lion cubs sound so fun to see!

  8. LOVE the fork & spoon! So cute!

  9. Tracie H says:

    On you trip to D.C. I completely agree with all of the above that have already been mentioned. My husband and I lived there for two years and we still didn’t see everything! I definitely suggest that you ride the metro, driving in D.C is a nightmare on a good day. The metro is safe clean and cheap and it will get you where you want to go anywhere in D.c and the surrounding areas. Have fun!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Just put Gift From the Sea on hold at my library. 🙂 I always look for good book recommendations. I am reading a Sisterchick book by Robin Gunn – Sisterchicks do the Hula. Very light hearted, easy to read, fiction with a nod towards God throughout.

  11. I’m sorry, I just made that last comment without leaving my name – I’m Amy and I follow you on Facebook. 🙂

  12. Yes, go to Old Ebbitt Grill during your visit. Historical, neat, just Google it. Also, one thing we did recently that was cool and free was to go up to the top of the Old Postal Building. Go there before they turn this into a hotel. You get a view of all of DC without having to try the Washington Monument or other tall buildings. It is only a few blocks from the Holocaust Museum.

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