Saturday, December 22, 2018

Holiday Fun In DC, 2

We both had projects to work on in DC--Vicki's photo album for Rachel and my incipient photo book on our treks--so we did not get out all that much. Nonetheless...
At the National Portrait Gallery

Part of the old building

At the National Museum of American History...Julia Child's kitchen
Art Deco car

Note innovative approach to child passenger safety

We watched several years' worth (for us) of TV during the
month, Victoria, The Crown, Final Table, Great British
Baking Show, Shetlands; also Game of Thrones and
Handmaid's Tale

Interestingly--some would say depressingly--the Museum's most popular
exhibit is Dorothy's ruby slippers

Another stop was the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, for
its No Spectators exhibition of art from Burning Man

Dome of its Temple creation

Notes and memorials

Among the symbols

Some fairly breath-taking constructions

No, we're not going to become Burners

Den of Iniquity

Flags at half mast for George H. W. Bush

Next time

As we were departing, I noticed the Trump jet parked on the tarmac at National...
for a fast get-away, I presume...

Holiday Fun In DC, 1

In mid-November we flew to DC for a month's stay with daughter Rachel and her husband Will. Will's parents, the Sehestedts, from Missoula, arrived for Thanksgiving, as did their daughter Jordan's in-laws--Jordan also lives in DC, with husband Mike--the Thompson's, from Milwaukee. It was a fun old-fashioned three-family holiday.
With the Sehestedts at a sports bar in Crystal City for the annual Brawl of the
Wild--the University of Montana vs. Montana State University football game;
Vicki and Rachel on the left, Jordan, Kathy, Mike, and Will on the right; alas,
after leading most of the game, UM lost; the table was equally divided between
UM and MSU alums

Myself, Vicki, and Rachel; I was rather more interested in the Ohio State/Maryland over-time nail-biter that Maryland eventually lost on a PAT attempt 

Thanksgiving at Jordan and Mike's; thanks and congrats Jordie!

At a Georgetown basketball game (Will's alma mater)

T-shirt swag cannon; alas, we were out of range

Among other things, Rachel scored tickets to Cirque du Soleil...on ice, no less

Socialite Rachel about to depart for a downtown gala

With life-long friends Harry and Norma Kingsbery, at the Hamilton

And with Vicki's cousin Sandee and her husband Rhett in

Us, there

Holiday Fun In Menlo Park

Mostly with grand-daughter Penelope, of course...
At Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay with Grandma

At the Atherton Halloween pageant...Lady Macbeth costume, made by Grandma

Laura Ingalls Wilder costume, made by Great-Grandma, Lois

Sorting and inventorying the Halloween Haul, with Mama

Fast-forward to December...decorating the Griswold, I mean
Sherouse Family Christmas Tree, in Le Sport

Thus; note Caganers at bottom (click to enlarge); Penelope,
age seven, thought this was particularly hilarious

Visiting Santa at Stanford Mall; perhaps for the last
time now; she asked whether maybe she should
address her letter to "Santa" (quotes intended)--
a young literary mind already on the go

Interim Update #1,693

I haven't blogged in six weeks or so. We haven't been traveling, exactly, rather, spending some time in Menlo Park with daughter Rebecca and family and then a month in DC with daughter Rachel and family. Now we are back in Menlo Park, doing the Christmas holiday thing, and I will do a few blog posts to get up to date. After that there may well be another hiatus as we settle in for house-sitting here while Rebecca, Jeremy, and Penelope are away on Rebecca's sabbatical travels.