Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Goodbye Time

We're almost graduated!
Baltimore Orioles Game
We all went to the Orioles baseball game in Baltimore our last night together. They won! We had hoped to go to a Nationals game but we procrastinated. Natalie, Kristen and Meggie's mentor teacher, and Melanie, along with Carolyn and Kristen's family joined. Oh, and so did Fran. Can't forget Fran!!
Our wonderful seats. haha.
Last day at Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Friday we did not have school. We took our last time around the National Mall. Here is the FDR memorial with his Four Freedoms.
The Lincoln Memorial at Night
Vietnam Memorial
World War II and The Washington Monument (the Capitol is poking out from the Monument barely...)
We didn't have anyone extra to take a picture. Thank goodness for my self-timing camera! A little stair was the highest place to lay it...At the WWII Memorial
Oh how I love the following people...
Kristen, Mr. and Mrs. Brently, and Meggie
Mr. Brently is a flute teacher at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He (and his wife, we discovered) is SO witty. He is so quick on his feet. He is really classy and very traveled. He would always give us advice of where to eat and what way to drive when we went on our adventures. (We always just nodded not knowing where we were or how to get anywhere. He did have some great suggestions!)
Mr. Bennett
Mr. Bennett was the anatomy teacher. He was also a member of our lunch crew. He is one of the most tender hearted people I know. We expecially love him when he talks with his hands and his giant ring flops around.
Ms. Chandler
Ms. Chandler was my mentor teacher. Boy did we have some GREAT times. She was always so generous to me. She took care of me and I learned a lot from her. I appreciated that she just let me take over her class completely and didn't micromanage. She turned into a really great friend.

Oh the stories...I could share about all these students. I miss them so much.
Alayna, Julissa, Ta'Quan, and Shane
6th Period. Can you tell that all the girls in the front are dancers?
Visitors to the lunch group. Usually it was just Ms. Avant, Ms. Chandler, Mr. Brentley, Mr. Bennett, Nicki, Kristen, Meggie, and me. Our last day, Ms. Chandler and others arranged a full on feast! They brought in Wingo's (Ms. Chandler was so sad we didn't have time to go! She brought it catered!) and all kinds of candy, desserts, chips, and drinks. Kristen and her mom stopped and got the delectable Georgetown Cupcakes. Delish.
Amber, Kristen, Ms. Bonnie, and Meggie
I just love these students...Eric, Sharifa, and Aaron
Ji'had was so proud of his yellow pen matching his yellow shirt. I'm pretty sure his shoes matched as well...
4th Period
I forgot to take a picture with 2nd period and I was so so so mad. Here are a few of them. Ms. Chandler, Reggie, Me, Danielle, Sahar, and Jasmine.
The Penthouse--one last time. Wendy, Susie, Carolyn, Kristen, and me
Ben's Chili Bowl
A DC must. It was the restaurant Obama went to first upon moving to DC and believe me...there are pictures of him to prove it. And Bill Cosby. I love Bill.
Typical DESA assembly. Kristen--if you are reading this will you email me the video clip? This was performed to a song by Aeretha Franklin. It was a Spiritual and they were in choir/preacher robes. It was awesome.
My Dominican Republic girl, Carolina, a future ballerina, getting the "A-Train" award. Those of you who don't know what the A-Train is...it's straight A's. hahaha. Welcome to DC.
Clifton--future star pianist
Matthew at his senior recital playing his trumpet.
Symone showing off her beautiful voice!

I'm sad our experience in DC was over. What a memorable time it was! I learned so much and have a ton of pictures, best friends, and a bit of debt to prove it. Go to DC!!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Things I Miss about DC

1. 7 Female Roommates (no sarcasm)
2. The Express (it's so much easier to read the real news paper then on-line!!!)
3. Afternoon naps with Kristen and Meggie
4. Turing off Kristen and Meggie's lights when they fall asleep reading
5. Making fun of Meggie for falling asleep during anything spiritual (reading scriptures, night prayers, morning prayers, sitting in George Washington's pew, sacrament meeting, etc.)
6. Fran (our pet flamingo)
7. Oliver (our borrowed car)
8. The Penthouse
9. Roommate dinners
10. Our gracious ward
11. Cherry Blossoms
12. Walking around the National Mall
13. the joys of the Red Circulator bus pulling up RIGHT as we cross the street.
14. My students
15. Ms. Chandler and the lunch crew
16. Georgetown Cupcake
17. Getting lost and having funny stories to tell the lunch crew
18. Mr. Brentley always giving us suggestions of things to do
19. Mr. Bennett's floppy ring and talking with his hands
20. hugs from students
21. "Ms. Anderson"
22. Ms. Chandler and Mrs. Avant's daily helping of sweet potatoes and turkey wings
23. Pictures of EVERYTHING
24. trips with Carolyn, Kristen and Meggie to get Ben & Jerrys
25. Dunkin Donuts with Meggie and Kristen (Berry Creme donuts--try them)
26. Saying--"we are going to loose so much weight when we go home"
27. Getting stuck in the Metro
28. boy's in high heels--oh, wait.
29. American History Museum
30. Sunday afternoon trips
31. Marisha--always there to read me like a book
32. random metro trips to Deanwood, the Cheesecake factory, and the Barlow

the list will continue.
ROOMMATES--comment to add your own :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Last Full Week in DC

Well, I hate that I am home now and that I procrastinated writing this while I was in the moment. Alas, here is the recap of my last full week in DC.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers--Arlington National Cemetery
Sunday afternoon, Colleen, Ryan, and I went to Arlington. It is hard to grasp how many individuals really have died for our nation. I saw the tombstones of hundreds of thousands of men and women who gave everything to protect our country and our freedom. I say that knowing that our country is in war today, yet I really don't see the impacts of it back home. We are so lucky to be so safe here in our country, where most wars we participate on are fought externally. I really have a ton of respect for those people who served so selflessly...Especially those who continue to serve today when it is not expected, not mandatory, and not popular.

Tomb of the Unknown
I found this on freerepublic.com. I don't know how legit it is, but it's pretty incredible if it is...

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. They cannot swear in public FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way.

After TWO YEARS, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first SIX MONTHS of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

An Amazing Site

We went to the National Cherry Blossom Festival for Family Home Evening with our ward. I think this is my favorite time and my favorite place in DC. Here is 7/8 of the roommates in front of the Jefferson Memorial. Wendy wanted to be in the picture but not of the picture...or something...she was hiding her nose tape. Remember, she had surgery?

Friday was a 1/2 day at school to allow time for teachers to compile grades. Well Ms. Chandler and I finished grades days in advance so Mari met up with me. We went to Georgetown Cupcake...the greatest place in the world. Notice the line out the door. What a blessed little place. Sigh. I will miss this place. Isn't it the cutest place you've ever seen. Someday, when I'm old, I'm just going to make cupcakes and hand them out on the side of the road for free. It just gives everyone such joy. Mark my words.
My parents requested me to take some type of graduation pictures. Well, I wasn't feeling very graduation-picture-like...so, this is what came of that whole experience.
This is Mari. We met three years ago as EFY counselors. EFY just brings people together. Try it :) You'll love it.
I remember sitting on these steps in 7th grade when I came out here with Challenge at school. I don't feel much bigger. (Then again, I was quite the chunker growing up. My first word was "more" to further illustrate that point)
The Natural History Museum
Contains the Hope Diamond, a Wholly Mammoth (is that how it's spelled? If they weren't extinct, maybe I would know), and a huge gross squid thing. Sick.
Here is the elephant, which I thought was the mammoth. Apparently we still have these walking around somewhere however, and it is not extinct. Take note.
National Portrait Gallery
Old Ben Franklin. Oh, how we love him.
And here is Joseph Smith! In the main lobby! He is making headlines still apparently. Then...my battery died and I don't have more to document.

Our dear friends at the Barlow. Susie (not of the Barlow), Sage, Andrew, and Drew (another EFY friend). We all spent much more time together at the beginning of the semester, then we got busy (and I might have accidentally stopped going to institute there...) . This was a little reunion at a Barlow original dance courtesy of Brad Meeham.

Kristen and I went to the Deanwood Historic Trail. We walked around Massachussettes Avenue (I think). We thought we had been around DC, but Ms. Chandler, my mentor teacher, explained to me that I had never been to actual residential places in DC. Well, Kristen and I began our adventure before General Conference that Saturday morning.
Kristen looking over a little brick bottomed stream.
A public library. It wasn't in service. In each ward, DC is required to provide one good grocery store, a school, and a library. This library was empty, but they had a portable one created while a new one was being renovated (I think).
In the first 3 minutes of being off of the Metro, a man pulled up next to us and asked if we were in the right part of town and what we were doing there. It was like in Remember the Titans. I didn't believe Ms. Chandler when she told me we needed to make sure we went during day light and with an escort. I was shocked. We had many men trail us as we walked and most people stared at us as we passed. The women were friendly and always spoke to us and said hello. Kristen and I could totally tell when there were women present in many of the homes. The ones we walked by with women just seemed much more inviting. It was really great for us to see Deanwood before we left DC.
I'm not going to lie, I was pretty scared to take pictures because so many people were standing in their front yards staring at us. That is why they are not the most focused pictures you'll ever see...
Apartment Complexes
Kristen was teaching the industrial revolution and wanted pictures of these trains because they had coal. Good thing she was able to use this picture in class...oh wait ;)

Sunday Morning:
Tyler, Lisa, and I met up while they were in town and went to my favorite museum, the American History Museum, which was barely reopened. I LOVE it.

Sunday Night:
Caution: The following pictures will make you want to move to DC. We walked to the Mall from our apartment. It's a three mile walk or so. It was the perfect sunday and felt like the longest weekend of our lives. It was great to get out of the house after watching Conference all weekend.
We always pass this overpass decor. They are little aeomeba things. We love them.
Look how close the airport is!!! Meggie kept running around recording it on double speed. Carolyn, of course, followed her. Walking eachother through life. They are so great to one another.

End result: The Jefferson Monument and the Blossoms around the Tidal Basin. I love these girls (and Marisha!!!!!!)
(look at the following pictures...you can follow the sun as it sets...)
Kristen and Amber with George
With the Jefferson Monument

Our last Sunday together!
Still trying to find a good graduation picture for my mom--sorry I failed!! haha.
Cherry Blossoms!!

And the festival ended. I LOVED being in DC during that time. If you ever go...go during the Festival. The months before are extremely too cold. WAY to cold. I write this as I'm at BYU looking out the window with snow on the ground. Sigh.