10 days in Northern VA/DC

David and I returned on Monday from a 10-day trip to see my parents and sister in the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia area. We didn’t do as much during this visit as I have in the past, and sadly I hardly took any pictures, even though I meant to.

Mostly we just hung out, eating my mom’s delicious meals and chatting with my dad. David helped around the house, fixing a lamp, laying insulation above the remodeled bathroom, replacing lightbulbs, mowing the lawn. He also helped me go through countless boxes in my parents’ attic of junk I forgot I ever owned – mugs and glassware, books, old magazines, clothes, and other miscellaneous from my past lives. By the end the curb was littered with trash bags, not including the carload we took to Goodwill. Everything I decided to keep (photos, yearbooks, costume jewelry, awards, etc.) fit into a single plastic bin which we replaced in the attic.

There were a few very interesting finds, like my old jewelry box with several pieces of valuables, my old My Little Pony Stable and dolls, and an almost complete (now vintage) Fisher Price Farm and Silo set still in it’s original box. For some reason we had two barns, but only a few duplicate animals. We also found a less well kept Fisher Price Hospital and my old warming plate from when I was a baby, complete with tiny remnants of my last meal. That was really cool. The only thing missing was the sippy cup.

We did go on a couple outings, including a visit to the nearby Woodlawn Plantation, a gift from George Washington to “Nelly” Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, and her husband, Major Lawrence Lewis. Washington hired William Thornton, the first architect of the US Capitol, to design the house and provided 2000 acres from his Mount Vernon estate. But the real reason I wanted to visit was because Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House is now located on the same grounds. I think it was moved here in 1964, from its original location, because it was scheduled to be torn down to make way for the Route 66 Interstate. It was definitely the smallest FLW Usonian I have ever toured, at about 1200 square feet, but its design and layout were unmistakeable.

Other outings included a fun evening playing miniature golf with David and Dad, where we each scored a hole-in-one (on different greens) and then enjoyed frozen custard from the Frozen Dairy Bar, where we used to stop as kids. We also took a trip into DC with Mom where we perused the fancy jewels (Hope Diamond, anyone?) and other famous rocks and gems at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. Afterwards we strolled along a gorgeous public garden (I don’t remember the name), and now we’re really looking forward to working on our own garden, now that we’ve returned.


7 Responses to “10 days in Northern VA/DC”

  1. 1 pricklypearbloom April 30, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    oh, fun! We are going to DC in about two months to visit a gaggle of friends. I have never been there, and am really looking forward to it!

  2. 2 Sarah Jackson April 30, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    What great treasures! I love that little house. Someday I’d like to live that way. Glad you had such a great time.

  3. 3 christa April 30, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    what fun. i didn’t know there was a little FLW treasure hiding in the DC area, I will have to make sure that is on the agenda next time i go there. i am pretty sure i still have my fisher-price little people too…

  4. 4 Tina April 30, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Memories…I used to play with a farm set like that. Either I had one or one of my cousins did.

  5. 5 Irene May 1, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Ooooh, I’m so jealous! I’ve been looking for vintage Fisher Price Little People for my kids for over a year on CL and ebay, but it’s so expensive! I can clearly remember playing with the farm, animals, Tudor house, merry-go-round, and a ton of other stuff. You have a great little collection there. I’m sure you’ll treasure it for years to come!

  6. 6 Belinda May 1, 2008 at 4:23 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Northern Virginia and D.C. 🙂 Were you here when it was nice and warm or did you get to experience the cold, wet winter that seems to last forever here? 😉 It’s April and I still have the heat on in the house!

  7. 7 Holy Vataha May 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Ok at first I saw the plantation and FLW house pictures and thought that was your parents and sister’s houses…and I was like woahhh I loveeeee the little one! I then continued to real and realized I’m an idiot…oh well it’s been a long week and tomorrow is Friday!

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