Thursday, October 13, 2011

Winners and a Field Trip!

First of all, let's get to those winners! Lori, the Halloween-kitty-powers-that-be chose your number to win Pierre! And Birgit, you've won Ed! He's so excited to be going to live in Germany! So if you send me your addresses, I will pop them in the mail to you. And I will be having another giveaway soon...hopefully in a couple of days, so stay tuned.

Now, on to the field trip! I took my DH on a date. I decided to take him somewhere he would like to go for once (haha), and I picked the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. We've been there before, kids in tow, but it occurred to me that it had great date potential. It's only about a 30-40 minute drive from where we live, and the George Washington Parkway is gorgeous this time of year. If you've never been to D.C., you've missed out on one of our nation's true treasures. The Smithsonian Museums are all free (yes!), and every one of them is fascinating. My personal favorite is the American History Museum. Just drop me off there and let me wander around inside for a few days.We watched the IMAX 3-D movie about the Hubble. It was mind-blowing. The images captured from the telescope coupled with the vastness and stark beauty of space was breathtaking. Add 3-D, and well, it's the closest I will ever get to being an astronaut.

It filled me with all sorts of affection for our little blue planet. I have to say, it was so much fun going without the kids. We got to wander around with no pressure to teach anyone a solitary thing. No worries about anyone being bored. And for once, I actually got to read the info cards on the displays!

Wishing you a lovely fall weekend, full of pumpkins and star-gazing!


  1. Never been to the Smithsonian...never been to DC come to think of it!! Sounds like a great little getaway and educational at how many people can say that about their little days off???!!

    Congrats to the winners...darn, wish I were one of them, but oh well, maybe next time. Need to get ready to go to my first machine-driven work-out at the gym...yes, I joined one...tired of this fluffiness that surrounds me!!

    Have a great week.


  2. I have always wanted to go to the Smithsonian Air and Space museum.....well, I'd like to wander through all the museum wings. What an amazing facility! I need to resubscribe to their magazine---used to get it, always loved it.
    Hope hubs was duly impressed~~I would be!

    Anne....loving those Hubble shots!

  3. Congrats to your winner!!!! I love what you did for hubbikins and "The Date". What a clever gal you are..LOL!!!


  4. OH,Pam, thank you THANK YOU so much. OMG. Pierre and Olive together forever. i must apply for a visa for him tout de suite. has he ever been to africa?

    love date day, i never knew astronomy could be so romantic.

    (so excited here, thank you again so much).

  5. The "Halloween Gods" worked their magic well....Lori will be the perfect *Mum* for Pierre. I can already see the adcentures of "Olive et Pierre"!!!

    Would love to visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum!!! That looks like great fun!


    ♥ Robin ♥

  6. Oh I was there 5 years ago with my son Lars who was 12 then. It was very special and we both loved that museum. I had a 6 day layover in Washington DC and I took my son with me. It was his first trip with me while I was working . We really saw all the highlights and had fun together. I will always treasure the memories of this trip.
    Great idea for a date:)
    I know it is impressive so I am sure you had fun!
    Lucky winners!

    have a nice day♥

  7. I've always wanted to go to the Smithsonian Museums! I love museums in general and the wonderful collections they have would be a treat for sure. Lucky you to be close enough to make a trip.

  8. First of all, a BIG thanks! I am thrilled to be the one to give little Ed a good new home. :)

    Moreover, I would love to visit any Smithsonian Museum one fine day in future. The American History Museum would be my first choice, too (I have a MA in American culture, history and literature). :)

    Thanks again!


  9. Free?! Can't beat that! are you members or is it free for everyone? Congratulations to the winner of Pam's fabulous creations!

    Looks like a fun date to me.

  10. Congrats to the WINNERS! :)
    Sounds like a cool date and free to boot! Can't beat that!
    I've never been to DC but my sister and her family used to go to see the cherry blossoms in the springtime when they all lived in Vermont.
    I will have to put it on my "list" for when I someday get my Airstream and me and Blue hit the road!
    LOL! - Cindi

  11. I love the Hubble just explodes in my mind's eye for inspiration...thank you sharing. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  12. pierre and olive sitting in a tree
    i hope wee olive is ready for a big change :)

    and ed in germany. perfect.

    my favcrite part of the smithsonian is the horticultural museum. the largest and lushest plants i've ever seen....d.c. is indeed not to be missed.

    date night(s) is always a great idea ♥

  13. Yay, Lori and Birgit!!! You are spreading your love all over the world.

    The Air & Space Museum! How wonderful. You know, for our anniversary one year, I took my husband to the Planetarium in NYC and then we stayed at the Plaza Hotel. Looking at all those stars is very humbling and mind boggling. I'm so glad you both had a great time!

  14. Oh lucky winners. Congratulations to you both.

    What a perfect trip, there are advantages to kids leaving and sometimes they do come back.
    LOve the pictures, thank you, just in case I never get to go, I know what its like.

  15. Oh my gosh looks like sheer fun! I know you had a wonderful time. It's so awesome the pictures. Congrats to you!
    Thanks so much for sharing these awesome photos!

  16. oh that is some fun day trip!!!! Looks like you had a blast learning all of these amazing things!!!!

  17. Love IMAX. We've got Flying Monsters 3D
    just opened at the California Science Center and I was telling the hubby we gotta go see it.
    HUBBLE looks amazing. Hope they show that here some day too. And I just fell in love with Elephant Boy in your etsy shop.

  18. I LOVE the Smithsonian! One of my favorite places on Earth, and I agree with you...American history is the fun-nest! Congrats to the winners. Have a great week Pam ♥♥♥

  19. Congratulations, Birgit!!! darn, wasn't me!!!
    I enjoy the Smithsonian every time we go! never do finish all the exhibits in a day though!!
    I think I'll sculpt a little plane now, popping in and seeing the plane confirmed something in my mind...there ya go!


  20. oh, and congratulations to Lori too!!!!!

  21. I am so gosh darn proud of you today!!!! Yes indeed let's have fancy hot chocolate with processed marshmallows and all LOL!!! Okay get ready cause next week is be cantankerous day! Wait for i, wait for it! Then all bets are off for sure girly!


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