Mi Hijos

Mi Hijos

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Washington, DC

The girls and I just returned from a visit to Washington, DC for the Angels in Adoption program sponsored by CCAI (Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute).  Our family was nominated by Michele Bachmann in August for our work in adoption in keeping siblings together.  We enjoyed 3 days of events, tours, and a gala.  We were joined by my parents from KY.  We all loved seeing Abuelo and Abuela and were so thankful they made the trip to celebrate with us.  The first day we had a bus tour of DC followed by an Ice Cream social for all the Angels.  Derly and Estefania both won Build-a-bears!  They brought them with everywhere they could.  The next day we received our certificate and pin from Michele Bachmann in a ceremony and lunch for all the Angels.  We then spent some time at the US Botanical Gardens and Smithsonian museums.  We also had a tour of the Capitol building as well.  Of course, we ended with swimming at the hotel and Chinese for dinner. The final day we had the rare opportunity to meet with 3 members from the House of Representatives to discuss current issues and concerns related to adoption and foster care.  We were with several other families and met with congressmen from MN, TX and CA.  Security was tight everywhere we went, Abuelo always set off the metal detectors with his knee replacements.  We ended the week with the Gala event.  After getting in our fancy dresses, makeup, and tacones (high heels) we enjoyed a steak dinner with white glove service.  The celebrities that received honors for their work were Steven Curtis Chapman (I def cried at his song Cinderella that he performed), Ne yo, Josh Kelly and Katherine Heigl.  We had such a great time, this was a memory to last a lifetime and I am so glad we were able to go!  Here are some highlights from the trip:

Iwo Jima Memorial

Abuelo and Estefania
Lincoln Memorial
Washington Monument

Korean War Memorial

Marin Luther King Memorial

 Inside the US Capitol
 The Gala