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A Restaurant Experience in D.C. – Fogo De Chao

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We made reservations for our group, hoping this would be a new experience for everyone.  It turns out that the only person that had been to this type of restaurant before was McD.  He knew what to expect, but I think it was still a fun experience for him. 

Since we were mostly newbies, we were given detailed instructions on how to dine at Fogo De Chao.  Our instructions were for us to enjoy the salad bar first.  Then, when we are ready for our second course we were to flip our little cards over.

When we have enough or are finished with our meal, we were to flip the card over again.

Sounds easy enough.

This is what it looked like when a server brought something to you.

ACR_3633I'm not sure if you can tell, but Farmer Ribs has some tongs in his right hand.  Part of the instructions were that we needed to take our serving with our tongs.  That was easy enough to remember, but the turning the cards over at the appropriate time got a little confusing.  Just when you thought you had enough on your plate a server would come by with some amazing looking steak, pork, or lamb and you'd ask for some whether your card was right side up or not.  It didn't bother the servers, but it did give all of us a giggle.

Our reservations were for 7:30 pm, there were eighteen of us, and we were out of there in under an hour.  We were all very impressed with the great service. 

Go to to see if there is a Fogo De Chao restaurant near you.  It would be a fun night out for the family.

Come back for a funny story about our walk back to the hotel tomorrow. 

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The Highlight of My Trip to Washington D.C.

Last week, we were in Washington D.C. and I loved it!  Every freezing cold moment of it!  But, the highlight of our trip, for me, was the night we took a toured D.C. at night.  It was so AMAZING!

We rented a limo, but not just any limo.

It was a Hummer that seats 20 people.  It was nice!

We made several stops, and here are some of the shots I took to share with you guys.


The Capital.

The Washington Monument.

The back side of the Jefferson Memorial.


ACR_3770dcnMartin Luther King, Jr.

MLK, Jr. again.

As we climbed up the stairs to the Lincoln Memorial, this was my view.  It was awesome.  I just had to capture it.

ACR_3802dcnThe Lincoln Memorial is one of my favorites.

The Lincoln Memorial.

This is the statue that we just love that is at the Vietnam Wall.  These guys are looking at the wall, and when it was raining on Sunday it looked like they were overwhelmed with emotion.  The raindrops became tear drops.  The mood was very somber that day. 

Iwo Jima Memorial.  This isn't the typical view of this memorial, but you know that I like to be a little different.

And last but certainly not least…

The White House.  We were running out of time on our three hour tour, so I had to take this photo as Dan, our driver, stopped in the intersection. 

We had a great time!  If you ever get a chance to go to D.C., GO!  If you ever get the chance to take a tour of the memorials and monuments at night, GO!

This was the highlight of my trip to D.C.!


Absolutely the Best Entertainment & It’s Free

Who doesn't like to watch people?  Seriously?  That might be the most entertaining pasttime that costs absolutely nothing. 

We just returned from a trip to our nation's capitol, Washington D.C., and let me tell you, it is a great place to watch people. 

Over the next week or so, I will be sharing some of our adventures there with you.  We had a great time, and experienced new things.  We also have ideas of what we would like to do the next time we visit there.

We set out to walk the Mall, and encountered many people roaming around with signs. 

I'm not sure if you can read those or not, but they say "I Am the Pro-Life Generation."  There were people all over DC carrying signs like these, and other signs as well.

You see, it was the anniverary of the Roe v. Wade case.  Pro-life and pro-choice signs were every where!  People were standing on the corners handing out signs for those that didn't bring their own.  As for me and my group, we just kept on walking.  Walking and watching is how we rolled. 

It was really interesting to see how far people had come to stand for their beliefs. There were buses from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and New York.  A very nice couple of elderly ladies told us they were from North Dakota. 

There were both young and old carrying signs.  Many of the pro-life generation sign holders weren't even a glimmer in their momma's eyes in 1973, but it is something is studied in school. 

Every monument we went to there were protestors.  This young lady was looking up at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. sculpture.  It is awesome!


I am telling you, they were every where!

We live in a great country!  I am so thankful that we live in a place where we can take a stand for what we believe in, voice our opinions, and not be punished for either.  Now, some people take this a little too far, and I will show you some photos of that sometime soon. 

It was cold and rainy that day, but it didn't stip them for protesting or us from walking and watching. 

The weather added a different element to our day.  As I stood next to the statue of three soldiers looking at the Wall, the Vietnam Memorial, and I saw the raindrops streaming down their faces like tears it made me even more emotional.  The first time I saw the Wall it was unbelievably moving, but the sun was shining, so just that one element had changed and it was a downright breathtaking moment. 

After walking the Mall, we went to the American History Museum and look what we saw.

How fitting for the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.



Clam Bake & Concert in Rhode Island

On our last night in Rhode Island we were able to attend a real clam bake.  This was the first clam bake we had ever been to, and to be honest with you I had no idea what to expect.  I didn't know if all they would serve was clams or what. 

I was very happy to see lots of other stuff there as well.  I am not a clam kinda girl.

They took the tarps off of these pallets full of food when they began their speech about how they make the food for a clam bake.  From what I could hear, which wasn't much, was that the food is cooked with steam.  I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that is what the man said.

There were 3 pallets of corn, red potatoes, and clams.

These dudes started carrying the food over to the tables that were set up.

It was really interesting to see how these trays/pallets were stacked just right so all of the food would cook evenly.

Look at those lobsters hanging out of that bottom tray.  That is what I was waiting for.

There were only two trays of lobsters, so everyone saw that and started making their way to the tables to make sure they got one of these beauties!  The one thing that bothers me about this photo is all of the feet in it.  I didn't realize there were so many bare toes in this photo.  Toes and lobster? Ew.

I did get a lobster.  Look at that monster!  He was yummy!!  I tried to get a photo of his eyelashes, because believe it or not…he had the prettiest eyelashes I have ever seen on a lobster. 

McD decided to try clams for the first time.  Don't you just love his bib?


And he swore he would never eat them again.  He couldn't get the taste out of his mouth fast enough.

The lighting under the tent was horrible.  Gotta love those bibs!

We had so much fun that night!

After the clam bake we were invited to an intimate evening with Jo Dee Messina.

We were able to get there early enough to get front row seats, and I was so glad we did.

I just have to say that I have always liked Jo Dee Messina, and when I found out that we would be seeing her in concert I was estatic!  I was a little worried that my doctor wouldn't let me go on the trip, but he did!  And I saw her!  And I loved every minute of it!

Some of the people sitting with us weren't sure they knew who she was, but when we started talking about all of her songs they remembered.  Then it turned out that they still knew every word to every song she sang, except the new song she sang for us.  It is great!!  Can't wait for you to hear it!

She answered questions, took photos with people, took requests even.  She sang Amazing Grace, and I promise you I got goose bumps.

Jo Dee Messina singing Amazing Grace.  She sang all four verses!!  It was amazing!

She also sang our national anthem, and I got goose bumps again as the whole crowd got to their feet and even sang along.  Goose bumps I tell ya!

She is a very pretty lady.  Very funny, and down to earth. 

One thing that I told McD after the concert was that I wondered if she was pregnant.  Then just not too long ago I heard a report somewhere that she is pregnant.  🙂

I'm sorry I don't remember this guys name, but he was the shy one.  While she was belting out Amazing Grace, he sat there and seemed to be reflecting. 

That was a fun night!  If you ever get the chance to see Jo Dee Messina, DO!  You'll really enjoy it!


Rowdy in Rhode Island

We went to Rhode Island back in September so McD could attend a meeting.  One of the nice things about him having to attend these meetings is that we get to go places that we would never be able to go on our own. 

We were able to go out a day early, and spend the day with some of our friends who were also there for the meeting. 

I titled this post Rowdy in Rhode Island because we got a little rowdy.  Not bad rowdy, just fun rowdy. Let me tell you about our day.

This is our friend Mark with McD.  He is a great guy that we always look forward to seeing.  We were touring a "summer cottage" called The Elms, and the guys got tired of the inside so they walked around outside.

The mansions were called summer cottages because most of them were only used during the summer.

This is the back of The Elms.  I made sure I got a lot of the lawn in this photo, and I know that it isn't really great composition but let me tell you why I did this.

This is Lisa, Mark's wife, and I.

Lisa and I did cartwheels on this lawn.  It's always fun until someone gets hurt.  Lisa said she thought she pulled a muscle.  I think I need to do cartwheels more often. 

Lisa and I roamed the grounds and found a bunch of Willow trees of some sort, but I can't remember the proper name of it. They were really cool though.

We had to duck under some limbs to get to the tree trunks, and there were lots of trees there.  It was really cool!  We weren't sure if we were supposed to be in there, which made the whole thing more fun! 

How do you like our rowdy fun!  LOL Cartwheels on the lawn, and sneaking into a grove of willows. We were wild! HA!

The guys were patiently waiting on us.

The thing that I don't understand is that McD can sit five feet from me and not hear what I say, but look how far apart they are and they are having a conversation. I think it might be selective hearing here at home. 😉

Mark and Lisa rented these little coupes the day before, and they wanted to share the fun with us!  This little coupe was a hoot!!  The only problem was that McD kept forgetting that this thing only had three wheels, and the third wheel was in the rear.  He would be driving a long and straddle a pothole.  Then BAM that rear wheel would drop, and there weren't any cushions in that thing.  I'd complain a little, but then all I could do was giggle. 

Mark and Lisa were our tour guides.

This sight still makes me laugh.  We had so much fun that day!  We laughed, and laughed!

We saw all kinds of things while cruising around in our little coupes. 

We saw mansions on one side of the road.

On the other side of the road we saw different things.  This, and

this.  There was a regatta going on that weekend, and this was the only glimpse we saw of it.

And this one was one of my favorite "summer cottages." 

It was a great day!  Can't wait to see them again!


Lady T & I Getting Our Fonz On

I've posted different things about my trip to Washington D.C. in the past, and in next year we will be going back there.  I just don't think we will have nearly as much fun as we did with Lady T. 

These were Happy Days!! (Pun intended!)

ACR_0029fonzI did a better Fonz impression when I was young! I searched for that photo, but it must be in a different box up in the attic.  Darn your luck! 🙂

I saved the best photo for last because Lady T looks much better than I do, she has her thumbs cocked to the side and everything. 

ACR_9987fonzI am hoping we get to tour the White House this next time, and place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  I think we have someone in our group working on that, I hope so anyway.

I've been going through photos from this trip, and keep thinking about Lady T moving to Hawaii this coming Friday.  It used to make me kind of sad because I wasn't sure I would see her for the next thirteen months or so.  BUT!  Yesterday I learned that I will be going to Hawaii this spring, and I will be able to hug her neck much sooner than I thought!  God is Good!  My prayers were answered!! 



The Next President


Lady T

A couple of years ago we went to Washington D.C., you might remember some of the posts.  It just so happened that she had lived there for a short time, so she was able to come with us and be our tour guide.  She was the best durn tour guide I've ever had, cutest too!

I can't think of one of our presidents that have been this good looking. 

She was doing such a good job of reading the speech from the prompter, and acting the part.

And then…

Then she started trying to mess with the man's glasses or nose.  I can't remember which it was.  All I could do was laugh.

Lady T is a very important person in my life.  She just took a job that will send her far, far away from me, and I hate it and love it all at the same time.  I don't want to get all mushy on here, but this chick is purty durn special to me. 

I love you, Lady T!!


What Kind of Bird Is This?

A Grouse?

Back in May, McD and I went on a little vacation.  We were looking forward to seeing a lot of wildlife at Yellowstone, but on our way we stopped at Little Big Horn where Custer had his last stand.  It was really very interesting, and it was where we spotted the first wildlife of our trip.

I really liked the orange on it.

There were several of them, and I could have watched them for hours, but the sun was getting ready set and the park was closing.  We had to go.

So, what kind of bird is it?  I know there are some birdwatchers out there.  Pamela?