The Adventure Begins!
Wally and Molly finally arrived safe and sound this evening. As often happens when flying into the nations capitol, there was a little excitement in the air. A VIP was also arriving so Wally & Molly’s pilot had to circle in the air for a little while. We were OK with that. We knew it gave them extra time to gaze upon the glistening lights, interesting buildings, monuments, and other fascinating things to see while flying over Washington, DC. They will be even more excited thinking about actually visiting these places!
The arrival was smooth, albeit a bit frigid – but nothing two hardy Red Sox northerners can’t handle. The car ride was equally fun. We had to wait for that same VIP motorcade – 11 cars if you can believe it – to whizz by! Wally wanted make a quick stop at National Harbor to see Mr. Dombrowski and get the latest from the MLB winter meetings.
We arrived home with our weekend guests and they quickly settled in. Wally & Molly were greeted by many familiar friends and quickly made many new ones. While taking a house tour, for just a moment Wally thought he was back at the Old Ballpark. Peter’s baseball bats, balls, gloves, and pictures reminded him of being in the locker room back at Fenway.
It was a long day of travel for these two and we are so happy to have them here. After taking the tour of the house and having a little snack, they were tired out from the journey and ready for bed. Peter was a gracious host and he tucked them into bed and read them a bedtime story and all three quickly fell asleep.
Tomorrow we are going patriotic and showing Wally & Molly around Washington DC!
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Wally and Molly had a fun-filled day visiting lots of Washington, DC landmarks with us! Right before we drove into Washington, DC from Arlington, VA, we passed by the Pentagon. It is one of the largest buildings in the world. Then we crossed the Potomac River and were in the nation’s capital. How exciting!
We took Wally & Molly to lots of historical places today. We visited the Lincoln Memorial, the place of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” the Washington Monument, the Air and Space Museum (including Friendship II, Gemini, Mars Rover and the Spirit of St. Louis), the Supreme Court, the Capitol, the Capitol Christmas tree, the FBI headquarters, and the Japanese Embassy. Wally and Molly learned so much about our nation’s history.
Later that day we all went to see a production of the Nutcracker. What a lovely time they had watching the dancers and listening to the beautiful music. After sitting for a few hours they were ready for some action and accompanied Peter to his basketball practice.
By early evening they were happy yet exhausted from all of their activities and went to sleep early. They needed to be well rested for another action-packed day tomorrow.
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Our day began with a tour inside of the White House. Lots and lots of security! We had to go through metal detectors, and of course Wally left change in his pocket, and the alarms went off.
So many Christmas trees. So many hallways and rooms. No photography allowed but we have wonderful memories to remember it all.
The White House was decorated so beautifully and Molly really wanted to see the nation’s Christmas tree out in the back. Wally & Molly didn’t realize that not only was there a huge tree with several train sets underneath, but there were more than 50 Christmas trees representing each state and territories. Unbelievable! Absolutely gorgeous trees, all fabulously decorated.
After the White House tour it was time to meet up with George Washington. He was hanging out at George Washington University – which prompted Wally to ask “do you think the school was named after him?”.
Wally & Molly sat with George for a while and listened to him explain some fascinating facts about Washington D.C. He was a little hard of hearing – or so we all thought. Wally & Molly climbed up on his shoulder but quickly realized he actually heard us fine and just wanted to tell us a secret. But shhh . . . we can’t tell you!
On our way to our next stop at the Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, we passed by Arlington National Cemetery. We paid tribute to all the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our Nation. We salute you. The Iwo Jima memorial was unreal. So big and realistic, it was like being there as they raised the flag.
It has been an amazing time in Washington DC. We will have to visit again.
Our next stop was to attend Peter’s winter baseball workout. Wally got to scout the young ball player – this included throwing batting practice. Wally and Molly agree – Mr. Dombrowski, Mr. Farrell – YOU MUST SIGN Peter to a big league contract as soon as possible. He is something special. He smacks the cover off the ball, throws a fastball that no one can catch up to, fools everyone with his breaking balls, has the fastest first step Wally has ever seen, a cannon of an arm, and without a doubt can play the wall – or really any position asked of him. Sign him today!
By early evening, they were happy yet exhausted from all of their activities. We went out for pizza and merriment. When they finished it was time to think about packing up for their next stop on their tour. Wally and Molly agree that Florida will be a good place to visit next. Get out of the cold! They packed and went to sleep so they would be rested for their journey.
See you at Fenway Park this summer. Look forward to seeing your home Wally and Molly. Go Red Sox.
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