Summer 2020 :: Our First Flight & Washington DC

by | Feb 13, 2021 | Cousins, Travel, Washington DC, written by Twinkle Toes | 20 comments

I’ve asked our eldest daughter to share some of her recent adventures here on the blog. She’ll be sharing one or two posts a week, as time allows. It’ll be a great opportunity for her to learn how to blog and share some of what we’ve been up to at the same time! Thank you, “Twinkle Toes!” 


Last summer I traveled back east for a college visit (I’ll share more about that soon) which provided the opportunity to visit cousins, go sightseeing, experience my first flight across the country with my younger brother, and more. 



It was so amazing to see the breathtaking views looking down from 30,000 feet up in the sky!
On the third day of our trip, my cousins, younger brother, and I explored Washington D.C. Most of the museums were closed due to covid but we were able to still see the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, Second Division Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the White House, Washington Monument, and the United States Capital.  
While we were at the Vietnam Memorial, we had the privilege to meet the Archbishop of Washington D.C. You can spot him (in plain clothes) in the middle of the picture above. 



Snuggles, who is studying about World War I this year, was so excited to see the familiar names on the monument and explained what the flaming sword symbolizes to his cousins and me. 


Having grown up on the other side of the country from our cousins, it was wonderful to spend time with their family and get to know them a little better!

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci


  1. Gracie

    Wow!!!! Good job twinkle toes!!! I look forward to your other posts! Keep up the good work! I love hearing about your trips! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    2021-02-13 02:00:39

  2. Erin

    I this is a shot in the dark, but that mom in the picture, I will not use her name….. does she have two priest brothers in the FSSP, and graduate from Thomas Aquinas College and marry a grad who now teaches in the DV area at an all boys’ school?

    2021-02-13 02:34:08

  3. Captain

    Awesome job sis! Keep it up! Lookin forward to the next post!

    2021-02-13 02:39:05

  4. Jessica Gordon

    Yes! Three of her brothers are priests and her one brother who is NOT a priest is my husband! 🙂

    2021-02-13 02:41:24

  5. Staci

    What a wonderful post!! Your pictures are beautiful as you outline your adventures. I have followed this blog for a long time, but never commented before. We travel a lot with our 7 kids and really appreciate it when we can share our love of travel with other Traditional Catholics who home-educate. Your quote from da Vinci at the end is spot on! The travel bug is a fierce one that you should never let go! God bless your beautiful family.

    2021-02-13 12:29:04

  6. Ginny

    Well done! 😃

    2021-02-13 13:16:45

  7. Bumblebee

    Thank you, lovely first post.

    2021-02-13 14:24:44

  8. Erin

    Wow! Small world. Her husband was my and my husband’s classmate at TAC.

    2021-02-13 18:01:55

  9. Nancy

    A very good first post! Can't wait to read more. P.S. I figured out how to comment on your blog again. I just click on the title of the post and it brings up comments! Yay!!

    2021-02-13 22:23:13

  10. Penelope

    Thank you for sharing, Twinkle Toes 🙂 what a fun adventure.

    2021-02-14 19:03:49

  11. Hannah

    I am so looking forward to seeing more posts by you Twinkle Toes! I am only 13, but I still love this blog!! Thanks and God bless you Twinkle Toes!!!!!

    2021-02-19 20:25:37

  12. Twinkle Toes

    Thank you, Gracie!!!

    2021-02-20 21:08:10

  13. Twinkle Toes

    Thank you! Next post is ready 😉

    2021-02-20 21:08:50

  14. Twinkle Toes

    Thank you so much!! Yes, the travel bug is definitely a fierce one!

    2021-02-20 21:11:17

  15. Jessica Gordon

    I was trying to teach my daughter how to comment today and realized what you were saying! The button saying "4 comments" (etc) that used to display at the bottom of each post no longer shows up for some reason and I can't for the life of me figure out how to get it back! I'm so glad you figured out that you can still view/read comments by clicking on the title of each post. God bless!

    2021-02-21 01:14:12

  16. Twinkle Toes

    Thank you! It was definitely an adventure to remember!

    2021-02-20 21:15:46

  17. Twinkle Toes

    That's so awesome!! And thank you!

    2021-02-20 21:21:26


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