Sunday, July 27, 2008

Washingtone D.C cont....Arlington Cemetary, flowers, and more.

I just had my photos printed yesterday and it was so much fun to look back over them. I felt like I was there all over again. That is what I love so much about scrapbooking, you can capture those memories for a lifetime, and revisit them every day. Anyways, here is a look at the rest of the pictures.

At the end of the day on Friday, we made a mad rush to Arlington Cemetery. I really wanted to see it but I know we would only have about 1/2 hour to walk through it. Thank goodness they let us stay a little bit longer. I have to say, I had NO idea about how big this place was. I remember walking up the road and there was a heaviness in my chest, it was hard to breathe. It was so silent, I felt like I could hear my heart beat. The feeling of gratitude for our troops and our country was almost overwhelming. Thousands of graves filled the 624 acres of land. There were so many of them, but each one seemed to stand out with its name engraved on it. This was someones husband, brother, son, father...... There was one grave that had been recently dug. It was a feeling of sadness at the loss, mixed with a feeling of pride to be able to stand there a pay respects to someone who I had never met, yet gave his life to protect my country and my rights.

I am still in an appreciation phase, I really wanted to hug every serviceman I saw in the airport or on the street. Still do, so watch out.....

We were able to see the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Again, breathtaking to see as you sit on top of the hill overlooking all of the graves and seeing the Washington Monument in the background. Such respect and dignity these men have for their comrades.

Couldn't help but snap tons of pictures, here are a few.

Besides my boys, my favorite things to photograph are flowers and scenery. Here are some of the flowers I found near the Lincoln Memorial and some at the Botanic Gardens.

That pretty much sums up our trip. Now, I get to make a vacation album. Sounds like fun, huh!

Thanks for reading!!


Friday, July 25, 2008

Back from QVC and Washington DC

We are back from our vacation to QVC and Washington D.C. Oh my gosh, we had such a great time. Here is a recap with tons of photos.

Tracey and I left last Tuesday morning and drove to SLC. We stopped and met with my printer gal and took a tour of the printing facility. It was really cool to see all of the technology they have.
We then caught the plane to Philly.

Long flight, got there at midnight, had to get a car and drive about 40 minutes to our hotel in West Chester. They have trivia contests between all of the passengers on the flight, and look who won this round. Yes, yours truly!!

The first thing that i noticed when we arrived in PA was the humidity. It felt like we were standing in a closed bathroom where there had been a hot shower running. We caught a few zzzz's and then on Wednesday we went to the QVC studio for my first day of classes.

We had classes on packaging,pricing, shipping, toured the QA departments, and took a tour of the studio (Woo Hoo!!)
Tons of information! I really learned a lot. It was so great to have Tracey there with me. The best thing about QVC was that they gave all of the new vendors the same amount of respect. There was myself, someone from Dell computers, someone from Adobe, a guy selling sausage, gals selling jewelry, and a yo-yo salesman. QVC gets about 12,000 ideas sent to them every year and they only take about a dozen new products on. I cannot believe that I was one of them!!
PA was so green and beautiful. There were so many little quaint towns and buildings. Here are a few of my favorites.

Okay, so Thursday was the second day of classes. This was the really fun day. We met one of the hosts, Dave James, ( he was so cool!) and he talked to us about what so say, what not to say, and what to expect on TV. THEN, we were able to go down to the studio and do practice TV segments! IT WAS SO ROCKIN COOL! I had soooo much fun! We did a 3 minutes segment, then met with our Sales Manager and reviewed what we could do better and. Then we did a 5 minute segment, again reviewing it afterwards. It was weird, I felt so comfortable. No nerves at all. I am telling you, it was a blast!! Here I am outside our classroom with there's one with me and Dave the host. My live
appearance will be in January.

We then drove down to Washington DC and spent the next two nights. We went through this tunnel that goes under the water.

We took the Metro down to DC. That is a pretty sweet system they have.

Wow, can I tell you that we were only in DC for one entire day and seemed to barely be able to see the basics. . We hit all of the highlights.

We saw the Washington Memorial.

We saw the Lincoln Memorial.

We saw the WWII Memorial.

We saw the FDR Memorial.

We saw the Jefferson Memorial.

We saw the Korean War Memorial.

We saw the White House.

We saw the Capitol.

Here is the Smithsonian Museum and a shot from inside the Air and Space Museum.

Here are a few shots of the scenery in the heart of DC.

We ended the day at Arlington Cemetery. I will save the pictures for that for another post. That was truly an incredible experience.

I will also post pictures of the flowers outside some of the buildings. So pretty.

It was Tracey and I's 14th wedding anniversary on the 23rd, so we decided to celebrate in DC. We went to dinner at Red Lobster. It was such a good meal! Yummy!!

Saturday we slept in and then travelled back to Philly to catch our flight home. Had a chance to have a Philly CheeseSteak in the airport. Let me tell you, DELISH!!

One we arrived in SLC, we grabbed a bite to eat and then drove home. We were so glad to be home. Missed the boys tons!! Thank goodness for Grandma's who take such good care of them for us!!

Whew, that was a very quick recap of the major events. Such a great trip. Now back to work and spending time with the boys. They seemed to grow a foot while we were gone.

Tune in soon for the flower photos and our trip to Arlington!