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Inside D.C. – An In Depth Tour of the White House, Capital and VP’s Office

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One of the most amazing experiences of my life happened during our
Washington, D.C. trip. We got an inside look into the White House and our
nations Capital! During these two days we were able to see and experience more than I could have ever dreamed.

Day One:

First thing was a tour of the White House! After passing the background check (I was oddly nervous I would get rejected – ha!) and getting through the endless rounds of secret service agent checks, we made it to the most coveted house in America. More than anything, this tour was a reminder that the people who lead our nation are all human. They live and breathe just like we do, they worry and stress just like we do, and their lives are imperfect just like ours.

The tour shows in depth photos of those who have lived there, portraits of our first ladies and presidents, historic china and you are able to see many of the rooms that were used by our past presidents. The White House tour is honestly pretty rushed. While it is incredible and a once in a lifetime experience, it is also very structured. You can go in the few hallways allocated to you and it is heavily guarded (as you would expect). And while I didn’t expect to have free reign within the White House, I was hoping they would include a little bit more into the tour. Overall, I would highly recommend making this a part of your trip to D.C. it is worth your time and a unique experience. You can access White House Tour information here: White House Tours.

After the White House tour we got to participate in a bible study at the
Vice Presidents office. Seriously… the Vice President of the United States.
Regardless of your political views, this was the coolest experience!!! We were able to sit with leaders from our country and openly discuss the bible and pray for those who had died 18 years ago on September 11th. My seat in the office overlooked the White House and while we were praying I couldn’t help but look over and think about George W. Bush. To think about all the decisions he had to make 18 years ago. The tough life-changing decisions that are needed in a time of crisis. Our time at the Vice Presidents Office was surreal and worth every moment, thankful we took the leap and said yes to the invitation!

Day Two:

The Capital was one of my favorite experiences! We had a personal tour from one of our Senators who led us through the Capital and gave us an inside look into the House of Representatives room. It was the most surreal feeling to sit where major decisions about our country are made. To know that this is where matters that affect our nations are argued and discussed. To stand where some of our countries founders stood and made monumental decisions. After the House of Representatives room we headed to the rotundra and the view from the Speaker of the Houses balcony. Let me just say, they have a phenomenal view! The Capital hosts daily tours and is totally worth your time. You can access tour information here: Capital Tours.

After our time in the capital, we spent the afternoon at the Library of Congress, hearing from our nations Senators and House Representatives on the issues facing our nations and what they are doing to combat them. There aren’t many opportunities where you get to sit and listen to your congressmen discuss the struggles they are facing, while also getting an honest outlook on our future as a nation. It was humbling to listen to the struggles that we as a nation face, especially the struggle to unify as one nation. I will never again take for granted the opportunity to speak to those leading our country, their insight, knowledge and position are vital. And knowing what’s going on will only help you make a more informed vote, especially in next years 2020 election!

There was so much going on those two days that I was only able to highlight the high points. But the most important takeaway from this trip is this. It’s not okay to stand on the sidelines. There is so much going on in our country, and your voice matters! Be involved, be informed, and be thankful you have a place in this country! You have the opportunity to make our counties future great! Be kind to others, have courage to stand up for whats right and continue to pray for those who lead our nation.

-Kayla

 

5 Travel Must Haves

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Traveling in today’s world can mean three checks’ in, a stuffed carry on, and a huge personal backpack. We try and bring everything that we might possibly need. But there are some things that are just absolutely necessary for a fun and functional trip! If there’s one thing that I am constantly working on, its bringing the absolute essentials on a trip and leaving the rest. No reason to over pack my suitcase with things that I don’t really need. So today, I wanted to go through the couple of things that I believe are must haves in your travels this year!

1.) Empty Water Bottle – This is a MUST for anyone who enjoys not wasting money. Water at the airport is ridiculously overpriced. Don’t waste your money on water when you could bring an empty bottle and get water for free. I t think the part that people forget is that you will still need water while you are on your trip. Bringing a good water bottle will save you money and keep you hydrated during your entire trip. My husband and I love Yeti Ramblers they are great for warm or cold drinks and have excellent durability!

2.) External Battery Pack – While airports are slowly adding more charging stations, they are still completely crammed. People are constantly hovering around you, and most of the time the outlets barely work. So instead of having a dead phone on your flights– invest in an external battery pack. This one on Amazon is $32 and has 4.5 stars. When your phone is on 15% and your flights about to take off… you will be thankful for this!

3.) Trash Bag & Dryer Sheets– Lets be honest, I learned this one from my husband. No matter how much you clean your clothes on vacation, smells can linger in your suitcase. Bring dryer sheets to help eliminate some of these smells. They don’t take up much room and will give your nose and clothes a nice smell. Time to get rid of those musty travel smells once and for all! If you don’t have access to do laundry during your trip, the trash bag actually comes in handy during your trip. As you go through your trip, put your dirty clothes in the trash bag and keep the rest outside the trash bag so the smell doesn’t infect your other clothes.

4.) Shower Shoes – Yes, not the most glamorous thing to bring. But, as I live with a podiatrist, I can’t ignore this one. No matter how fancy a hotel is, shower shoes are still a must. Protect yourself from potential infections that come from using the same showers as multiple strangers, and bring a pair of flip flops for the shower. It won’t take up much room, but it will save you from future issues!

5.) SD Card- No matter how much room you think you have. Bring an extra SD card with you. I absolutely love this one from Target, its easy to post camera quality photos from your phone and has a good amount of storage. Convenient, easy to use, and extremely helpful if you are an avid picture taker.

You can always add more, but these 5 things are items that should never be left out of your suitcase! You may find that you need them!

xoxo-Kayla