Monday, January 5, 2015

Genealogy Research at The National Archives

My recent trip to DC had me checking out the National Archives (mainly for the gift shop, no lies), but I decided to surprise my Mom and see if she needed any research. She had jokingly said I could stop there at Thanksgiving, so I think she was thrilled when I called and asked what I could do.  It's a process, but was very cool.  Here are some photos from my search for my Great Great Great Grandfather's Civil War Military Records.

Genealogy Porn. 

One of the records from my Great x3 Grandfather Samuel. This one was pretty impressive...I was holding papers as old as 1862. Wow. The giant DEAD red stamp was my favorite touch.  That's when I got the coolness of genealogy, I was related to this man that served in the Civil War and here are his papers, in my hands.

If my Mom ever moves to Washington, DC and you can't find her, this is probably where she'd be. Dad: It's right off the main entrance in the first room and to the left.

You can read my upcoming Guest Blog on my Mom's Genealogy Blog: Journey To The Past later this month to find out even more details.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Puttin' on the Ritz

 I was lucky enough to tag along with Chase to DC and stay in the fabulous Ritz Carlton Hotel in Foggy Bottom. Let's just say, I found my new favorite hotel.

Fabulous shower gel for the stand alone bath tub.

 Hot Chocolate Bar

New Year's Eve turn down included a split of champagne. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

An NHL New Year's Eve

We had a smashing time ringing in 2015 with the NHL and our favorite Canadian: Mr. Mike Bolt at the Ronald Reagan Center in DC. The drinks were flowing and Billy Idol sang and counted us into the New Year. Happy 2015!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Balcony Babe: Christmas Edition

Ella helped put up the Christmas lights this year and wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy almost New Year!

Where's the Snow?

Made it through Thanksgiving in Pure Michigan and Christmas in Chicago without any snow on the ground.  While Ella enjoys a good outside romp snow or no, and we enjoy milder temps hanging out outside, there is something to be said about having a true winter holiday with a white dusting.


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