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(The watercolor is called Magnolia Tree for Momma, by Audrey Crawford)

Friday, January 16, 2009


So, I'm totally blown away! Who knew I had such loyal readers and friends?

I promised when I wrote this originally that I would let everyone know when I met my goal. Well after several really generous donors giving amounts from $10 to $500, I've reached my goal ($1000-1500)! We leave tonight around midnight! I've been in tears many times over the last 24 hours and thank everyone profusely for their help.

Here's our schedule for the week.

Saturday night: Get to my cousin's and let the kids get some sleep.

Sunday morning: Get to DC early to scope out the Lincoln Memorial concert, parking, etc and then grab a bite to eat in the city
Sunday afternoon: The coolest inauguration party in town! Major musical stars, cool poets and speakers and one amazingly awesome (although freezing) time.
Sunday evening: A way cool congressional insider's party! It's gonna be a blast and I'll dish the fun stuff right here!

Monday morning: The mad rush to pick up tickets from Congress. Then a bit of siteseeing with my girls, lunch and more sightseeing or possibly a Day of Service activity (any ideas? post them as comments here)
Monday night: Chill with my awesome cousins and possibly my uncle

Sometime super early on Tuesday: Head to the inauguration!!! I start shaking with excitement when I think about it and I'll tell you everything as it happens!
Tuesday afternoon: Headed to some awesome museums. The girls are huge fans of Night at the Museum so Natural History is totally on the list.
Tuesday night: NO TICKETS TO ANY BALLS! Any donors or extra tickets to especially the Midwest ball are of course welcome. Post out here!

Wednesday: More sightseeing with the girls (maybe Georgetown!) and then more family time!!! Yeah!!! I have awesome family in VA.

Thursday morning: Back in the car and home.

I know, a lot of sightseeing, but my daughter is at the same age (11) I was went a close friend's mother went to DC to lobby for the Equal Rights Amendment and took us both along with her. I'll never forget that trip and dedicated my life to protecting that document that so blew me away all those years ago. The youngest is 9 and finally old enough to appreciate what she's about to see. I'm totally bummed that my oldest (17) has final exams next week and can't join us, but well, she and I went DC together on a work trip a few years ago, so maybe it's not as much of a tragedy.

What I do know:
This is going to be a totally fun trip just as it's planned right now.

What I don't know:
How many other cool things I may end up getting invites to along the way!!!

And THANKS to all of those who donated to this adventure. The donate button has been on this blog for over a year now and I've never thought to ask people to use it. I'm leaving it up, for anyone who just wants to support Crawford's Take in the future, so although I'm no longer asking for money for this trip, you can always donate to or advertise on Crawford's Take.

Stay tuned. More to come.


Dave Reid said...

That really is great news. I unfortunately turned down, just this morning, heading to DC. So I can't wait to read about it.

Laurie Guilbault said...

Good Travels Renee!!

I look forward to hearing about your's and your family's experiences of the Inauguration. I was living in DC during Bush's 1st Inauguration (boo) and the city takes on a totally different vibe and meaning. Celebrations this time around will fill the city from all walks of life.

Have fun and take lots of pictures and bring home many stories.

Laurie G.

James Wigderson said...

You will, of course, be wearing the appropriate Wigderson Library & Pub gear, right?

leonel said...

Congratulations, travel safe! Can't wait to hear all about it. I'm excited for you!!

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Zach W. said...

Congratulations! Have a great trip and takes lots of great photos!