At the end of July, we went down to Springfield to visit my brother & sister (in-laws) one last time before they became parents (yay!), to get away for a few days and chill out, and to take in some of the sights downstate has to offer. If you're not familiar with central Illinois, let me tell you this: Lincoln is bigger than Jesus down there. Lincoln is everywhere.
Here are "just a few" photos from our trip. We had a blast, and while we didn't take pics of everything, let me also say this: We played Catan, and the Catan debate will live on. I think someday we might have to implement some house rules because the actual rules were a little confusing. (But Robyn will probably still win, regardless of whose rules we play by!)
First we went to the state capital building. It's really lovely. It's also probably best they built it 150 years ago. It's so gorgeous and ornate. Can you imagine the government trying to justify building a structure like that now? The taxpayers would crap themselves.
|I paparazzi'd them outside the capital.|
|The State of Illinois welcomes YOU!|
|Hannah didn't have to go through security. Graham and I, however, looked shady.|
|I thought this was cool.|
|I love the dome.|
|Shock and awe|
|Every state needs a seal.|
|Some upstart politician. Can't remember his name.|
|Painting of gigantic proportions.|
|Neat-lookin' and skinny skinny door.|
|IL's other favorite politician: Stephan Douglas.|
|Richard the First has a statue here, too. Dad, here are your tax dollars at work.|
|Office of the Governor. No Blago here.|
|Custodian too? Times are tough!|
|Rules need to be followed.|
|Rules need to be followed...by everyone but me!|
|From the second floor.|
|What makes him so special?|
|John P. Altgeld. One of IL's governor's, and also the namesake of Graham's first school.|
|Portraits of two of the last 3 governors. Note the lack of space next to George Ryan for Blagojedouche.|
|Let's play a game! Spot the corrupt governors!|
|Hall o' Statues.|
|Carvings depicting IL's history|
|Higher up. More dome.|
|I'm not fancy enough to pee here.|
|Police and Fire memorial.|
|Sundial is not set to daylight savings time.|
|I'm super judgy today.|
Later that day, we went to a few other Lincoln-ish spots. We started at the old capital building.
This building is interesting in that they took it apart, brick by brick, and rehabbed it. They put in central air, electricity, and even an elevator, all while trying to keep the integrity of the building.
|The giant poles are holding up the senate chambers upstairs. Yes, really.|
|This cracks me up.|
|My heart, it goes pitter-pat.|
We stopped for a chat with Mary Lincoln who was, sadly, not crazy.
|Always happiest in a library|
|Lincoln's last state paycheck.|
Even Hannah learned something!
|Knowledge is power!|
|Check out Virginia.|
|Another cool map.|
Funny story: We're taking a tour in the old capital with a guy in period clothing. He keeps making eye contact with us, but I think that's because he asked a few nerdy questions and both Graham and I knew the answers (NERD ALERT). When we get upstairs, he stops in the Senate chamber, looks at us, and says, "Graham! That's it! That's your name."
|Ceiling designed to look like the sun rising in the East|
|Governor's old parlor|
|Governor's old office. Lincoln was in this room when he learned he'd been elected President.|
|Lincoln used this very elevator.|
|This is where you went to sign up for the Army.|
|Lincoln laid on that stage up there, right below Washington.|
The next day, we went to visit the Lincoln museum! It's really cool. Honestly. You can't take pictures except in the rotunda, so the pics you take have to count.
We wanted to take this seriously, so we started out by seriously posing with the Lincolns. Even the dead ones.
|God don't think stuff's funny.|
|Every baby will be envious.|
|Being inappropriate. Again.|
|Yeah! Chairs are awesome!|
|Taking photos of a very cranky baby.|
Next up.....Baby Brobyn!