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 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

Visit: The Museum of National History

It's amazing after the multiple visits to the National Mall in DC, I have never visited The Museum of National History. I have seen the Air and Space Museum many times and paraded around the Capitol, many of the monuments and even done a cartwheel at the Reflecting Pool but never stepped foot in this awesome structure!


The girls and I, along with my mom, trekked the ten blocks from our hotel in the FRIGID temperatures on Saturday and into the warm enveloping arms of The Museum of National History. We waited on my mother-in-law, Susan, and sister-in-law, Lindsey, to arrive via Metro. While waiting we were asked to volunteer for this bird game the museum was testing and because all my girls are three years apart in age, they were just perfect in testing how different age groups would take to it. They were a hit at the game and the developer was quite impressed with my young-ins. 

After Susan and Lindsey arrived and we deposited our coats in the coat room, I would suggest this in the winter, we stepped into a new world of possibilities. The world of natural history is an interesting one with many view points. I am happy with many viewpoints. 








* Outside of The Museum of Natural History
* Playing the bird game
* The girls in the main hall
* The Death Pose
* Scared crap less if this came swooping my way, right?
* This is seriously our brown cat at our house. Poor birdie!!
* Not sure about some T-shirt designers...
* The Mammal Hall
* Insects and their lives
* Ellie
* The Hope Diamond
* Me with a Caribou... my mom tells this story on how she saw one walking down our street one snowy day. I tell her she should lay off the wine during the day. ;)


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