Dashing through the snow…

okay, so maybe it wasn’t a lot of snow, but we did get a snow day out of the deal! So, I’m not complaining.

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^^And hey, it provided a few hours of winter beauty, which of course is the perfect excuse to turn up the Christmas music and get the soup cooking!^^

Much like our ‘snowday’ last winter, the dogs frolicked in the snow/slush mix and napped. In that order.

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^^Now, I know that photo might look bad, but I promise they just love to chase each other and growl. It’s what they do. 99% of the time they’re sweet as pie. 🙂 ^^

Besides, then after they’re all worn out, they turn into little angels like this one… 😉

Piper Sleeping, Snowday 2013

I’m only slightly hopeful we can snag a few more days (not like blizzard amount or anything) this winter curled-up with these sleeping (they’re definitely not as cute when they’re misbehaving) pups.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Who needs Christmas when you have the fall we’ve been having out here in D.C.? (Just kidding, love me some Christmastime too!)

I mean, can we talk about how pretty and vibrant the colors have been this year? I’m smitten. That’s why I thought I’d post a few photos I snapped both in my neighborhood in Arlington, and Georgetown yesterday to share with all of you. Have a look…

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All I had to do for this photo was walk right out my front door. If I wasn’t such a baby about the cold weather, I might still be out there.

Fall in Arlington 1^^I might have stopped mid-drive down our street to grab this one. Don’t worry, there were no other cars and I came to a complete stop.^^

Fall in Georgetown 4^^And then there’s Georgetown. It’s already pretty, but toss in the fall colors, and you’re set^^

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Fall in Georgetown 2Now the only real problem (depending on how you look at it) with this season is it makes we want to throw on some leggings and a sweatshirt, curl up on the couch with a glass of red wine (I guess that part applies to all seasons :)) and basically not move until Spring. However, my current state is not conducive to our long list of of home projects that are just calling our names. Send help!

I’m sorta kidding. We did a little DIY project last weekend and as soon as it’s finished I’ll share it with all of you. I think it’s going to spice things up. (hint, hint ;))

Happy Birthday America…

and boy was it a good one filled with great food, friends and weather (albeit a little hot and humid, but welcome to D.C. in the summer). Though this year, we skipped the matching shirts. Jeff didn’t say anything, but I could tell he was sad.

Here are a few photos from our little celebration.

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Nothing says America like red Solo cups, right?

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^^Remember sweet little Addie? She’s already seven weeks old and still cute as a button. She also knows how to dress for the occasion. ;)^^

We loved being able to host friends for a good ole’ fashioned bar-b-que on our newly power washed deck. There’s nothing like a good cookout to celebrate the birthday of this lovely country. Also, Jeff’s not only handy with tools, but did I mention he can cook? When it comes to grilling and smoking meat this guy can make a delicious meal. How did I get so lucky?

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I swear I bring some unique talents to the relationship, I just don’t like to brag. 😉

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^^Jeff wasn’t the only great cook around. My dear friend Hillary made us homemade mini blueberry pies and garlic poppyseed challah (holla!). Yes, they were as good as they look! You should check out her blog for more great recipes, here.^^

Last but not least, the day wasn’t complete without a few games of Cornhole on Jeff’s newly created Cornhole boards. Here’s a little preview of the handcrafted boards, but I’ll of course have a separate post on those soon. Stay tuned.

Cornhole on the Fourth of July

So in case you’re wondering why we weren’t taking-in the fireworks on The National Mall, it’s not that they’re not beautiful, but when you live out here it’s something you only want to do once. I think we were all perfectly content steering clears of those crowds.

Happy Birthday America! I luv ya.

P.S. Little girl did not love the sound of fireworks, so she pretty much stayed under a table until we had to drag her out. 😦

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Sunset, Spring, and softball…

make for a great combination. And this past week, I caught the prettiest sunset at the Jefferson Memorial on my way to an office softball game on the National Mall.

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While my softball skills are obviously critical to the team’s success, 😉 I couldn’t help snap a few photos of what started out to be a really nice spring evening in D.C. Rain eventually forced us to end our game early, but I managed to get a few photos in beforehand. I also got a hit, but hey, who’s counting?

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Not the prettiest look, but the Washington Monument needs some repairs after the “big” east coast earthquake.

John and Graeme

How cute are they? I adore them.

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Our expert scorekeeper and “team owner.”

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Our fearless team leader.

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We might not have won the game (or any so far this season) but, at least we got a pretty sunset out of the deal. There’s always next week!

Some of the best bbq and frozen custard I’ve had in a long time…

if the title didn’t give it away, I’ll go ahead and warn you that unfortunately this post is not for someone watching their calories. Don’t worry, Jeff and I have to watch our waistlines 99% of the time (we’re still waiting for those fast metabolisms to kick-in), but we decided to have a little fun on Friday and check out a few places in Alexandria, Va.

Banana pudding custard anyone?

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I’m cheesy and love any date night, but this one was especially great because, who doesn’t love bar-b-Que and ice cream? Jeff being from Texas and myself from Kansas City – known for their excellent bar-b-Que (ahem, KC anyone?) – we can be kind of snobbish at times. On Friday though, we found a place we both loved, and as a bonus got warm weather and a nice date out of too!

I’d still be just as happy if all I did was spend time with this guy… 😉

Jeff on Date Night

Though I’d say he’s equally lucky for finding me. In fact, I think I was going for another bite of some bbq when he snapped this photo.

Me on Date Night

So for starters, we ended up at Pork Barrel BBQ in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Jeff heard about this place and suggested we check it out.

In the name of giving you all a proper recommendation, we ordered LOTS of food. Which of course was the only reason we had enough food to serve a small army. 😉

Pork Barrel BBQ Alexandria

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^^^Let me tell you, those BBQ nachos were amazing. Two of my favorite foods in one sitting? Yes, please!^^^

So even after the brisket sandwich, baked beans, sausage and macaroni and cheese (yikes, it doesn’t sound so good when I write it all out) we still found some room for dessert. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. 🙂

The Dairy Godmother Alexandria

Long lines are always a sign that it must be good.

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The Diary Godmother’s banana custard (pic at the top of this post) was out of this world, but that marshmallow was quite possibly the softest one I’ve ever eaten. I’m not exaggerating, you should probably try one if you ever stop there.

And then…we went home and ran ten miles.

The last part might’ve been a lie, but since we enjoyed both places so much we thought we’d share them with all of you. Just doing our civic duty.

For those of you reading this outside the D.C. area, use this as motivation to come visit. I’ll happily take you there.

P.S. Thinking about all those in Boston.

One last cherry blossom photo for your Friday…

Cherry Blossoms at the Capitolpartially because the peak-bloom season is really short and they’re already not looking as good, and partially (again) because of the crowds. They’re still nuts.

If it weren’t for the beauty of the city right now, I’d probably be looking to buy property in the middle of nowhere and live off the land. A totally reasonable idea for someone like me. 🙂

Thankfully, this picture didn’t require quite as much effort to get as the ones I shared with all of you earlier this week. One of the perks of working on The Hill is that this is right outside my office building. It’s hard to complain about this view.

Also, Jeff tells me he doesn’t understand why people flock to the National Mall to see them, but look at that. How could you not?

Happy Friday all!

*Photo taken with iPhone and Instagram.

Checkin’ out the Cherry Blossoms…

and while only about a third of the trees around the Tidal Basin were fully-bloomed, I did my best to capture what was there so far this season!

I wanted to go ahead and share these photos with all of you, because not only was yesterday a beautiful spring day, but I might not make it down to the Tidal Basin again before the very short Cherry Blossom Season is over. Besides, I’m not sure I’m ready to brave those crowds again. I should have known (this is where I ignored Jeff’s recommendations) what I was in for, but for some reason I went there hoping everyone else had forgotten about the festival and the amazingly warm weather. I was a little wrong on that prediction (not that I’m admitting Jeff’s right or anything ;)).

I shouldn’t complain too much, the National Mall is stunning and yesterday was no exception.

On that note, I’ll stop talking and let the pictures tell the rest…

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If you find yourself in D.C. over the next week or two make sure to stop and see the Cherry Blossoms. Don’t let my complaining about the crowds discourage you. 🙂

I can’t believe it but…

moving day has come and gone!

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There have been plenty of moments over the past few days where I’ve just looked at Jeff in amazement and said, “did that really just happen? Are you sure we actually live together now? He usually just nods hoping I’ll get over this amazement phase fairly quickly. (He’s starting to realize what he got himself into. ;))

This is Jeff's "stop taking photos and get back to work" look. What can I say? I'm one lucky gal.

That’s Jeff’s “stop taking photos and get back to work” look. What can I say? I’m one lucky gal.

I feel like we’ve been talking about and planning for this date for months (I might’ve complained about the packing part for just as long) but, the day came and went without a hitch. Mostly thanks to our wonderful friends who gave up a Saturday morning to come help us out.

Moving Day 5

Having moved to D.C. almost four years ago with a few suitcases – slowly buying furniture along the way – I thankfully didn’t have too much move. That being said, it’s amazing how when you start to pack you find more things than you ever thought you had. I swear stuff was just appearing out of thin air.

Moving Day 4

Proof I didn’t take photos the whole time.

Nevertheless, after three carloads, five movers (aka friends), three stops at Goodwill, and one Bed Bath & Beyond and Target run later we’re pretty much settled.

Another huge thanks to our moving crew. We couldn’t have done it without you! (maybe we could have, but it would have taken a lot longer and probably inspired a few arguments. :))

Moving Day 2

Never hurts to have beer around. Especially when it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

P.S. Don’t worry the house updates won’t be stopping anytime soon! We have a lot more work to do, but were mapping out a plan to tackle projects one day (or weekend) at a time. Wish us luck. We hope you’ll keep following along!

What a Weekend to be a Washingtonian…

Whew, that’s some alliteration. Anyway, not sure if you heard about the whole swearing-in of the president today. 😉

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Jeff and I got all dressed up for the Missouri Inaugural Reception. So fun!

There really is something exciting and prideful about the inauguration process. Aside from any political differences, it’s a great opportunity to witness an historic moment that plays such a critical role in our long-standing democracy. And although it literally took us THREE HOURS (no thanks to Metro) to get home, despite only having six miles to travel from the inaugural ceremonies, it was a day/weekend I won’t soon forget!

Here are a few snapshots of the big inauguration day:

(Disclaimer: I’m short and we were pretty far away so you won’t see any close-ups of the president. Sorry!)

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Our ticketed section. Unfortunately, no VIPs here.

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Yep, we were pretty far away.

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We were out late the night before at the inaugural reception, so there wasn’t time for make-up this morning.

P.S. The nearly three hour journey home didn’t sit well with Jeff. We were separated for part of the trek, when I received the ‘uplifting’ text below. He sure has a way with words. 😉

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