for those of you who so graciously said you were excited or wished to see pictures from our weekend away…
you will either be very pleased with the Huge amount of pictures in this post, or, you will wish you would never have said that…
seriously, i hope you were not just trying to make me feel better about having issues with posting pictures, because, as it turns out, the issue was really not xanga, but some new and improved update to our internet explorer that i am still trying to figure out. one call to tech support (aka the hubster) told me that i could just go back to mozilla firefox and be back in business…duh.
because i am in love with taking pictures, and because we NEVER go away, just the two of us, and because i happen to like the pictures i took….
here ya go.
Washington D.C. for our 10th Anniversary
we stayed at a very, very lovely, jacuzzi-enhanced, king-sized bed suite!!! of a Days Inn.
bliss and happiness indeed.
slept til 9:30ish on a Saturday morning for the first time in, oh, i don’t know…7 years?
well, maybe not quite, but you know. with little kids and EARLY risers like mine, sleeping in is a thing of the PaSt! actually, i’m not a hUge fan of sleeping the day away, but it’s something i probably could stand to do more of..someday!
once we finally roused our lazy selves and got out of the hotel, we were both thinking only one thing: COFFEE!!
so, thanks to the oh-so-trusty-IPHONE app ‘starbucks finder’ we were quickly in business and off on our merry way with steaming cups of java…
to the Metro!
being the country girl that i am, i was highly apprehensive about this experience, but at the same time, excited to have it. i did have to take some deep breaths and not look out the window at certain moments, and certainly NOT try to think about some of the movie scenes i have in my minds eye with not-so-good things happening at subway stations!
it was by FAR the easiest and most efficient means of transportation in the big city of Washington D.C.
we rode from the Greenbelt station to Georgetown, and there, we became tourists in a sea of soooo many people! after walking all that we did with changing trains and then from the station to our actual destination, we were ready for some food…and found options everywhere!
this little bistro was Awesome! such great food, and the funnest of atmospheres. atmosphere is big to me when i dine out…maybe because it’s big to me the rest of the time too, eh?
a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant and a cup of tomato basil soup with a glass of fresh lemonade, and this girl was good to go.
we really did not have any kind of an agenda…we walked, browsed, darted down side streets if they looked fun, and then did it all over again.
one of the things i had seen online when we were checking out what all was available in Georgetown was Georgetown Cupcake. since i am a rather BiG fan of cupcakes, i was all about checking it out. we saw the shoppe soon after we got to Georgetown, but decided we would hit it later on in the day, since cupcakes for breakfast wasn’t that great of an idea in either of our minds.
once we did finally circle back to the shoppe, the line to get in the place was UnBeliEvaBle! i captured *part* of it here,
but seriously, it was crazy. no way were we going to stand in line just for a cupcake.
maybe if i watched the show, or knew more about the actual shoppe and it’s proprietors, i would have been that desperate. but, no. there were other cupcake shoppes there and we were quite happy with the one we did go to.
they also sold ice cream, and specialty drinks, which were not exactly cheap, but they did hit the spot.
Tim, bless his heart, tried to tell me that the cupcakes i make are just as good as the ones we bought and ate. but, like i always argue with him, love is like that. a little blind. or, in this case, taste-buds dulled.
^^the one where Rachel looks down the street….actually, it’s kind of cool because even tho’ Tim was being o-so-tricky and trying to get me all looking off in the distance like, he got himself in the picture in the process.
shopping to be had in Georgetown?
oh my word.
was there ever.
not only were there umpteen little shoppes, there is a huge mall which we browsed thru.
and, by far the best shop in the mall was none other than:
‘where all the women are strong’, and the men….
i almost burst into Garrison Keillor there, but somehow, the sleeping part doesn’t actually fit into his saying…
but, such was the case at Anthro!
altho’ i purchased no thing while in this great place of inspiration and beauty, i came away with ideas GalOre!
^^this…is so going to happen here!
^^ see the use of ephemera?! and, have you ever seen such ca-ute!! kitchen timers?
the displays in that store are just so stunning. i could have spent hours in there and still not have seen it all!
^^ the IPhone, as much as i give my hubs a very hard time about the thing, was very useful in our days in D.C. (yes, he reads my blog. and yes, he will do a little victory dance upon reading this admission)
^^inside the mall..
and, then, when we had seen all we wanted to see, and when our legs were weary, we took the subway back to our starting point. rode in our o-so-sporty mini-van right back to our hotel, which!! was right next door to a HuGe thrift shop! i laughed so hard when we drove out the hotel driveway on Saturday morning and spotted that. we had arrived late on Friday night, and didn’t look past our hotel at all. but, when i discovered that on Saturday morning, it was a pretty hysterical moment. not because thrift shopping makes me hysterical, but because the likelihood of my husband purposely parking us next to such a place is pretty much….well, not a likelihood! Tim is not at All opposed to thrift shopping. on the contrary, he is quite grateful that i do so much of it, and save us so much money by purchasing a large majority of our clothing and many other things that way. however, if and when we are out and about, that is pretty much the last kind of store he would spot, and the FIRST kind of store i would spot!
so, we made it back in time to do some browsing there….
^^ this thing, i really would have loved to have purchased…but, it was $70 and in very rough shape. very. i still took the picture tho’ because it was truly a moment of ‘Gasp! look at this thing Tim!!’
the only really exciting thing i bought was a $7 J.Jill skirt that i declare is brand new, and a throw pillow for $2 that has very pretty, vintage looking flowers on it.
we would have liked to have browsed more, but we spent probably close to an HOUR, No JokE!! talking to an 18 year old guy who was pretty determined to sway us to come and experience speaking in tongues before we left the area to go home. i kid you not. it was LONG! i kept standing there, listening, and thinking ‘we’ve gone around this about 6 times already, why??? are we still beating the same drum?’. he was definitely an on fire for the Lord young man, and i do believe that God will do big things with him, but maybe if you would have been on your 10th anniversary escape weekend, you would have felt a tad annoyed too?
we did end the night eating at Don Pablo’s and watching a movie in our hotel….
day 2 and more metro and walking.
in my Southern Living magazine, and also in my Flea Market Style magazine, i have read about Eastern Market in the D.C. area. we researched it and figured out where it was along the metro line, and that! was our starting point for the day.
if you’ve at all been following my blog in the past, you may recall that i am ‘in’ to flea markets and yard sales, and places that beckon you to look and take in the beauty of things created, vintage, and antique.
it was really fun to roam the streets, see the wares, eat the food, and take in the experience D.C. style.
^^the one with the lady who reminded me of Kelle Hampton.
^^the one where Rachel walks around stuffing her face.
^^the one with the cutest little street artists i’ve ever seen. i think he wanted me to pay him for taking his picture tho’ which i found kind of disturbing. 😉
^^the one where the vendor tries to figure out what in the world is on my head.
or, maybe she was wondering where i got my skirt…which, btw, i was asked.
the answer: thrifted.
for $3. vintage find.
thank you very much!
^^the one where the vendor told me ‘no pictures please’. after i’d already taken this.and i said ok.
^^the one with all the fun stuff with way!!! expensive prices!
^^the one with the street musicians. pretty good i thought. totally appropriate for flea markets, by the way.
^^the one with the fresh flowers.
^^the one where i walked away as SOON as i snapped the picture. dude! he’s got a knife!!
and, then after we’d had our fill, we headed back toward the tidal basin area and the magnificent buildings and streets that i could not comprehend.
^^it’s pretty hard to see in the pictures, because the day was kind of overcast, but there was a kite festival on the mall lawn and SO Many!! kites! it was pretty neat. very fun experience to take in with children, i’m sure.
and, from here on, the pictures are just what caught my eye.
when i say i’m a country girl, i’m not kidding.
the incredible amount of concrete and the huge-ness of the buildings had my eyes popping out all day long. the beauty, the intricate details, the strength of these structures my mind cannot fathom…
i do confess to coveting Quite a few cameras in use on this day….a better lens would have been a dream on a day when details were EveRyWheRe!
if you’ve stayed with me all this time, bravo to you.
if not, i don’t blame you.
i don’t expect everyone to want to read about everything of my life.
let me end by saying that after 10 years of marriage, i cannot believe some of the places we are at in life.
and, then, i think about what the next 10 years could bring, and it is rather overwhelming.
in 10 years my firstborn will be 17, my daughter 14 and youngest 12.
and my age?
^^the one for my sister. she knows. ;O)
but, even though the years are rolling by, i am so very, very thankful that God has given me, given us this gift of marriage. and, not only am i married to my best friend, but i’m blessed with a man who loves me inspite of so many things.
to think that i would marry someone whom i knew less than 2 years before i became his wife…
to think that we are living in a place where we neither one would have ever imagined raising a family…
to think that we came from very different places in life, and yet, God brought us together and continues to walk with us through our ‘stuff’….
continues to write our love story.
my heart is grateful indeed.