Monumental Stripes

by - April 23, 2018

How was your weekend?  Is it feeling like Spring yet where you are?  Here in Pennsylvania Spring has arrived and I feel confident in stating that.  Over the weekend K and I headed down to Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. to visit our newest nephew.  K's sister had a baby boy and he is now about two  months old so we wanted to meet him and get some family time in.  K's sister also has a three year old son, who I am completely head over heels in love with.  This kid has just stolen my heart.  We headed down to Alexandria late Saturday morning, it's about a three hour drive from where we live, and arrived mid-afternoon.  When we arrived the baby was sleeping so I got to play with my three year old nephew and kiss him all over, yes I am that aunt who kisses a lot.  It was a lovely afternoon topped off with a beer.  Then we headed over to my other brother-in-law and sister's house where we enjoyed a meal as a family from District Taco which I highly suggest trying if you are ever in the D.C. / Alexandria area.  The food was amazing but the best part about visiting with our other brother and sister-in-law is that they also have a three year old who is impossibly cute and is rocking one of the slickest haircuts I have ever seen.  This little nephew of mine actually looks a little like my husband (K), weird in a good way.  On Sunday morning K and I grabbed donuts from the Sugar Shack (which I also highly recommend) and my brother-in-law (K's sister's hubby) grabbed delicious locally made bagels sold at MOM's Organic Market.  It was a perfect morning of kids, family, food and coffee, I've actually had to pinch myself because it was such a lovely time.  

We stayed until Sunday around lunchtime or in parent language after the playground.  On our way out of Alexandria, K and I decided to stop in D.C. and see what we could see.  We knew it would be a long shot to get parking because of the beautiful weather but we pulled right into a random open parking spot at the Tidal Basin in between the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  This area was in full bloom with Cherry Blossoms almost two weeks ago but unfortunately the Cherry Blossoms had fallen, so no crazy pink filled photos today, we will have to try again next year.  We had Bella with us which always makes for a better trip and she was loving the fun walk and all the smells along the Tidal Basin.  She was so well behaved inside the memorial that we decided to take the time for some fun photos.  My hair is wind blown and in knots and my dress is actually a size too big for me but these photos are some of my favorites recently, we really had a love filled time.  After we took our photos we headed to a grassy spot closer to the Washington Monument, with a large blanket and just hung out for almost two hours.  

The story behind my oversized dress is that I had tried on the small in store and walked away without purchasing it.  This was a big mistake considering it's inexpensive and lined.  When I added the dress to my 'cart' online it sold out quickly and I missed out again on purchasing it (it has been re-stocked since).  So I went back to the store and bought the medium, which fits loosely but is still flattering and cute.  Luckily for you, since this whole shopping debacle of mine the dress has been restocked and also comes in a cute yellow version... full outfit details are below.  

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  1. What a cute pup! Absolutely love your dress!

    xx Leah /

    1. Thank you Leah! She's my best friend.