Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Washington DC Anniversary Trip

Okay, so I've been a bad blogger. I got everyone all excited about my DC trip pictures and here we are almost 2 weeks later and I haven't updated my readers! :) It's safe to say that the past few weeks have been CRAZY!!! After we got back from DC, I had to play catch up at work on Tuesday and Wednesday since I missed Monday. On top of playing catch up I had to get ready for my week long trip to Houston. I'm still in Houston and I'll be returning to my loving husband and beautiful pup tomorrow evening. I'll post Houston pictures soon...hopefully.

Now onto our DC trip. JP and I went to Washington DC (only a 4 hour driving trip from Pittsburgh) for our one year anniversary weekend. ONE YEAR? Where has the last year gone. It was an amazing year full of firsts and I am absolutely looking for the 50 + more years to come. Now instead of telling y'all about all of the neat things we did in DC, I'm going to show you in pictures. It was a beautiful and emotional trip. The cherry blossoms were in bloom and spring was trying to be in the air. Anyways, I hope you enjoy!

Here we are day 1 about to head to the Metro station!

Metro in Bethesda, Maryland which is a beautiful little town where we stayed. It was great because the Metro rail was just a few blocks from our hotel and we could take it all around town! We didn't have to move our car until it was time to go home. We're so green :)

In front of the White House. This is as close as you can get. Don't you love the pink cherry blossoms in bloom!

Our first day was a bit gray, quite chilly and extremely windy. This didn't stop us from taking a walking tour and exploring the city.

How awesome is this white squirrel?

In front of the Washington Monument!

We were lucky enough to be visiting during the cherry blossom festival! This is a two week long celebration of the cherry blossoms that Japan gave to the United States. The river basin which you will see further down is lined with cherry blossoms which is so beautiful during the short time that they are in bloom. We were able to catch the beginning of the parade before our walking tour.

Japanese drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University in Japan. Neat performance.

Now onto our walking tour. We started at the WWII Memorial.

Had to take a picture of my home state!

This is one of the statues that is part of the Vietnam War Memorial. It is dedicated to the women that served as nurses to the soldiers during this horrible time. I was very emotional while our tour guide was explaining this memorial to us because my mom was a nurse in the army. Though she wasn't serving during this time since she was too young, she still was a strong woman serving her country and I am so proud of her. I hope she knows that :)

Vietnam War Memorial

The story behind this memorial is so beautiful, deep and thoughtful. The type of stone that was used was specifically imported from India due to its reflective qualities. This memorial is more about reflecting on what happen in Vietnam and our loved ones. It is there to provoke thought and emotions. The story behind the design of this was and how it was chosen is also very interesting. I don't want to bore you so if you're interested here's the wikipedia page.

Another addition to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial that was constructed to eliminate the controversy around it.

Lincoln Memorial

Here I am climbing up the steps!

You can actually walk around the the back of the Lincoln Memorial (most don't know this) and you can look across the Potomac River and see Arlington Cemetery and what was Robert E. Lee's home before he went on to command the Confederate Army.

Korean War Memorial

This short statement says so much. As the daughter of two retired military personnel, I am so proud to live in this country. I hold all who serve and have served with a very high regard. Thank God for our soldiers and I pray every day that those currently serving stay safe.
I took several pictures in the FDR Memorial, but this one stood out to me. There are 4 quadrents of the memorial, one for each term that FDR was president and each on had a different type of fountain. This was the fountain for his 3rd term during the time of WWII. The randomly set and fallen rocks represent the chaos of this time period beautifully.

We ended our tour at the Tidal Basin which is lined with all of the beautiful cherry blossoms. We were there towards the end of their short lived season.

After our tour we headed to Georgetown Cupcakes! I know what you're thinking and yes, it is the same shop that is on TLC's show 'DC Cupcakes' and yes it was worth the 1.5 hours we waited in line for them. It's just one of those things you have to do at least once!

With my bag of cupcakes in front of the store!

Here's what we got! We both got red velvet with cream cheese frosting, I got a peanut butter fudge and double chocolate and JP got vanilla with chocolate and a mint oreo!

On Saturday night we got to meet up with Sam! I've know Sam since I was a junior in college. He was partners with my roommate Andrea in fish camp and then he was in my subco when I was a MSC LEAD director! I love my Sammy Sam and I'm so glad that he got to show us the casual day to day side of DC!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011. Our one year anniversary. This is supposed to be your "paper" anniversary so this was my card from JP!

The next several pictures are from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. I only put up a few since I took A TON of pictures there. I don't want to bore anyone. Here I am with the big, angry hippo!

JP getting eaten by the dinosaur

In front of Capital Hill!

The love of my life

The magnolia trees were absolutely gorgeous

Okay back to the Natural History Museum! Ummm...hello big and beautiful gem!

I just thought this picture was beautiful. It shows that color can be found all around us in its natual state! P.S. Nicole Larimore, I was thinking of you while we were walking around all of the gems, minerals and rocks! My little geologist :)

Before our anniversary dinner. We went to a French restaurant called Mon Ami Gabi! It was amazing.

Since the top of our wedding cake was sitting in my parents deep freeze back in Texas, we had Georgetown cupcakes instead. Red velvet seemed fitting since that we the only cupcake we got the same and they had fondant hearts on top! By the way, I dug into the cake last weekend while at my parents house and will say that it tasted like crap. However, it was the most AMAZING cake ever when it was fresh and delish.

Last day!

On our last day we stayed in Bethesda and went shopping in the beautiful outdoor boutique like shopping area. It was about 5 blocks from our hotel. We enjoyed the warm 75/80 degree air and walked around all morning. I wanted to document this part of the trip somehow as well so I took a picture by all of the beautiful spring flowers!

All in all, our DC trip was absolutely perfect. I got to spend the weekend away with my best friend with no interruptions. We will definitely be going back a few times while we live so close! I mean, it's no different then driving from Houston to Dallas so why not?! If you're planning a trip to DC and have any questions feel free to ask away! I actually used to live in Manasas, VA before moving to Texas :)

I promise that I'll be a better blogger! Next post will be about my week in Houston! It turned out to be more eventful then expected! Until next time...

With love and God bless,
Amy, JP and Maggie

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