A Quick Trip to DC

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! My husband and I went to Washington, DC for a couple of days over the 4th of July weekend.  I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend the 4th than in the nation’s capital!

4th of July Fireworks in Washington, DCI love vacationing in our former stomping grounds because I don’t feel any pressure to stuff our days with the must-sees of DC of which there are many. Instead we spent our days catching up with friends, revisiting some of our favorite places in the District, and exploring some new ones. Continue reading

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July! I always get a little homesick for Washington, DC around the 4th.  Yes, it is usually hot and crowded and there is lots of extra security, but I love the patriotism that prevails. There is also something magical about sitting outside on a warm summer night alongside family, friends, and neighbors, faces all turned toward the sky, watching fireworks.  During those times I feel very grounded in a community and connected to others, yet also very humbled and small.

Washington Monument and Fireworks

I’m taking the day off to spend with my husband and friends, but will be back next week with a simple craft project and a delicious recipe.

How are you spending the 4th? Do you have any favorite Independence Day traditions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Goodbye Washington, DC

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My husband and I are relocating further south – to South Carolina.  I will miss DC and all of its quirkiness (and my friends of course), but I am excited to be embarking on new adventures.  Living in the nation’s capital has been a fabulous experience and I have so many wonderful memories from my time here.  When I sat down to write this post, I knew I wanted to include some photos from my time in DC, but after flipping through the many photos I took during my time here, I realized that my photos do not even begin to capture what the city means to me.  But, because this is a blog and as such it needs pictures, in no particular order, here are some of my photos from my time in DC:

July 4th Fireworks on the National Mall – There is something magical about the 4th of July in DC.  There is so much patriotic excitement.  I love the fireworks display.  Staring up at dazzling fireworks coloring the night sky always makes me feel a little bit like a kid again.

Washington Monument and Fireworks

Re-blooming Orchids*

I wish I could say that I have discovered the secret to getting orchids to re-bloom, but I haven’t.  These orchids re-bloomed in spite of my somewhat inconsistent care.

Last year, after my orchids had finished blooming, I cut off the old stems about half way down.  I watered them about once a week in the sink so that they could drain properly and I even remembered to fertilize them (once), but mostly I just left them alone to do their thing.  Most of the year that thing was hanging out as a couple of leaves in a pot, but for a couple of weeks in exchange for me not forgetting to water them too often they rewarded me with this:

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The Arrival of Spring (Cherry Blossoms)

Each year I eagerly await the arrival of the cherry blossoms as they (and the accompanying crowds of tourists) are one of the first signs of spring in DC.  I wanted to share a few photos of the blossoms with you.  Aren’t the blossoms lovely?

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the gift of the trees.  You can read more about the history of the trees on the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

On my walk home, I stumbled across the National Capitol Park’s tulip library.  Somehow I have managed to overlook this gem on prior visits to the cherry blossoms.  The garden had so many varieties of tulips that I lost count.  (A Map for the 2012 Tulip Library from the National Park Service indicated that there were 93 cultivars and over 10,000 bulbs planted in the library.)  The tulips were so bright and vibrant. Continue reading