Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hazel at 21 months.

After a few challenging months, we've entered a really sweet stage with our little babe. She's curious ("what's dat?"), empathetic ("you ok?"), and silly - constantly making us laugh! She fiercely loves her blankie and her grandpas, and knows all the names of people in our family. We're consistently surprised at all the things she knows - she's a little sponge picking up on everything we say and do. Every day when we get home from daycare she asks, "outside?", and these moments have become some of my favorite with her. I'm certain there will be other challenging stages ahead, but for now I'm soaking up all the goodness of this one.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Father's Day, Aaron!

We had the best day celebrating the guy who makes our world go round. His one request was BBQ at Myron Mixon's in Old Town Alexandria and I was happy to oblige - just like he's always happy to stop for all the photo ops with me :) BBQ and a stroll around Old Town made for the perfect day with my people. Your girls love you so much, Aaron!
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Strawberry Picking!

Nothing says summer quite like strawberry picking in the sticky heat. So grateful to be making these memories with my little family.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My 30th Birthday!

A few months ago Aaron started asking me what I might want to do to celebrate turning 30 and truly the only thing I wanted was a night away with him. We spend so much time together, even now with a baby, yet time with him - especially over a good meal - is still my favorite thing. We decided to book a night at The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan, which was just as fabulous as everyone had said. I stay in a lot of cool hotels for my job, and this one joined the ranks for sure!

We also had the chance to finally dine at A Rake's Progress where all the food is sourced from the Chesapeake Bay region - all within a 150 mile radius. Needless to say, everything was phenomenal. From the cocktails and food, to the service and atmosphere - we were wowed and can't wait to go back!

The next morning, we "slept in" until 7:30 (haha) and enjoyed a coffee as we slowly got ready for the day. There's something to be said about starting the day slowly that you can't quite do with a toddler in tow. We eventually made our way to Le Diplomate where we enjoyed a decedent brunch, and afterward we worked off our meal by biking to the National Portrait Gallery and on to Capitol Hill. It was absolutely the best way we could have celebrated and I feel so refreshed and loved going into this next decade. I'm excited to see what's in store - I can only hope it includes many more nights away with my love.
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Backyard Happy Hour.

Now that the weather is FINALLY nice, with longer days that are warm until the last drop, we've been making it a point to spend as much time outside as possible. We're so lucky to have a gorgeous (albeit tiny) backyard, and "backyard happy hour" has become our favorite part of the day. With everything in full bloom, I couldn't help but take a few pictures last week. Cheers!  photo IMG_9357_zps9eru1vpd.jpg  photo IMG_9371_zps7zbkydvj.jpg  photo IMG_9411_zps0c8obniw.jpg  photo IMG_9426_zpsl9b4qv0u.jpg  photo Facetune_11-05-2018-18-22-17_zpsvnftguep.jpg  photo IMG_9456_zpsjpjrmlma.jpg

Mother's Day.

For Mother's Day, all I really wanted was a delicious brunch outing and time together. Aaron and Hazel delivered on both, and it was just the low-key weekend I had hoped for.

As I reflected on motherhood over the weekend, I was struck by the fact that yes, motherhood is hard -  but not harder than I expected (yet, at least). But it IS far more fun than I ever anticipated! There are certainly days where I miss our "freedom" and the ability to be as spontaneous, but I don't think I've ever laughed harder, and I constantly marvel at the fact that I MADE A LITTLE HUMAN. Seeing her personality emerge, and getting to enjoy her everyday is such a gift, and worth every bit of hardship that comes along with it.
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