Sunday, October 25

Nations capital

Last weekend Bryan and I flew to Washington DC. Darci Hallmark got married in the Washington DC Temple and we decided to go out and be there with her. 
She was one of my young women starting 7 years ago when I was pregnant with boots and I have loved her and her family ever since. 
After a delicious lunch at Dukes for sandwiches, We started out going to a small town called Fredericksburg which was so quaint and off the beaten path. There were several antique shops and little boutiques along the way. We stopped in a chocolate shop, a specialty oil and vinegar shop, and then grab a giant slice of pizza. After that we moved onto a little seafood joint were brian got some crab soup. It was just the most beautiful little town. After that we headed back into town and back to the hotel.

The next morning we got up bright and early and drove out to the temple. Although it is very close to Washington DC, traffic is horrible everywhere you go so it took us about 30 minutes to get there. We got to drive down the street full of embassies on either side. They are beautiful. Actually the architecture everywhere through this city is amazing! I absolutely loved it! Cary and Kelly Jones flew out for the wedding as well so we hung out with them. The sealing took place in the temple that morning and she looked gorgeous! A beautiful bride. After the temple we headed over to where the luncheon would take place at a little Mexican restaurant. We waited for about two hours while they took pictures outside of the temple. We even walked down to a party store and got four giant three-foot balloons to bring back for decorations. And after the lunch we headed into the city to do a little sightseeing with the Joneses.

We stopped at DC cupcakes for some less than desirable cupcakes. I was very underwhelmed. This is so disappointing for me as I love cupcakes and I love treats! Our rental car got a completely flat tire as we pulled into our hotel. Classic. Then we went and saw the White House and a few of the monuments. We walked around until dark and waited to get into a delicious restaurant. The weight was two hours long as they recommend that you get reservations weeks in advance. It was called the old ebbit and it was worth it!!  

The next morning we slept in and then went and got brunch at the tabard Inn. It is the oldest hotel in the city and it was beautiful! The leaves are changing and it was crisp so is a beautiful walk up to this quaint little hotel. The food was absolutely divine! They make homemade donuts that were to die for. Because we slept in so long and got brunch, we didn't have time to do anything else that day. The reception was about a 2+ hour drive out into the middle of Virginia. Again the countryside and architecture is absolutely breathtaking. We drove with the Joneses out to the reception and enjoy the beautiful night, although rather chilly, in a barn celebrating with Darci and Matt.

Our last morning we got up and had brunch at a different location. Scratch that, we wanted to get brunch at a different location but by the time we were halfway walking there we realized we didn't have time to do anything else. So we ended up going to the burger joint we found a New York City called the Shake shack and got some awesome burgers, fries, and milkshakes. And we went over to the Smithsonian museums and were able to walk around a few of those. We had a really fun trip together! He is my favorite travel companion. We always laugh and have such a good time together. Also we always eat way too much. I was supposed to be losing weight as we are going on a sailing trip this week, instead since we went to New York City I have put on several lbs... What's with that??? You only live once, so enjoy it right?!

Rangers vs Jay's

When I married Brian I knew nothing about baseball. My brothers played Little League but I never went to any kind of a baseball game and if I did I never paid any kind of attention. 
Enter the Texas Rangers. 
I fell in love with the team and the sport. I love the atmosphere. And this year the Rangers made it into the first series of playoffs against the blue jays. They lost, but we went to a game and had so. Much. Fun. It is one of my all time favorite things to do. The food, and the feel there just feel so chill. 
Next year guys, next year. 

9 years ago

I cannot believe this girl has been alive for nine years. I still vividly remember the night she was boring. She woke me up in the middle of the night and broke my water. Brian and I rushed to the hospital full of excitement and fear. We both cried as we spread all the way to grapevine Texas. She was such a cute Darling chubby face baby. She was not a very happy baby and she cried all the time but we sure loved her. 
Over the years she has brought us so much joy in her home. She's very sassy and she brings me a lot of frustration as well, but I hope one day she will learn how to put it to good use. She is an excellent big sister and takes care of poppy so well! She can't wait to babysit. She wants to be a teenager already and I guess been nine years old means she's getting pretty close.
 This year she decided to have a Harry Potter themed birthday party. It was a lot of fun to put together. She invited about eight girls and one boy. We made hand made magical ones with hot glue and paint, had a potions class and the kids each got to make and take home their own potion. It was a lot of fun and Natalie really loved it!

She is so beautiful,  sweet, sassy, feisty, fun, and I love her so much.
When I took her into the doctor this week for her yearly check up she was 4'7", weighed 77 pounds, wears a size 6 in women's shoes and is just growing like a weed. The pediatrician recommended that she be tested for dyslexia at school. I have sent off an email to her teacher to get her tested so we will see where that goes. She has always struggled with reading and now it is coming a factor with her spelling and her math so we need to get to the bottom of it.
But, happy birthday sweet Natalie all of!