I haven’t done the best job of updating this blog, and to be honest, I haven’t done the best job of taking pictures to put on the blog. Life has been very full recently, but in all really, really good ways.
About a month and a half ago, John and I went to the Air and Space Museum in DC. I have zero pictures from the excursion, but I really enjoyed perusing the exhibits. My Grandpa Morgan helped work on Apollo missions during his career as a mechanical engineer. As we walked around the museum, all I could do was think about him and his life. He passed about two years ago this month, and I miss him.
Later in April, my friends hosted a color dinner. I actually happen to have a picture of my sister’s plate. This is the second color dinner my friends have hosted. The premise is basically you pick a color and pretty much everything in the meal has that color in it. This time the color was red.
In the middle of May, there was a flyover of WWII planes to commemorate Victory Day. My coworkers and I went to the roof of our building and had an awesome view of the flyover. The pictures below were taken by my boss.
On that same day, Keri organized a group to go to the Nationals Game. The Nats had a great evening! The weather was perfect. Baseball is one of my favorite sports to watch in person.
This year I went down to Myrtle Beach for the 4th of July. My aunt and uncle live down there, and it’s a favorite place to visit. Hurricane Arthur decided to visit us on the 3rd. But the sky was clear and the weather beautiful on the 4th. It was the perfect beach day! In the morning, we watched the “parade” that goes through their neighborhood. I put “parade” in quotes because it may not be what you think of when you first hear that word. For this parade, people decorate their golf carts. After the parade, we went to the beach. The neighborhood association grilled hotdogs for everyone. My mom’s Uncle Frank and his family came for an hour (they were visiting South Carolina). That evening we watched fireworks from the beach.
Memorial Day Weekend went by so fast this year. I spent most of the weekend outside and enjoyed every moment. On Friday evening, the weather was so beautiful. I played tennis with a friend, and it was the perfect way to begin a great weekend.
On Saturday, a group of us headed up to Sandy Point, Maryland. Sandy Point sits along the Chesapeake Bay. The water was way warmer than I expected it to be, and the sun was out all day. It was a fun day.
On Sunday evening, my mom, KJ, and I headed to the Capitol for the Memorial Day Concert. I wanted to make sure I did something this weekend to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, and this was the perfect activity. Sitting near us were two veterans. It was amazing to observe them and their reverence for this holiday – it was inspiring. My favorite part of the evening was when everyone at the concert sang God Bless America as part of the finale. I couldn’t help but feel in my soul that this truly is a sacred land.
On Monday afternoon, I went over to my parents’ house. We went walking on some trails nearby and then had a BBQ. The food was delicious and afterwards we roasted s’mores in the backyard. The BBQ was the perfect way to end a great weekend.
This weekend was full of patriotic activities. I live just about 10 miles outside of DC and work on Capitol Hill, yet sometimes I don’t think I take full advantage of the opportunity to experience all the neat sites in our nation’s capitol.
On Saturday, I went with a group of girls from church to tour the Capitol. Even though I grew up in this area, I don’t recall ever touring the Capitol. Below are two pictures. The first is a picture of all of us who were on the tour. The second is me and my fellow Virginian Jessica with one of my favorite Virginians of history, Robert E. Lee.
On Friday, Hunter and I went to breakfast at Ted’s Bulletin in Eastern Market and then went and toured the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings I’ve been to in DC. The picture below gives you a glimpse of just how beautiful this building is.
I am really grateful for the opportunity I had to spend time in DC this weekend and think about the amazing history that surrounded the creation of this country and the way that history affects my life today.