On April 27, we headed to Nationals Stadium for a baseball game. The parents of my friend Keri were in town, and she organized a baseball evening. The game started at 7:05 p.m. (essentially David’s bedtime). I was a little apprehensive about what this might do to his sleep schedule, but decided it would be a fun experience nonetheless. John had to miss the game because of work travel, but my parents were able to go, and I knew they’d be able to help me with David if needed. I contemplated purchasing baby headphones for him to perhaps help him sleep during the game, but ultimately decided not to.
When we walked up to the stadium, David was enamored by all the crowds. He’s never been somewhere with so many people. When we got up to our seats, I realized we were right by a speaker and the noise was loud. David also realized this and shortly after sitting down began screaming. I think he was tired and experiencing sensory overload. Thankfully, there weren’t too many people in our section so no one was bothered by the screaming. Plus, the music was so loud that I’m not sure anyone could hear him scream. My dad held him for the majority of the game and patted David’s back. We sometimes call my dad “the baby whisperer” because he has a certain way of holding David and patting his back that lulls David to sleep. Sometimes when the crowd would cheer especially loudly, David would wake up and start screaming again, but my Dad was always able to calm him back down.
A little before 9 p.m. David woke up and we gave him a bottle. After that, he loved the game and was so pleasant and happy. He loved looking at the scoreboard and seeing all of the colorful lights. It was a fun night had by all…even David 🙂
I stole the next two pictures from my sister’s Instagram…
To celebrate John’s birthday, we headed to DC the night prior to his actual birthday. We met up with John’s cousin and his family, who were vacationing in DC. We ate dinner with them at Shake Shack, a famous DC burger joint.
John and I stayed at the Mayflower Hotel that night. The Mayflower is where we stayed the night we got married, and we enjoy going back every so often. A few days prior, I had asked some of John’s friends and family to text me words that describe John. I wanted to incorporate “30 words” into the birthday decorations to celebrate John’s 30th. I ended up receiving way more than 30 words, and since I loved all of the words that were submitted, I decided not to narrow them down to 30. Prior to arriving at the Mayflower, I wrote down each word on a post-it note so I could easily stick them onto the wall. While John was in the bathroom, I began sticking the post-its onto the wall in the foyer of our hotel room. However, the adhesive wasn’t strong enough, and they kept falling off the wall. John caught me in the act, so I ended up enlisting his help to put tape on the back of all the post-its so they would stick to the wall.
On John’s actual birthday, we slept in and had a relaxing morning. Then we headed to the Library of Congress. After a very quick visit at the Library of Congress, we left to meet my brother Trevor for lunch. It was raining, and John and I had one umbrella between the two of us. We decided to venture out in the rain, and no less than a minute after we left, the rain turned into a torrential downpour. We stopped under a large tree and huddled together under the umbrella. However, the wind was gusting and we both got soaked. I was kicking myself because I actually had a rain jacket in the car. After about 10 minutes, we realized we couldn’t possibly get more wet than we already were so we kept walking to the restaurant. After eating lunch, I decided to walk to the car to get the pants I wore the day prior and switch into flips flops I packed. Thankfully I also had a baseball cap with me so I didn’t have to walk around with hair totally messed up by the rain.
After lunch my brother took us on a tour of the U.S. Capitol. This summer he’s been an intern in Senator Hatch’s office. The tour was awesome. I loved seeing the different rooms Trevor took us to.
As we left the Capitol, it was once again raining. My flips flops did not have the traction needed to walk down the marble stairs without slipping… I fell… twice. It was funny and sad all at the same time haha.
John and I headed to Matchbox for dinner. We were supposed to attend a Nationals baseball game after that, but it was cancelled because of the rain. So we headed home after dinner and stopped at Sweet Frog for some frozen yogurt. That Sunday we celebrated with my family. They came over for dinner and games. We had a taco bar and then played a fun round of Hoopla. All in all it was a fun and memorable birthday celebration! I am so grateful for this 30-year-old in my life 🙂
I haven’t posted in almost a month. It’s been a quiet winter, and I can’t complain. John has travelled a lot less for work recently. He’s been home the last six weeks, which is a record since we’ve been married (and even since we started dating).
Over the last month, we went into DC twice for two different date nights. The first was to try a new restaurant Farmers and Distillers. This restaurant is operated by the same group who operates Founding Farmers and Farmer, Fishers, and Bakers. While I am a big fan of the latter two, truth be told I wouldn’t write Farmers and Distillers up as anything special. I think the other two restaurants have better options. Nonetheless, it was fun to try a new restaurant. Afterwards, we went and walked around the White House, which was all blocked off, and we enjoyed the unusual spring-like weather we had that day.
The second date night in DC was to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes play in the B1G Ten conference playoffs. Iowa played Indiana and unfortunately lost in the first round. While it was too bad that they lost, it was still fun to watch them play.
In other news, Easter and spring are right around the corner. I took down my St. Patricks Day decorations last weekend and made room for Easter (the holiday with by far the best candy ever).
While Easter candy is pretty darn awesome, the most awesome part of Easter is truly the opportunity we have to focus on the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to this Easter season!
Blake leaves on his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a little over two weeks. This past Thursday, Blake and Trevor flew home from BYU. Trevor leaves tomorrow to go back to Utah. It’s been wonderful to have our whole family together here in Virginia before Blake leaves for two years to serve in the Arizona Scottsdale Mission.
On Saturday, we went as a family to the Washington DC Temple. This was the first time our entire family was able to be there together. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we go to the temple to make further promises to follow God and to receive instruction and learning.
On Sunday, we had a BBQ with friends and extended family. Afterwards, our family went into DC to walk around the mall and take pictures. This weekend will be a weekend I remember for a long time. My heart felt very full being surrounded by those I love all weekend long.
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.
Yesterday afternoon I attended my first Nationals baseball game of the season. Baseball is my favorite sport to watch (only in person…I don’t think I would enjoy watching it on TV). The weather was perfect and even though we sat pretty high up, the seats were great. The Nationals won the game. In fact, the other team scored zero runs. I couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable baseball game.
About a mile away from the stadium, my sister and friends were finishing up their 200 mile relay from Gettysburg to Washington DC. Unfortunately, the timing of the game and the conclusion of their relay didn’t quite pan out, so we couldn’t see them cross the finish line. However, my parents were there and took pictures. Congrats Team Tortoise on a strong finish!
The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom and my coworker suggested we use our lunch break to take a stroll down to the Tidal Basin to check them out. Four of us went, and I am glad we did. It was super crowded, but seeing the blossoms was wonderful.
This weekend it feels like spring has officially started. This was one cold winter, and I am glad spring is finally here. I love going on walks (it’s probably my favorite pastime), and Saturday morning I went walking down by the river. The scenery was beautiful. Then that night, my mom and I went walking in DC.
But the real reason it feels like spring has started isn’t necessarily because of warmer weather, but because this weekend was General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (of which I am a member). Twice a year we “gather” as a church to listen to the prophet, apostles, and other church leaders speak. I put the word “gather” in quotes because while we don’t all go to the same location to participate in General Conference, the conference is broadcast all throughout the world for all to participate in.
I saw an article going around on Facebook comparing General Conference talks to TED talks, which I think is a great comparison. Two of my favorite talks from General Conference include this one on what it means to be truly grateful and this one on love and kindness. General Conference is twice a year – the first weekend in April and the first weekend in October. To me, April General Conference always marks the start of spring.
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.