Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend in DC

Before I start talking about this weekend, I want to make something clear.  While this weekend was really, really, fun, and full of excitement, it wasn't all rainbows and butterflies.  I'm not going to get into it, but if I didn't mention this, I'd feel like a fraud.  I think we all know that what we see on Facebook, Instagram, blogs, etc. are the most positive aspects of people's day.  Sometimes it can make us feel like everyone else is living a worry-free, fantastic life, and we're sitting here wishing our lives were perfect.  No one's life is perfect!  So that said, apart from a few things that were going on behind the scenes, I really did have a great weekend. Moving on...

Washington DC

I had big plans to get down to Drew's around noon, but I ended up leaving my house at noon.  Here's why: I went to take my dogs to the Petsmart Pet Hotel at 9 am (they've stayed there a number of times before).  When I made the reservation a month ago, they told me both dogs needed new vaccinations.  They went to the vet when my dad was home, so it was all good.  I go to check them in, and Winston is MISSING a vaccine!!!!  Huge misunderstanding between Petsmart and my family - we thought we double checked the had everything, blah blah, but basically, they couldn't take him!  No ifs, ands, or buts.  I was saddled with the dogs, and supposed to leave for DC in one hour.  Needless to say I was FREAKING.  I love my dogs, but wow.  I wanted them out of my hair.  Turns out my lovely brother didn't have plans this weekend and agreed to dog sit at the last minute!!!!  I have never been so grateful.  So that wasted some time, and I also ran Winston over to the vet to get that vaccination because he's going to need it anyway, and by noon I was ready to go.  I was so happy to get to DC around 3, where we enjoyed a night of grilling out and chilling at home.  It was relaxing.  Also, Drew's little brother was in town this weekend, too, visiting Drew and a friend from school.  It was so great it worked out that we could all go to DC the same weekend!

Friday - 4th of July!
I'll try to be less wordy now... I'll mostly use the pictures:

On Friday morning we had a tour of the Capitol bright and early.  Before heading down to DC we went to our favorite bagel place, ironically called, The Bagel Place. 

College Park
Egg, spinach, ham, wheat bagel, and French Vanilla iced coffee.
 I should mention the weather was PERFECT.  It was breezy and chilly in the morning, then turned into a beautiful 80 degree day with low humidity.  We were blessed all weekend!

Drew on the Capitol tour.  The tour is short and sweet.  You wear headphones, but are listening to an actual tour guide.  The headphones are so he doesn't have to yell.  I've never had a tour like that before, and it was great.  It helped that our tour guide was amazing!

This was cool: in the old House of Representatives room, plaques mark where famous people have sat.  This was Abraham Lincoln's spot!!

This is a statue of Ronald Reagan.  The broken pieces are actual pieces of the Berlin Wall.

Poor Drew forgot his sunglasses that day.  Bad choice.

The only picture I have of the parade.  These were clealy period-dressed Civil War soldiers.  I liked it.  There were also a lot of really talented marching bands.

Parade selfie!  That's Drew's little brother Richie on the left.  He's alright...just kidding he's way cooler than Drew or I will ever be.

The guy in front of us at the parade had this shirt on.  I approve.

After the parade and lunch, we went back to Drew's and took a siesta.  Meaning we slept till like 6, which was way later than we planned.  OOPS!

One of the best, if not the best, fireworks display I've ever seen.  Being on the National Mall on such a special night was so amazing.  During the fireworks a band played really touching music, like the National Anthem, of course, and The Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Goosebumps!

I woke up Saturday to this.  Drew's cat Stella was having a field day over this very daring squirrel.  I hate to break it to you Drew, but I don't think your bird feeder is squirrel proof.  Womp.

After my run and another breakfast at The Bagel Place, we headed down to DC.  We wanted to go to the Newseum but didn't have time :(  It costs $22 and you should really spend about 3 hours there.  We only had an hour so we didn't think it was worth the money right then.  Instead we took Richie to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence.  Well turns out the line stretched for 2 blocks, so no dice.  Third time's a charm: we went to the American History museum to see the Star-Spangled Banner.  Drew and I had seen it before but it's really cool.  I definitely suggest it.  Really, I suggest any museum in DC.  I'm a museum nerd, and I could spend days going to each and every one.

The Newseum posts newspaper front pages from every state, every day.  This one was Boulder, Colorado's front page!  Those fireworks are at Folsom Field, were CU plays :)

Washington DC front page:

Next we went to a Nationals game!  I am not a baseball fan in the least, but I do enjoy going to MLB games when I get a chance.  It's just a fun, American experience.

A candid picture from our tailgate...

My Drew!

Baseball is boring but at least it was a beautiful day:

After the game Drew and I parted ways with the youngens (Richie and his friends) and headed to Adams Morgan - one of our favorite neighborhoods in DC.  We went to a rooftop bar called Roofers Union.  I loved it.  Fun fact: that little white speck right above the roofline in the dead center is the Capitol!

I give this weekend a 9 out of 10.  Activity-wise, Drew and I did more than we ever do on a normal weekend in DC!  It was so great.  I also discovered lots of things we haven't done yet that I want to - Newseum - I'm comin' for ya!

1. Where did you spend the Fourth?

2. Where's the coolest location you've seen fireworks from?

3. Do you agree that sometimes social media masks the harder parts of people's lives?  Is that okay?

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