10.08.2012

A DAY IN THE DISTRICT


we highly enjoyed our day in dc.

for a hot minute back in 2010 we were all set to move to dc. 
brandon had gotten accepted into the georgetown llm program (#2 in the nation),
i was hugely pregnant, looking at apartments, making preparations,
and then at the last minute (literally) 
brandon got accepted to nyu (which was ranked #1) 
and the rest is us history.

but back to u.s. history.
(see what i did there?)

so brandon found us a cute hotel in old town alexandria, 
and in the morning we took the train into the district. 

we didn't have a whole ton of time, unfortunately. 
we wanted to see a museum, we wanted to see some monuments, 
we wanted to walk around and get a peek at the neighborhood.

i also had strict instructions from my friend hannah
that i had to get a toasted marshmallow shake at good stuff on the hill.
i am nothing if not compliant (my husband wishes)
and oh my gosh, was that a good shake.

 ...the mall...
...the air and space museum...
...a quick stop at the botanical gardens while huck napped...
...the capitol...
okay watch out now
brandon told me he was going to do his best bill murray impression from lost in translation...
"for a good time, make it... santori time"
okay back at it:
...exploring our almost hood...
...life altering milk shakes...
 ...the monuments at night...
that one on the left isn't a monument. but it was funky so i took its photo anyway.
...and these are great. you never know what you're going to get when brandon's behind the camera...
 ...and riding the metro back to old town alexandria...

thanks for the day, dc!

28 comments :

  1. the one on the left is the pan-american health organization building! glad you enjoyed your stay in our town ;) (please tell me you have watched "better off dead" with john cusack.)

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  2. Eek I live in DC! And I'm in law school! Looks like you guys made the most of your time in DC... just out of curiosity, where were you thinking about living?? DC monuments at night are my favorite thing to tell people to see if they come to the capital!

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  3. you look absolutely GORG in the picture in front of the capital building!! i love your outfit, prettiest mom ever!

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  4. wellll.... i love this post. huck looks like he is really realizing how special it is to have his little feet on the mall- so cute. my hubby raves about old town- i wanna go during cherry blossom season. such lovely photos, thanks for sharing. p.s. i'm glad nyu won!

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  5. Looks so fun to romp around the Capitol! When my boyfriend gets behind the camera, I expect the same thing, blurry images of something indistinguishable. Art though right? :)

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  6. I love these pictures! You are such a cute family:) And I love checking out your forever 21 recommendations btw!

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  7. That little boy's features are al, you and the colouring all the Holbs. Adorable!

    http://ducklovesrooster.blogspot.com.au/

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  8. I live just outside old town! and yeah, hannah is right 'bout that shake (she's the one who told me about it too). But if you ever make it back, get a chocolate toasted marshmallow shake, because it tastes like a s'more.

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    1. what a hell courtney? how have you NOT shared this with me yet??!

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  9. I grew up splitting my time between my dad in the city and my mom just outside the city in Maryland (kind of by the DC temple). And love it there! The pictures are making me miss it there a lot. It's a gorgeous city with a personality all its own! Glad you got to stop by & enjoy it!

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  10. Natalie. Oh my gosh. I am in love with your writing style. I don't even know how you write in such a relatable and engaging, yet hilarious way. Every post gets me so excited to see what you have done with words. I hope I can learn to master words like you have some day. And, of course, your style is incredible.

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  11. i grew up outside of dc and love that city - i'm so glad you guys enjoyed it. wonderful to see the monuments at night, too!

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    1. Me too! Where at? I'm from Springfield. My dad has nailed down a very precise 'monument night tour' that he gives to friends and family visiting the area. He's so proud.

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  12. my "sister" lives in alexandria! love. it. it's so adorable. i love their store called "olio" where you can try and buy different kinds of olive oils and balsamic vinegars! (or eat lunch with all the samples... whatever suits your fancy :P)

    cheers!

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  13. we were there last november, i was 24 weeks pregnant and OH MY the WALKING. are you used to that since you live in NY? i am in iowa and we drive everywhere....made me want to move to a city! and get in shape!

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  14. i am going to make it to washington dc one day.

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  15. Air and Space Museum is my personal favorite and a Marshmallow shake sounds delicious.

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  16. Your day trip looked like so much fun!! Xo

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  17. We were almost neighbors! Next time you three trek down to DC, I'd be happy to lend some recommendations to you about your almost-hood and other fun finds around the city.

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  18. GSE for the win! I go there about once a month during the summer since I volunteer at one of the museums downtown :-D Glad you enjoyed your short visit to DC

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  19. Love DC! My boyfriend lives in Fairfax.

    Don't you just love the Lincoln Memorial? I always imagine that it will come alive like Zeus in the Disney Hercules. :)

    www.dailycatie.blogspot.com

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  20. Looks like so much fun! All the pictures look amazing http://www.hannamarielei.com/

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  21. Oh, this makes me miss DC oh, so much! Love that town!

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  22. You're boots are so cute! Where are they from?

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  23. Loving the nighttime shot of you and Washington Monument. Awesome! Also- extremely jealous that Huck will fall asleep in a stroller. My dude- not so much.

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  24. This is fun to read. We went to Mt Vernon today and we are in DC all week from California--I have many of the same pics. Isn't it just a jolt of patriot juice to the system? I swear some of those monuments have the same sacred feeling that the temple does. Truly inspired. Your photos are beautiful!

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  25. I love D.C. I keep trying to encourage my husband that we should move to the D.C. metro area in VA!

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  26. So glad you had fun in my neck of the woods! =)

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