Monday, April 4, 2011

Weekend In Photos: The Washington DC Edition

As we count down our days on the East Coast, the kids are getting more and more frantic about the things we "must" do before we move to the left coast. On top of their lists: eat a last cheesesteak at Tony Luke's, eat at Banana Leaf, eat at Classic Diner, and go to Washington DC. To eat. Of course. These are my kids after all.

So off we went to DC. Although I was sneaky, and managed to get a girls' day out for myself with Cindy and Keisha. So fun. And so bittersweet.

Keisha was pretty determined to get some Georgetown Cupcakes. They have their own TV show! Who knew! Well, apparently everyone but me. They had moved from their teeny storefront on a small side street to a much larger location on M Street. Again, I had no idea. But we could tell where it was located from the ginormous line wrapping around the block. NUTS! No, we don't love cupcakes that much. Especially after having some really nice pizza for lunch. Add to the fact that it was raining and hailing. So we ducked into Paper Source, and bought more paper goods than we needed. Then into Lush and got very nice smelling bath bombs. Then, and only then, we went to brave a cupcake line. Not at Georgetown Cupcakes. Not at Sprinkles (I mean, one can get Sprinkles anywhere else in the country, even if they are good.) But we went to Baked and Wired, which was pretty amazing too. Plus the place was just cute. And the lines were shorter. I'm going to recommend the Fresh Strawberry, the Cherry Blossom, and the Razmanian cupcakes. Not that I ate all three by myself...

And then we had to say goodbye. I'm going to miss Cindy and Keisha so much. We will see each other again. But the get togethers won't be as spontaneous anymore.

My family and I stayed overnight, and we ate ate ate. We did take a little eating break to go visit the zoo (they had baby lions) and say hi to the pandas. And visited Mt Vernon. Of our 20ish trips to the DC area, we had never been to Mt Vernon. It was about time. So fascinating to see where George Washington lived. And to learn more about his accomplishments. Everyone knows about him as the father of our country, but I knew very little about the farmer and husband.

And now we are back to school, work, and packing. At least I won't have to clean the house this week. YES!

Food paparazzi!

Crazy line just for cupcakes. Look past the end of the line. It wraps around the corner down the other street.

We had to settle for a photo on the outside.

Inside Baked & Wired. So cute. So yummy!

Stumptown coffee? Please. And yes, I tipped really well.

RED VELVET! It was good too.

Love those girls!

There was this and a huge thing of Korean bbq. The kids ate it all. I had to fight for a few scraps.

Those cherry blossoms. So pretty. So allergy inducing.

I couldn't stop thinking "someone needs to wash those panda butts."

Love how they pose nicely for photos.

We do love Thai food. Can you tell?

A super nice Japanese lady forced us into a family photo, and then praised my children to the skies. I love her already. Oh, that is George and Martha Washington with their grandchildren Washy and Nelly behind us.

The mansion at Mt Vernon. The other building to the right is the kitchen.

And thank you for the love re: house sale and Jillibean. You guys are awesome. I mean that.


Barb April 4, 2011 at 6:40 AM  

Congrats on the sale of your home and on the JB DT. You rock on both fronts- the renos and constant cleaning/tidying... and the simple elegance of your designs. You know I mean it when I say, when I grow up, I wanna be YOU, right?! ;)

Abbey April 4, 2011 at 9:15 AM  

I miss DC so much - we lived in Alexandria for 8 years before moving back to the "middle"/flyover state area - sigh-- still dream of cherry blossoms. I had one of those Georgetown Cupcakes at a conference there last summer and it was truly the best I've ever had, but I've heard great things about baked and wired too so perhaps on my trip next month I'll sneak one in (I still work out of our DC office so I do get to visit). Glad you had a lovely trip!

kimosabescraps April 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

amazing set of pics.. looks like a fun time with the "girls"
I am in Rhode Island.. will have to drive to DC now... so much beautiful things to see there in our nations capital

yyam April 5, 2011 at 8:12 PM  

Oh my! The food looks so yummy! :)

All the best on the move and congrats on the Jillibean DT! :)

P/s: I giggled about the panda bear...;)

Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM  

dude, the raw fish platter is pretty & colorful, but alas, i'm not into raw i've never been to Mt Vernon either, now i want to go. hmmm, i feel a family trip in the very near future. love your DC photos, too. so fun. it was such a great time, but so short :( can't wait til July :D

Courtney Walsh April 9, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

omgosh. this looks sooo fun!! I cannot believe the cupcake line! I love the cupcakery here in Colorado--no line there, but they are so nice and the cupcakes (especially the gluten free ones) are SOOO good! :) Love it!

Katja April 11, 2011 at 4:08 AM  

Sounds like a fun weekend!! And congrats on the Jillibean DT!

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