grandpa jimmy’s 85th birthday

We headed back to DC earlier this month for my grandfather’s 85th birthday. We wouldn’t normally make the drive twice in a month’s time, but we really wanted to make sure we were there. I’m so glad we went; we enjoyed the party and seeing family, as well as spending time with my brother, Josh, and his family.

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alexandria 2.0

We just returned from our second trip this summer to Old Town, and it was well worth the two days in the car with a toddler. Alexandria has become a ‘happy place,’ of sorts, for me these last couple years. It’s a destination I associate with motherhood, as I started joining Andrew on his trips just before and during pregnancy; my favorite thing to do while we’re in town is hit the 529 Kids Consign store, sometimes more than once. Alexandria a place I can see old friends, like Betsy and Phil, and my parents. The hotel in which we stay each time is now familiar, the eateries are exciting, and the outdoor spaces are full of energy for both young and old.

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