Thursday, April 30, 2015

April

Disclaimer: I didn't realize how many pictures we take each month! So, I'm sorry, this is totally going to be a photo dump- so read at your own risk! I realize this blog is probably more for my own records than anyone else's. I am a terrible journal writer, so blogging will have to do!

April was such a fun month for us! We started off the month with an Easter Egg hunt at church. James had such a great time picking up eggs and putting them in his basket. He also liked the candy part- especially the chocolate. The only downside is that it was still freezing outside. 
(thus the winter attire).




We visited the National Zoo on April 1st with some friends. Although the rest of the day was a TOTAL disaster, the zoo was really fun! There is nothing cuter than three little blonde guys super excited to see animals! The sea lions were a huge hit this time around.



Grandma and Grandpa came for a visit Easter weekend, which was SO fun. It's so nice to have family visit and show them around. They spoiled us rotten (as usual) and unfortunately missed the cherry blossoms. It was still a fun trip and James had grandma hangover for at least a week. 

We visited the National Cathedral, the National Portrait Gallery, ate at Founding Farmers, hiked at Great Falls, made Easter dinner, watched conference, James got his first real haircut, and we hit up the mall! It was a busy couple of days, but it was SO fun!










Naturally, two days after mom and dad left the cherry blossoms came out in full force! It was so fun to see them (and experience the manic parking situation- 45 minutes, are you kidding me?!)




I know I'm getting some major nerd points for this, but we visited the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center this month, and I LOVED it. Maybe it brought back old space camp memories for me or something, but seriously, I want to go here everyday. We got to see this awesome space shuttle that has been in space TONS of times. I know I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I had no idea space shuttles came back from space and landed like airplanes! It was so cool to see footage of it, as well as see the burn marks on this shuttle from going in and out of the atmosphere. We also got to see a Concorde airplane (NY to London in half the time), and a Blackbird plane (mach 3, NY-London in under 2 hours!)

OK, drooling over. But seriously, you should check this place out!



We spent a few days at the park soaking up the spring weather:



I just thought this picture was so funny- 
how he managed to stack them upside down I will never know.


We got (and lost) our first family pets: Vish & Ish
(may they rest in peace)


Had our first day of nursery (thank heaven),
James loves getting all fancy for church

Tidal Basin walks with my boys


Nicole & Max came to visit us and we visited the National Building Museum
and had a lunch date at Cava (thanks Jessie for the new addiction!)



Date night with my boy to see the Age of Adaline
(he secretly loves it when I drag him to chick flicks)


Ice cream dates to get out of the house while daddy studies for finals



As I write this post and remember ALL of the wonderful things we got to do this month I am overwhelmed at how blessed we are. Law School is hard, anyone who tells you differently is a liar, but we are learning to love the city and all of the many opportunities it gives us! Sometimes I focus on how hard things are here and forget to see all of the many adventures we have.

What's Next?
Rob has accepted an internship with the ACLU in Salt Lake for the summer so we will be going home to Utah until August. We are SO excited to see all of our friends and family. We are also excited to get out of the traffic and muggy summers DC brings.

Utah, HERE WE COME
See you soon!



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DC Starling Life

You guys! When did I become such a terrible blogger? Seriously, it has been 6 1/2 months! Because I am far too lazy to write 6 different posts, I am just going to write one, ridiculously long post. Read at your own risk!


October: 

I've already posted about most of October, but I left off Halloween! We took James Trick or Treating in Old Town Alexandria. It was so cute there! Crunchy leaves, tons of little kids, colonial buildings, and crisp fall air. It was perfect.




November:

Our first November in DC was interesting. I totally expected the Utah snow and cold, but oddly enough the leaves just started changing in November! It was still pretty mild and James and I were able to continue our morning walks. For Thanksgiving we got together with Dan and Nicole and made our own feast. It was a new experience for Nicole and I, and I'm fairly certain we spent 2 whole days cooking and cleaning. (I'm all for going out next year!)




December:

At the beginning of the month our friends, John & Cassie Fryhoff, invited us to see ICE! at the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor. It was a Frosty the Snowman theme, and everything was made out of ice! It was so fun! They even gave us special parkas to wear because it was so cold in there.








James and I spent most of December in Utah because Rob had finals all. month. long. Rob joined us for the last week, just before Christmas. It was so nice to go home and spend time with family. There was a lot of Christmas shopping, gift delivering, goody baking, sledding, snowboarding, and partying involved! Apologies in advance- this one is a bit of a picture overload.





















January: 

January meant it was time to go home and be back in DC. Don't get me wrong, we love aspects of being here, but we were definitely missing our family! Rob went back to school, the weather was terrible and cold, and all the partying was over. January only calls for only one picture, and it sums up how we ALL felt about that month.


February:

February is always my favorite month. It's my birthday and Valentine's day which means lots of eating out and lots of pink. It's pretty much the best. Plus its a short winter month. Win Win. Rob took me to this swanky French place in DC for my birthday, which was awesome. On Valentine's Day we spent the evening in Old Town Alexandria for dinner and walking. February also brought a visit from Nicole and Max (which is always the best part of the month), and a few trips to visit DC museums. We also got to have S'mores with Kim!














March:

March brought with it the Starling Flu which lasted a week and hit us all. It was the worst. Luckily the next week was Rob's Spring Break so we headed South to a little resort called Massanutten. We met up with Nicole and Dan at the Water Park and just enjoyed a weekend away from the city. James loved visiting the petting farm there! On the way home we stopped at Luray Caverns and went on a tour, it was so cool! Later in the month we got to visit Oxon Hill Farm with friends!













Phew! I think that catches us up! Hopefully now I can stay on top of blogging each month so I don't have to write these ridiculously long posts! Hope all is well with you and your families!