Monday, March 23, 2009

Our Trip to Washington D.C.

First, thanks to everyone for all the wonderful birthday wishes. I spent a great birthday weekend with Sam in Washington, D.C. Sam was there for business and I was there for pleasure. My only requirement for a vacation was met--no kids. I could go to Beaver, Utah and it would still be a vacation if I didn't have my kids with me. Anyway, I digress.

One thing you should know about Sam is that he hates to ask people to take our picture. So he tries to hold the camera out as far as possible for a self-portrait, hence the Washington monument coming out of his head.


One thing you should know about me is that I am an eater. I love to eat and I hate to waste even one meal on a vacation. I am very nervous about ordering badly, which I have a knack for. Luckily, I have a husband who takes pity on me and will always switch me plates so I'm not sad. The best food we had was at a Mexican restaurant in Ballston, Virginia called The Rio Grande Cafe.


While in Washington, we visited the American History Smithsonian (my favorite) and Sam was able to get this photo with his idol, Stephen Colbert.


We also went visited the Mall (not a shopping destination, to my dismay) and the white house.


We went to Arlington National Cemetary. The cherry blossom were just beginning to bloom and it was gorgeous.


We also took in a matinee ("Taken") and I did some shopping while Sam attended meetings. Among other things, I picked up this little beauty at Macys. (Mine is white!)

The highlight of the trip was seeing a older, well-dressed lady wearing open toed boots on the metro. I kid you not people. It was one of those moments where I thought "She looks nice" and my eyes traveled down until I got to her boots. They were very 80s. Then I saw the peep toes. I couldn't believe it. Is this out there being done? Say it isn't so.


23 comments:

Liz E. said...

Brooke,

It looks like such a great trip! I'm glad you two were able to get away, kid free! I love D.C.!

Ashley said...

Peep toe boots? I have now lost my innocence. NAST. We are also always doing the self-photo. It's a great vehicle for getting some kind passerby to offer to snap a picture. Cute purses--both the new one and your green one! Your trip looks so fun. I love that restaurant in VA. I am still upset about two dinners where I mis-ordered in Hawaii. Tragedies both times, made worse by Tyler making fantastic choices.

sheryl said...

A weekend just isn't long enough! I'm glad you had fun! Amazing things are to be seen in DC We went there on our honeymoon. That is where I saw my first homeless lady. She was sleeping in the bathroom of the washington monument. Rolled up her bed and put it under the sink during the day. I think it rocked my world. I was so protected.

Ashley said...

P.S. I like the picture of Sam with Colbert. His expression reminds me of Luke.

And I'm jealous that you were able to load and use your pictures. I am going crazy.

Christie said...

Did 'Taken' terrify you as much as it did me? I'll tell you one thing, my poor kids are NEVER going anywhere alone. EVER.

Amy said...

How fun. I love a good "tag a long" trip. Like you said, anywhere without the kids is a vaca!

Linda said...

You look darling in all the photos! Glad you had a good time and got some shopping in. I love D.C. shopping. You know I have that same Tignanello purse in black. You've got good taste!

Kimmie said...

Im SO JEALOUS!!! I haven't been back since after freshman year! My Dad used to take us out of school every year to go see the cherry blossoms/parade! DId you happen to go see the "thing" called the Awakening? My very favorite (if it's stil there)

Lauri said...

Hi Brooke....You are so cute! I am so glad that you got a trip in to D.C. It is one of my favorite places, so beautiful and full of history! I loved living there!! The pictures of you and Sam were so cute, looks like you had a really great time! You soooo deserved it! I am envious!! :)

sarahw said...

I am completely jealous of you. A trip without kids, WOW!! I think you were in DC the perfect time of the year-not too hot or cold.
Great purse, it is really cute.

Sam said...

The highlight of the trip was when we checked into the hotel and Brooke found some "complimentary" brownies by the elevator. We were rather famished and noticed that there was no sign indicating a per person limit. So we grabbed a few and ran to our room like Bonnie and Clyde.

D.C. was a blast. Good weather and great food. Uncle Julio's Rio Grande is the best mexican food I have ever had. (www.unclejulios.com)

Mandee said...

I love Washington D.C. and I love good Mexican food. I guess I need to plan a trip.

The Mostess said...

Love DC. So glad you had a great time!

Boots are for when you have crap feet and haven't gotten a pedicure....like all winter long. This defeats the purpose of boots--plus they're ugly!

Pandy said...

You chose the perfect time to go to DC. I haven't been in years, but I loved it.

You both look amazing.

I've never heard of open-toed boots, so don't blame it on my generation!

Linde said...

Glad you had fun. I love D.C. and everything there is to do and see!!

Those boots are amazing--amazingly weird! Ugh!! :)

The pictures of you and Sam are so cute!

Heidi said...

I love D.C., and I am glad you got to go and have some fun! Kid FREE! Your new purse if adorable!

Dave & Kami said...

Hi, it's Kami, Nic's sister. O.k. i have to tell you i love reading your blog. I can be having an average day then you post that are good friend Jason the Bachelor is wearing an 80's vest and you make my day. Today the peep boots are my favorite. You are so funny!! Thanks Brooke!!!

Bonnie said...

I love the pictures. Thank you for sharing. I laughed out loud picturing you ordering badly and your hubby switching with you. Now that's true love.
I love to eat also.. especially Mexican food.

Jaime said...

you had me at no kids. good for you guys! dc is such a blast. i really could do some damage there. i think my fav is the portrait of colbert. nice job on the bag. tell me how the white works out - i admit, i am nervous about white bags.i've had my eye on this one at pbk (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/da130/index.cfm?pkey=cdiaper%2Dbags%2Dbaby%2Dgear&cm%5Fsrc=hero), but am having an inner conflict over whether it will remain looking so clean. you two are pretty adorable.

Marni said...

I love DC. It makes me feel so patriotic. Careful about any vacation to a place named Beaver, even though I do agree on the no kids thing.

nic said...

Your trip sounded fun. At least you got some shopping in. Love the peep toe boots.

Ashley said...

New post! New post!

HAPPYHANERHOME said...

Those boots are ridiculous!! LOL! LOVE the bag though!