The Cherry Blossoms This Year…

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DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 7 resized… like year’s past, they’re still pretty as ever. (Photos from 2013 and 2014. As for last year, apparently I wasn’t on my A-game.)

Not only was last Saturday peak bloom for the Cherry Blossoms, but the weather was gorgeous!

After I convinced myself that braving the crowds would be totally worth it (thankfully this year I had a family friend in town to entice me to go), I was almost immediately reminded that the view is something else – a view I definitely take for granted more than I should.

Here’s a few photos from the day …DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 6 resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 5 resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 2 Resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 4 resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 1 resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 3 resizedAll the photos were taken with my iPhone 6s and edited with A Color Story.


On Making Christmas Traditions…

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… while we might not have as many traditions as some (yet!), we have two we’ve been doing since we started dating, and each year, we’re looking to add more. Christmas Crepe Brunch 1 Christmas Crepe Brunch 2Our first Christmas season together, Jeff took me to a cute little crepe cafe in Old Town Alexandria, and not only did I love the food, but the ambiance just captures Christmas perfectly, so much so, last weekend we had our sixth annual brunch date! If you happen to go to Fontaine Caffe & Creperie, I highly recommend a glass of their hot cider, it’s truly the best around. Also, I’m not exaggerating when I say their “Just Peachy” crepe is divine. This time I think we devoured it in approx. 4 seconds, but who’s counting. 🙂

And speaking of Old Town, their residents know how to do Christmas. ↓Old Town Alexandria 1I’m a sucker for the look of simple greenery. Roaming their streets this time of year gives me serious real estate envy.

Old Town is also where I’ve listened to Jeff sing Christmas carols at a local art gallery for the past two years.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetAs I mentioned earlier, this is becoming a favorite tradition of mine – browsing the gallery and treating ourselves to a dinner at a local restaurant – it’s such a festive date night. Jeff's Christmas Concert 1And speaking of Jeff’s vocal talent (this is a very busy time of year for him!), the first time I met both of this parents was at his choir’s holiday concert two months after we started dating. It might sound silly, but each year it reminds me of that “new relationship” time in our lives – while I don’t love that time in our lives any more or less than where we are now, it definitely brings back all the nostalgic feelings – this year was no exception.

And last, but certainly not least, we added a new tradition to the mix …DAR Xmas 4 DAR Xmas 3 DAR Xmas 1… one of our good friends works for the Daughters of the American Revolution, and each year their headquarters – located right across from the White House – hosts a holiday open house. This year, I’m glad we took her up on the offer to attend, because they do Christmas trees right. Plus, we got to see this little one excited about seeing Santa, to absolutely fearing it, all in the matter of a few minutes. Two year olds. 🙂

Can’t believe we’re only a few days away from Christmas. I love our little traditions and I’m looking forward to adding more with each passing year!


Let’s talk about our curb appeal situation…

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… it’s not the best it could possibly be, but good news folks, we’re planning to change that very soon! Curb Appeal 2Unless you’ve visited our house in person (you haven’t? you’re welcome any time!), you probably haven’t see the outside of our house – with the exception of our ongoing struggle to get our grass to grow. One day, I tell you!

In all honesty though, we haven’t paid much attention to the curb appeal in the many years we’ve lived (some more than others, so who’s really to blame? 😉 ) here, but given that one day (not yet!) we want to sell our humble abode, we’ve decided to make some larger investments to the overall look of the house. Curb Appeal 3And it’s all starting this week! I can hardly believe it.

Spoiler alert: if the window units didn’t give it away, we don’t have central air. Welcome to the D.C. area real estate scene! 

Here’s a handy little graphic detailing our plans to spiff up the place. ↓ Curb Appeal 1First up, having PROFESSIONALS replace the old, poorly-installed windows. It’s supposed to rain Thursday, so fingers crossed. Curb Appeal 4When Jeff first told me he thought replacing the windows would be a great investment, I was skeptical. It seemed “less sexy” than some of the more obvious changes – paint, for instance – but, I’ve come around. My mom also works in the construction business and reassured me it’s the right move! So when they’re installed, I’ll be back with all the updates.

As for painting the brick – I get it – who wants to paint brick? But these photos don’t do it justice (in a not so great way) – the brick has white paint spots all over it, and while I love the look of brick, it’s time. We haven’t officially decided on a color yet (we might deviate from creme, say what!), but we plan to soon. We’ll likely finish the columns first and then paint, again, with the help of professionals.

However, this could be subject to change … home improvements, am I right?

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