Mother’s Day


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My mother’s day was completely incredible! Evie gave me the best present of all by sleeping until 8:00am on Sunday morning. That is exactly what this pregnant Mama needed. I also got some new shoes, a balloon (that Evie promptly confiscated), and some delicious chocolates. I was completely spoiled…and it was amazing!

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After the glorious extra hour of sleep and gift giving, we got up and got ready to go out for a Mother’s Day brunch. We walked to Fireflies, down the street, to enjoy a delicious breakfast pizza and bluegrass music. The bluegrass band was awesome and Evie couldn’t get enough!

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After nap time, we walked down to Old Town Alexandria to get some frozen yogurt. It was really hot out, so froyo was basically the best idea ever. Then, we walked down to the waterfront to let Evie run around and to people watch for a little while.

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We were originally planning on grilling steaks for dinner, but on the way home we passed by a tapas restaurant called La Tasca, and decided to grab an early dinner there instead. Holy moly, that place was delicious. We ended up getting a special where we got 6 tapas and a dessert for $40. We had empanadas, paella, steak, lamb chops, and shrimp. Dessert was a traditional cream custard with raspberries. Seriously, the entire meal was to die for. Evie even got a dessert with her kids meal!

Even though we had the most delicious food (for which I didn’t have to cook or clean), and gorgeous weather, the best part of my Mother’s day was getting to spend the whole day with the people who made me a Mommy.

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Evie is 2!!


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This past weekend was Evie’s second birthday! We headed down to St. Mary’s, Georgia where Jun’s parents live so we could celebrate the big day with family.

It was seriously the BEST weekend! The weather was absolutely perfect, Evie had such a good time with her grandparents, and Jun and I even got in a little alone time. It was wonderful.

We got there around lunch on Friday, and went to the historic part of St. Mary’s. We sat outside at Sharkbite Bar and Grill and soaked in the warm weather and the cool breeze. After lunch, we walked across the street and took Evie to the playground so she could stretch her legs. On our way, she spotted a huge fountain and ran up to it and literally tried to climb in it. She was yelling for us to take her shoes off and got upset when we told her that the fountain wasn’t for swimming. She quickly got over it though and after a little time at the playground, we headed over to Grandma’s house!

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Jun’s parents were kind enough to offer to watch Evie for a little while while we went out to dinner. Alone. It was amazing! We went to Borrell Creek and sat outside on their deck overlooking the marsh. The weather was perfect, the view was gorgeous, and they had live music to keep us entertained! After dinner, we headed to the waterfront to eat some ice cream and enjoy being childless for a little while.

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Saturday we woke up early, and let Evie open some of her birthday presents a day early. She got some new clothes, and lots of sand toys that she could take to the beach! Then we got ready to go to the beach! We drove down to Fernandina Beach to let Evie run around, play in the sand, and experience the beach for the first time.

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Evie officially loved it. She ran straight down to the water (which was freezing…btw), built sand castles, and collected shells. I thought she might be a little bit scared of the water, but she was such a champ. She loved to run down and stick her feet in and chase her Daddy around. All the sand and sun made us hungry, so we walked up the beach to Sliders Seaside Grill and had lunch. It was so nice to sit outside by the beach, eat, and let Evie run around on the playground. It was a great birthday celebration.

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Sunday was Evie’s actual birthday, and Evie woke up requesting “Pampakes”(pancakes) for breakfast. So Grandma made her Mickey Mouse pancakes. They were totally epic, and Evie devoured them. Later on, we did her birthday cake and more presents. One of her big presents was a sweet Radio Flyer tricycle! It was a hit! After it was put together, she wanted to ride on it constantly! We pushed her inside, around the neighborhood outside, back and forth and everywhere else. Every time we tried to come inside there was a epic meltdown because she did not want to get off!

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Later, Jun and I got to go on another date. We drove down to Fernandina again and had lunch at a great little restaurant in downtown called Timoti’s Seafood Shak. Then we finished the date off with some yummy froyo at Island Time. Seriously, we had more alone time this past weekend than in the past 6 months put together. Needless, to say it was absolutely amazing, I wish we had the opportunity to do it more often.

Evie had such a great time at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Hopefully we can make another trip down later in the summer!

Easter weekend!


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This past Sunday was Easter! We woke up early and ate breakfast, and Evie opened her Easter basket! She got a new Green Toys tea set which she absolutely loves! She also got some Hoy Shoes Saltwater Sandals, hair clips, sunglasses and a Hello Kitty sippy cup. We have been having multiple tea parties a day, so I think the tea set was a hit!

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After naptime we went to a restaurant right down the street called FireFlies hoping for some bluegrass brunch. Unfortunately, we got there too late to see the band, but the brunch was amazing! Hummus and breakfast pizza…yum! After that, we headed home and set up a little easter egg hunt in the yard for Evie.

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At first Evie didn’t really know what to think about the egg hunt, but once she figured out what to do, she loved it! Next year we are definitely going to make more eggs. I thought a dozen would be enough, but she ended up finding them pretty quickly and got upset that there were no more eggs to find.  So, we re-hid some of the eggs to keep the fun going a little longer.

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Overall, it was an awesome Easter. I’m looking forward to next year when there are two littles to hide eggs for. This week we are having to switch gears from Easter fun to birthday festivities! Evie’s birthday is next weekend! (Seriously….how is that possible??) Here’s to another fun filled weekend!!

Cherry Blossom fun


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DSC00390    So, this weekend was gorgeous! Saturday we got up and ran all our errands early, then spent the rest of the day out in the backyard. We even fired up the grill and had delicious chicken skewers for dinner.

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Sunday we woke up early, loaded up our things and headed out to see the cherry blossoms! Unfortunately, we left a little bit later than we had hoped and the tidal basin was packed! It was ok though, because the blossoms were at peak bloom and they were beautiful. Last year, we went to see them but they were just barely budding. This year, we could definitely see what all the fuss was about! We walked part of the way around the basin and set up shop right by the Jefferson Memorial just like last year. Evie had such a good time running around and watching all the people. Amazingly, there was no one in the grassy area that we picked out so Evie got to run around to her little heart’s content.

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After a little while enjoying the weather and the cherry blossoms, we headed back to the Metro so we could put Evie down for her nap, and then headed over to a neighbor’s house for a cook out!

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It was a wonderful weekend, filled with good food, good weather, and good company. I am so excited spring has finally arrived!

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Spring is here….finally!


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We have had nothing short of a brutal winter up here. It has been cold, colder, and polar vortex cold. I mean, there have been at least five times where there was so much snow we were house bound for days. Needless to say, I am ready for some warmer weather.

This past weekend it finally reached the 60′s and we got out and enjoyed every minute of it! We went out to lunch and sat on the patio, went to the playground, and grilled in the backyard. It was exactly the weekend I’ve been looking forward to!

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This weekend we are planning on braving the crowds and going to see the cherry blossoms! The weather is supposed to be in the 70′s and the cherry blossoms should be at peak bloom, so it should be a great weekend!