On New Year's Day, Joe and I packed up the dogs and headed down to Washington D.C.! It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment trip. Joe had a three-day weekend and we hadn't seen Stuart or anyone since we got engaged and we wanted to share everything with them. We didn't think we would be able to go because of snow conditions but that Friday morning we looked up the weather forecast and decided to chance it.
The dogs were very good for the trip, like always. I think they are used to these long road trips. I just imagine them saying, "Okay, guess we're moving again. I wonder where to this time?"
Doesn't Ava look chill? She's thinking "Hope it's warmer where we're going". (She was sorely disappointed.)
We got to Stuart's place around 5:00 p.m. on Friday. It was a looooong trip, but it was nice to have our new GPS that we got for Christmas from Joe's mom. It definitely made finding our way to Stuart's place on Capital Hill a lot easier.
We actually didn't do a whole lot while we were there, but it was just really nice to be able to see our friend and catch up. And Joe liked killing terrorists with Stuart via Call of Duty 4. They would listen to me talk about the wedding for a while, and then have to be 'boys' and play their game. :)
There is a dog park right by Stuart's apartment, so we took the dogs there once. It was so cold, though, by the time we walked the one block over, we were already practically frozen through. Ava REALLY didn't like it that I took her out in that weather. But I put on her coat and bundled her up and made her get out and see the city!
Right here in the sun is fine with me, mom!
Are you KIDDING me?? It's freezing out here!
And then there is Jack. "It's cold out here? Huh, didn't notice. Kick the ball again, dad!"
Aside from walking up to a Thai restaurant to pick up take-out our first night there, the dog park was our one excursion out. Didn't see much of the city, but that was okay. Stuart has a very nice apartment and we had a great time staying in.
Stuart's "what up" sign.
All the boys.
My friend Laura from Birthday in a Box came to hang out for a while Saturday night. It was so nice to see her! We talked a lot about the wedding and she so graciously said she would help me with my flowers since she worked at a florist for ten years! Score! (Didn't get any pictures of her, though, darn it. Too focused on catching up to take any.)
The trip definitely made us realize how much we miss the big city. Our next move (whenever that may be) will have to be closer to a city!