Sunday, June 16, 2013

Turner Beach Mansion

My parents have been vacationing in Avon, NC in the Outer Banks since before I was even alive. I spent my first birthday there, we've brought friends and family to stay with us, and created millions of memories in our little Avon.

This year Chalisse and I flew out to go with my parents and some of our dearest family friends came too. Greg: one of the most hilarious women I know and one of my mom's oldest and most adventurous friends. Ann: my very first babysitting and good friend of my parents. Carrie: one of my dad's greatest friends who always gets a laugh out of everyone. 

We had a great time and here are some of the highlights: 

Puzzles: We got one puzzle that we completed with some ease and enjoyment. Then I got another puzzle that I thought would create a little bit more of a challenge with some more pieces. And well... I got some grief for that. We ended up staying up late and doing a lot of complaining. We finished it though, mostly because I "forced" everyone to work on it because it was my birthday.

Lipstick: Greg somehow tracked down these magical lipsticks. They come in crazy colors (ie blue, green, yellow, black) but change colors to match your skin tone. They're quite entertaining and have become a staple to my morning routine.

Bike Rides: We have some great beach bikes and a great neighborhood to explore. We even made a grocery store run. What could be beachier?

Pool Floating: At our new house the best part about it is our very own pool. Nothing could make me happier than turning on some music and floating in the pool... with a Diet Coke close by of course.

Beach Walks: This trip we spent very little time on the beach. Chalisse and I took I think 2 walks up and down with only our feet touching the water. 

Snow Cones: The ultimate beach treat are our treasured snow cones. They are the best ones out there and we are sure to make multiple stops through the week. The owner knows who we are and we just can't get enough.

Cartwheels: We took a trip down to see the Hatteras Lighthouse and wanted to have some more exciting pictures than just standing there so we went for cartwheels. We got some great action shots and some... less than great shots. The not so great ones will be kept safe. 

These are just some of the highlights, I didn't even mention sunburns, lots of guacamole, the license plate game, kayaking, apple uglies, room dedications, afternoon Grey's Anatomy naps, and scattegories. Our beach trips have some great memories and will have many many more.

Friday, June 14, 2013

DC with Chalisse

While Chalisse and I were in town we did the usual NOVA shopping, pedicures with mom and Rio Grande dining. And of course we ventured downtown. We were in Georgetown to browse and eat cupcakes, my mom did the monument drop off for pictures, the Holocaust museum, the American History museum. We tried for a Nats game but rain ruined that plan. It was humid but we met some fun tourists and took some great pictures. Love this city of mine.

Georgetown Cupake

WWII States

This guy. He offered to take pictures of us if we took pictures of him and his wife. He accidentally flipped the camera on my phone and took a few beauty shots of himself. He requested that I deleted them... yeah right! He was the cutest.

Ladies in Georgetown

Parents on the Mall being very windblown

Our farewell to DC

The best airport view there ever was

Until next time DC, miss you and love you.

Hometowns: Washington DC

Chalisse and I made a trip east to go to the beach and of course stop in to my hometowns. Yes, hometowns, plural. There's Herndon. My sweet little town where most my life was spent, where my people are and where there are so many memories. Then there's Washington DC. The city with a soft spot in my heart. When I was little I resented it a little bit because we were always taking the out of towners to do the same old things- museums, monuments, tours. Boring

Hello! What a silly child I was. I'm so in love with DC. Eastern Market mornings, dinners at We the Pizza, cupcakes in Georgetown, late night monument walks, the First Ladies exhibit, London reminiscing at Nandos, posing with Einstein, National Christmas Tree, Kennedy Center shows, metro rides, the 4th of July fireworks, Nats games, National Zoo and ice cream in Old Town. *swoon*

I feel a reminiscent post coming on... 
Okay fine. I'll post about Chalisse later. Here are just some of the many, many DC pictures with some of the many, many visitors who have stopped through my city. There are even some pictures of some cute boys and fabulous girls who are some of my very best friends.

Roy, Ryan, Me walking along the reflecting pool

Nick, Ryan, Roy, me with the Washington Monument... post a random rainstorm

A stop at the National Zoo when Julie was in town with Collin, Josh, Roy, Lisa, Nick, Will, Julie, me and Ashley

An amazing self-timer shot with the Capitol and Julie

Washington Monument with Jules (and a great tourist)

Eastern Market with Quincy

The Library of Congress with Q-Baby

Eastern Market with Mama

WWII with James Wheat

National Christmas Tree with Mary Kate and Katherine

Washington DC Temple with Katherine, Steven, Mary Kate, Katie and Jared

Washington Monument by the Vietnam Memorial with AT

Nats Game on the Fourth

Serendipity in Georgetown

White House Tour at Christmas with mom, Annie, Neels and Wrights

Lincoln with Q, Katherine, Mary Kate

Old Town Stroll with Mary Kate and Katherine

Capitol from the Newseum with Mama

A stroll around the Capitol with Katherine before a We, the Pizza stop

Old Towne in the rain with Lauren and Katherine

As mentioned, there have been many other visitors but not many pictures. I love this city of mine, one of my hometowns. Now I know this will beg the questions- "Why not move back?" to which I answer- "no comment"