Summer Weekend

Summer Vacation Week 2- A Trip to DC

This past week was crazy to say the least.

My Aunt, my father’s sister passed away and I decided to take the children with me to DC to attend the funeral. Unfortunately because of the short time frame the plane tickets were too expensive for all of us so I decided a road trip was in order.

My father didn’t want me to take the trip alone with the kids, as my husband had a previous engagement that he needed to attend in Miami so my father flew from Las Vegas to Atlanta and drove up with us.

With no prior engagements on my calendar we set out for DC on Thursday to do a little sightseeing before the funeral on Saturday.




Outside of the circumstances for our visit we had an great time taking in some of the sights and seeing old friends and family members during our short time there.

Friday we visited the Aquatic Gardens which is like an oasis in the middle of the city. Raw unbothered habitat is right up my father’s alley…and he was all in with his camera. Disclaimer: My father retired from National Geographic so there is some background on why he had us in the hot sun for about an hour snapping photos of turtles and lilly pads and geese.


Leaving there we made a few different stops checking out some of the sights that DC has to offer to include riding the new Capital Wheel at the National Harbor. I’ll just say I’m not about that height life at 35. I was a complete and nervous wreck the entire time. They lift you up and then you sit there suspended while they let other people on. Glad to say I did it once….cause




National Harbor

We slid by the Jefferson, Lincoln, World War II and Martin Luther King Memorials as well as the Monument.







…and no AKA could be 5 blocks from Howard University and not visit the AKA tree at the founding place of their beloved Sorority. I had to do it.


Saturday we spent with family before waking and getting back on the road Sunday around 8 to get back home. We landed back in ATL around 8p.

Again, outside of the circumstances it was great catching up with old family members and meeting new ones. Family really and truly is the backbone of EVERYTHING and I’m glad we took the trip to pay our respects.

I’m tired and the week ahead is full. My father will be here until Thursday so I will be scarce around the interwebs but make sure you come back tomorrow. I’m revealing the accent wall and Curtainworks curtains that I recently installed in the kitchen.

How was your weekend? Anything spectacular?


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    June 10, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Posts about DC always make me miss home! Sigh. I was supposed to be going up this weekend, but circumstances say no. 🙁
    I love the harbor up there. Why didn’t they have it when I was living there?It’s a great spot.
    Our weekend was full: Baseball, park, I got a new car…. That’s it!

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    June 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’ve been trying to get my brother to go on this same road trip since the Cherry Blossom Festival but he’s playing, these pics are gonna make me leave him! Other than the circumstances it looks like you guys had a great trip. Love that we both got the photography bug from our Daddies and their hours of getting the right bird and duck shots 🙂 🙁

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    June 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Definitely hate the circumstances around the trip but I’m glad you guys got to spend time with the family and see some sights! I barely even moved this last weekend and it was wonderful 🙂

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    June 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Aside from those unfortunate circumstances I’m glad you guys had a great safe trip/

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    June 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Bummer for the circumstances, but the pics look great and looks like family time well spent.

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    June 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    The best part about the trip is you got to spend it with your dad loved it. I have been to DC once and it was cold I vowed never to go back. I should maybe give it a try during the summer months though lol

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    June 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, yet so glad that you were able to make such a safe trip with your family. I am sure that your Dad had a wonderful time considering the circumstances of the trip. Wow, your little guy looks so much like your Dad.

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    Cam | Bibs and Baubles
    June 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Sorry for the loss, Mimi!

    Glad you were able to get some good family time in spite of the circumstances. I am with you on the ferris wheel. I want nothing to do with it. Not one thing.

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    June 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Despite the circumstances, it looks like you guys had a great trip to DC. It’s great that your father flew to you to make the trip. I’m sure its one trip that the kids would never forget! 🙂

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    June 13, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Sorry about your aunt passing. Glad that you all had a wonderful road trip and that you guys got to enjoy some more time with your dad. How cool is it that he worked for National Geographic!

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    Michellette "Mimi" Green
    June 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    While the circumstances for your visit weren’t the best you guys certainly enjoyed the city. The National Harbor is a total favorite of mine and really close to the house.

    My 2 year old keeps asking about the Capital Wheel so I think we might take Daddy tomorrow for Father’s Day. lol

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    Nicole Elliott
    June 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    So amazing! It looks like you managed to have a great time. We lived in Lorton, VA as newlyweds and I miss DC!!!

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      June 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      I’m from DC and there is a feeling there like no other. However, not that I have a family I don’t see us being able to function there. It is so expensive!

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