We have officially decided to head back to our favorite city over the holiday break and I could not be more distracted. Homework due on Tuesday? Haven’t started. Multiple baskets of laundry? Haven’t washed. Dishes piled in the sink? Staying put. Why? BECAUSE I HAVE ITINERARIES TO MAKE AND RESTAURANT WEBSITES TO PERUSE AND BAGS TO PACK, PEOPLE! We can all ignore the fact that we’re not leaving for another 3 months.
DC, we are coming for ya. Round 2.
Spencer and I have been married for almost a year (SAY WHAT!) and we have discovered there are many things we love to do together and many we don’t (like following directions in the car and grocery shopping). However, one such thing we do love is traveling and all the planning that comes with. I know listing traveling as something you love to do as a couple is so #basic, but I am okay with that. We. Love. Traveling.
Over the last year we have traveled to many places with St. Louis, Gatlinburg, and DC being some of the best trips. For gifts we try to give each other activities or events or trips we can do together. Experiencing new places together is way more fun than a new sweater, lemme tell ya. Anyway. When we were in DC last winter, we absolutely fell in love. I mean, I think I cried when we pulled out of town and began looking up jobs we could apply for on the way home. Since then we have talked endlessly about our next visit and all the things we want to do.Well, next time is here y’all and this girl is not letting a moment go unplanned while we are in the city. Did I mention we will be there on New Years Eve?! Insert crying emoji face here. Most of my time lately is spent filling my computer screen with tabs of things to do while in DC over the holiday, and this weekend will be no different as I have dubbed it “Bookmarking Weekend”. Not sure if Spencer understands that itineraries for trips are a real thing, but he is about to have a rude awakening come December.
Things to do:
Zoolights. The zoo. At night. In Christmas Lights. IS THERE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD THAT IS BETTER THAN THIS? No. If those three things aren’t enough, the park serves hot chocolate, eggnog, and cider! Clearly there is reason to be excited. I want to make this a Christmas tradition, especially when we have little tots running around.
Holocaust Memorial Museum. I left DC last time with only one regret – not visiting the Holocaust Museum. One major reason we love DC is because of all the free activities. I find it both amazing and confusing that a city with so much history and art would provide these museums to its visitors for free. I could spend all day walking in and out of the Smithsonians, which is exactly what I imagine myself doing if we ever move there. This time we are definitely taking the time to explore this memorial museum, remembering the tragic event of the Holocaust.
Wicked at the Kennedy Center. Watching Broadway shows is one of my most favorite aspects of being human. Dramatic? Oh well. In high school, my love for musicals developed as I began participating in plays. I even got the chance to
basically play myself as Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Those were the days. Anyway. WICKED WILL BE IN DC THE WEEK WE ARE THERE AND I CANNOT EVEN DEAL. I have seen this show multiple times, and every time I leave wishing I graduated high school, moved to NYC, and jumped on a stage (That’s not actually how it happens – just day dreaming over here…).
Eastern Market. When we travel, we always use Airbnb. You can’t beat the experience of feeling like a local, living in the basement of some super cool city family for a few days. So to add to the local feel, we definitely want to check out Eastern Market. I plan on buying flowers and cheese and baked goods galore.
Places to eat:
As you can see, we are already a little packed to the brim for our quick trip. Last time, we had zero plans. We woke up when we wanted to. Went where we wanted to. And that was fun. We were newlyweds at the time, so wandering around, hand in hand, with no agenda was just right for us. We were just learning how to be married… did you really think we would have the time to figure out what museums to see?
Now that we are somewhat not-newlyweds anymore (right?), we like a plan. We like knowing each others expectations and then working to fulfill them. Even just a few months of marriage will teach a girl that knowing your husbands expectations (especially for a trip…or for dinner) is important. Not knowing expectations is a surefire way to end the night in tears (for me at least). Our first time to DC was sweet, but we found ourselves frustrated when deciding where to eat or what to do because there were so many options. This time around we aren’t spending that time arguing.
We understand the value of time and we want to honor what time we are given. These days away from work and school and responsibilities are few and far between, which only encourages us the more to plan and prepare. Sure there will be some spontaneity and there must always be room for things to go awry, but being intentional with time is a quality we want evident in our lives. And if we can be intentional with each other through planning the most amazing, stacked, fun, eventful few days in DC by way of itinerary…so be it. Teamwork makes the dream work, right? Itineraries do too.
What am I missing? Give me some of your favorite things to do and places to eat in DC. And forgive me for all the caps. I get a little excited.