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I can’t believe that this was the first weekend in probably two months that we actually had a weekend at home without ANY plans. Although we managed to fill the weekend with lots of errands, it was so nice to be able to do them on our own time table without worrying about having to be somewhere else. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I thought that I’d let y’all know what I’m currently doing to end this relaxing weekend at home.

WATCHING- Game of Thrones, of course! Thank goodness Game of Thrones started the week after Walking Dead ended, otherwise I think that Chris and I would’ve gone crazy without having one of these shows to watch on Sunday. I’ve read all of the books, so this season it’s been pretty interesting to watch how the show and the books meet up, and to see how some things change.

READING- Splendor Falls by Susanna Kearsley. The Winter’s Sea was the first book by Susanna Kearsley that I read, and I instantly fell in love with her and her books. She typically writes historical fiction and some of her books center around the same time period as the Outlander books, the Scottish uprising. So if you’re interested in that time period I definitely recommend looking into her books. I just started Splendor Falls, so I’ll have to let you know how it is!

EATING- Pho! Chris and I started a new tradition of Sunday Pho-Day a couple of months back, where we have pho on Sundays. We found a small Vietnamese restaurant close to our house that has excellent pho, and Chris and I seriously can’t get enough of it! I think that I could eat that noodle soup all day e’ery day!

DRINKING- A wonderful glass of red wine from Napa, a Duckhorn Cabernet. You know those shows where everybody is always drinking something, like on Real Housewives of NYC Ramona is always drinking Pinot Grigio, well Game of Thrones, they’re always drinking red wine. It almost seems like you’re sharing a glass with the characters when you’re drinking what they’re drinking.

WEARING- Some stretchy PJ pants, I just had a huge bowl of pho! Plus, let’s face it, it’s Sunday night, and what better way to enjoy it than by having some comfortable pants on.

PLANNING- This really should say “needing to plan” instead of planning. It’s so crazy to me that April is almost finished, which means that the summer and July is right around the corner, which means that Hawaii is also right around the corner! So far, our flights and hotels are booked, and I have a few ideas about what we’re going to do when we get there, but that’s all! Super crazy for me who practically had our Disney trip planned out minute for minute a couple of months in advance. I really need to get the ball rolling and get some things booked so we have a general idea for what we’ll be doing while we’re there, besides relaxing.

FEELING- Accomplished and ready to take on the week! Chris and I got a lot of things checked off our to do list this weekend, and a completed to do list always makes you feel ready to conquer the week.

WISHING- For three days weekends! Even though we accomplished a lot this weekend and still managed to relax, I still would really like to have that third day where I don’t have to do anything! Am I the only one that sometimes likes to not get out of my PJ’s on some weekends?

LOVING- My new place settings that I got from Pier 1 this weekend. One of my good friends always had her dining room table set, even if she wasn’t having people coming over for dinner. It always looked so inviting and welcoming, so I decided to do the same thing at our house. I started off last year and got different settings for Fall and Christmas/Winter, and we just got the cutest settings for Spring and Summer. I’m in love!

 The Wandering Weekenders- Currently

The Wandering Weekenders- Currently

The Wandering Weekenders- Currently

The Wandering Weekenders- Currently

Well, that’s all I have for y’all on this Monday morning. I hope that y’all have a great start to the week, and there aren’t too many “cases of the Mondays” out there!

Five Things Friday {Week 27}

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s my five things for the week!

  1. If you can believe it there is literally nothing on the calendar for this weekend! I seriously don’t remember the last time that happened! We still have some errands that we need to run around town, but it’s going to be so nice to not have anything specific we have to run and do.
  2. I’m finally getting caught up on my DVR at home (it’s hard to stay caught up with all of my bad reality shows when we’re gone on the weekends)! There was one show in particular that I was very excited to binge watch the 4 episodes that we had accumulated, and that was Outlander. I’ve read more than half of the books, and I’ve loved every minute of the show! They’ve done the first book justice and every woman’s fantasy of Jaime Fraizer. I can’t wait until Saturday to see how the next part of the book plays out.
    The Wandering Weekenders- Five Things Friday
  3. As y’all know Chris travels quite a bit for his job, which is the reason we’re able to go on our weekend trips (thank you Southwest!). One of the main places that he flies to is Chicago (he’s actually there once a month), and we’ve been planning on tacking a weekend onto one of his trips since I’ve never been. Well, we’re officially booked and we’ll be headed to Chicago is June! I’m so excited!
  4. On Monday, Chris texted me this picture of a dove that decided to make our fan on the patio their nest for the forseeable future. It’ll be so cute to see all of the baby birds, but hopefully they’re not too noisy and Dart doesn’t decide to try and play with them.
    The Wandering Weekenders- Five Things Friday
  5. So far, I feel like I’ve been sticking to my goals for the year of trying to be more active. When Chris is out of town I always try to take Dart on walks because I know how antsy he gets when we’re gone for long periods of time. To help me to continue to stay on track, I helped my boss put together a walking competition at our office. We had a huge turn out, so I’m hoping that people will stick with it throughout the competition.
    The Wandering Weekenders- Five Things Friday
    I love the fact that FitBit gives badges, and I especially nerded out about this one!

Well that’s all I have for this Friday! I hope y’all have a great weekend!

Weekend Wanderings- Washington DC {Part 1}

As soon as I found out that Chris had Companion Pass status for this year, the first trip that popped into my head was a trip to Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms. It’s been on my theoretical bucket list for as long as I can remember because it’s just one of those things that people say you should see during your life. So we decided to plan our Washington DC trip for early April because that’s potentially a good time to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom (late March to early April is the optimum time for the cherry blossoms, depending on how severe of a winter DC has).

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

Saturday

We arrived super late on Friday night because of a later flight and the time change, so we basically just headed to our hotel for the night. But if you know me or have been reading this blog for a while, you know how much of a planner I am, and in true Ashley fashion, I had a full day planned for us on Saturday and Sunday, so we needed a good night’s rest on Friday.

The National Archives

Our first stop of the day was The National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The website said that the National Archives opened at 10:00 in the morning, so we decided to arrive a little early to get in line because there’s typically a line.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

Good thing we decided to leave early! The weekend we were in DC was the last weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival and Saturday morning was the Cherry Blossom Parade which literally closed down Constitution Ave, the street right in front of the National Archives. Needless to say, traffic was insane, and when we arrived there was already a line of people ready to get in.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The National Archives ended up letting people in early, so we actually ended up getting into the building right around 10. We immediately headed up to see the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. It’s just so awe inspiring to think of what the forefathers of our country put on the line to declare our independence from England, but then also how they were able to build our country from the ground up. It was also kind of sad to see how much these documents have deteriorated over time because of the paper it was written on. You can barely see John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration.

I’d also like to give a big shout out to my 12th grade Government teacher for making us memorize the Preamble to the Constitution by listening to the School House Rock song. Chris and I definitely sang the whole song, and there were definitely some other people in line singing it too!

Lunch

Once we finished up at the National Archives it was the perfect time for an early lunch. Since we were planning on hitting up the monuments and memorials in the afternoon and there wasn’t much to eat around there we decided to grab lunch at place near the National Archives called Taylor’s Gourmet. Taylor’s is a very good sandwich place that offers a wide range of sandwich types. I opted for The Race (a turkey sandwich) while Chris opted for Jackson (chicken salad sandwich). Although both were very good, we both agreed that Chris had the better meal.

Monuments & Memorials

After a little refueling at lunch, we were ready for a very busy afternoon. So we headed up the mall to hit up all of the Monuments and Memorials before heading to the Tidal Basin to see all of the cherry blossoms. The first stop was the Washington Monument, then the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, and finally the Korean War Memorial.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- 6 Things I Learned While Visiting Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

While we were walking amongst the monuments and memorials, we saw little pockets of cherry blossoms which made me even more excited to get over to the Tidal Basin where the largest amount of the cherry blossoms are located.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings Washington DC

I was also amazed by how many people there were! Sometimes it felt like we could barely move because of the amount of people. So if you go to DC during the cherry blossom time, be prepared!

Speaking of cherry blossoms, the Tidal Basin where the majority of the cherry blossoms are was the next stop on trip, but since that would probably definitely result in picture overload, I’ll save that for next time!

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