Instead of trying to catch up on every single thing from July until now, I'm just going to start from the beginning of December with photos and stories. However, here are some highlights and (just a few! photos) from the end of summer and fall:
|Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, PA|
|Love in Philly!|
|Jon, Sam, & Tim in front of the Rocky Statue.|
|Broc & Andrew at Gravelly Point, where the planes landing at DCA are literally RIGHT above you!|
|Gelato in Old Town Alexandria.|
|Ford's Theater, where President Lincoln was assassinated.|
|Pizza & Ping Pong at Comet.|
|My very best friend, Kristin. Miss her so much!|
|Happy bride and groom!|
|Hanging out in Erik's front yard...Long Island Beach!|
|Dining room view...amazing.|
|Gracie & I at Times Square|
|I've known Erik for almost a decade. We have been to Haiti, Mexico, & Israel on mission trips together, so needless to say, he's like another brother to me!|
September: We took a road trip to Dayton, Ohio for the Air Force half marathon and 5k. Our friends Steven and Starr went also, and the 4 of us ran the 5k on Friday night (Tim and I somehow both took 3rd in our age group division?! We think it was a mistake because that is way too ironic!) Tim and Steven ran the half marathon on Saturday morning, and Starr and I were the cheerleaders. Funny thing...the race directors on the course misdirected several runners, and Tim ended up running 16 miles instead of 13.1!
|After the half marathon + 3 miles.|
October: This month is always my favorite, between all the celebrations and gorgeous autumn weather! We took a little road trip across Virginia for a "wine-tasting weekend" for my birthday. Virginia has 221 wineries, and we visited 4, as well as the Shenandoah Valley (gorgeous view, even with the fog/clouds). We celebrated our 1 year anniversary (crazy!?!) on October 22. My parents came out to visit us at the end of the month, and they could not have picked a better time...the leaves were simply gorgeous! We enjoyed a long weekend filled with a Potomac river cruise, visiting George Washington's estate at Mt. Vernon, a trip to Amish country in Lancaster county, museums, monuments, old mansions, and Georgetown Cupcakes! On October 28, Tim ran the Marine Corp Marathon and I did the 10k. It was drizzly and a bit chilly, but overall a memorable and exhilarating experience. We were pleased with our times and look forward to next year!
|Mom, me, & Dad at George Washington's estate, Mt. Vernon. Gorgeous!|
|Library of Congress...aww my parents are so sweet :)|
|Skyline Drive, Shenandoah Valley, VA|
|One of our favorite wineries, Naked Mountain.|
|Sonni, Marine Mascot, me, & Leah after our 10k!|
|My fantastic running partner...we made it, 52:12!|
November: I decided to make some changes to my work/life balance. I decreased my hours at my current job, and took another PRN job at an outpatient clinic. I have loved being back in outpatient and am enjoying working less hours, while being able to do more volunteering, investing in church, relationships, and NOVA/DC experiences. We stayed in Virginia for Thanksgiving, and this year just may have been my favorite Thanksgiving ever. We ran a charity 5k to benefit SOME - So Others Might Eat, took some turkey dinners to people's homes who were stricken with life-threatening illnesses, then enjoyed a vegan Thanksgiving meal at a fabulous vegan soul food restaurant in DC called Everlasting Life Cafe. Phenomenal...it's Tim's new favorite restaurant, and I loved every bit of it! We will take you there when you come visit...yes, all of you :) We also celebrated Tim's 29th birthday with dinner, a massage at a local spa, and a trip to his favorite place on earth...the Nike store!
|Great race for a great cause.|
December: Our good friends, Caley and Garrett Love came to DC for a conference, and stayed with us for several days.We had an absolute blast! Garrett is a Kansas State Senator for the 38th district, so he stayed pretty busy attending meetings and dinners. Garrett and I first met when he was just a junior in high school...as a Student Ambassador at Washburn I gave him his tour of the university, so I always tease him that I'm part of the reason he has been so successful ;) Caley is an absolute joy to be around and we had fun with our "girl-talk" whenever our husbands were immersed in deep conversations about politics and law. On Thursday evening, the Loves invited Tim and I to go on a night-time tour of the Capitol with them and the rest of the Senators...it began at 9:30pm and ended around 1am. It was hands-down one of the most incredible experiences we have had in DC! It was given by Kevin Yoder and was far more in-depth and behind-the-scences than any other tour we would ever have. While in the Rotunda, Senator Jerry Moran walked out of his office, and we chatted with him and got a few photos. It was quite the memorable evening! For the rest of the weekend, the 4 of us enjoyed the Christmas festivities in downtown DC, Old Town Alexandria, and Georgetown.
|The new ice skating rink in Georgetown.|
|Ice skating + husband + glögg (Swedish mulled wine) = happy girl.|
|Hot cocoa at a French bakery on a cold night....mmm!|
|We met Senator Jerry Moran in the Rotunda at the Capitol. Thanks, Garrett, for snapping the photo!|
|The Speaker's Office.|
|The Speaker of the House's balcony...with an incredible view of the National Mall and Pennsylvania Ave!|
|Looking at another camera, but this angle works too :)|
|Garrett, Caley, Congressman Kevin Yoder, me, & Tim on the Speaker's balcony.|
|Beautiful Potomac River.|
|Love this shot of the Love's.|
|View of Arlington from Georgetown. If you look closely, you can see a stand-up paddler!|
You all have permission to hold me accountable for posting on a regular basis :)
Have a wonderful Christmas season!