Family Fun

Family Fun

After two long (yet seemingly short) months away from home in D.C., last weekend was perfect timing for a visit from my family. Independence is a wonderful thing; getting to move into your own place and live your life however you want is great, but I don't think I'll ever outgrow that feeling of comfort when I'm with my family.

 

The minutes seemed to be dragging on Friday as I waited for the day to be over.  Finally, it was time to go, so I slipped out of the office and half jogged to the metro. I knew my family was anxiously awaiting my arrival at the RAF. They definitely did not disappoint, my sister about tackled me when she saw me turn the corner. I was also surprised with a homemade care package full of delicious goodies (because I really needed to be tempted with more junk food)!

 

We didn't waste any time; I wanted them to see all of the D.C. highlights in the short amount of time we had. Food was necessary before we went anywhere, so I took them to my favorite spot at Union Station: Vittorio's, home of the best chicken salad sandwiches and gelato in all of Washington. This began the eat-fest that our weekend was about to become. After fueling up, we made our way to see my sister's picks for the weekend which included the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Capitol building. I felt like quite the tour guide having visited before, but still managed to make some new discoveries about the national sites. They never fail to impress. By the end of the day, I was just about walked out and welcomed the chance to fall into bed.

 

Me, my dad and sister, Jamie, on the steps of the Supreme Court building.

 

My mom, me and my sister taking a quick break on Capitol Hill.

 

No rest for the weary, though! Saturday was just as jam packed. We started out the day with some of the best pizza I've ever had at District of Pi Pizzeria: deep dish pizza with mozzarella, roasted chicken, artichoke hearts, red bell peppers, red onions, feta and sun-dried tomatoes. It's safe to say we all cleaned our plates. Then it was time to test our sleuthing skills at the International Spy Museum. That was my dad's pick (and mine) and I was pretty excited about it. I've heard the Spy Museum was pretty awesome, but I was too cheap to buy the ticket on my own, so visiting with my family worked out perfectly!

 

"The Bucktown" pizza from District of Pi.

 

The rumors are true, it's pretty awesome and definitely worth the money!  The museum covered every aspect of spies your imagination can conjure. From gadgets to history to Bond, it's there. Personally, I'd be happy with any one of the crazy gizmos they had on display.

 

My sister and I "blending" at the Spy Museum.

 

Next up on our tour of Washington was my mom's pick, the National Zoo. It was quite extensive and they did a great job of creating large habitats for all of the animals.  They even have a thing called "The O-Line" which is a series of ropes that stretch high above the walkways allowing the orangutans to move to and from different areas of their exhibit.  It's a pretty crazy concept, but crazy cool, too. By the end of the day, we were all ready to rest our legs a bit and enjoyed a relaxing evening in the hot tub at our hotel.

 

"The O-Line" concept at the National Zoo.

 

Sunday was the last day of their visit. The day began with a delicious brunch at an Irish pub in Eastern Market which is probably one of my favorite areas of the city. We decided to finish with a bang and took a walking tour of the National Mall, hitting all the major monuments. Let me just say, they look a lot closer together than they are.  Even so, we enjoyed a lovely day and my family got to see a lot of monuments they hadn't before.

 

 

My family at the Washington and WWII monuments.

 

Getting to spend some time with my family was just what I needed to de-stress a little.  I'm loving my time here at TWC, but sometimes things can get pretty busy, so it was nice to be able to just take a step back and relax a bit.  It really was perfect timing because from here on out it's going to be a blur of events. Now it's time to hang on and enjoy the ride.

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