Guest Blogger Today

The darling Stephanie of A Professor's Wife asked me to weigh in on what I have learned and am still learning about being a wife of a grad student. Head on over and check out her blog if you are interested. She and I share the experience of being a wife of a grad student with each other, and it has been lovely being able to exchange stories and advice. Thanks Stephanie for including me in your great blog.


today i am loving....

A clean puppy 
Freshly baked (warm) bread 
and the sign that spring has arrived. 


our sunday stroll around six mile run

I am ready for it to be warm. The motivation to get outside and go for long walks is slowly fading. Every time I venture outside I have to bundle up, and lately I still seem to be freezing. My body needs the warmth. This past weekend the sun came out, we decided Shento needed some outdoor running time so we ventured to one of our favorite spots, the six mile run trail. Our three hour walk turned out to be beautiful, still chilly, but it was nice to be out in the fresh air. I am hoping that the sun will grace us with his presence more often and that the warmer temperatures are upon us.

pizza night

On Saturday we had our friends over to enjoy a little pizza making. Each couple got a ball of dough and lots and lots of toppings. Bear and I got creative with the crust and made cheesy garlic stuffed crust. We even started a slight (friendly) competition on who was going to create the best pizza. I think we all won! They all looked so good, and mine was delightful to eat.


turning around a bad day

I had a frustrating day. When the hubby got home from school he had something on his mind that would cure my bad day. A night out at our favorite restaurant. They serve the best (strom)boli's and have unlimited refills of diet coke. Exactly what makes this girl happy, cheese and caffeine! As an added bonus (the hubby new this when he made the suggestion to go out) the Gators were playing BYU. And although we are not huge sports fans, we always cheer for the Gartors! It was fun being the only ones cheering and yelling at the TV screen. Thanks hubby for turning my day around. You always know exactly how to do that!


Washington D.C: part two

Part two of our D.C adventure begins with the Saturday night in Alexandria, VA. I lied and said I had no pictures but I was able to steal some that Ryan took. 
I realize this picture is blurry and not completely in focus, but I love it anyways. 
It was the weekend before St. Patrick's Day and everyone was celebrating. Notice that Ryan is the only one who wore green! 

Sunday morning we went to brunch at Old Ebbitt Grill. If you are ever in D.C, I highly recommend this place. I ordered the eggs Chesapeake and it was delicious. 

After brunch we split up. Janice and I went to a small craft show and the the guys went and wondered around the city. 
After the not so impressive craft show, Janice and I walked to U street (about 7 blocks). We stopped at U street for a hot beverage and a cupcake. 
The guys wondered around the city, going to the top of the Postal Building and visiting the Kennedy Center. 

Monday, Bear and I went and saw all the monuments and walked around Tidal Basin. 
The FDR memorial. 
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. 

Tuesday we went to the Holocaust Museum. The museum was a wonderful living memorial for all those who suffered. One of the featured exhibits was 'The Power of Nazi Propaganda' which displayed and revealed how the nazi party used propaganda to sway millions with its new vision for Germany. Bear found this exhibit to be the most interesting. In the museum there were films, pictures, and diagrams that told the story of the Holocaust from beginning to end. At one part you walk over a bridge, you can see all the way up to the top of the building and all the way to the bottom floor. From the top to the bottom there were hanging pictures of people. To me, that part was breath taking. The raw images told such a story of suffering.

That evening we all went out for Pho at a local Vietnamese restaurant. Ryan and Bear were a little unsure about the dinner choice. But trust me, they soon changed their minds.... It was scrumptious.


 We went to the Air and Space Museum. 

and to the Hirschorn Museum (picture above), the America Art Museum, and my favorite.. the National Portrait Gallery.

We also hit up the American History Museum. This was my favorite museum out of all of them. The first picture is of Julia Childs kitchen. Also on display is all (at least most) of the First Ladies inauguration gowns on display (plus anything else that the First Lady at that time wanted to donate). Pictured above is Jackie Kennedy's dinner dress and Michelle Obama's inauguration gown with her shoes and jewelry. All the dresses were gorgeous! 

Lastly, we enjoyed the evening with some more wonderful friends, Austin, Sara, and Janice. We all met up at Good Stuff Eatery for some delicious hamburgers and the best marshmallow shake I have ever had.  

Whew.. this concludes our trip to D.C.  It meant the world to us to be able to spend so much time with all of good friends. Thank you to all of them for sacrificing their houses, beds, sleep, and time to hang out with us. Oh yeah, we thank all the doggies for behaving so well.