Showing posts with label DC bucket list. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DC bucket list. Show all posts

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DC Bucket List: Great Falls & Mt Vernon

I haven't posted about our DC Bucket list in a while, but its still going strong! We crossed two more items off our list this fall since its been so unseasonably warm--yay!-- and we'll be working through some more in the upcoming months.

The first place we went was Great Falls! It was a gorgeous 70-degree day and the drive there could't have been prettier. The changing leaves in Virginia are amazing and some of the prettiest I've seen. I love living here for that reason.

When we got there we met up with a friend who has 3 little ones and strolled around and chatted. The paths were wide, the scenery was unreal--I can't believe a place like this exists so close to DC--and it was really kid-friendly too. When we got there were 3 school field trips going on and also bathrooms were close by, which is a big deal in my book.

The second place we checked out was Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home. This was a plus and minus experience for me. First it was a hike--literally and figuratively-- and it was hard to try to entertain Sawyer who was a little too young to get the historical aspect of it and also feed Rhett.

It was a beautiful day when we went, but walking up and down hills was not fun with a toddler and 7-month old. I was huffing and puffing and there wasn't a good place for me to sit down to feed Rhett. Plus, whenever I did, Sawyer would get bored and try to find something to do so it was hard.  If Z was there it would've been a different story, but doing it solo with a friend was not my cup of tea.


But, if your kids are older--or you have a friend/spouse/partner there--they did have a lot of fun activities for kids to do like a candle-making station, a hay maze, and you could pet oxen which was really neat to see.


Friday, May 29, 2015

DC Bucket List: Roosevelt Island, Cartoons & Coffee and Gravelly Point

A couple weeks ago, we started a bucket list for DC! Its full of things that we've haven't gotten around to in the last year and half and that we'd regret not doing to if we moved away. I'm going to be sharing some of our adventures throughout the year! If you're local, copy us or give me our own ideas!  I'd love to add more to our list.

I didn't include pictures this time, but you can check out our adventures on my instragram: jessicaleigho3

Roosevelt Island.

I loved Roosevelt Island and thought it was perfect for the summer. The island is small, shaded and a great spot for picnicking. We stayed for a good hour just hanging out and watching Sawyer run around the memorial. We tried to do a little lesson on who Roosevelt was, but aside from a few facts that Sawyer recited when we left, it didn't really have any lasting impact on him. ;)

I also loved one of the quotes there from Roosevelt there:
I want to see you game boys, I want to see you brave and manly and I also want to see you gentle and tender.
Be practical as well as generous in your ideas.  Keep your eyes on the stars but remember to keep your feet on the ground.
Courageous hard work, self mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful to life.
Accept the nation and the individual, the one indispensable requisite is character.

Cartoons & Coffee. 

We met a friend for Cartoons and Coffee at the Mosaic District. Cartoons start at 9 am on Saturday mornings and you can grab a coffee across the street. Even though we had a good time, I don't think we'll be doing this again. They didn't have the water feature turned on and there wasn't a lot of shade. This summer will be incredibly hot, so those two factors will keep us from going. On top of that, there wasn't a lot of seating in front of the screen, so we had to lay out our picnic blanket on the sidewalk. Whomp!

Gravelly Point.

LOVED. IT. Time magazine rated it as a top thing to do in DC and I have to agree. Gravelly Point is off of GW Parkway and just a great spot to watch the planes come in and out of Reagan. The park's incredible because the planes get so close (just a few hundred feet over your head) and you can hear the engines as they glide in. I think this is the perfect place for kids. Sawyer had a ball running around and pointing at all the planes. It was pretty fun for us to see.

My only suggestion-and maybe I'm just being paranoid-but since the planes are so close, they can be really loud. I was a little nervous with Rhett, so next time I'll bring a hat to cover his ears. Again, this might be me being paranoid.
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