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Washington, D.C. at Christmas

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

This week, I spent a few days in Washington, D.C. for work. It was nice being in the capital city around the holidays. The decorations are awesome. Here is the Christmas tree in Union Station.

Here is the Christmas tree in front of the Capitol.

I had dinner with colleagues at the Dubliner, which is an old Irish pub. The atmosphere was amazing and the food was good too.

Washington, D.C. is one of my favorite cities to run in and I continued my running streak by running each morning.

On my last evening, I walked all over the city. I found a neat holiday market but I couldn’t buy anything because I didn’t have a way to get anything back home.

The Dave Matthews Band was in town, but I kept walking.

I went to The White House and took some nice night photos and visited the National Christmas Tree. As much as it is talked about, I thought it was underwhelming.

I did like the wreathes at Union Station

Washington, D.C. with Tristan

Friday, March 30th, 2018

This past week, I had to work in Washington, D.C. Since Tristan was on spring break, I took him along with me.

At work, I am under a social media policy which restricts me from discussing my job on social media, so this post will only talk about the non-business aspects of the job.

We flew out early Sunday morning so we would have some sightseeing time.

After landing, we went by The White House on the way to The Mall and several Smithsonian museums.

My all time favorite museum in Washington, D.C. is the National Museum of American History. So, we stopped there first. We were starving so we went downstairs for lunch first. We had an awesome view of the Washington Monument and the new National Museum of African American Culture as we ate.

The region had a massive blizzard the week before we arrived and it was still cold!  There was even snow on the ground in many spots.

The National Museum of Natural History is another one of my favorites!

While exploring the city, we stumbled across this dump.

I’m still doing my running streak, which requires me to run at least 3.1 miles each day.  On Monday morning, we woke up and ran by The White House, The Lincoln Memorial, around the tidal basin to the Jefferson Memorial and then to the Smithsonian Metro station to go back to our hotel.

Early mornings in D.C. are absolutely beautiful. And, there are no tourists out that early. This photo looks like a postcard.

Then, I left Tristan at the hotel and went to work, which is right next door to Union Station.

After work, Tristan met me half way down Massachusetts Avenue between our hotel and my work. We visited the International Spy Museum. We also checked out the National Portrait Gallery, where Michelle Obama’s portrait had been recently unvelied.

In the same room is one of my personal heroes: Bill Gates.

For dinner, we ate at one of my favorite places — Hill Country BBQ. We were pretty impressed when Attorney General Jeff Sessions walked in.

I sent Tristan to chat him up and we both got selfies with him.

Tristan was impressed with his entourage waiting outside the restaurant.

On Tuesday after I finished work, we went to the National Museum of African American History. This museum is awesome and I regretted not being able to spend more time there (it was nearly closing time when we arrived).

On my lunch break on Wednesday, I explored Capitol Hill with a colleague.  Still snow on the ground!

Wednesday evening, Tristan and I went to he Holocaust Museum and then for a run around The White House.

On Thursday, it was good to be finished with work. Tristan and I explored The Mall and the National Air and Space Museum.  We found the car from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on display on the mall.

That evening after dinner, we went to Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream. It did not disappoint!

On my trips, I always get to FaceTime my baby!

On Friday, I reserved some sightseeing time before heading back to Georgia. We started at the Supreme Court. It was my first visit.

Then we went into one of my favorite buildings — The Library of Congress.  I think it is the most beautiful building I have ever been in.

That afternoon, we returned home to prepare for Easter festivities!

Vote for Mackenzie

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Mackenzie was elected to represent her class on the Lake Joy Elementary’s student council. She decided that she would run for treasurer. We helped her create posters and assemble some treats.







Then, she had to give a speech in front of the entire school.






Unfortunately, she lost to a third grader who’s mom teaches at the school. She wishes that she had run for a position like president that was limited to 5th graders so she would have less competition, but I think she learned a lot about the political process — especially that people get where they are based on who they are born to, not by how hard they work.

Princess Preparation

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Happy President’s Day!

In this election year, it is hard not to focus on presidents. Today, however, we are focused on princesses. Kimberlie is running the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon on Sunday and today is a good day to prepare our signs. I’m on a federal holiday and the baby isn’t here to thwart our progress!


Tennis with Mayor Toms

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Today at Mackenzie’s tennis camp, Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms came out to play with the kids.  Mackenzie loves tennis, but she would never give up soccer!


Mackenzie playing with the Mayor


Mackenzie and Mayor Toms


Mackenzie’s Tennis Camp Group Picture

Washington D.C. Adventures: The Museums

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

You can’t go to Washington without experiencing the many many museums.

More posts from our trip:

Around Town
Our White House Tour
The National Zoo
The Capitol
The Monuments

Washington D.C. Adventures: The Monuments

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

My favorite part about Washington is the monuments. They dot the landscape and the skyline.  We visited the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall, and World War II Memorial, and then went to the top of the Washington Monument. While at the top of the monument, Marine One flew onto the White House grounds to pick up President Obama. After we were back on the ground, Marine One and the President flew right over us!  Later in the week, Mackenzie and I retraced our steps during an early morning run.

More posts from our trip:

Around Town
Our White House Tour
The National Zoo
The Capitol
The Museums

Washington D.C. Adventures: The Capitol

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

The Capitol Tour was the biggest letdown of our trip.

More posts from our trip:

Around Town
Our White House Tour
The National Zoo
The Monuments
The Museums

Washington D.C. Adventures: The White House

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

The highlight, by far, of our trip was our tour of The White House. It took quite a bit of planning on our part because we had a baby and strollers and diaper bags are not allowed. Everything worked out perfectly. It was amazing to be in a place where such a large amount of history has happened!

More posts from our trip:

Around Town
The National Zoo
The Capitol
The Monuments
The Museums

Washington D.C. Adventures: Around Town

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

We just returned home from a family vacation to Washington, D.C.  Washington is not the type of place that a typical family spends their family vacation. If Tristan had stayed at Heard Elementary, he would have visited Washington at the end of his 5th grade year, just like I did and thousands of other students have.  Unfortunately, Lake Joy Elementary doesn’t do anything comparable. So, I decided to take the family to explore the city.

I’ve broken the trip down into several posts on this blog documenting our adventures:

Our White House Tour
The National Zoo
The Capitol
The Monuments
The Museums

The Supreme Court held arguments on the Monday that we were there so we were unable to visit the Court. And, the Library of Congress was having an extensive fire drill when we were in the area, so we had to skip that one. But we visited lots of sites, learned lots of stuff, walked many, many miles, and ate lots of good food!