Hi friends! Matt and I had another productive weekend – but made time for a couple fun outings, too. 🙂
On Friday, we were celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary! (If you want a walk down memory lane, here are all the related blog posts: our wedding.) It was a rainy night and we weren’t feeling anything fancy so we went to an old fave restaurant, Il Radicchio in Arlington. We love this place but hadn’t been in ages – it’s really cozy and cute and reminds me of our early newlywed days since we came all the time when we first got married (we used to live within walking distance). Perfect!
We shared one of their big salads to start (love the addition of pine nuts!), and then I had the tortelloni – it’s pulled rotisserie chicken and Italian sausage tortelloni in a rich chicken & white wine broth, topped with crispy kale. So good! Considering a baby is smushing my stomach right now I have to eat really slowwwwwly so I don’t get too full too fast – Matt was done like 30 minutes before I was, ha! Good thing we weren’t in a hurry and he was enjoying his wine. 🙂
On Saturday, Matt and I slept in, I had some microwave banana oatmeal, and then a little later we headed to Dupont Circle in DC to meet one of my best friends from college, Kris, for brunch! Kris was in town from Paris for a wedding this weekend – SO fun to get to see her!
I love that Kris is dressed for a cold day and I’m still in summery clothes – I’ve definitely noticed that I’m way warmer than normal right now! It feels so good to have cooler weather.
We met up at Duke’s Grocery on 17th street – love their soft scrambled egg dishes.
Matt headed home after we ate and Kris and I strolled all the way down to the National Mall, continuing the catch up date. It was gray out but not rainy, and not too hot – perfect!
We ended up settling on a bench on the National Mall for about an hour and chatting before I walked her back to her hotel and hopped in a cab home. Miss you already, Kris! <3
As for the rest of the day, it was productive! I came home to find Matt putting up a cool tree decal we bought for the baby’s room (it’s from Wayfair)! We thought about painting or doing wallpaper, but Matt came across this a couple months ago and we thought it was so cute.
I wrote baby shower thank you notes while he worked, and then when I needed a break I helped him finish up. It’s all stickers and took awhile to put each part up carefully – each of those leaves is actually a separate sticker! Kind of a pain but also nice because then you can make it just how you want it. We used some of the leaves to cover up holes in the wall! And it was fun to be able to make the leaves look like they were blowing up the wall. 🙂 We love how it came out!
We originally had the crib over where the sticker was and the nursing chair was where the crib is, but we didn’t want to cover up the tree, and this configuration actually makes the room feel more spacious since the crib fits into a nook! Do you guys think it’s a bad idea to have the crib right by/under a window? We never open the blinds since it looks right into the neighbor’s house…
There’s another window over to the right by the tree, though, too – although it wouldn’t be RIGHT behind the crib because the crib would be up against the tree wall in that case, as you see below. (And yes, I know we can’t have stuffed animals in the crib with the baby at first – they are just there for now!)
Here’s the position of the other window – you can see a furry someone is enjoying it. 🙂
As for yesterday, we did more stuff around the house (and more thank you notes, and some actual work – this week is going to be a busy one for both of us), but took a nice break for a hike mid-day with a couple friends.
We met up in Great Falls Park on the Virginia side – we usually do the Maryland side, so it was nice to mix it up! We mostly stuck to the wooded trails but did a little low key rock scrambling by the water, too, which was fun.
It was nice to get some fresh air! We hit up Rockland’s BBQ after the hike for a late lunch (plus a green fruit smoothie I got on the way from South Block Juice Co. – I was so thirsty and craving something fresh and fruity because it was really humid/warm out). Yum!
Time to get to it – I am working downtown today but need to leave early because the dogs are coming back to us early evening from their 2 week board and train program and we have a follow up training session with the instructor. We’ll see how it goes!
Have a nice Monday, my friends!