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A Christmas Washington DC Visit

We had the most magical weekend visit to see Ian's grandparents in DC.

I can't describe how fortunate I feel to have these special people in my life. Grammie introduced me all weekend long as her granddaughter. I haven't been referred to as a granddaughter since my sophomore year of college when I lost the very last of my grandparents. She and Grampa Jim call Ian and I "our Will and Kate." The love we feel from them is just so heartwarming.

Ian slyly tried about eighteen dozen times this past weekend to sneak the restaurant bills from them, but his grandparents were on him every single time like hawks, insistent that "we were theirs for the weekend" and our money was no good in DC. It was just so sweet.

I arrived Friday afternoon, and after lunch I went with Grammie and Ian's sweet cousin Megan to Tyson's Corner for a little holiday shopping. Ian arrived later that evening due to an afternoon case in Charlotte he had to attend for work. That evening we ate at home and took it easy. We had a busy day planned for Saturday!


We had a great breakfast at a nearby family-run diner that Grammie and Grampa Jim visit every Saturday morning. The true highlight of Saturday, though, was seeing the Washington Ballet perform The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater. We had great tickets to begin with, but we received a last-minute upgrade to VIP tickets which included premiere seating and drink tickets. I know you are so jealous that I got a free ginger ale. :) Almost back to the champagne days, almost. Only twenty more weeks.


The theater was so lovely, and I loved the DC spin that this ballet corps put on the traditional Nutcracker story. I teared up at so many points in the ballet just reminiscing about the days when I used to dance in The Nutcracker and the wonderful people I miss from the ballet school. 


Following the ballet, we braved the 37-degree temperatures and rain and headed to the White House to see the National Tree. It was a beauty!




They also have trees set up for each state, so here we are with the North Carolina tree. 


That evening, we were treated to a fantastic dinner out. I had a steak with lobster mac & cheese and roasted brussel sprouts with prosciutto and a mustard sauce. We came back to the house afterwards and sat around the tree, just chatting. Grammie brought out a tray of decaf mandarin orange tea and homemade cheesecake slices. 

All of that food + a growing baby equals one large tummy.


I'm still smiling as I reminisce upon the highlights of the weekend and the unconditional love I feel from these beautiful people.

I hope your weekend was filled with loved ones as well. This is a great time of year to reflect upon the important family members and friends in our lives. Cheers!

36 comments:

  1. This post about made my heart burst!! You're so very lucky to have Ian's grandparents, as they sound like such sweethearts! And Grammie is just beautiful :) Glad y'all had a great weekend! I imagine DC is just perfection this time of year.

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  2. I live in DC, and I just love your Christmas pics! It's been breaking my heart that I haven't had much time to go anywhere this holiday season. You are positively glowing due, no doubt, to baby happiness and holiday joy. By the way, what's the name of this diner y'all visited?

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  3. How sweet! Looks like a fab weekend. That tree is AMAZING!

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  4. Awww! What a wonderful weekend with Grammie and Grampa!!! This will always be such a sweet memory for yall! Love that Ian still has such healthy grandparents!!!

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  5. Love that you had such a wonderful weekend with such special people! They sound like absolute gems!

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  6. What a fantastic weekend--and I love going to the Nutcracker before Christmas. Totally gets you in the spirit!

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  7. What a special and fun weekend! A trip to remember.

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  8. he looks just like his grandma! very cute. this made me miss my grandma a lot. merry christmas.

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE! What priceless, treasured memories!!!! Grandparents are the best. :)

    Merry, merry, beautiful mama! xx

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  10. I love DC, it's such a magical city, and the fact that you got to spend it during the holidays with Ian's family is so sweet! Looks like a great weekend!

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  11. My old stomping grounds! Hopefully you stopped in C. Wonder at Tyson's, one of my favorite stores there. Sounds like you had a great trip despite the weather! It was brutally cold and wet Saturday night!

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  12. Sounds like an amazing weekend, there is nothing better than weekends with grandparents. I grew up dancing in the nutcracker too. I love going to see the Nutcracker because it brings back so many great memories.

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  13. Looks like you popped!

    I used to go into DC all the time when I was little, my grandparents lived there too. Haven't been recently around the holidays, I must make a trip!

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  14. That tree is gorgeous! How fun and special to get to be a grandaughter again. I so wish my remaining grandpa lived closer. He was our best wedding gift!

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  15. Awww looks like a WONDERFUL weekend! I just love grandparents <3

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  16. What a beautiful weekend you all got to spend together! I love that they call you their Will & Kate!!

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  17. The DC Nutcracker is AMAZING! My husband and I saw it a few years ago and it's still one of our favorites. Do you remember the name of the restaurant you went to on Saturday night? That meal sounds delicious!

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  18. This is so sweet! I love family time :) your bump looks adorable.

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  19. Love that you were spoiled by "grammie." Very nice to be pampered while pregnant, I know. :)

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  20. I live about 20 minutes outside of DC and have yet to see the tree this year. Your pictures have inspired me to go this weekend. Ian's grandparents sound so special and sweet!

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  21. looks like a great time! i love being able to visit family! xo

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  22. They sound like such sweet people and it sounds like an amazing weekend! One of my goals is to go see the Nutcracker for Christmas.

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  23. For years and years me and my cousin Alayna would make an annual girls trip to DC the first weekend in Dec. to take in all of the holiday decor and fun. The National tree is always fun as is the Ole Yule log they have there. :)

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  24. What a special weekend! One you will never forget I am sure!

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  25. Aw! They sound so sweet. I think you have inspired me to write about M's grandmother now.

    Had you been to Tysons Corner before? It is fun during the holidays - but The Shops at Fairfax Square and Tysons Galleria are the ones that always get me into the most trouble. haha!

    XO

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  26. Aw what a sweet post! I'm jealous that you got to see the Washington Ballet perform! They are a wonderful company!

    Your bump is so cute! :)

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  27. What a memorable weekend filled with people you love! How sweet of Ian's grandparents to take you in as their own and to fill your heart with joy. Thank you for sharing your fun weekend with us all :)

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  28. it looks like DC is stunning at Christmas...and I'm so jealous of seeing the Nutcracker, I'm sure it was beautiful!

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  29. What a lovely weekend!! We saw the Nutcracker as well this weekend!! Seriously a wonderful show, wherever you get to see it!! And your absolutely glowing in all the photos!!

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  30. Sounds like such a fun weekend! Just think you can take your daughter to see The Nutcracker in just a few years!

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  31. Sounds like an amazing weekend! Isn't the Warner Theatre incredible? It's one of my favorites. So glad you braved the rain and cold to see the tree!

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  32. Love that Ian still has his grandparents and that you get to share them with him! I miss my grandparents so much too....especially around this time of year. Glad y'all had a great weekend!! His Grandmother is adorable! :)

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  33. We were at the National Tree on Thursday to see my daughter sing, so fun!

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  34. What a special trip! I really wanted to see The Nutcracker here in Richmond this year but we just haven't had the time...maybe next year!

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