Last week I was in D.C. to move my amazing niece into her freshman year at George Washington University. Good lord I forgot how crazy moving into college can be! It literally takes a village! Between my mom, my older sister, my brother-in-law, and me, we schlepped bags, bought copious amounts of items at Target and set up everything so that my niece could feel “at home” once we all left. Her digs look pretty awesome!
Besides college move-in, I got to hang out with my best friend (complete with lots of dancing…obvi), see my littler sister and aunt, and be a tourist for a few hours. We hung out in Old Town, a part of Alexandria, VA. It is such a pretty little town with cobblestone sidewalks, cute shops, restaurants and gorgeous homes. I’d like to live there ASAP…just waiting for my future husband to buy us a home. My family also took a Segway tour and despite looking super nerdy and being a tad nervous that I was going to fall over, the tour was A LOT OF FUN! Our Capital Segway tour guides were informative, friendly and funny. You see a ton of sites with plenty of time to take pictures. I highly recommend it!
For the week, we stayed with family friends, Marilyn and Jim, who basically treated their beautiful home like it was a Bed and Breakfast. Seriously…they could have a genuine side business. We all had our own rooms, Marilyn made delicious meals, Jim picked out fantastic wines from their warehouse (they’re wine distributors) and we relaxed by their wonderful pool. I’ll stay at Marilyn and Jim’s house, rather than a hotel, any day!!
Side note: while in DC I did notice a few interesting things: 1) the men are very well dressed 2) everyone is highly educated 3) the cell phone service is horrible (gov’t = few cell towers).
I’ve been thinking about my future lately and have started to plan out my next phase (more on that in a later blog!!) and being at a college campus really helped spur my inspiration. My niece is starting a new phase of her life and despite the nervousness that comes along with college, (new city, making new friends, being away from home), this is such an exciting time! Her classes and internships will help her figure out what she wants (and doesn’t want) to do with her life. George Washington University is lucky to have my niece as student and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.
Overall, the week was exhausting, but I had a ton of fun in D.C.! So glad I was able to spend time with my wonderful family and friends!