My college girlfriend (and life-mate!) and I celebrated our much too long separation by running our first half marathons my first weekend back in the states. It was a wonderful accomplishment and we are already planning on doing another one together.
Another weekend mom and I drove up to New Jersey to spend the weekend with my Grandma. I got to see a lot of my aunts, uncles and cousins. It was so nice to just hang out, watch old movies and eat lots of yummy food.
Last year I didn't make it into the city and was super excited to get a DC day this time. Mary, Kate and I went to one of my favorite places on the planet, the Willard. We got fancy drinks at the Round Robin bar and I promised myself for the millionth time that I would stay in that hotel sometime soon. We walked over to the White House for a quick hello to Obama and I just loved walking down those DC streets again. Next we took a quick cab ride over to a German Beer Garden where we met Kate's dirndls and lederhosen clad friends for some beers. So fun!
I was pretty bad about taking pictures this trip. I did so many amazing things, spent time with wonderful friends, did a lot of shopping (I bought something astonishing like 14 dresses alone), a lot of eating wonderful American food, and a lot of running through the trees around the lake. I did a lot of rocking on my parents screened in deck. I did a lot of thinking. Did a lot of things that make me overjoyed and happy. There really is no place like home.