DC Adventures • National Gallery of Art

Friday, February 28, 2014

So Tuesday morning started out with a little bit of this. . .

Our favorite breakfast right now - steel cut oats with blueberries, almonds, a sprinkle of sugar, and a splash of cream.

. . . and a little bit of this.

Then we said goodbye to Papa like we always do, but he came back through the door just an hour later and I couldn't stop smiling. The stock truck was supposed to come that morning, but was rescheduled, so they sent him home. He's been working nonstop over the last month or so to save up the money to get to Brooklyn because well, we mostly hate D.C. but maybe a little less on days like this. What we both really wanted to do was lay around with unwashed hair in our pajamas and drink coffee all day and watch old Meg Ryan movies on Netflix. Well we probably would have argued about watching Meg Ryan all day, but I digress. Ev and I have been suffering from serious cabin fever these days and although it makes it a little more bearable and cozier inside with Alex home, Ev was still antsy. It was early, so we decided to drive into the District to see one of the many museums we've had every intention of seeing by now, but well, it's Winter and the trek is long with a toddler in tow. We settled on the National Gallery of Art and while it was definitely worth the free admission, it was no Georgia O'Keeffe museum. That one's my favorite. Maybe I was just overwhelmed? I really enjoyed the Monet and Van Gogh section, but for the most part we wandered around in the stuffy portraits and made jokes about how many nipples we could spot in each room (Ok, maybe that monologue was in my head. . .), then we ran out of time and had to get back to our car because we could only find a 2 hour spot when we came in and I had already fed the meter an entire jar full of change (no, seriously - I keep a Mason jar of change in my floor board that I could probably kill someone with if they ever tried to rob me). It was an outing, nonetheless, and we were all a bit happier as we left, but hungry, so we stopped by District Taco in the Eastern Market area. Ev fell asleep in the car on the way there and by some miracle - the parenting Gods were on our side that day - she stayed asleep as we got out of the car and walked her down the street and laid her in a booth. She slept through the entire 40 minutes the parking meter gave us to eat and it sort of felt like a mini date. There may have been some goofy smiles and quiet high fives at the dinner table because 'hey, free date!'

Obligatory ceiling shot.

I love a man that takes charge of the stroller, but not more than a man baby wearing.

My goal was to get just one picture of her looking at a painting studiously then I would put my camera away, but the skylight in the ceiling was way more interesting. And I had plans to put a picture of Ev and I in front of a Van Gogh painting here, but the sweater I was wearing was too short and every time I bent down next to the stroller my butt crack was showing and it was in every picture, so there's that.

And here's a picture of a meltdown because I'm a doofus and forgot to pack a snack in the bag and it was past lunch time and it was nap time, so in toddler-land that's basically the end of it all. On another note, isn't the way she holds her own hand the cutest? I think that's how you survive the toddler years, "She's screaming for a snack and I have no snack and I'm getting really stressed out - oh look how cute her hands are!" So we asked a nice security guard where the nearest snacks were and headed that way where we shared a tiny banana bread and bottle of milk and found a fountain that made her day. She flipped her lid over the 'big wah-wah!'

When the day was done, we made our way back to the apartment and resumed our winter hibernation. Let's all hope it doesn't snow again and Spring comes soon because the Jacobs family is losing it.

The end.

P.S. Our trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
And a trip down memory lane when we went to the Georgia O'Keeffe museum for my 23rd birthday.

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  1. We were in D.C. from Feb 26 - March 2! Never made it to the art museum, but did make it to the National Portrait Museum which was interesting. We were glad to get home though for sure. It was super cold!

  2. She is seriously just too cute! What fun :)
    xo TJ




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