This Thanksgiving was my first big holiday being away from my family and I was not a fan, but other than that very big factor, it was one of my favorite Thanksgivings. I was still lucky enough to spend it with Land and we got to celebrate our 1 whole year of knowing each other. We met for the first time last year on the night before Thanksgiving after we had apparently been dodging paths our whole lives – being in the same circle of friends and growing up ten minutes away from each other (I even went to a party at his house a few years earlier without meeting him) – but that’s okay because if anything had gone differently, that night may not have been one of my all-time favorites!
We spent the entire day doing nothing but cooking (ok throw in 1 nap) and partaking in multiple FaceTime calls with various family members. The rest of the weekend was just the best getting to explore the city. AND it was our last time having to say goodbye to each other. Now we’ll be able to get on each other’s nerves in person, rather than over the phone, and that’s all we’ve wanted for the past year.
^^ You could say we had a lot of leftovers…for a few days. This foodie of mine…he even needed appetizers. And if we didn’t have enough leftovers already, we had to go to the grocery store the next morning so we had enough toppings for the leftover turkey sandwiches. But anyways, he was really proud of that turkey. I was proud of the apple tart, which we didn’t get to because we were too full.
^^I’m really extra thankful to have someone in my life who believes in making things beautiful the way that Land does!!^^The next morning we ate a bunch more and then went to Union Market to explore and find some rumored murals. We found them. I was really mad at myself because I decided I’d leave me camera at home for the weekend and just enjoy being out but it was just such a beautiful weekend altogether and all I have to remember it by is iPhone pics. ^^Then Orlando started getting bossy. ^^Ice Skating in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Just another thing he’s naturally good at and I suck at. ^^Is it just me or is this city the best backdrop for anything?!?^^We spent the next morning on Capitol Hill, starting with Eastern Market because, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s the best. This rug shop had me reallyyyyyyyy wanting to own a house already. I fluctuate between moments like “I’m 22, I have my whole life ahead of me” and then moments like this one where I’m like “Give me a house and 2 kids already.” It’s really damaging. Help.^^Walked around the Library of Congress until Orlando picked up an emergency phone on “accident” and we made a quick exit. ^^I mean COME ONNNNNNNNN. Is the Capitol not just the most photogenic thing you’ve ever seen???^^I just could not contain myself in this moment. It had been cloudy all day and as the sun was setting some of the clouds cleared and it was turning all the white buildings gold, complimented by the orange leaves and I just !!!!!! #nofilter
You have my heart, Washington, and you always will. Thanks for letting me stay awhile.