NC to DC 

A few weeks ago we packed up the car and took a trip to Washington DC.

On the way we made a side trip to Williamsburg.

We toured the church, trade shops, the Governor’s Mansion, the court house, the jail, and walked around the historical area.

There were many portraits of Queen Charlotte. The girls told everyone that we were from Charlotte.

I was really proud of how my girls walked around (there was a lot of walking!) and sat through all the presentations. They were very good.

Their favorite part of the day was playing in the maze that is behind the Governor’s Mansion.

Later in the afternoon, we got back in the car and headed the rest of the way to DC. We actually stayed in Old Town Alexandria at the Hotel Monaco. We did a little walking around Old Town and then had dinner at La Madeleine. We took the girls swimming and then went to bed to get rested for our first day in DC.
The girls were excited to ride the metro (which they kept calling the monorail).

Once we got off at the Smithsonian stop we decided to first walk the Mall and see some monuments.

The Washington Monument:

The White House:

We stopped at the Reflecting Pool to feed the ducks.

Breeley took her shoes off for a minute as we were standing there. As we were getting ready to walk away she was slipping her shoes back on and somehow tripped and fell into the Reflecting Pool. She jumped out as fast as she could and started crying. She thought she was going to get in trouble.  She was also freaking out cause the water was so dirty.   Josh and I just had to laugh. It’s very shallow and she had her shoes off so really all that was wet was her leg.

After drying her off we finished our walk to the Lincoln Memorial.

Then we headed to my favorite – the National Museum of National History.

We stopped for lunch at the cafeteria. We had hoped to just grab something at a food truck but didn’t see any. The cafeteria was pretty expensive…

Then we headed around the museum. I was excited to show the girls the First Ladies Dresses. It was always one of my favorite exhibits.

Alyse loved looking at and reading everything she could. Breeley… She was much quicker to get done and ready to move to the next thing.

Cammie missed a lot of it cause she was exhausted by all the fun we had earlier.

We saw Abraham Lincoln’s top hat:

Visited with Elmo:

Saw Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

And Julia Child’s kitchen.

The girls loved playing with these electronic paper dolls.

We stayed until the museum closed and then headed back to the hotel.

We went out to dinner at Chadwick’s and did some more walking around Old Town.

The next morning we met Josh’s sister for breakfast at Jackson 20 and then headed to Mount Vernon. (Not a lot of photography was allowed.)

After eating lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn restaurant we went on a short cruise on the Potomac River.

That night we went to go see some family friends that I have known for 20some years.  It was so fun to hang out with the Sheets family and catch up!

Here is an example of one of the many reasons I love my husband – every night he was the one who slept on the roll away bed.  Cammie was supposed to sleep on it, but she wanted to sleep in bed with me.  So he gave up the comfy bed to sleep on the little bed with his feet sticking out over the edge.  He’s the best.

Our final day we headed back into the city.  We first went to the Air and Space Museum (which was packed!).  We walked around very quickly but made sure we saw the Wright Brother’s plane and looked at some space stuff too.

Finally we headed over to the National Museum of Natural History.

Again we ate at the (expensive) cafeteria and it was so busy.  We walked around and saw dinosaurs, butterflies, mummies, and their favorite part- the minerals and gems.

(Breeley had to take some time to put on some of my lipstick.)

When the museum closed we walked a few blocks to Poste to meet Josh’s sister again.  It was an excellent meal and a great ending of our time in DC.  We rode the metro back to our hotel and started to pack up and get ready for our trip back home the next day.

We really had such a great time!  We saw a lot and I really think the girls loved learning about a lot of things we have been learning about in school.  I know we will go back when they are older, especially since there is so much more that we did not get to do and see.

I did make YouTube videos of our trip.  Make sure you check them out!

NC to DC 1) The Road Trip

NC to DC 2)Colonial Williamsburg

NC to DC 3) Old Time Alexandria and DC day 1

NC to DC 4) Mount Vernon and Back to DC

A Day At The Stables

Alyse has been taking horseback riding lessons for about 6 weeks now. She lives for Tuesday’s! She loves going and I honestly have to basically drag her out of the stables after the 2hrs that we are there.

She is so comfortable around the horses and loves not only riding but also loves the stable work. Gray is “her horse”. Each week she is the first rider of the day so she gets to brush him, do the saddle, bridle, etc. She also gets to warm him up by walking him. Her favorite is when she is the only rider of the day so she gets to feed, water, and then take him out to the pasture.

It really is so much fun watching her get to do something she loves.

Here is her first episode of “Alyse’s Things” on YouTube. A Day At The Stables with Alyse

Napkin Roses

I have a new obsession with dishes. I want to buy more and more pretty pieces. I am starting to add to my collection hoping to someday soon have a very shabby chic and lovely mixed and matched dining room table. 

This weekend I learned how to create a new little special touch to add. Napkin roses. 

Now I can’t take all the credit. I learned it by watching this video from Lauren Conrad. (Love me some LC!) 

They are really fast and easy to make. And so pretty. 


Breeley’s Things

If your kids are anything like my girls, they are obsessed with YouTube Kids.  They could spend hours watching strangers open up surprise eggs, Shopkins, and other random things.  For about a year now Breeley has been begging me for her own YouTube channel.  I still don’t think a 5 year old needs her own channel, but I officially started a THING ABOUT THESE THINGS channel.


She will have her own video series called Breeley’s Things!  She has 2 new videos up!

 We don’t have a fancy set up or camera and lights… And I am new to this whole video editing process, but I am trying to make her little YouTube dreams come true.

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Celebrating Easter

Easter is a pretty big holiday at our house.  We buy the Easter outfits, the Easter bunny comes to visit, we do lots of fun crafts, and of course we spend a lot of time at church.  Our church has 3 days of worship experiences and watching people celebrate our Risen King is one of my favorite things to do.

Over the last few days I put together a few of our favorite activities to share with y’all.

My good friend Angela brought her kids over to have a little Easter party at our house.  We had a lot of fun having an egg hunt, bunny hop and egg drop races, and lots of playing.

I made lots of yummy food.  I love how Annie’s has a lot of bunny themed food, so I got a lot of their snacks to enjoy.  I also bought their mac and cheese, but I ended up using the noodles but doctoring up the cheese to make a crock pot version instead of the powdered cheese.  I also made a bouquet of flower cupcakes and bunny sugar cookies.  (And yes, I used my buttercream icing for both!)

I  had crafts for us to do.  We were so busy playing outside that we didn’t get much done, so I ended up sending them home with Angie and then afterwards the girls and I did them together.

The first thing we did was some Pinterest things that I had printed off.

For the last few years we read through this “devotional” about the Easter Bunny.  I feel like it kinda gives a reason of why the Easter Bunny comes to our house. (Found here)

Every year we also go over the Resurrection story using Resurrection Eggs.  We still used our eggs this morning, but I also saw these printable/coloring Resurrection egg craft and decided to do these too.

Then we also read these Bible verses about the Easter story.  (I’ve also used the Valentine’s hearts and the pumpkin verses in the past.)


The girls favorite craft was making these pompom bunnies and chicks.

All you need is some yarn, googly eyes, and some different crafting puff balls. (And scissors and glue.)

Start by wrapping the yarn around your hand a bunch of times.  I didn’t really count how many times… Just remember the more you wrap the bigger and fluffier your pompom will be.  Also I tried to use the kid’s hands at first, but they were way too small.  I had to do the wrapping around my own hand.


Cut a small piece of string to tie around the middle of your loops.



Cut the loops on both sides to create your pompom.


Puff and then add your eyes, nose/beak, and ears for the bunny.  (Actual cotton balls work best because you can stretch them out for more of a bunny ear shape.)


Cammie also was really proud of her spring flower.  She could do it mostly by herself so she felt like a big girl.  All you need is green popsicle sticks, glue, and cupcake liners.  A dot of glue and you have a happy 2 year old.



Every year we also make Resurrection Rolls.  (See my Instagram post for the recipe and Bible verses.)

And of course we dyed eggs.

I’m excited about getting dressed up and going to church in the morning and celebrating that HE IS RISEN!