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District of Columbia!!

August 16, 2017
Brennan Family

Finally getting around to sharing our photos from our trip to DC! It was a bit of a whirlwind, but we were so happy to have a change of scenery, get out of the city for a time and feel like we had a bit more space. Plus we got to see a lot more Gordon, which is never a bad thing 😉 I drove my kids down Thursday morning and we hung around until Monday. In that time, we saw a few sites downtown, checked out Georgetown, ate some very good food, swam nearly everyday at the hotel pool and visited the spot where Gordon and I got married, nearly 10 years ago!! Holy.moly.

Here are the photos we took! As usual, you can find my banter and commentary throughout these photos and our links, recommendations and details of where we visited at the bottom of this post.

Lauren, Brooke and Eddie sitting at a table

starting our morning with Sprinkles Cupcakes because why not??

Lauren and Eddie

Lauren and Eddie

A group of people walking down a street next to a brick building

Georgetown is the cutest little spot!! I looked into some real estate there and holy mama, can’t live there yet! Not a multi-millionaire.

A sign in front of a brick building

A person walking down a sidewalk next to a brick wall

A group of people walking down a street next to a tree

A group of people sitting on a bench

Georgetown Cupcake taste testing 🙂 When in Rome…

A group of people sitting on a bench

Eddie saying ‘cheese’!!

Gordon and Eddie

Gordon and the kids in front of a plane

Little miss attitude!! I tried to document this trip as much as possible and Brooke was having none of it.

Brennan Family

Love love love this picture of my family!

Brennan family in front of the Washington Memorial

Our pedicab driver did his best to take these photos even though some of them (read: 99% of them) were out of focus. Oh well!! He was so so nice.

Gordon and Eddie in the back of a carriage

My favorite picture of my husband from this weekend. He’s so dreamy. I love me a man with a baby.

A person standing in front of a building, with Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

S’up, Abe? I told Brooke that Abraham Lincoln was actually buried underneath his monument and she believed me for a solid 6 minutes. #winningatmotherhood

Gordon throwing Eddie up in the air at the Lincoln Memorial

Brennan Family in front of the DC Temple

Gordon and I were married here almost 10 years ago and haven’t been back since. It was so fun to re-live some of the memories we had and show the kids “this is where we took the picture that’s in our living room” etc.

Brennan Family in front of the DC Temple

Brennan family

Lauren and Gordon in front of the DC Temple


Such good pizza. SUCH GOOD PIZZA in Bethesda.

Helpful Links and Tips

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Georgetown Cupcakes–this spot might be the most famous spot in DC to go for cupcakes, so of course we had to try it out and they were legit!! It’s really hard for me to NOT like cupcakes though, soooooo. And a great tip that I got from one of my readers: go online and order your cupcakes. That way, when you get over to the store, you don’t have to wait in the long line. (And yes, its a long long line!) I jumped to the front, picked up my prepaid order and left. Took 60 seconds. It was glorious. Be sure to order the Key Lime Cheesecake Cupcake. Holy mama, its good. The chocolate peanut butter one was also killer.

Sprinkles Cupcakes–not as famous, but the original cupcake shop! Sprinkles was the first cupcake shop to be created. How neat! And it was only a few blocks away from Georgetown Cupcakes. Convenience at its finest, folks. Our favorites were the black and white and red velvet. Very very good! Again, its really hard for me to not like a cupcake. (And I just realized there are a few locations in NYC. Smart, Lauren. Smaaaaart.)

Pizza Paradiso–a highly recommended pizza stop from you lovely readers. It was quite good, but I’m not convinced it was better than the pizza I can get in NYC. (I’ve been spoiled and therefore ruined.) The salad I had was amazing though. We went right when they opened and had quick and friendly service.

Founding Farmers–ok, so I know a lot of you recommended this place to us, but we had kind of a bad experience. We had to wait 1 1/2 hours for a table and then the food was pretty lack luster. I guess because so many people told us to go there, my expectations were high. But it was just ok. (My scallops weren’t cleaned properly (mmm, grit and sand!) and the risotto I got was dry. If you don’t have to wait in a line, then yes, go to this restaurant. But if you have to wait more than 5 minutes, its not worth it (in my humble opinion). Don’t hate me!

Smithsonian’s National Zoo–so so awesome for the kids and its free! I didn’t know/realize that anything named “Smithsonian blah blah blah” is free! Again, I’m real quick sometimes 😉 It was a really hot day, so many animals weren’t out for us to see. But, there were quite a few pandas which made up for the lack of other animals. If you have little ones, I’d highly highly recommend the zoo.

National Air and Space Museum-another free spot to explore at the Mall. The lines were extremely shorter here than at the Natural History Museum, so we came here! If you have boys who are obsessed with transportation vehicles of any kind, this is a good stop to make. Also, be sure to check the IMAX schedule before so you can plan accordingly. We didn’t know there was an IMAX theater until we got there and wish we had known when certain movies were playing. (The one we wanted to see had already played for the day. They have several to choose from and usually only show each movie once a day.)

Pedicab tour–Out of the museum, we took a pedicab to see the other monuments and memorials because it was getting later in the day and our kids were getting tired. Plus temperatures were in the 90’s. It was a hot and sweaty day. But the Pedicab tour turned out to be a highlight for all of us! It was fun, fast and easy. Sort of pricey, but it saved us so much time. We saw: the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the WWI and WWII memorials, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and probably some others but I could only pay attention so much because KIDS.

This is where Gordon and I were married and hadn’t been back since we got married there in 2007. It was just as beautiful as I remember, if not more so…because it was warm and sunny…and we got married there when it was cold and rainy.

Gusto Farm to Street–we had a lunch at this pizza and salad spot in Bethesda and it was amazing. Like, I’m *this close* to writing the owners to ask them to open a place in NYC, right around the corner from my apartment. I’m just *slightly* obsessed. Oops? We got the Rio pizza and I had the Bleu Ribbon salad. SO SO GOOD. Probably my favorite spot we ate at the entire weekend, actually. If you live close to this restaurant, GO! Trust me.

I purchased these sunglasses in Georgetown because I’ve lost my sunglasses AND I’ve been meaning to get some new ones. My husband really liked the original Raybans on me, but I’m not convinced yet. Brooke picked these out for me and turns out they were exactly what I was looking for.

Most of the shirts I’m wearing came from my latest fix from Stitch Fix! If you’ve followed me for a while, then you know before I ever got pregnant with Eddie, I was doing Stitch Fix pretty regularly. Now that I’m settled in our new apartment and my body is generally back to normal (ha! is it ever really back to normal though??) I’ve just recently started doing more Stitch Fix. I’ll be posting more info about it next week. More info here.

These were the comfy shoes I wore for all the walking we did.

These are my extra comfy black jeans that I keep talking about. I only buy Paige demin these days because it fits my short legs, big thighs and small waist so well. What a weird and wonderful combination, right? If you are around 5’4″ like me, buy the cropped version and then they fit like normal jeans! HAHA!!

These pants are also pretty dreamy (in olive) and I wore them on Sunday when we went to visit the temple.

  • Reply
    August 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Psst, Lauren, if you’re ever craving Georgetown Cupcakes, there’s a branch in NYC, too.

    Also, Sprinkles wasn’t the first cupcake shop. That would be Cupcake Cafe in NYC, which started in 1988. Magnolia, the bakery credited with starting the cupcake craze (due to an episode of Sex & the City), was opened in 1996, and Crumbs was opened in 2003, all well before Sprinkles in 2005. Unfortunately, many of these cupcake shops have closed – Magnolia was sold and is now a chain.

    • Reply
      August 17, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I’m so confused!! Why is Sprinkles slogan “the original cupcake shop” then?? Ahh!!

  • Reply
    Melissa Heher
    September 25, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I just got back yesterday from DC and I loved every minute of it. You must try Old Ebbits Grill next time in DC. It was fabulous. We did eat cupcakes in Georgetown and I wished I had brought some home. I can’t wait to head back.

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    Amimul Ahsan
    November 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Hi Lauren,
    So many cute photos and wonderful travel experiences you are sharing. But know what attracts me most to this post? The little baby boy. Give him a kiss from me.

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    Kaitlynn Simpson
    June 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Lauren!
    I feel like we are already friends from the glimpse of your life that I see on Instagram/blog! My fiancé and I are going to be getting married in September and are going on our honeymoon in Virginia and D.C. We are so excited! Thanks for the great tips. Especially love knowing that the zoo is free! Wedding/honeymoon on two teachers budgets can be tricky! Also can’t wait to try the pizza. Your Friday pizza nights have been making me crave it!

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    Lindsay Cook
    June 20, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I love this city and always visited grandparents growing up – thanks for the new ideas!

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