Dressing up preppy and heading to the Foxfield Races in Charlottesville is a huge tradition for me and Rob. We have gone every year for the last six years and look forward to it all spring. In case you have never heard of it, Foxfield is a horse race but more importantly a giant, all-day tailgate. We usually go with Rob’s fraternity but this year we decided to go a little crazy and introduce our Marine Corps friends to this debauchery we love.
Rob and I started planning this event months ago and of course we had to go all out for it. We planned a bus for transportation and started making lists of all the food/drinks we would need. About a week ago, we found out that Rob got scheduled for a mandatory test the morning of the races. While we were so sad, the party had to go on. I kept everything running smoothly until Rob could join us. I was a little nervous trying to buy enough
alcohol food to satisfy 50 Marines but I think I did okay. (The Chick Fil A tray did run out in the first five minutes we were there!)
We were really lucky because the weather was absolutely gorgeous…73 and sunny all day! I think everyone had a great time…some people a little too much fun 😉 Everyone made it back on the bus and home safely, so I consider that a success!!
As TBS is coming to a close and everyone is beginning to think about where they are off to next, it was really fun to get everyone together for some celebrations! I really think we are so lucky to have met such wonderful friends here and truly loved our experience at Quantico. It makes me happy to know that it is such a small Marine Corps and we will continue to run into these people in the future!
One of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice is to go on drives and explore new places. Usually I am the one with ideas but it is always a special treat when Rob comes up with a specific idea. Sunday morning Rob and I woke up and got lattes from Panera and drove to Richmond. Rob said he remembered a place from when he was a child that he thought I would like.
We arrived at the gorgeous Maymont and just walked around and enjoyed the scenery. The weather was a little cool but the sun was warm making it the perfect spring day to explore. This amazing estate spans over 100 acres and includes the mansion on the hill, numerous gardens, and live animals. Just five miles from downtown Richmond, this place seems like a world away. And it is free!
How incredible are these purple flowers?! Springtime in Virginia is always breathtaking and Maymont was perfect proof of this!
As we started to make our way through most of the estate and back to the mansion, we came across the Italian Gardens. These were my absolute favorite! There were rows and rows of all different varieties of tulips and their colors were incredible!
While Rob was checking out the sundial and seeing if he could tell time using it (of course he figured it right out…he is so good at stuff like that!), I was falling in love with the quote. “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be” I just love that. Completely by chance, the next picture I took was of the most adorable old couple who had popped up lawn chairs right outside of the gardens and were reading and enjoying the weather. I got chills when I read the quote again then saw that picture!
Maymont also offers carriage rides through the estate. While we did not take one, we did go over to see the beautiful horses! Overall, it was such a perfect way to spend time together before Rob went back into the field and I love my husband for thinking to share this place with me. I definitely want to go back this summer and picnic on the lawn!
Saturday morning a bunch of the Alpha Company TBS wives headed to Richmond to run the Color Me Rad 5K. I had heard great things about this run and was super excited when another wife organized our team. It was a bit of a struggle on Saturday morning to wake up and go (too much fun on Friday!) but I am so glad we did.
|Looking a little rough first thing in the morning!|
Of course I wanted a cute outfit so Mackenzie and I spent Thursday night glittering tanks and making tutus. The tutus were so easy to make and I think they turned out perfect. Let’s just say all of the glitter covering my apartment was totally worth it! 😉
Rob was a sweetheart and came down with us to take pictures. He was such a good sport and captured a bunch of cute ones! I was a little nervous since I did not train for this race at all but it is definitely more of a fun run. While we jogged the whole thing, there were tons of people walking and it was not competitive at all. I liked this and thought it added to the fun vibe of the event!
Our goal was to get colorful and I definitely think we accomplished that! After the race, we took a few pictures, toweled off, and then introduced Mackenzie to her first Cookout experience (YUM!) I was super impressed with how easily the color came off…the glitter from our tanks-not so much. It was really nice to get together with a bunch of the wives and do something fun together before the guys graduate!
Happy Snow Day to all of you enjoying this wonderful weather from “Saturn”!!!
Since the schools, the base, and all government was closed yesterday, we had people over and spent the entire day celebrating. Our casual get-together quickly escalated from drinking spiked hot chocolates and chatting to a several rounds of “up the river, down the river” and an 80’s power hour/dance party. I thought it was the perfect day and am so happy we have made such great friends since Rob has been at TBS. They are truly a blessing!
The guys had to go back to work today but my school is still closed, so here’s to another snow day…this time filled with reading, lounging, and catching up on my favorite reality TV shows 😉
After an entire week of cold wind and rain, 55 and sunny this weekend felt pretty amazing so of course we had to get outside and enjoy it. Our day started with delicious chocolate chip banana pancakes and only went up from there. We headed to the United States Botanic Garden and were totally stunned by the gorgeous place. The botanic garden is located right next to the Capitol and has incredible views both inside and out.
Can you believe this place is FREE?!
Although we have tried a half smoke at Nationals stadium, we still had not been to Ben’s Chili Bowl. We joined the ranks of Barack Obama, Bill Cosby, Paula Dean, and all of the other and finally had burgers, sausages, and fries covered in cheese and delicious spicy chili. Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC must try and I totally get the appeal — the food is so yummy, the place is colorful and fun, and even with a long line they get you through quickly. You really feel like you are somewhere special looking at the pictures of all of the people who have eaten in the same exact place.
We finished out our DC day date eating fresh pastries and walking around the Eastern Market (a giant Flea Market and Farmers Market). Next time we go, we will definitely be prepared with bags to keep food cold because I could have bought almost every single thing there!