As any of you that follow constantly can recognize: I’m almost NEVER home. Between personal and work travel I’m usually on a plane or in a hotel room for at least a third of the month, and those other times I am home I’m usually either getting ready for my next trip or being 100% lazy on the couch with Netflix.
Fortunately I’ve been home in DC for two and a half straight weeks including weekends, giving me some great quality time with Devin and my city. Being home has allowed me to attend friends birthdays, catch up over brunches, get in some trouble shopping, and most importantly… spend time with Devin. Although he travels with me a lot, we still have plenty of days apart and they’re honestly not my favorite. He and I work so perfectly as a team, so I always feel like a little tiny part of my is missing if I don’t have him right by my side. Plus, travel quality time is definitely different than couch-chilling, sleepy Sunday mornings together.
So, this past Sunday we had a completely open day. We had both spend some guy-time/gal-time with our friends Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and ensured we both cleared our days from any distractions so we could just focus on us. After having fallen asleep at 9pm Saturday he woke up at 7 and I slept UNTIL 8!!! which is a crazy amount of sleep for both of us. I woke up to scrambled eggs, Gordon Ramsey style, that Devin had made for me to thank me for doing laundry the night before. I don’t know about you, but it’s those little things that really make my heart flutter. We relaxed until about 11 and then we decided to head out for an adventurous day in DC.
Devin is the most supportive blogger-boyfriend because he suggested we take the camera and a backpack full of outfits so I could also get some Fall pics while we were out and about. Because I couldn’t pass up that offer we got a ton of great pics that I’ll be sharing throughout the next month or so! I was definitely sweating because it was about 78 degrees and puffer vests and flannel weren’t exactly appropriate, but fingers crossed the weather will turn in our favor soon.
Nothing we did was extra-noteworthy, we simply walked through L’Enfant plaza to the Smithsonian Castle, then through the National Mall and the Sculpture Garden. We then stopped at the National Archives before walking Pennsylvania Ave to District Taco for some lunch. It was amazing to me that in total we only walked about 1.5 miles. We tend to forget that DC and all of the amazing attractions that people from around the world travel to see are literally right in our backyard. I think it’s sad we forget, and I’ve vowed after such a nice day yesterday to go out and see more and really embrace how blessed we are that this is our reality.
So, why am I telling you all of this? It really seems to be just a diary-entry about a day in my life and I guess it kind of is. But the message is to really appreciate moments. Whether they be the big moments such as those that I experience when I’m traveling, or the little ones like walking a few blocks from my apartment with my favorite guy, they should all be cherished. I had a better day yesterday than I’ve had in a long time. I’m not sure if that was because of the comfort of home, the beautiful weather, the fact that Fall is here, or a combination of all of those things. But it’s undeniable that taking time to explore with Devin and spend quality time with him has me starting the week off with such a grateful heart. I’m leaving Thursday for a trip with my parent and while I think the trip with be absolutely amazing, I’m also soooo grateful to have a beautiful home and beautiful little family to come home to.