I hope everyone enjoyed my recap of Savannah yesterday! Today is on to part 2 of this past week: celebrating Easter with my family. My mom and dad drove down from Pittsburgh Friday evening to spend the weekend here for Easter. This has become a tradition over the past 5 or so years that they come to me instead of me traveling to Pittsburgh. DC is just so beautiful at Springtime, making the festivities that much more enjoyable.
I didn't get back from Savannah until Saturday morning so Devin was sweet enough to take my parents out to dinner on Friday night near our apartment. Very conveniently my parents found an AirBnb within 3 blocks of where we live which made all of the logistics easy for everyone. From what I gather they had a really nice time at dinner and told a lot of funny stories at my expense. My parents and Devin are really starting to form a special bond which makes me the absolute happiest girl in the world!
When I got into town on Saturday we headed straight downtown. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and I was finally able to walk around in a maxi-dress with no jacket and feel comfortable. I know come Summer-time I'll be complaining about the heat, but right now I'm dying for warmer weather. The cherry blossoms aren't quite out yet- they will be this weekend- but the magnolias have started blossoming beautifully. We were able to capture some pictures both Saturday and Sunday that look positively the most 'Spring' I've ever seen. Coming from Pittsburgh I'm used to spring being very green with patches of flowers here and there, but the trees in DC have hues of pinks and whites that I simply cannot get enough of.
We ate dinner at arguably my favorite DC restaurant, The Hamilton. It's located right near the White House in the heart of the city and has delicious food. I also love to bring out-of-towners here because there's a very wide variety of cuisine and price points so every one is happy. I ended up getting the beef stroganoff which was a new try for me and it was delicious! I think the shining star of the whole meal though was my dad's 'gooey-cake' dessert. If you don't go for anything else, go to try this cake! After dinner we went up to the POV lounge at the top of the W Hotel. This is also a must for those of you visiting DC (or even those that live here). It offers beautiful views of the White House and monuments and serves up delicious drinks.
On Easter Sunday we woke up at 4:00am as per tradition. For the past 5 years my parents and I have attended the sunrise service at Arlington Cemetery. It is arguably one of the most beautiful services I've ever attended aside from Mass at the Vatican. The combination of the sunrise and humbling location in which we stand during the service makes it extremely moving and a perfect way to begin the Easter holiday.
This year we decided to host brunch at Devin and I's new apartment. After service Devin took a nap, my parents packed up their AirBnb, and I got to cooking! The menu included ham, hardboiled and dyed eggs, frittata, cinnamon rolls, muffins, chocolate mousse, and pie. Served up with a mimosa and bloody mary bar, it was quite a hit! Devin's brother also joined us and we had the best time eating and laughing around the table. It was the absolute perfect Easter and I feel so blessed to have been surrounded up love and family.