Christmas in Washington.

I’ve been in six states in the past 12 hours, and am just getting to an internet connection NOW!  But let’s go back to before we left for our Christmas adventure.  There is holiday cheer EVERYwhere in the city right now, and I’ve been trying to make my way around to see everything and soak it up before leaving for Ohio. 

Casey and I have been walking the dogs on the Mt. Vernon trail more often these days since it means less stops for traffic lights and other things.  The boys have been loving all the gorgeous winter scenery…

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As much as I love the water when it’s warm outside, it’s really a whole different experience to be around the water when it’s freezing cold.

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Beautiful National Harbor just across the way…

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How do the birds stand it when it is this cold?  I know they have bodies equipped for the temperatures, but I just can’t imagine swimming around in ice water.

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The thing about dogs is that they don’t care how cold outside it is – they still want to walk.  We’ve been doing a LOT of bundling up so that they can still get all their exercise despite the frigid cold.

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After exploring the pretty scenery around the Old Town waterfront, we headed up to DC to work at Barnes and Noble for the afternoon.  I knew we were going to be trying to leave to go home for Christmas early, and I was sad that we hadn’t seen any of the holiday decorations in DC yet.  So we packed up and worked for a bit, and then walked around the city for a while enjoying all the festive holiday cheer.

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And eventually made our way to…the National Christmas Tree!

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Right in front of the White House, with the Washington Monument in the distance – so cool.

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It was freeeezing cold outside walking around, but as soon as we got there I knew it was so worth it.  I was so glad we made the quick trip up to the city to see it lit up with holiday cheer.

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And now I am sitting here typing this from OHIO!  But that rest of that story comes tomorrow.  For now, we have some other business to take care of – the winners of the banana bread giveaway!  I wish that I could bake 575 loaves of banana bread and give one to everyone of you that entered – all in good time perhaps.  Even our sudden change of travel plans didn’t stop me from my giveaway baked goods – I baked them, wrapped them, and drove them 9 hours to Ohio!  So the two lucky winners are…

1.  Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) – I haven’t done any holiday shopping yet! Eek, I’m getting worried since it’s so close. I think it might be kitchen related though or a nice fun cookbook.

2.  Susie – My best friend claimed to hate oatmeal for years, but I recently converted her to the dark, oatmeal-adoring side with a yummy bowl of pumpkin oats. I’m excited to give her some homemade toppings–granola, pumpkin butter, and pumpkin spice almond butter!

Laura and Susie – email me your addresses so I can send it asap!  And trust me you guys are definitely lucky – the bread smells amazing.  :)  With that, I’m off to CRASH after an insanely long 9-hour drive with two wild pups in the backseat.  Goodnight, friends!