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Friday, June 23, 2017

My Visit to The National Mall in Washington

On our first day in D.C. my husband wanted to see the National Mall. After we visited the museum we walked over to the monuments. The good thing about the National Mall is that everything is close or it seems that way.

The Washington Monument 

On foot everything seems to be miles apart!! No kidding! You will definitely get your steps in when you visit. 

This monument is so huge! It took my breath away walking up to it. 

The World War II Monument

After staring at the Washington Monument and the World War II monument we decided to walk down and see the Lincoln Memorial.
I am sorry but I immediately thought of Forrest and Jenny when we walked by this. 

It was huge and crowded!!

But definitely worth seeing....

Looking out....


And standing where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his legendary speech....

After walking all of this on foot we decided to head out and have dinner. 

Only to return tomorrow and take the night bike tour....

We visited all the same spots on the bike tour but we did not get to see this on foot which was wonderful. The MLK monument....

His quotes surrounded his monument.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that". ~ MLK (1963)

The sun began to set and we came back around to the World War II monument.
Beautiful isn't it?

We rode our bikes back to the Lincoln Memorial.
Very pretty at night....

The Capitol at night....

We finished our bike tour early and my husband asked if we could stop by the White House.
We did a quick "ride by" and I just could not stop staring. I didn't care who was in office at that moment, I just wanted to enjoy the beauty of this building. 

Visiting the National Mall was the best experience that I have ever had. I loved being able to bring my family on this business trip with me so that they could see the sights! It was so worth it! We hardly spent any money on seeing everything. It was beautiful and I hope that we can do it again soon.

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Visit to the National Museum of African Art

After our long walk through the city of D.C. we took an Uber to the National Mall. The first Smithsonian museum that we visited was the National Museum of African Art.

When you walk into the museum...

Reliquary guardian figure, late 19th century to early 20th century

Stool, mid to late 19th century

Door and Frame, Swahili artist, Tanzania

19th century, wood and metal

Amhara artist, Ethiopia

Shield, early 19th century

Somali artisit, Mocadishu, Somalia

Necklace with amulet case
Mid 20th century

silver alloy, plant fiber, synthetic amber

One of my favorites its called "Monkeys Grasp for the Moon". 
by Xu Bling (b. 1955)

Here is how to read it...

This is an oil lamp, bowl with cover and ewer. 
They are all from the Angkor period (11th-13th century). 

The best blue and white collection I have ever seen.
18th century 

This is called the "Princess from the Land of Porcelain".
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

Oil on canvas

Nepal, 1082
Gilt copper with semiprecious stones and traces of vermilion

This was a massive collection of pottery.

This was a pretty peony floral arrangement and it was real!!

It was a great visit and I am glad we were able to squeeze this in. I really enjoyed the blue and white exhibit. It was my favorite!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Walking Around D.C.

My husband and I have been wanting to go to D.C. for sometime now. So when the opportunity came up at my office for a mandatory training in Washington I couldn't wait to tell my husband!

He was more excited than the kids! We got all packed up and headed out. It was a 9 hour drive but we enjoyed it along the way. Meaning we slept most of the way.

Once we arrived we checked into our hotel early and hit the streets. The first few moments there we walked several miles around the neighborhoods.

It was hot a day!!!

I loved all the small private gardens that the residences had. 

My husband said, "I spy blue and white in the window". 

Loved all the different color buildings...

So chic... couldn't you see a very chic woman walking out the door with her
cream silk blouse on, leather black skirt, nude pumps, black Chanel bag, 
gold bracelet and double layer pearls?

Pretty hydrangeas!

I love these. Does anyone know the name of this flower?

I have no idea what these are but they were too pretty not to take a picture of.

After our walk we decided it was lunch time and headed to 14th Street because some of the residents there told us that there were many food options there. We ended up at Taylor Gourmet. I love being able to choice my own bread, deli meat and veggies for sandwiches. It was really good and gave us a chance to rest up for the next items on our list. If ever in D.C. take a moment to walk around the neighborhoods. The historical buildings are very beautiful. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, June 16, 2017

My Daughter's Violin Lessons

For a few years now our daughter has been wanting to learn to play the violin. So we finally listened to her and found her a private teacher.

She has only been going for a couple of months but I tell you I have enjoyed it just as much as her. I really enjoy her teacher and really love hearing my daughter play this beautiful instrument.

Here is her teacher's home. It is very special to me. It remind me of a grand Victorian home. The drive to her home is lovely too. We pass a lot of farms and green, green fields! It is always a nice drive in the evenings. 

She has this great wrap around porch. I mean it is huge! She has flowers all around her home and lots of birds.....

Now in her music room there are lots of rugs and each one is different. I love the original hardwood flowers and don't mind all the wallpaper. 

Here is another view of the music room. She has every instrument in this room that you could possible own! There are two big harps sitting here. She has three pianos in this room, guitars, flutes, clarinets, etc. I usually sit on the flower sofa and listen to Lauren practice. 

For me this is another aspect of enjoying beauty in my life. Listening to my daughter play the violin, sitting in a Victorian home, learning about instruments, looking at all of the flowers in her garden and watching my daughter smile. 

Enjoy the small outlets of beauty in your life whatever they maybe.....

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pretties from Aldo

This is just another quick post about some wonderful earrings that I found at Aldo.

These are called the Edelmira earrings. They have a very vintage look to them and are very beautiful. 

And lastly, these are the Orsoleto earrings.  Also very chic and comfortable!

I own both pair and I am very pleased with them. They are reasonable priced too! Enjoy!!!!

(photos via