world war ii memorial

my friend and i wondered over to the national mall last tuesday in dc so we could see the beautiful monuments & memorials at night. i had never seen the ww ii memorial and it was a touching, beautiful tribute to those heroes and our allies.

i found it particularly poignant and tender to see the sweet note from a child to one of our soldiers currently at war (bottom left).  the field of 4,000 stars (bottom right) honors more than 400,000 lives lost during the war - it was absolutely breathtaking, especially with the reflecting pool below.

such a wonderful experience to see this. 
i'd like to dedicate this post to my peepaw and grandpa who both fought in the war, and died before this memorial was ever built. i visited for you both, you would have been so honored!


straight trippin'

last week i was in washington dc for a conference (stephen got to tag along for some fun!) and i am spending some time catching up on things here, there and everywhere.  i've got plenty to share so to start, here's miss roxy trying to come with us...i told her how dog-friendly they were in dc the last time we went and she totally wanted to join...

photo taken using diptic and instagram :)


the commissary

wednesday night mom came in town for a little mom/daughter time, and after a little shopping and a fun pedicure, we decided dinner was in order.

we picked stephen up and headed to the commissary - a new(er) restaurant in dallas' lovely one arts plaza. the food and service were both fabulous.  i tried the special which was tempura fried scallops served on sliced avocados and a delicious sauce. mom got the crabcake burger - it was so good and was mostly just crab meat which was a nice surprise (you know when you get that crab cake and it's all filler? not this one!), she also tried the sweet potato tots which were adorable and yummy. stephen had the tandoori burger - lamb with a tzatziki sauce served in a pita, alongside their skinny fries - delectable.

we enjoyed wine and great conversation, but were just too full for dessert...i guess that means we'll just have to go back, right?! i hope to also go back when it's a bit cooler, as they have a really beautiful outside eating area on the plaza.

if you're in dallas or stopping by, i recommend trying this fun, delicious place, and maybe even enjoy a show or concert or head to the museums afterward, since you're in the largest arts district in the nation!


so i just posted about last weekend...

and it's already friday again! woo hoo! yay for a quick week :) we've been busy busy this week, had some dear friends in town last night and plan on having a nice, long weekend...we will be visiting friends again for the 4th and getting in some more, much needed lake time!

what are you kiddos up to this weekend?? pool times? lake times? inside staying cool times? :)

either way, i hope you all have a fabulously awesome long weekend!!


(photo from our sushi/sake adventure with friends last night)