Monday Morning Happy - A 40th Surprise!

Morning! This weekend was my 40th (when did that happen...!) birthday and my adorable husband surprised me with a trip to Washington, DC! To say I was over the moon happy would put it lightly, you see I am the planner in the family so to have an event where I am not only surprised but also don't have to plan it, well it was heavenly! Not to mention he knows his "CityGirl" so well he knew I would just fall in love with DC and he was absolutely right!

Of course I fell in love with the architecture in DC,  especially the Eisenhower Executive Building which was an entire block long. The tiny little detail on every square inch of this 2nd Empire design was just breath taking! Now I need to investigate and learn more about this incredible design style!

With this being my first visit to DC I had to take a peek at the White House!

The first museum we visited was the Smithsonian National Museum of American History where I saw the First Lady dress exhibit! I was in awe of the amount of detail that was in Mrs. Obama's inaugural dress by Jason Wu, he is even more brilliant than I previously thought! The jewelry she wore that night was definitely fit for a First Lady!

Next up was a visit to the fantastic Newseum Museum, where viewed a section of the Berlin Wall and an exhibit on how journalists covered 9/11. Both emotional and moving which reminded us how lucky we are to live in America!

We took a break to get some fresh air and visit the relatively new WWII memorial. It was packed with people but honestly was one of the most peaceful places I have been! This quote really drives home how valuable women were and how their roles changed during this period in time!

Lastly we visited the National Portrait Gallery which is now ranked as one of my all time favorite museums! I LOVE learning about people and how they have contributed and/or changed society! The Twentieth Century Exhibit was filled with inspiring people some well known and some not as much. My biography reading list just became longer. My favorite portrait was of Rosalind Krauss an art critic. It could be my favorite because every blogger, writer or even student has felt this way while trying to come up with something interesting to say!

Have you visited DC before? What was your favorite Museum? I can't wait to return!
Enjoy the first week of October!

(images from jace interiors)


El said...

Happy happy birthday!! What a fun trip.

Unknown said...

glad to hear you enjoyed yourself in my city! come back again soon!
Roslyn aka @wdchomestager

Marble medallions said...

The Eisenhower Executive Building is real gem for classic architecture lovers. Thanks for sharing all these pictures.

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