Birthday Weekend in D.C.

A week ago I celebrated my 24th birthday. It was my first birthday being away from my family and friends down south, but I had a wonderful weekend. Ever since we moved to Arlington, we have been busy traveling most weekends and haven’t spent much time in Washington D.C. So, for my birthday all I wanted to do was hang out in D.C.  

For Thursday, June 8, my actual birthday, we stayed in and grilled steaks in the backyard. We made twice baked potatoes and had broccoli on the side. If you need a delicious and simple steak rub recipe CLICK HERE.

I also tried to do the “squat your dog” challenge, but Bear weighs 100 pounds and I couldn’t do it by myself. It was a fail needless to say. Excuse the grass, our lawn mower broke. The other dog is Bear’s friend Gus! 


On Friday we had a sunset picnic by the Reflecting Pool. It was the perfect weather. And where we sat we had views of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. We pack our backpacks with cheese, meats, grapes, and wine! You have to be very very careful about drinking. We brought plastic cups and poured the wine out of the backpack. We felt a little awkward because no one else seemed to be sitting down on the grass in this area, but we had no problems. The rest of the National Mall was crowded with people playing games or relaxing in the sun. I would definitely recommend having a picnic over here to anyone that likes picnics. It was so relaxing and we got to people watch the whole time. 

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The ducks by the Reflecting Pool are very friendly. They kept coming us to us and begging for food like dogs. They went away though and we were not bothered at all. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed their company.


After our picnic we walked around by the White House and caught some fireflies. And we passed the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  I had never seen or heard of it before but it is a beautiful building. It was built between 1871 and 1888 and originally built for the State, War, and Navy Departments . It is now used as the offices for the White House staff.


We ended the night with a drink at The Bottom Line. It’s a dive bar, but I love dive bars because the drinks are always strong and cheap. And there’s no BS here. It’s just a bar that serves drinks. And some great appetizers. Our first round of drinks was only $14 for a beer and vodka soda. That’s cheap for D.C.!

On Saturday we went to a Nationals game. But it wasn’t just any baseball game. They were doing Pups in the Park. I’m obsessed with my dog, so anytime dogs are allowed anywhere, we do it. It was amazing. The tickets for Matt and I were only $30 each and Bears ticket was $10. Yes, that’s right. Bear had his own chair! The whole outfield was surrounded with dogs. It was arguably the happiest place on Earth. Pups in the Park is presented by Budweiser and the proceeds benefit the Human rescue Alliance. Most major league teams participate in Pups in the Park across the country, so check it out and see if it is in a ballpark near you! Bear made tons of new friends. And we got to eat hots dogs, french fries, and drink beer. Bear had french fries too. Oh, if you ever go to a Nationals game get the Goose Island IPA on draft. It is the best deal on beer. The cans are 16oz and the drafts are 20oz but they are the same price!!! And this IPA is stronger than the average beer but very light and drinkable. I am not a huge baseball fan, but this was one of the most fun days of my life. I think it is because of the dogs though. 


To see more photos of Washington D.C. CLICK HERE


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