12.02.2015

the national portrait gallery on black friday 2015 (which was only about a million times better than black friday 2014)...

 i don't think i ever got around to blogging about the horror that was black friday 2014- jude had a seizure that literally scared us to death, and we sped down the street to the fire station going, like 50 in our neighborhood, barefoot, leaving the doors all wide open in our house. it was awful. the best part of the day was my parents meeting us at home after we left the children's hospital with an ok-jude, bringing chinese food and cadbury egg/ornaments (you know, the christmas version). it was a rough day, and i still get queasy when i think back to last year.

so this year was way better than last year (i do miss the chinese food and cadbury though...). the days around thanksgiving were amazing. the best we've had as a family here in dc. the weather was insane- 67 wednesday through saturday. does it get better?! i think not.


wednesday i worked from home, and after a long run around town (which i did daily and loved), we all went to 2amy's which is the best pizza place in my book- mike disagrees, but we'll get to him and his pizza shortly. they also have roasted olives, which, i mean... you just can't understand until you try them. then we rented a bunch of movies and hung out watching them all!

thanksgiving we've discussed.

so now, friday! 
friday we plaaaayed and played and played. after jude's nap we walked to the metro and headed to chinatown. we shopped and explored, then we visited the national portrait gallery...
i couldn't get over this space- it was like a massive greenhouse of perfection. there was this flat fountain that the kids played in. i feel like every museum post i exclaim, "this is the best museum ever!" but really, this one may have taken the cake. it was stunning. there was so much to see! and the art was so interesting and beautiful! it was heavenly. 

now, for a bunch of phone photos since apparently i forgot i was lugging around my huge camera...
we usually bribe the kids to be good in museums- because that's how we parent. bribery = motivation. this time jude's request was a cookie. so we walked a block until we found a little patisserie, and got a cookie the size of their heads.

a "cheers!" among siblings, and then they devoured said cookie...
can we pause to talk about this building on the left? i am assuming that is deliberate... do you see what i see? that support-looking-column? ehhh.... 

on the right, we have a cupcake shop. which i'll get to soon.

then we said hi to jfk and rihanna through the window at madame tussauds...
for mike's favorite pizza, i introduce &pizza. we had their pizza first at the airport when we were headed to disney this fall- usually i'm a "create-your-own" fan at these types of establishments, but for some reason i ordered 'the maverick' and we have never looked back. there are &pizza's sprinkled awkwardly (for us) around dc, but this day we realized there was one in our favorite neighborhood of penn quarter so we stopped by and got one to-go...
we walked back to the portrait gallery and sat on the steps of the museum. 
right next to a homeless man smoking crack, and a couple fighting with a knife. #classy
people watching is usually one of our favorite things, but the combo of the holiday, a hockey game, and who knows what else, brought out the crazies. we ate quickly then kept walking;) 
we pit-stopped at this cupcake shop to share cupcakes, then listened to our feet who were waving a white flag of surrender, and rode/walked the rest of the way home.

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