Adventures in 2016

The past few days have been C R A Z Y.  Luckily, the good kind of crazy though! 

First, my second sweet nephew was born!  Stephen Mark III was born on Monday and was five weeks early to the party.  He is so handsome and strong!  Mom and baby will hopefully get to go home soon!  My aunt-crazy has now doubled and I can't believe I have two of the most handsome little boys I've ever seen as my nephews.  I am so lucky!
So handsome!
The move went as smooth as could be (even though I have unpacked 0 boxes and suitcases).  My first few days in DC have been so much better than I anticipated.  I was excited to move but I was sad and anxious and devastated to leave my friends.  But, being in the same city as my fiancé is about as wonderful as it sounds!  It has been so nice to finally spend time together without the dreaded thought in the back of my mind that we would be saying goodbye soon. 

Like I said, the past few days have been crazy!  The day after I got here, Ryan's friends from college (and now my friends, too), Trent and Laura, came to visit for New Year's Eve.  We spent NYE with them two years ago and had the best time.  Having guests the first few days I was here was perfect because it got us out and site seeing.  We went to Founding Farmers for brunch/lunch and it did not disappoint.  We then walked around the National Mall.  I knew hardly anything about DC before the move so I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that all of the museums are free!  We walked around the entire area soaking in the site and then made sure to snap a pick in front (actually behind) of the white house and spent a little time in the Air and Space Museum.  We also rode the National Mall Carousel (definitely the highlight).  We had so much fun enjoying the barely chilly weather and each other's company.  That night, we went to a NYE gala at a Hilton downtown and had a blast.  There was henna, caricatures, a balloon drop---you name it! 
Behind the White House (Hey, Obama!)
The National Carousel
at the NYE gala
Dancing at Midnight
the four of us
On Friday, we took them to the airport (it was so sad to say goodbye) and spent a LARGE chunk of time at Staples and Target--best way to start 2016!  And today we registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond which was stressful/fun/crazy/overwhelming/long/fun.  When we got home, I made a Macy's registry online (Ryan would not enjoy being put through even more time staring at fiesta ware) and it is embarrassing how much fiesta ware and kate spade cuteness I have on there!

I have been thinking a LOT about the new year and reflecting on 2015.  It is crazy that a year ago from this very week I was encouraging Ryan to apply to Georgetown "just" to see what would happen.  And here we are a year later living in DC.  I have no idea what the upcoming year has in store for us, but I know that it will be the best one yet. 

My "resolutions" are simple: seek help, stay happy, sweat more.  I realized my anxiety levels are a little high while I was home and know that I have a lot of self care and possible help in my future. I also want to continue and work on living intentionally.  And, as always, I am ready to really work hard at the gym.  I lost 20 lbs before last Christmas, gained a little back over the course of 2015, and am ready to lose that little bit again.  My wedding dress fits perfectly right now so the main goal is just to feel better, not necessarily look different! 

Tomorrow I meet the parents I will be working for and then Monday is my first day at my new job!  The craziness continues!

Love and Resolutions!



  1. Hi Megan! Congrats on the move! That's so exciting. I think you'll love DC. I lived there for a year before we moved to Turkey, but it was so much fun. You must go to the Newseaum. I think it's one of the few that you have to pay for, but it's absolutely worth it. The Spy Museum is also supposed to be really good, but I haven't been. And then, the classics, like the Natural History Museum, are always good. You should also try Cava Mezze for brunch. It's incredible and you could spend hours trying all of the little plates. I've heard it's incredible for dinner, as well. DC is a ton of fun! Can't wait to read all about your adventures!


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