Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Visit

We had a special guest this past week. We had an extra reason to visit the city we love so dearly.

We woke after the sun. We had hearty breakfasts at an actual table. We explored every beautiful part of DC and Virginia. We smiled extra long at the cherry blossoms. We went exploring. We took our time. Father and son had a chance to bond. Father and daughter had a chance to laugh. We all connected over our love for our country.

We shared somber moments, heartfelt reflections, and thoughtful pauses in Arlington National Cemetery. This place puts life into perspective. War, life, death, and freedom are all buried and remembered there. It's a sobering thought knowing I was alive and standing over these graves because of the men and women in rows all around me.

We visited The National Cathedral and decided everything was better with stained glass and cherry blossoms. We saw the history of aviation unfold at the Air and Space Museum in Dulles. We even saw a space shuttle.

I've fallen in love with this place yet again.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

dear diary

dear diary,


i love the smell of
new shampoo (it's the little things)
magnolias softly blooming
the moment before a kiss

...i love the sound of
a live orchestra playing swan lake at the kennedy center

...i love the taste of
lime and sea salt skinny girl popcorn (it's life changing)
macintosh apples (i have one every day)
red velvet oreos (please don't judge)
cream cheese frosting on everything

...i love the sight of
my students doing well
i got a little teary eyed the other night
they're more focused than ever, they're getting stronger, 
and it looks like they're enjoying it

...i love the feel of
dresses swinging around my knees, climbing trees with exposed roots, shoes without socks, kisses of sun on my cheeks, and all the other general luxuries of warmer weather.

what do you love today?

Monday, April 13, 2015

It'll be gone before you know it

It seems like yesterday my teeth were chattering and my hands were looking like two shriveled prunes gasping for warm air. But overnight the buds got the message the Spring party has started and DC and Virginia are full of trees dressed in gorgeous poufs of pinks and white.

It's hard to be in a bad mood when the streets are so beautiful. Apparently I can't go on a walk without taking out my phone and capturing them at every single angle.

Spring is addicting. I think mostly because I know it'll be gone just as soon as it came.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Life Lately at The Washington Ballet: Misty Copeland

I don't know if you've heard from every dance social media outlet out there, but Misty Copeland is doing a guest appearance with The Washington Ballet as the lead role in Swan Lake. Her partner will be Washington Ballet company member Brooklyn Mack and it will be the first time two African American dancers will star in these roles in a major company.

Aka, it's a big deal and the media has been all over it. Yesterday, the BBC, NPR, and CBS was at our studio doing interviews of students and recording classes for various news segments. As you know, Misty Copeland has visited our campus and invited our students to perform for the Presidential Health and Fitness Committee. She was inspired by the large amount of African American students at our school and the high level of technique being taught. She has been a voice for diversity in the arts and has made huge waves in her effort.

Today I'm headed to the Kennedy Center to see a dress rehearsal of Misty and Brooklyn performing Swan Lake. Since tickets are sold out (they sold as soon as they went on sale), so I'm grateful the company has given this opportunity for the faculty and students to see it.

It's fun to witness history, isn't it?

Read about the historic performance in The Washington Post.

*photos by me from Misty's visit to our school

*Disclaimer: I am not a representative of The Washington Ballet. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own. I know you all know this, but I just wanted to make sure there isn't confusion about my role with the organization. I am a faculty member who has a personal blog and loves to share my love of dance with the world.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Two ladies, too many photos, one Georgetown

I asked a guy to take our picture and he just put up his hand and said, "no."
Thankfully a really kind woman agreed and snapped us being completely adorable.

So thrilled for all these blossoms finally. Spring came late, but it came and it was worth the wait.
Paul is charming, just charming.

Cydney captured me perfectly. If there was any perfect photo of me doing what I love to do, this would be it.

And of course, an Anthropologie selfie. Of course.

Georgetown is one of those iconic places I love in DC. It's charming, a little too posh, and I think I'm just a little addicted to it. Cydney and I had the day off on Friday and took the metro in for a much needed adventure to our favorite town. 

First off was ice cream where we spotted a Nick's player. Then we went to our favorite book store where we dashed in and out of book shelves filled with our favorite authors. Walking down the streets, we pointed out our favorite buildings, what upper level apartment we dreamed of living in, and what stores we would one day shop at without blinking an eye.

It was a day of dreaming and swooning. Lunch was at my favorite restaurant in Georgetown. Paul is a French cafe with an upstairs restaurant that overlooks one of the town's busiest streets. We sat next to the window and dined on the best French onion soup, hot sandwiches, and egg plant quiche. You feel like you're in Paris. In fact, a Parisian once told me it was her favorite restaurant.

And then we topped the day off with a trip to Sprinkles. I bought a single red velvet cupcake in a pretty box and charming bag. It's the little things, you know?


Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Weekend

This was one of my favorite Easters.

I don't know if you know this about me, (and you probably do if you follow my Instagram), but I have never been to an Easter egg hunt before. Crazy, right? I didn't go to church growing up, so maybe that's where all the hunts happened?

Anyway, on Saturday our church held an Easter egg hunt and I was just absolutely thrilled. In fact, as we arrived we were asked to distribute the eggs in a nearby field. I was basically clicking my heels in excitement. Not only was it my first hunt, but I got to hide the eggs. I repeat: I got to hide the eggs.

There's really nothing more to this story than the pure joy of being involved and seeing all the kids running like rabid beasts into the field. It reminded me of a certain scene in Braveheart after Mel Gibson gave his speech about frrrreedom. 

The rest of the weekend was spent watching this, baking a ridiculous amount of carbohydrates, and taking quaint walks around the neighborhood. 

Did you have a good Easter? Did you collapse into a carbohydrate coma? Are you like me and headed off to Target to buy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs 70% off despite the coma?

Happy Monday!