Grab a Snack This is Going to Take Awhile

I recently took a trip to Washington D.C. to visit my husband while he does training at a different Navy base over there. So many events happened on this trip! I guess I should start at the beginning…

Finding a cheap flight to D.C. was not easy at all, I even tried moving around the dates and any flight was going to cost a lot. Plus we had a certain time frame on when I needed to be picked up from the airport. Finally found a flight that would work out but I would be flying over night, Iv’e never experienced that before. It was definitely interesting to say the least.. I couldn’t sleep at all on the plane no matter how hard I tried.. not to mention I had asked for an isle seat in case I needed to get up but I ended up getting a seat in the middle….between two men….  normally I would of probably freaked out a little bit but honestly I just started laughing really hard because I have such bad luck and that is just something that would happen to me. We were getting ready to take off, listening to the flight attendants, the man on my left was talking on the phone (extremely loud I might add) the flight attendant decided to let him continue with his call until he was finished giving instructions for the flight and then he told the man he needed to get off the phone. The man on my right thought it was hilarious and started laughing really hard and I was just sitting in the middle of all of this… awkwardly.

Finally! I finally make it to the airport, I’m more exhausted than I have ever been in my life, I tell my husband that I’m here and I didn’t think I would have to travel far to see him but boy I was wrong… I was in a complete different building than he was. I had to walk a long ways and then I had to get on a bus that would take me to the main airport area. keep in mind I had to navigate my way while feeling like death. If you are ever stranded and don’t know where to go, I am the person to call because even though I’m dying I still know where I’m going apparently. After being off the plane for 20 min. I finally see Chris and everything is right with the world again. But my story doesn’t stop there…

At that time, we were just engaged, we weren’t married. So you know what we did that day? That day I literally was awake for what seemed like 30 years. We got married and it was the best time ever. Chris was told about something called “self uniting marriage” or “Quaker Marriage” and It’s the most amazing thing ever. You can only do this in very few states in the U.S. including the District of Columbia, and we just so happened to be there. Basically what you do is you go to the courthouse and fill out some paper work, you decide who will be the “officiant” which for us it was Chris so he technically married us. Then just the two of you can pick a spot anywhere, say your own vows to each other and then go back to the courthouse to finalize it. Boom your done. No third party needed, no officiant, just you and the person you want to spend your life with.

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The picture above is the Washington Monument, we picked a little spot in front of it next to these pretty trees and said our vows. It was truly everything we wanted. I had people asking why we didn’t do a big wedding and the reasoning is because it’s not intimate. I get that people have big weddings to celebrate the marriage but for us, we didn’t need that. Plus unfortunately there are a lot of people in this world who are just curious. I didn’t want “just curious” people at our wedding. All I needed was Chris. On that note we I should mention that we were going to have a wedding on our one year anniversary mainly for our families. We decided that just isn’t what we want. If you truly know Chris and I than you know that we LOVE traveling, we love going new places and sharing that with each other, so we decided we are going to use the money we were going to spend on a wedding for a trip out of the country. We are still deciding where but it’s a hard choice to make when there’s so many beautiful places in the world.

My story still doesn’t end there. After we got married we went to our hotel that we booked for the weekend, it’s the perfect hotel to stay at if you are ever in the area. Its called the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park. It’s absolutely beautiful and it’s just outside of Washington D.C. so you don’t have to deal with that crowed. The next day I felt like a million bucks. Seriously so much better after getting sleep! Although my body was still messed up from the time change. We decided to go check out D.C. and the Smithsonian, seriously so crowded but seeing everything in person is incredible.

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We did also see the White House of course but did not get a picture of it, we saw it on our first day when we got married. I definitely expected for it to be in a different spot… it’s really weird because there’s a lot of houses and businesses right there too. Also unfortunately there were a lot and I mean a lot of homeless. So many tents filled with people. I know there are really nice areas because we went and saw them but there’s a lot of run down areas. I’m saying this and I live in California…. After we explored we went to the hotel and ordered room service because why not. The next day we ate brunch at this really cute cafe that had the BEST banana bread EVER. That day we were going to walk around some more and look at the big Lincoln. We made it to the big Lincoln and I thought I was going to die of a heatstroke. Just a heads up, NEVER come here during the summer!!! It’s the worst! The weather is so hot and stinky you feel like you can’t breathe. Especially on this day. This day was the worst, we decided to leave Washington D.C. and go to his Navy base a few hours away. That is where we spent the remainder of our time together.

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The photo above was taken after Chris’s re-enlistment ceremony. Yep. That’s right.. #navywifelife it’s been good to me so far so I can’t complain. It’s allowed both of us to go places we have never been. I know there’s going to be hard times but the little moments I get to spend with him make up for it. I wasn’t able to take pictures of the ceremony because it was on base and there’s things I can’t show you all but just know that it was pretty cool. This is what Chris wants to do and I will always support him through everything, I know he would do the same for me.

Leaving was extremely hard and even though iv’e been back at our home for a few days I can’t help but replay it in my head over and over again. I remember hugging him, him saying that he will be right behind me, walking to my gate and having to brush it all off because I once again had to figure out where the heck I was going. The area I tried to get in at closed down temporarily so I had to walk all the way down to the other end to go through the security. Luckily my flight back was a million times better. I got my isle seat, no one sat next to me so I had the area to myself, there were t.v. screens so I could watch movies. I finally landed and that’s where it went downhill. They got on the intercom to let us know that our gate wasn’t ready for our plane yet. I was sitting on that plane for AN HOUR! I was so exhausted and my journey wasn’t near over because once I got off the plane in LAX I had to get an Uber to take me home and I live about an hour from LA depending on traffic. I was starving and I just wanted to go home. I finally get here and felt like I got hit by a bus. I had to unpack then go get groceries blah blah blah adulting you know? Today is even my first day off work since I’ve been back from my trip. What even is a day off anymore? who knows. Hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday weekend! Happy Sunday and Chris comes home next month!! Yay!!!

3 thoughts on “Grab a Snack This is Going to Take Awhile”

  1. I’m with you on weddings Leah, too much money spent when its really between you, your new spouse and God. So happy for you and we will still be looking forward to the family ceremony. 🙂

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