Our Months in Pictures + What I’m Loving

As usual it’s been far too long since I’ve written one of these posts. The further behind I get, the more I always put it off because it seems like there is just way too much to share!! And I’m pretty lazy, so the idea of doing “way too much” of anything is pretty overwhelming ????.

Since we’ve last chatted, we’ve wrapped up summer vacation and jumped into back to school!

But before we get into school pics, here are a few from the end of our summer– which is always especially loaded for us since it’s my birthday AND our anniversary!

We spent our anniversary in our favorite city, Washington, D.C, without the kids!!! Is anybody else obsessed with DC? I think we love it partly because it’s awesome and sort of nearby, and partly because all of our favorite shows are take place in DC. What can I say? We’re West Wing junkies!

Speaking of West Wing, the hotel desk clerk suggested we eat at Old Ebbitt Grill. He told us that’s where a lot of the show “staffers” went out to eat, so of course we had to check it out. It was really good and surprisingly no wait! I think I got something boring like a burger and fries, but I saw lots of fish dishes go by that looked really yummy.

 

We also ate tons of dessert at some of our old favorites (like Sprinkles and Astro Donuts) and a couple of new spots I’ve been dying to try– best ever ice cream sandwich at Baked and Wired. And I finally went to Milk! It was amazing. I totally already had a stomach ache before we even got there, and I still couldn’t stop eating my cereal milk flavored ice cream with crunchy cereal and chocolate chips until it was GONE. Seriously amazing.

 

We went to a Nats game (which was exponentially better not having the kids with us ????) and Shake Shack of course! I tried the Shake Shack cheese sauce on my fries for the first time, and it was outrageously amazing. WHYYYYY have I never tried it before??? I will be recreating that on Keat’s Eats for sure!

 

We stayed in a BEAUTIFUL hotel in downtown Georgetown. It cost a little more than we normally spend on a hotel for one of our quick DC trips, but we splurged a little since it was our anniversary. We always say that we wish we could spend more time walking around Georgetown kid-less, so I wanted to base our stay right in the middle of it.

 

The day after we came back from DC was my birthday! For the second year in a row, I requested a day to myself for reading, napping, and general couch vegging. But before the vegging, we did donuts as a family in the morning. And cake and ice cream that night, of course.

 

And then there was the eclipse, of course. At the last minute, we decided to make a cereal box viewer that worked surprisingly well.

 

And we rounded off our pitiful attempt at our summer bucket list by having a picnic breakfast outside.

 

But he summer madness had to end sometime. So we’re back full-swing into school and cheer again. I haven’t taken any cheer photos of Emma yet (the uniforms came in late), but I’ll have some shots for the next post. Here’s her first-day back to school pics:

 

 

What I’m Loving

I’ve got TWO things for you that I’m loving right now!

Soooooooo good. I’m obsessed with this show! There’s only one season, and we had to watch it on our CBS All Access App, and I’m not sure they’re going to do a second season based on what I’m reading online. BUT I seriously can’t stop thinking about it. It’s really, really, really good. It’s relatively clean, interesting political content, actors I’m loving, and keeps me on the edge of my seat.

You should really watch it. Just saying.

 

I’m a planner junkie, and I just bought a new Plum Paper Planner. I LOVE IT. I was a devoted Erin Condren user for a few years, but they discontinued the planner I used and I haven’t been able to find anything that compares until now. And this one is actually even better, because you can add on personalized sections– like a blog planner!

 

That’s it from me! Until next time ????

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.