A Sisterly Visit

I always love it when people come to visit me in DC because not only do I get to spend quality time with my visitors, I also get to play tourist in my own city. This rang especially true this past weekend when my sister Wendy and her family came to visit me. They live in Philly now, which is most of the reason that I am there so frequently, but they actually lived in DC when I moved here in 2002 while Wendy went to law school. Crazy that they left almost 9 years ago, and I’m still here!

Remember this little guy?

harper and lincoln

The little man on the bottom is my nephew Harper, who is doing AWESOME if you’ve been following my blog for a while and know the backstory there.

We started the day on Saturday in fullout tourist mode, with a walk around the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln, and the Washington Monument.

washington monument

It was a little chilly in the morning since Harper is up and at ‘em early, but the entire weekend turned out to be perfect weather so we got really lucky!

After walking around the monuments, we headed to the Air and Space Museum since Harper is super into planes, but it was a little disappointing for him since everything was covered with plexiglass and he couldn’t actually touch much. Good luck explaining to a two year old why you can’t “open” all the barriers that were up! The one part he did really like was this exhibit that simulated what it was like to ride a plane way back when. You pushed a button and the ground vibrated and shook, which thank God is not the way planes fly anymore.

After the busy morning, it was family nap time for them, and I actually went out for a really great run since the weather was so awesome. Despite the fact that I should have run 8 or 10 miles, it was better to do 4.5 hilly ones than not go at all!

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After showering and visiting the playground close to my apartment, we headed for dinner to Rasika where I literally had one of the best meals of my life. I wasn’t sure how Harper would do, and while it was touch and go for a minute there, we ended up being able to enjoy our meal immensely while he was distracted with not one, but two iPhones. Highlights of the meal included (besides everything we ate. literally.) Palak Chaat, which is deep fried baby spinach leaves with yogurt and date chutney and Sev Batata Puri.


That dish actually made the list of 40 dishes Washingtonians shouldn’t live without this year and it was AMAZING. I honestly can barely explain it, but it was similar to a cracker on the bottom with chopped potatoes, mango, a crispy garnish, and such a complex sauce on it that I could barely get over how good it was. I have been thinking about that meal nonstop ever since it ended!

After dinner, Wendy and I went out and got a drink with some of my girlfriends, which was fun.

Beth and Wendy

Sunday was a blur of a day since Harper didn’t realize he should sleep in, but we did manage to make it to the zoo in the morning.

KKs at the zoo

It was so funny that the animal Harper took to the most to was a random black crow in a cage off to the side, rather than the lions, zebras, pandas, and other picturesque animals. The crow was cawing (is that a word?) really loud, and each time he did Harper would caw back and just laugh and laugh and laugh. It was so adorable to watch and it made me want them to stay even more! But Harper’s nap time is around noon, so they got on the road back to Philly around then so he could sleep in the car. Weekends always go by waaaaay too fast!

Do you have any siblings? How often do you get to see them?

I have two older sisters and we all live within a 4 hour drive of each other, so I do get to see them quite a bit, but not enough.

16 Comments on A Sisterly Visit

  1. Robyn
    March 13, 2013 at 11:27 am (8 years ago)

    It looks like you had really great weekend with your sister! Lucky she lives close enough for weekends like that. I have two older sisters ,one really close by and one all they way across the U.S. so I hardly see her, thank goodness for Skype!

    • Beth
      March 14, 2013 at 9:59 am (8 years ago)

      I love using FaceTime to catch up with my niece and nephew when I haven’t seen them in a while – it really is an awesome technology for staying in touch!

    • Beth
      March 14, 2013 at 9:47 am (8 years ago)

      Aww thanks Katie!

  2. Barbara
    March 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm (8 years ago)

    Looks like a really fun weekend with family, thanks for sharing!

    • Beth
      March 14, 2013 at 9:37 am (8 years ago)

      It was!

  3. Rachel
    March 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Hey Beth! I just started reading your blog! I agree with Katie, your nephew is adorable! I have two brothers and I live 3 hours from one and about 11 from the other! Its always wonderful to get to see siblings, and I’m glad you had a great weekend!

    • Beth
      March 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm (8 years ago)

      Hey Rachel! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi AND for saying my nephew is cute. I agree, but I’m biased. 😉

  4. Lynette
    March 14, 2013 at 9:10 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing your fun weekend! I have 2 sisters, they’re both within 30 minutes of me but it doesn’t make it any easier to get together. They’re both in the healthcare field and work a lot of weekends. I’m in an office M-F, and my weekends are usually full of family stuff, carting the kids around. But, when we do get together we always have a blast. 🙂

    • Beth
      March 14, 2013 at 9:36 am (8 years ago)

      Oh yeah that must be really hard with scheduling differences like that. It’s hard for me to see both of my sisters at the same time except during the holidays, but like your fam, it’s always a blast when we do!

  5. Lynette
    March 14, 2013 at 9:32 am (8 years ago)

    Oh, I forgot to ask, are you a middle sister like me??

    • Beth
      March 14, 2013 at 9:34 am (8 years ago)

      Hi Lynette – I’m actually the baby!

  6. Barb
    March 14, 2013 at 9:33 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Beth. Great post and I can’t believe how big Harper is getting! He’s adorable 🙂 I am the oldest and have two younger brothers. One lives in Philly in a neighboring neighborhood and I see him and his family pretty often. My other brother moved to Wisconsin a few years ago with his wife. They had a baby boy in April and are going to be here to visit for Easter. I can’t wait to see them! I miss them so much. Also, both of my parents still live in the Philadelphia area and I see them often too 🙂

    • Beth
      March 14, 2013 at 9:36 am (8 years ago)

      Hi Barb!! That’s so awesome that a lot of your family is in or around the Philly area. It must be tough having a nephew that lives so far away though!!

  7. Elsa Barbi
    March 14, 2013 at 11:46 am (8 years ago)

    I lived in Los Angeles for 9 years then moved back to San Diego because both my younger and older brother were starting their families… we are truly blessed. I live 3 miles away from my older bro and 8 miles from my younger bro and my parents. We have family dinner every month. I love my family!

  8. Carrie @ Season It Already!
    March 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm (8 years ago)

    My brother and I live only 4 hours apart, but we generally see each other only about three times per year – when we go visit for Thanksgiving and Christmas (he lives in my hometown) and his family visits us once per year.

    Sometimes I think it’s crazy, but I think not being around each other makes us appreciate each other and cherish the time we do have together more…


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