Having grown up in the suburbs, I knew I wanted my kids to have a more urban experience. I love D.C., and I didn’t want to leave just because we had a family. Our little city kids are as comfortable ordering in Spanish at the local bodega as they are skateboarding in the alley.
One of my favorite things about living in the city is how the alley is the soul of our Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. The kids are constantly playing out there. Who needs a backyard when you can meet your friends for a pick-up game of basketball or ride your bikes up and down the alley?
On the weekends, our whole family hangs out in the alley. Neighbors end up joining us, one by one. Inevitably, someone will say, “Who wants a
Chris and I really enjoy the exquisite restaurant scene that has blossomed in D.C. But sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a juicy burger. Amiright? Smart chefs understand that and have added some incredible burger creations to their menus. So what’s a girl to do? Naturally, I must find the very best one. So with our dear friends, Tess and Christian, we embarked on a burger challenge. We take this work very seriously, because…well…it gives us a reason to get out of the house and eat burgers.
So far, we’ve ventured to Le Diplomate, Duke’s Grocery, Blue Duck Tavern, the Salt Line, the Four Seasons and Mirabelle. We each order a different burger and share them. That way, we can sample
Who doesn’t love to sneak a peek in someone’s house? That’s why I helped start the Mt. Pleasant House & Garden Tour as a fundraiser for our amazing neighborhood school, Bancroft Elementary.
This is the fifth year that we’ve held the tour and that I’ve served as co-chair, and it’s one of my favorite days. Not only is it a wonderful event, but it really brings the community together. Organized by Bancroft parents, the goal is to see some beautiful houses but also to learn something about the wonderful school that’s right in our backyard.
We show a variety of houses, including new renovations, historic charm, and the homes of long-term residents. There are seven houses on the tour, on Saturday, April 21, from 2-5 p.m., followed by a cocktail
There’s a difference between a vacation and a family trip. A vacation is lying by the pool with a cocktail in hand and not worrying about anyone drowning, while a family trip is a small child yelling, “I need to pee!” over and over.
Don’t get me wrong – I adore our family trips more than anything, but I don’t come back from them rested, tanned and caught up on my reading. Why do my kids need so many more things when they are in the backseat of the car than when they are at home?!
My husband Chris and I have been going to Miami for years. I just love the vibe there – it’s so relaxed and beautiful. (And the amazing food, natch). I’ve always thought of Miami as such a grown-up getaway, but this time we took the kids with us. It was amazing!
This year brought a big change in our house. We now have three kids in three schools. Talk about a juggling act! Or really, it’s more like a ballet with carefully choreographed schedules.
Our youngest, Dashiell, is at Amazing Life Games, the most incredible, play-based preschool where all my kids have gone. Alice Jane is in third grade at Bancroft. We are super happy with our lovely neighborhood school. Henry is now in fifth grade and in his first year at Maret, a little private school that perfectly suits the needs of our gentle, quirky boy.
Last year, Henry applied to Maret but didn’t get in. When they called to tell us a spot had opened up, we were thrilled. It didn’t hit home until summer was winding down what that meant for our lives. I
Mt. Pleasant is more than a hot real estate market to me; it’s my home. My husband, Chris, and I have lived here for twelve years, my two older children attend Bancroft Elementary, and we trick-or-treat on Lamont Street every Halloween. Here are some of my favorite spots in Mt. Pleasant.
Each Peach Market – I love to wander through the beautiful displays of gorgeous produce and homemade products. It’s like our own homegrown Dean & Deluca.
Beau Thai– Awesome Thai food for the whole family.
The Zoo – We can hear the lions roar from our front porch!
Don Juan’s – We love to sit outside and nosh on some Salvadoran food.
Bancroft Elementary – A wonderful cross-section of our neighborhood and city. I love that my kids go to a bilingual