December 23, 2013

a birthday, holiday market, national christmas tree and other weekend things.

hello! hope you all had a great weekend! we squeezed in a birthday, a trip to downtown dc holiday market and viewed the national christmas tree. and the best part? we did this in seventy degree weather. it was kinda crazy over in the east coast where normally it would be pretty cold right now. but i wasn't complaining!

we stayed in for my birthday and had a small dinner. i like having piri by our side. he gets pretty fascinated by candles and it's so cute to see. afterwards we went to watch the hobbit: desolation of smaug. it was great. i was almost tempted to watch it a second time around, but instead we ended up rewatching the first hobbit and the lord of the rings trilogy at home. i remember rewatching the trilogy last year as well. at this rate, by next christmas watching these movies will become a tradition! 

on saturday we wished my mama a happy birthday of her own {yes! i was a born a day before her!} and we headed to dc, strolled around the festive streets, grabbed our favorite donuts at the downtown holiday market and caught a sight of the beautiful national christmas tree.

i can't believe christmas is literally around the corner. hope all your presents are wrapped and stockings filled! i can't wait for piri and yangkyu to open their presents {i think i hit the nail on the head this year with yankgyu's present}. 

have a wonderful week! 
^^ thank you everyone for all your wonderful birthday wishes. i am a sucker for them! and i still get a kick out of making a birthday wish. ^^
 ^^ one of the reasons why we head out to the holiday market. for migue's magnificent mini donuts. they are so good. so so good. ^^ 
 ^^ night view of the us capitol. ^^
 ^^ dc is really pretty at night, especially during the holidays. ^^
 ^^ national christmas tree. it's our third year going. here is last year's post. ^^ 
 ^^ little christmas trees from all 50 states, district of columbia and us territories surround the big tree. we usually like to go around and find virginia and new york - oh and hawaii just because we would like to live there one day. ha. but this year it was so crowded that we skipped the mini trees. ^^ 


  1. So funny to hear you and your mums birthday are
    so close together! That's like double party :P
    The cupcakes looks delicious and I'm glad you
    had a great time! My Christmas movie tradition
    used to be Home Alone :P

    DC holiday market looks heartwarming! Love
    the national Christmas tree ^^ Xx

  2. So glad to read you had a wonderful birthday weekend, Jane:) The holiday market looks amazing, and really, what's a better way to spend the day than watching LOTR and The Hobbit:D So jealous you've seen Desolation.
    Have a great Monday.

  3. wow, what a tons of fun things to have! glad that you had a great time. and with the hobbit and the lord of the rings trilogy - things couldn't be better. i LOVE those movies.

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  5. The White House looks beautiful! I love how you captured it. And those mini donuts.. yum. Sounds like a great bday weekend Jane! xx Kat

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  6. Joyous pics & sounds like a wonderful b-day :] The cupcakes & donuts from the holiday market looks scrumptious. All of the Christmas trees are so pretty! Now I'm more excited to watch, The Hobbit! Merry Christmas, Jane!!

  7. What a sweet and wonderful birthday and weekend! I still get a kick out of making a birthday wish every year as well. We're going to go watch The Hobbit tomorrow :)

    Happy Holidays to you, Yangku and Piri!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  8. your pictures are so beautiful dear :D


  9. Wow! DC looks so gorgeous this time of year!! I'm so glad to hear that you had a wonderful birthday weekend (plus you were so lucky, the weather was warm!!) Have a happy holiday and I might go see the Hobbit on Christmas day! xo

  10. The small christmas trees are cute! :p

  11. How lovely to spend your birthday with your mom. It definitely sounds like you guys had so much fun! Happy holidays :)

  12. I've never been to DC during the holidays - it's so beautiful! Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas!

  13. Your weekend sounded wonderful as usual. Love your pix. And this holiday market reminds me of the ones we have here in NY. I have a couple of friends that have booths at the markets.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  14. Wow, I love how festive these pictures are! Holiday markets aren't really a thing in Australia, but I'd really like to visit one some day :)

  15. All those Christmas lights are so beautiful! And I hope you enjoyed your birthday!! Wishing you all the best.

  16. Merry Christmas!!! How good do those donuts look...yummo!

  17. Merry Christmas! I wanted to watch the Hobbit 2, so I watched all the LOTR and Hobbit 1 at home, but I don't think I'll be watching :((
    The cupcakes are adorable, and imagining Piri's twinkling eyes... I'm melting...

  18. Happy birthday once again! It sounds like you had a great birthday. I love spending nights in with the boyfriend and pups. I wouldn't have it any other way :)

    The national Christmas tree sure is pretty and the doughnuts look amazing. Are they red velvet?

  19. Woah, those trees look sur-real. And happy birthday again, so nice to see you had a good one :) and wow! you were born the day before your mum's birthday? you must have been the best present she's ever received! I'm sure you've heard it plenty, but I had to say it haha!

  20. It looks like you had a wonderful birthday celebration! I still haven't seen the Hobbit - it's on y list for when we get back from the mountains

  21. Beautiful photos and such a festive landscape. Looks like a wonderful birthday:)

  22. That holiday market looks like so much fun! I'm such a sucker for holiday markets. And congrats on the great weather! I haven't been able to feel my face for a week.

  23. Happy Belated Birthday, Jane!!!!!


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