Baltimore / Washington, D.C.: National Aquarium (Part I)

With the cancellation of our Walt Disney World trip due to my pregnancy, we decided instead to put Jordan’s vacation time to good use and visit Washington, D.C. He’s always wanted to go there as an adult since he doesn’t remember his family trip there as a child. And I figured I would be able to handle this trip at 26 weeks along. I think I underestimated how hot it would be in September! The dates we chose for our trip were September 7 – 14, 2013. We planned to stop in Watertown and Syracuse, New York for shopping, then spend a night and full day in Baltimore, Maryland before ending up in Washington, D.C. for the rest of the week.

{September 7 – Syracuse, New York}
Our first stop was Syracuse, New York. Once we reached the US border, we stopped to register my DSLR camera, lenses, and ASUS tablet. By the time we reached the Quality Inn, it was close to 11 pm. The first room we were given smelled heavily of cigarette smoke even though it was apparently a non-smoking room. We switched rooms and that one had a toilet with flushing issues. But we were so tired that we just dealt with it and went to bed. We spent the next day shopping at Target (maternity clothes!) and the Carousel Centre. The long day of walking was hard on my feet and back but I managed alright. Dinner that day was at “Ruby Tuesday’s” and it was delicious! The following day we checked out of the budget hotel and drove 5 hours to Baltimore, Maryland.

{September 8 – 10:00 pm – Baltimore, Maryland}
We made it to Baltimore by the evening and struggled with finding a hotel that included parking. Finally we ended up in a crappy Days Inn on Whitehead Court with what looked suspiciously like mold in the bathroom and a wobbly toilet. My allergies acted up quite badly when we were in the room. For dinner we found a tiny Chinese restaurant called “China Garden” that had the most amazing chicken lo mein!

{September 9 – 9:50 pm – Baltimore}
After breakfast, we headed down to the Inner Harbour to visit the huge National Aquarium. First we parked the car at the Lockwood Parking Garage; you get a discount on parking when you show the Aquarium ticket upon leaving. We spent from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Aquarium. Entry was $34.95 USD per person. After the discount, parking for the day cost $19.00 USD.


Baltimore Inner Harbour

National Aquarium Sharks National Aquarium

Seahorse

Beautiful coral Turtle Two frogs sitting on a branch Jellyfish Cloudy skies 26 weeks pregnant

For late lunch, we ate at “Potbelly”. Then we braved the harrowing drive to Arlington, Virginia, where we checked into the very affordable American Hotel at $63 per night (including parking). I’m SO glad I found that hotel! After settling in, we walked the five blocks to 23rd Street and had dinner at “Cesar’s Diner”. If I wasn’t so pregnant, the walk from the hotel would be easy, but I kept getting a cramp in my belly.

***Continued in next post.

Wedding gown success and a cake hunt

I got my dress in Syracuse! I tried on nine gowns, each of them pretty in their own way, but as soon as I put on the ninth, I knew it was the dress for me. I’m so excited, it’s absolutely gorgeous, and I feel like a princess in it. Now all I need is the tiara!

My friend took a photo of me in each dress, so I will always have the memories! So much fun!

Kendra and I are going to look at cakes today. Mmmmm, cake!

It may only be a wish away *

Jordan and I set a date for our wedding about a week ago — August 1st, 2009. Since then I’ve reserved the church, booked the reception hall, picked my bridesmaids, maid of honour, and flower girl. On the 18th a few people and myself will be going to Syracuse to help me pick out a wedding dress. Such fun! I’m enjoying doing the planning, with help from my close friends. So many ideas!

Round and round the carousel goes

After work on Friday, Jordan and I drove down to the States. We decided to take our little trip at last because I wasn’t sick anymore and I had Saturday off. We first stopped in Watertown to have dinner at Applebee’s. The restaurant was really busy and the food was okay, nothing spectacular. Then we continued on our way to Liverpool to the Comfort Inn. When we got there a tour bus had just checked in and there was only ONE room left: a suite. I thought it was a bit pricey (even with his discount) since we were only staying the one night but Jordan paid for it anyway.

Saturday morning we got up early and went down to have breakfast. We made ourselves a waffle in a waffle-iron, had hashbrowns, and muffins, danishes, donuts, etc. The coffee was disgusting (gourmet, my ass) so we sipped on milk (which to me wasn’t that wonderful either). I enjoyed my waffle though! After we ate we went back upstairs to our room and changed into bathing suits and went to the pool for an hour. When we’d had our fill of swimming we packed up and checked out and headed into Syracuse.

We spent pretty much the whole afternoon at the Carousel Mall. I didn’t buy very much: a grapefruit blast Beauty Rush body mist and mango passion Beauty Rush lip gloss from Victoria’s Secret; Temptations Cinnamon Bun Heaven body lotion and black vanilla raspberry perfume from Bath & Body Works; two 19 oz bags of Lindor truffles (milk chocolate and a variety pack) and two raspberry singles for Jordan and I to try at the Lindt store.

In the middle of that shopping, around 3 pm, we went to lunch at a pizzeria in the mall called Uno. Here we had the best pizza I’ve ever tasted! We ordered deep-dish BBQ chicken pizza and the crust and sauce was delicious! The crust reminded me of a pie crust because it was flaky and dissolved in your mouth. Incredible!

On our way home we stopped in Watertown once more and went to a grocery store. I picked up some Honey Maid graham crackers, and Easy Cheese for Rebecca. Jordan bought a jug of milk and I can’t remember what else. By the time we got home it was close to 9:30 pm. It was a fun little trip and I’m glad we had the chance to finally go. 🙂

Jordan is now spending a couple days away at an interview for a new position. I want him to get this job so badly and I know he really wants it too. I’m feeling a little nervous for him. I hope everything goes well because it would certainly be good for us if he gets it.