I’ve been so excited to get out to Richmond, VA to visit my
brother and his family since they moved there last year for
grad school! We were living in Europe when they made the
move and then we had the baby, so I booked the first possible
time to get there this year before his grad school ends this spring.
The main purpose of our trip was to visit these guys,
but of course I had to plan a full week long road trip
through Virginia because we had a lot to see! We were
so glad to start in Richmond and spend the weekend with
Jeff, Whit, Maddie and Zach seeing their life out here!
It is such a fun city with so much history. Fun to explore it!
First, that plane ride was no joke. There weren’t direct flights
to Richmond so we went SFO –> Minneapolis –> Richmond.
By the end of the day we were spent, but baby did great!
Hello, cute Richmond! One of the first items of business…picking up
Sugar Shack doughnuts with these sweet littles!
We had such a good (and HUGE) lunch at Black Sheep our first day there.
This is the best time of year to travel, especially
back East as the leaves start to change.
Charm galore in downtown Richmond!
I’d love to live on Strawberry Street…just saying, Chase! :)
Jeff and I couldn’t resist this Richmond photo op ^^
Monument Ave. is the most gorgeous street lined with beautiful
homes and statues at every intersection. We drove down it
every day because we couldn’t get over the homes!
The Capitol of the Commonwealth! ^^
There are so many sights to see in this city. We headed
for the newly redone Black History Museum downtown.
It is so well done and powerful, especially given all of Richmond’s history.
Huge Arthur Ashe statue since he’s from here! ^^
Checking out an exhibit with Z boy ^^
Loved having Mads ride around in our back
seat with baby Reagan all weekend ^^
Cutest sight! Maddie rarely left baby Reagan’s side all weekend,
and Zach is always nearby the action too. They love Uncle Chase!
We strolled the stunning University of Richmond
with all of its red brick buildings and fall leaves.
Chase and I visited St. John’s Church on Sunday, where
Patrick Henry delivered the famous “give me liberty or give me
death” speech. Such amazing history that started the revolution!
We also saw the Confederate White House and museum,
which was interesting and pretty crazy to me.
Church at the amazing Richmond Branch where Jeff & Whit play
such a major part! We loved seeing how involved they are here.
Of all the sights we saw, Chase and I both said that our favorite part
was just hanging out spending time with Jeff & Whit. We never get to see
them since we live on opposite sides of the country, and so we soaked up
every second with them…and Reagan did the same with her cute cousins!
Whitney made us yummy meals and made everything fun as always!
We carved pumpkins, played games, watched football, and
had so much fun together. Maddie is the sweetest cousin to Rea!
She’s also the sweetest niece — she made me an aunt 5 years ago,
and we’ve always had a special bond. She made me about 20 of
these drawings with my name written on them while there ;)
I was so happy that on our last day we could see the
VCU Brandcenter, where my brother is at graduate school.
It is the most creative and cool place that suits him perfectly.
We got a sense of the work and school and we’re so proud of Jeff!
Our last activity together was a walk out to Belle Isle.
We walked on the pedestrian bridge below the real one…such
a good idea that I think needs to be done on the Bay Bridge in SF!
And back along the bridge with a view of downtown Richmond ^^
Richmond is RICH in history, culture, good food, and good people!
We are so happy we got to glimpse life out here through the lens of
family. Thanks for having us, Jeff & Whit! We love you lots!
(Now please move out to CA after grad school … ;)