Visiting Family in Richmond!

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.

img_5422The 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! 

img_1327First, 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!
img_5413Hello, cute Richmond!  img_1364One of the first items of business…picking up
Sugar Shack doughnuts with these sweet littles!
richmond10img_1391We had such a good (and HUGE) lunch at Black Sheep our first day there.
img_5465This is the best time of year to travel, especially
back East as the leaves start to change.
img_5469Charm galore in downtown Richmond!
img_5470richmond26img_5467I’d love to live on Strawberry Street…just saying, Chase! :)
img_5472richmond24Jeff and I couldn’t resist this Richmond photo op ^^
img_5412Monument 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!

richmond13The Capitol of the Commonwealth! ^^

img_5447There are so many sights to see in this city. We headed
for the newly redone Black History Museum downtown.

img_5449It is so well done and powerful, especially given all of Richmond’s history.
richmond17Huge Arthur Ashe statue since he’s from here! ^^ 

img_1402Checking out an exhibit with Z boy ^^
richmond8Loved having Mads ride around in our back
seat with baby Reagan all weekend ^^
img_5456Cutest sight! Maddie rarely left baby Reagan’s side all weekend,
and Zach is always nearby the action too. They love Uncle Chase!

img_5445 img_5446 img_5454 img_5458 We strolled the stunning University of Richmond
with all of its red brick buildings and fall leaves.
richmond23img_5474Chase and I visited St. John’s Church on Sunday, where
Patrick Henry delivered the famous “give me liberty or give me
speech. Such amazing history that started the revolution!

richmond22img_5480 richmondrichmond21We also saw the Confederate White House and museum,
which was interesting and pretty crazy to me.
img_1426Church at the amazing Richmond Branch where Jeff & Whit play
such a major part! We loved seeing how involved they are here.
richmond19Of 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! 

richmond4 richmond5img_1369Whitney made us yummy meals and made everything fun as always! 
img_1466 richmond28We carved pumpkins, played games, watched football, and
had so much fun together. Maddie is the sweetest cousin to Rea!
img_1473She’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.
img_1443It 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!

img_1447img_1453img_5510Our last activity together was a walk out to Belle Isle.
img_5489We 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!
img_5501img_5508img_5529richmond25img_5514img_5538img_5544And back along the bridge with a view of downtown Richmond ^^
img_5541Richmond 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 … ;)


'Visiting Family in Richmond!' has 5 comments

  1. October 28, 2016 @ 4:07 pm Sue

    So fun you guys could make it out. Such a good sister and what darling g kiddos.


  2. October 28, 2016 @ 10:37 pm mom

    I have a better sense of Richmond after this tour. Love seeing all of you together so much.


  3. October 29, 2016 @ 3:15 am lauren bee

    Strawberry Street?! I must go there immediately.

    Richmond looks beautiful! Glad you had a fun time, and those three kids are adorable!


  4. October 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm Becca

    So much fun. I love your pictures of the colorful houses and your cute niece and nephew !glad you could make it to visit.


  5. November 1, 2016 @ 2:56 pm Jen

    Looks like such a cute town! We lived in northern Virginia and I’m bummed we never made it to Richmond!


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