So here we sat Sunday night, a project list a mile long, but rather than working on anything serious, we were actually lounging on our urban hammock.

The weather was so perfect, crisp, and cool, the mosquitos are not mature enough to terrorize us, our puppy was tuckered out from a long day of running around, and we had just finished up a wonderful and healthy meal, prepared by the expert culinary hands of Wendy (at least expert in my eyes, no matter how modest she may be). Sometimes, even though life tends to be swirling around you, you need to take a moment and really enjoy yourself for a day, an hour, or a moment to help you get the clarity that you need.

But this begs the question, what do you do when you have a minute to relax and take it easy, especially when you and your significant other are typically total type-A "go go go" people? Well, apparently, we write blog posts! (No, I'm totally serious, that's what popped into my head as I pondered what to do.)

Wendy and I are actually in the midst of a few major and minor items right now. Whether we're talking about home life, work life, or DIY life, we have lots of irons in the fire that we're both so excited to share, but they're not quite to the right temperature yet, so they must wait a but longer. Now, as is apparently normal in the ebbs and flows of blogging, we feel like we've hit a bit of a lull when it comes to our blog posts.

After months of ongoing efforts and seemingly non stop blog fodder that took us through minor kitchen updates and other items around the house, we feel like we're at a little bit of a loss for what we'd like to share with you. I mean, we don't want to bore you with how-tos that have been covered ad nauseum over the interwebs (how to change a light bulb using just one hand), but at the same time, we don't want you to think we're just going on vacation, like we talked about last week, and laying around in our hammock, even though that's pretty much what we were doing while writing this post.

In the interim, one of the things that Wendy and I keep wanting to share a little more is a small project that I started on Instagram a few weeks back. It's a collection of sorts, and I'm calling it #AroundOldTown. Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to look around and notice the amazing city in which we live. I mean, we always know it's there, but it's good to stop and pay a little more attention from time to time. We also tend to take it for granted that you all don't necessarily know our town. In many ways, we think of blog readers as extension neighbors of sorts, and it's easy to forget the fact that you may live a thousand or more miles away with little to no concept of our quaint neighborhood.

This #AroundOldTown project will not only serve to remind us of some of the amazing places that are completely unique to Alexandria, but also to provide you all with a little insight into our surroundings and the area that makes up the historic district of Old Town Alexandria. It's quite rich in its architectural styles, distinct periods, and choices in decor. Some of the photos will include home's that we've discussed before, like the Vowell-Smith Mansion...

...While others will show places we've never touched on and may not have even known exists, such as the Jones Point Lighthouse at the southernmost point of Alexandria.

Our hope is to document some of our favorite and unique homes and buildings of Old Town, either via individual photos or larger write ups. The goal is simple, share our great city with you so you can achieve a better appreciation for what we love.

Whether we're showing you something for the first time, or are shedding light on a hidden gem, we hope you'll enjoy the photo tour. Perhaps, if it's good enough, it will inspire you to visit just so you can wander the streets and see it for yourself. 

At the very least, we hope you'll join in and let us know what you like about the homes we feature. And now, since this is becoming a blog topic rather than just an Instagram collection, maybe I might suck it up and use the good camera so you don't end up with lots of grainy and pixelated photos.

What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Are you interested in seeing more of Old Town, or do you want us to "Get to work on a project already?" I wouldn't blame you if you told us to stop working on stuff all together and just photograph Old Town. It's really that cool of a city.

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5/13/2013 at 3:50 PM
After moving away from Old Town last spring, I absolutely love seeing the photos you have been posting!! I say keep them coming :)
Thanks, Karen! Hopefully it will be a fun reminder of your old home. :-)
Virginia Hughes
5/14/2013 at 12:01 PM
I like everything that you've done....either project or posting pics of Old Town, a place I know quite well. I'm buying a 1900s town home in Phoenixville PA, outside of Philly. It's charming, but needs some love. You've got a lot of idea kick-starters for me.
5/13/2013 at 3:52 PM
As an OT resident, I've been loving your photos - keep itup!!
Thanks so much, Julie!
5/13/2013 at 3:58 PM
I'd love to see more pictures of OT. Show us your projects when you are ready to share them.
:-) Thanks, Gina! Will do!
5/13/2013 at 3:59 PM
I love this idea! It's brilliant, in my opinion.
:-) Thanks, Ashley! We appreciate your feedback, and are looking forward to seeing more photos of your new house.
5/13/2013 at 4:14 PM
Seconding Karen's comment, keep the Old Town content coming!
Thanks, Holly! Great to hear!
Karin K
5/13/2013 at 4:28 PM
Your posts are all good. Do what you want!
You're so sweet! Thanks, Karin!
5/13/2013 at 4:29 PM
I love seeing the pictures!
Wonderful! Thanks for your feedback, Bekah!
5/13/2013 at 5:34 PM
It must be something in the air....we broke out the hammock last week too. You are correct about it being the right temperature and lack of mosquitoes. I am reveling in spring right now.
Hammock time with puppies. Does it get any better than that? :-)
5/13/2013 at 5:42 PM
Great idea for a new project. I live in Rosemont and love all the various architectural styles in and around Old Town.

I hate to be critical, but have you considered using something a little nicer to the tree to hold your hammock up? Something like the Kammock Python straps would do a good job and, in my mind, look a little better than a chain.

BTW, no association with this company, just like their products/mission.
Thanks, David, and thanks too for the python straps suggestion! We'll have to check these out.
5/13/2013 at 6:45 PM
"Urban" hammock. Sounds like a perfect place to listen to my favorite artist. I love the pictures. Makes me want to visit again soon.
LOL! Only you could draw that conclusion. How about we strike this deal -- you come back to visit and you can choose the music selection for the duration of your trip?
5/13/2013 at 6:56 PM
We love seeing pictures of the sights around Alexandria, especially the Federal era architecture. We are envious that you have time to provide updates as often as you do and hope you are able to keep it up!
Thanks Tom and Jada! We just love our city and home so much, that it's fun to make the time to share photos and details. Glad you enjoy the pictures (and noted on the Federal era architecture). :-)
5/13/2013 at 10:23 PM
Keep the pictures coming. I love so much about your wonderful city - it is just so historical and beautiful!
DC by Design
5/14/2013 at 6:49 AM
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