On Tuesday, we tried our best to get out of the house. Our intent was to go to Paint This! in Old Town Alexandria. Unfortunately, we realized they weren't open on Tuesday just as we reached our destination. Doing our best to make a bad situation better, we drove a few blocks to Lavender Moon Cupcakes and indulged in some yummy treats. In addition to their unbelievably good cupcakes, we love the charm of the cupcakery itself. It has that urban brickish charm, while also being painted in pinks and teals. There are tiny table with beautiful antique chairs. It is just adorable. I asked Clare if she could live in a place like this. She assured me she would happily move in.
A few doors down from Lavender Moon Cupcakes is a children's clothes consignment store called 529 Kids Consign. We have found some amazing clothes here over the years, so we stopped by after eating our cupcakes. Each of the girls found a dress and we splurged on some very cute hair accessories. Just a note: the hair accessories are not used (just in case you were worried), but rather many of them are made by local crafters and are very cute and unique.
We returned to Old Town Alexandria today for another attempt at Paint This! I am happy to say we were successful this time. Paint This! is a paint-your-own-pottery store and Meg has been begging to go there for awhile. Both Meg and Clare have been to Paint This! with friends, but this was our first trip as a family. Anne was very reluctant to go (mostly because she hasn't wanted to leave the house since she first became sick), but with her temperature back to normal, we convinced her to give it a try. As you can tell by the pictures below, she had a blast. She now wants to know when we can go back again.
We really enjoyed this creative adventures. It was fun to pick our pottery and paint colors. It was also fun to sit and paint together. Everyone offered suggestions to each other and helped one another out. We enjoyed conversations with other patrons and the staff was very helpful. Anne finished earlier than the rest of us, but she happily curled up on the sofa in the store and waited for the rest of us to be finished. In fact, she had been eyeing that sofa from the moment we walked in. It was a surprisingly successful two hours considering how challenging the previous week and a half had been.