Friday, November 30, 2018


Washington DC

Jefferson Memorial

Welcome to another adventure of Tales of the Traveling Tote. If you follow my blog, you will remember this is where my fellow Tales of the Traveling Tote friends and I share our latest travels, projects and our most current events.

First I would like for you to meet the newest member of The Traveling Totes. 
Cherry Kay at Entertaining Women 
Welcome Cherry Kay

National Archives Building
Miss Scarlet goes to Washington

It has been pretty low-key here, not much travel to share. Our one getaway happened in October when we traveled to Washington DC with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson Connor.  It was a great way to spend time with our family while exploring our nation's capital. Miss Scarlett hasn't been on a trip in such a long time so she was the tote making the cut!
Downtown was our choice of locations for our apartment. With close proximity to popular restaurants and attractions, monuments and museums, it makes a great location for home base. In no particular order, here are some of the breathtaking sights from our nation's capital.

The Capital

Lincoln Memorial

  Ford's Theatre

Lincoln Book Column
All books written about Lincoln

The Navy Memorial 
my dad was a Navy Man 

Autumn was a lovely time to visit DC. The weather was nice although it was unseasonably warm. I'm always thankful when we travel if it  doesn't rain. 
I have enjoyed meeting fellow TTT girls, Jenna and RJ for lunch. Can't wait to see these girls for a Christmas lunch.

 Autumn also is a great time to begin a little Christmas shopping and time to think of holiday decorating. 

Christmastime is coming!

Now for the Tales of the Traveling Tote Giveaway!

 Jackie at Purple Chocolate Home is hosting the giveaway for a chance to win a MacKenzie-Childs tote. For a chance to win just leave a comment on Jackie's post here.   

Please join us for our next adventure and giveaway March 1, 2019. 

The Traveling Tote bloggers would love for you to visit.
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs @ The French Hutch
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Ricki Jill with Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolate Home 
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women

Thank You for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment so I know you stopped by. 


  1. Sounds like a wonderful getaway! Miss Scarlett is a lucky girl (and such a fabulous color too!)
    I have only been to DC once, but it was so awe inspiring.That column of books written about Lincoln is phenomenal! what a great tribute to him.
    Your tree is just stunning! So exciting getting ready for Christmas, but I always panic just a little!

  2. I LOVE your tote! Purple is my favorite color and she is absolutely beautiful! I am reminded by these photos how much I truly want to return to Washington DC. It's been 25 years since I was there. I say time to return!!

  3. Emily, I love your sense of adventure! Connor is at a great age for travel, and will have these wonderful memories. Lucky you getting together for lunch with our tote gals, and so very jealous :-) Merry Christmas to you, Jim and your family. xo

  4. Emily, even just one trip like DC can spark such excitement, and yours makes me want to go again. The details you captured are so fascinating - the theater (I haven't seen that yet and your photos are the first in photos I've seen), and book tower - which building is it in? Love it! Miss Scarlett was a lucky girl on this adventure!
    You're so fortunate to be able to gather with tote members - wishing you all the best in the seasonal fun!

  5. Oh, this looks wonderful. I have never been to DC (which I find hard to believe but true) and photos like this inspire me to visit someday. I was especially intrigued by that column of Lincoln books. Wow -- now THAT's impressive. Think about the cumulative hours of research and writing for all those authors and what that represents in years collectively. Whew! And I'd love to visit Ford's. Sounds like a four-star time. (Envious of your blogger lunches, past and future!)

  6. Oh Emily, so many fabulous photos of DC! I have only been there once, and I was about Conner's age, so it was really nice visiting again with you. I had no idea you could actually visit the Ford theatre! That column of books is amazing! Conner gained a lifetime of memories on this trip, with more to come in December! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back and always look forward to our times together! Cute photos of you and your family!

  7. What a wonderful family trip to DC you had, Emily. I always enjoy seeing your photos and seeing your family. That Lincoln Column of books was amazing!! Your Christmas tree looks gorgeous and so festive! Happy weekend!

  8. Conner has grown so much! Nice to see a picture of your son and daughter-in-law too. Also, you and your husband look great. Going to Washington at Conner's age now was the perfect time!
    I am amazed at all the books written about Lincoln. That's quite a stack!!!!
    I enjoyed your post. Thanks so much.
    Enjoy NYC.

  9. Emily, Connor is a lucky little guy to get to travel with you and Miss Scarlet. Your photos of the DC memorials are each one beautiful. DC is such an incredible city to visit. Makes me pround of our Capital! I'm envious of Miss Scarlet's gorgeous colors. Makes me wish I had mixed it up a bit when it comes to my own tote girls. Ha!
    The Lincoln book tower is a fantastic idea. Where is this located. I've not been to DC for a number of years, but your photos have me thinking about a trip. I've always wanted to see the cherry trees in bloom.
    Thanks for sharing the adventures. Enjoy NYC! I'll be eager to hear all about your next adventure in the Big Apple. Lucky you!

  10. Sarah, the book column is located in the gift shop adjacent to the Ford House.......

  11. Emily, what a exciting trip to Washington DC. I have never been, ao thank you for taking me along. Connor is at a great age now, time to really explore and enjoy the travels. I am so envious of you meeting up with some tote ladies for lunch. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and bright New Year. xo

  12. I was intrigued by the book column as I have never heard of it - amazing!! What a fun trip to share with your daughter and grandson (he is adorable). I think I was about his age when i went to DC and have great memories. Your photos are great of the landmarks - great post! Happy Holidays!

  13. Never heard of the book column. Things we don't know ! Thanks for sharing your trip photos with us. I would love the tote but don't have a google account and need it over at Purple Chocolat Home.

  14. Emily, I adore Washington, D.C., but I haven't been there in many years. Your pictures bring back many memories. I've never been to the Ford Theater; it looks amazingly well preserved. It's so exciting to be part of the Traveling Tote crew. I look forward to many adventures real and imagined. Thank you so much for the kind welcome. Cherry Kay

  15. Emily, you are the sweetest. I can't wait to have lunch with you and Jenna again! Did you go to the game yesterday? I do NOT want to play Georgia again, but wow what a game for Jalen Hurts. What a witness he is! I appreciate his poise and grace.
    I love your post about Washington. The book column of books written about Lincoln is crazy amazing! Would you let me share the photo in my newsletter? You took some super photos. Autumn would be a great time to visit.
    It looks like you are way ahead of me with the Christmas decor. Trip is going to help me later this morning. I'm coughing too much to go to church, so we are going to do some decorating!


  16. This bag sure knows how to live.

  17. Your pretty tote really has the life Emily!

    Love the pics of you and Connor. He’s adorable!





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