Every year around the end of March or beginning of April, the Tidal Basin/Potomac Park area of downtown Washington DC practically explodes into a magical world of delicate little pink and white fluttering petals. There are parades, concerts, and scores of other fun events, and it seems like almost every photo taken of the flowers and the area in general turns out unbelievably gorgeous. People travel from all over the world to take in the sight, and you'd better believe that absolutely everyone is snapping pictures
For the past 3 years we've watched the buds grow on the Cherry Blossom Cam, and made plans to spend a day in the city when the trees reach their peak bloom stage. The first year there was a down pour, the second year Corbin was born 2 weeks earlier than expected, and last year we were so busy that we completely forgot until it was too late.
With Ant out of town for a full week (during the expected peak bloom of course :-P), I was sure we were going to miss our chance yet again. But it turns out something good actually came from all those freakishly late snow showers we kept having around here. The cold weather added an extra week to the bloom cycle, and Ant returned home just in time to take a day off and enjoy a beautiful spring outing with me and the kids.
The whole day was perfect! We saw the gorgeous trees, had a picnic lunch in the warm sunshine, strolled around the Mall, and then spent the afternoon at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. Aurelia and Corbin both had an awesome time visiting the dinosaurs, wild animals, sea critters, and "sparkly" rocks. (aka giant crystals and gems!)
It was so nice to take a break from the chores, errands, and unpacking that have filled our last 2 months to do something fun together for a change. We all had such a great time, and it looks like I was even able to borrow a bit of the flower's "super photogenic powers" to get tons of adorable shots of the kids. When did they get so stinkin' big?!
(And no, before any of you asks, the magical photogenic powers were not quite strong enough to work on me. Sadly I'm still jinxed.
But this time I'm going to blame Ant's photography skills (or lack thereof) for my wonky pictures ;-)