Our Two-Day Trip to DC

My friend's daughter's Bat Mitzvah was this past weekend and I had been Hayden's preschool teacher so I just had to drag the whole family to go. Despite having car problems and having an 11-hour drive in what should have been 4.5, we had quite an adventure. I love and miss DC, so it felt like I was walking down memory lane......very magical and mystical amongst the blooming trees.....Just such a beautiful weekend.  My hubby and I believe very strongly in guardian angels whom we thank profusely for keeping all of us safe in otherwise possibly very unsafe car. 

On the way back from the Bat Mitzvah I drove past the National Arboretum and decided this would be a great place to take the kids. Little did we know this would be such a magical find.  How did I live in DC for all those years an never go to the Arboretum!  What an amazing little treasure was hiding on route 50. 
What added to the magic were the endless views of stunning cherry blossom trees.......everywhere you see blue skies, and color explosions of trees. 

The National Cathedral has this amazing gated garden which friends and I used to trespass in our early twenties. The walls are made of stone and the garden has this eery vampire-movie feel when inside in the middle of the night. My friends and I would climb the fence and just walk all around the inside at night....priceless memory in my book.  Would I share with my kids this when they grow up? Absolutely. Rules are made by people and people are not perfect.... 

Oh, Nora...my little gift from heaven.  Her sweet little smile makes me want to eat her up. 

Luke and Nora at Arboretum picking weeds ("flowers").  One of the few times they are doing something together and not fighting. 

My mom has a green thumb....it skipped me and my son has it.....He picked a bunch of flowers for "Lela" (my mom). 
This picture reminds me of little red riding hood. I am entering it in a photo contest....so mystical, magical and sweet. 

Luke discovered tadpoles......we could come here for 10 years and I am sure we'd find a new treasure to entertain us for hours each time.....amazing what fun a long stick, rocks, water and mud can bring. 
A view of the water, trees, and sky. A perfect day....
My son asked for a cherry blossom bloom then ran over to this tree and started planting it. He said he'd come back in a few years and that there will be a new tree in that very spot.  My hubby and I loved this......he loves nature and trees. 
It's always interesting to me how each kid has something that makes him excited.  My son loves rocks and forests and small tools....Nora adores cats....when we go to the thrift store to adopt new stuffed toys she always chooses the cats....all sizes, colors.....this one is her current buddy....

Nora loves to "pretend" to sing. Here she is "singing".....she moves her lips and her tongue goes all over the place.....but no sound comes out. Very funny. I am learning lyrics to some songs I like so that I can sing to her while she nurses. 


  1. Wonderful post. Your children are as you say "delicious!"

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