Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cherry Blossoms

One of the very best parts of living in D.C. is the cherry blossoms. I'm happy to report that in a very unlike-me moment, on Monday I decided to take the boys downtown...all by myself...on the metro...during Ollie's nap see those bloomin' cherry blossoms. It was kinda thrilling to cast all Erin-ness aside. (I didn't cast aside the part of me that likes to have fun with my kids, just the part of me that likes to schedule it all in advance and not at the same time as nap time.) So while Rhett was at preschool I gathered all the supplies: sunglasses, sunscreen, sack lunch, water, cash for a treat, camera, and hats. When we picked up Rhett, Ollie and I delivered the good news. Ollie had no idea what was going on, but he's 20 months old. I don't expect too much.

The day was lovely. We're experiencing some summer temps (today is likely to be in the upper-80s--wayyyyyyyy too warm for my tastes), so we definitely got warm. But the trees provided enough shade. Rhett did great walking the whole way and no one fell in any water! Success! The only downer of the whole day was our Oreo ice cream bar purchase (see the postscript).

P.S. Okay people, seriously, how much should this ice cream bar cost? And how much do you think it actually cost? My answers: I thought it should cost $1.50, but would probably cost $2.50. WRONG! It cost FOUR DOLLARS. And because it was being kept cold in a cooler with dry ice, the thing was rock solid. What a waste of $4. Rhett didn't even comment on the fact that he had to use his molars to bite into it.

P.P.S. While it's been burning us up here, the weather delivered four feet of snow to my brother this week. I don't know what's worse.


  1. The cherry blossoms are beautiful. I hope to see them in person one day! Sorry about the ice cream. Wow. 4 feet of snow? I'd take 80 degrees :)

  2. yay for spontaneity! sometimes nap-time is so nice to just ignore - i'm glad it worked out and you all had a great afternoon! it looks wonderfully beautiful. those ice-cream things were like $4.50 at legoland. so ridiculously silly. a huge tub of ice cream like costs the same. whatev.

  3. We had snow yesterday too, much too chilly for me this time of year. We keep alternating between winter clothes and coats with spring stuff. Two wardrobes are super annoying.

  4. Yes! Very unlike you and very awesome! (Not that oppo-Erin is inherently awesome, just breaking free is sometimes awesome. And the little escapade itself was awesome.)