Wow. We haven’t had a busy weekend like that in a very long time. Saturday and Sunday were jammed packed with fun activities for the whole family. I’m actually shocked we’re all still in one piece!
On Saturday we took the Metro train into DC to check out the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. I wasn’t sure if there were even any blossoms to see, but it was really our only opportunity and I wanted to show the boys all the beautiful pink blossoms. Well, there weren’t many blossoms to see and despite our arriving in DC around 9:45 it was really crowded. But besides that it was a terrific outing. The boys seemed to like riding the train. Wyatt was mesmerized by looking out the window until we went underground. Caleb seemed to enjoy the rocking motion of the train and “assumed the position” (reclined on Shane with left thumb in mouth and right hand massaging right ear lobe) for the majority of the ride.
It’s funny how a ride on the Metro can be so different when you have kids. Usually you can stand and cram yourself in a corner and zone out, but with two strollers (we brought our smaller, single strollers for more maneuverability) you have to find an area of the train where you’re not in the way, or blocking aisles and doors. It’s quite awkward. Not to mention you exit the train and head towards the escalator like you’ve done a million times before only to realize… shit, where’s the elevator? Here’s a hint… look for the long line of parents pushing strollers and waiting for one of the slowest and smallest elevators ever. Yay Metro!
The boys were a little sleepy from the ride and seemed generally unimpressed with the Washington Monument despite our desperate attempts to recite the same line from one of their favorite books. “Let’s have a picnic on the National Mall! Isn’t the Washington Monument tall?” Yeah, no, they weren’t feeling it.
Same applied to the nonexistent blossoms. It’s kind of hard to get excited about trees that were thisclose to blooming, I guess. It wasn’t a total waste, though. The boys liked to see the water and the paddleboats. There was maybe three trees in bloom and we (along with dozens of tourists) gathered around to take pictures and marvel at the light pink popcorn puffs that dotted the branches.
Luckily for us, our street is lined with cherry blossom trees that are set to bloom very soon. Fingers crossed we don’t miss the spectacular display when we’re up in Maine next week!