The weather was beautiful in Arlington when we arrived home from our Canadian spring break trip. It didn't stay beautiful for very many days, but I've finally learned to get outside on the nice days. The rain clouds will always return, so don't miss the sunshine!
Easter weekend was at the end of spring break. It was also the weekend of the DC kite festival, and the start of cherry blossom, tulip tree, and magnolia season. David and I went over to the National Mall to look around on our own. (The boys were still worn out from traveling.)
We had a quiet Easter Sunday. I baked hot cross buns for our breakfast, and then we went to a nice Greek seafood restaurant for our holiday meal.
My mom came to visit us the weekend after Easter. It was cold and blustery again by the time she arrived. The cold weather postponed peak bloom day for the cherry blossoms, so she happened to be here on that exact day. We took a walk around the tidal basin, but I don't think it was a very nice day for her. It was way colder near the water than it had been at our house, and we hadn't come prepared with enough layers. Plus, she was recovering from a nasty chest cold. The cherry blossom festival made it harder than usual to get an Uber, so she had to walk farther than I'd intended. Poor mom. It was so cold! We had lunch with David at the Hamilton after our long walk, so at least there was good food at the end of it.
On the second day of mom's visit, we all went to the National Portrait Gallery together. Mom wanted to see the Obamas' portraits. David and the boys were able to come with us, since this was a Saturday. We saw as much of the Portrait Gallery as we wanted, and then had an early dinner. I think our walk the previous day had really exhausted my mom.
Sadly, she tripped on an uneven brick sidewalk when Tommy was walking her back to her hotel for the night. It turned out to the be a very bad fall, and she was in a lot of pain and not very mobile for the rest of the visit. We were all very sad for her. We went to urgent care on Sunday, and then spent the rest of the day at home.
The boys didn't have school on Monday, so we decided to try another sightseeing outing with my mom. We took her to the National Gallery of Art. A little research had indicated that we would be able to use a courtesy wheelchair. Once we got to the side of the building without stairs (why didn't you drop us on that side, Mr. Uber Driver!?) everything went really well. We saw most of the museum and had a lovely lunch in the museum cafe. I don't think the boys remembered their last visit to this museum, so I'm glad they were able to come with us.
Mom's visit was over before we could blink, and then we were busy with school and normal life for a couple of weeks. April is one of those months when things are just busy. David had a couple of work trips. Tommy performed a lovely trombone piece for this year's solo & ensemble competition, and got a superior rating. Charlie spent a lot of time with his friends.
I've been trying to do the last few things on my DC to-do list, so I spent one morning at the Smithsonian Freer & Sackler Galleries, which focuses on Asian art.
At the end of April, we decided to go up to Gettysburg for the day. My friend Lynn and her husband met us there, although they had to leave early because of a family emergency. None of us were particularly excited about going, but it seemed like an important site to visit while we are here, especially since my dad is very interested in Civil War era history. It was an interesting place to visit, and I'm glad we did it. David enjoyed the museum in the visitor's center, and the boys were impressed by the large oil painting in the round exhibition hall.
I love this photo.
Now that we're getting close to the end of our 2-year stay here, we're all trying to fit in as many visits with friends as possible. I've had a lot of lovely coffees, lunches and chats over cups of tea in the last few weeks. If anyone still wants to try to meet up with us before we leave, send me a message! We're running out of time. I will probably take a picture of you so I'll remember though. Fair warning...
My buddy Niels turned 2 in April
Tea in Annapolis with Sarah and Stephanie
The ladies who lunch
Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo
A new friend
It has finally warmed up in May. I know a lot of the April photos were beautiful, but it was cold and rainy for most of the month. The weather kind of jumped straight to hot and humid, but that's ok. I'm just glad to see the sun every once in a while. I do try to get out when it's nice. I took these photos in DC one sunny day.
The boys come with me whenever they can. It's very nice to be able to finally sit outside for a nice meal after running some errands.
We will be leaving Arlington in 6 weeks, so I guess I should start packing some boxes! It feels way less stressful this time around. Yes, we'll have to manage everyone's expectations for and reactions to the big change, but there's a lot less unknown this time around. We still have about 5 more weeks of school, but the "for rent" sign is out in front of our house here, so we know that moving day is coming soon.