Oh man, I’ve been neglecting the good ol’ bloggy blog! Not on purpose – just enjoying the fun and sun of summertime. We’ve been having fun with daytrips, family visits, trying new restaurants, concerts, swimming at the pool, visiting the lake and “beach”, working around the house, cookouts, ice-cream consumption, walks in the neighborhood, a vacation at a cabin in the Smoky Mountains, playing outside and more. Our first summer at our new house and new neighborhood. 🙂
This evening I was scoping out some more places for daytrips and found a whole lot of wildlife refuges and state parks I want to check out with Abby (and the hubby if he isn’t working). Plus there are a number of breweries to look into, heading out towards Charlottesville and west, toward the Shenandoah Mountains. Lastly, maybe not for this summer but for next I’d like to go to Virginia Beach and Sandbridge which is just south of VA Beach… and maybe further south to OBX since we are not so far away as we once were. I want to take advantage of the rest of the summer/early fall while we have it because before we know it, it will be back to school time and the weather will be getting cooler. Why can’t summer be longer?
Maybe I will try to start blogging / photo blogging a little bit more, not sure. It’s fun to look back on older stuff but at the same time it’s annoying to find the time to update on a regular basis and sometimes bothersome to even publish a blog entry. However, it’s sometimes therapeutic to document some of this stuff we do as a family. Whatever happened to good ol’ scrapbooking? HA!
Here are a few recent summer-related pics I took:
Earlier this month, no – make that late last month (time is f-l-y-i-n-g), we took the opportunity to drive north to Washington, D.C. to partake in the popular Cherry Blossom Festival. We’ve been to DC before but I’ve never been there to see the cherry blossom trees and experience any of the month+ long festivites. I’ve always heard people talk about it before but I just thought – eh, trees that are budding. No biggie. But now that we live closer and I’ve heard more about it, I wanted to go and see what all the buzz was about.
Peak time arrived earlier this season so we wanted to take advantage of it. I took a 1/2 personal day and away we went with Abby and my parents. The first part of the day was cloudy, almost rainy, and not very spring-like but in watching the forecast, we knew it was going to spiff up to be a beautiful day. It worked in our favor because it was not super busy or hot.
Well, I must say, it is much more than just trees that are budding. It’s one thing to see it in pictures but to be there in person really is scenic. The cherry blossoms were beautiful and I didn’t realize just how many there were until we walked around the whole Tidal Basin and stopped at a number of national monuments along the way. Paddleboaters were on the water, people from all over the world were walking around taking in our nation’s capitol, and it was simply a fun, spring day. We didn’t experience any actual festivities but I saw in the schedule that there are concerts, performances, parades, contests, food, etc. I am glad we got to see those budding trees. Abby had fun too!
Enjoy the following slideshow (about 20 pictures)!