the other evening…

the other evening, we biked as a family over to the national mall to meet up with friends to try and fly kits before the sun set. after a very windy week, the evening provided absolutely zero wind and no kites went up (although you better believe josh tried. ;) we made our way over to the hirsshorn museum to watch doug aitken’s “song 1” on the grass instead. and, like we keep hearing from everybody, it is awesome. (there’s a short clip below if you wanna see…)

see? pretty awesome.
afterwards we parted ways with our friends and grabbed smoothies. then, without intending to, josh and i walked our bikes the entire way home so we could enjoy our smoothies slowly and also a nice long conversation together in the outdoors.
evenings like that make me excited for more warm nights and family time outdoors in the coming months. also, a bit of a side note, but eleanor has become like a little fish in the bathtub so don’t even get me started on how excited i am for pool days soon!

  1. Megan

    i must know where your blazer is from. i love.

  2. Your family is beautiful.

  3. Lovely family. Living in DC must be so fun!

  4. LeeLee

    That is pretty awesome. Great video and photos. :)

  5. kspice

    that's so fun. your family goes out on so many fun outings, i love hearing about them, thanks for sharing!

    http://www.kerryjune.com

  6. You guys are so adorable. My sister and I were talking about married life and what a beautiful couple you two were kept popping up in our conversations. I know we don't see it all, but just the fact that you can share beautiful moments is very inspiring. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy Naomi and Josh!

  7. Gwyneth

    Sounds like a magical evening!xo

  8. What a fun evening with the family! E looks so cute in her lil' bike helmet!

  9. I love warm summer evenings, they make those cold winters almost seem worthwhile! xoxo louise from 'today and tomorrow'

  10. That's so cool! Love the bike helmet!

  11. Mandy

    This makes me want to invest in a bike this summer to cruise around town! So fun!

    M loves D

  12. hi! i have to repeat what everybody says – you guys are beautiful and so apparently filled with joy, life and love that it just makes one happy to watch and keeps motivating to make every next day as a family better than the past one.
    this evening you describe here sounds very nice, and very like the ones i used to share with my husband when we were still two, before our daughter was born. how do you do it with eleanor – does she sleep everywhere, even if you are out? i'm asking because i am looking forward to those summer evenings as well, but am always too intimidated by eventually being shaking up my daughters' sleep times..

    all the best from switzerland!
    valérie

  13. Sounds like a wonderful evening! Those first few warm nights are the best. Always nostalgic. :)

  14. Gaby

    aw i love eleanor's toque under her helmet! we're just coming to the end of our warm evenings here in sydney but still enjoying daytime ocean swims. it's so nice to spend all your time outside :)

  15. that photo of you and E is soo cute!

  16. haley

    That looks so neat! Thanks for sharing. This makes me want summer evenings so bad!
    Have a great Easter :) xxx

  17. you have the cutest baby bump clothes i've ever seen!

  18. Tell me about it! Summer just can't come soon enough!

  19. that sounds absolutely wonderful. :)

  20. i love reading your blog. i have two sets of twins, and your blog has inspired me to start my own.(i kinda took your idea to not capitalize my words).it is still in the beginning stages, but at least it is up and running. thank you for sharing your story with us. i look forward to the photographs on it.
    love, tammy lee from growingtwins.com

  21. Meg

    Wow! That exhibit is so cool! Sounds like the perfect date night. Also love your blazer! Where'd you get it? Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter :)

  22. What a lovely night, and that video is awesome.

  23. Carley

    so fun to be able to ride your bikes so many places! beautiful post and pictures, as always! :)

    carley

    charleycheff.blogspot.com

  24. Annie

    yay for biking on the mall!

    typo police: kites and hirshhorn

  25. so you do own jeans…. i dont think i've ever seen a picture of you in jeans on here before!

  26. Love the photos!! you look so pretty!

  27. Kathy

    your evening sounds so wonderful! bike riding together, with the cool breeze; it must've been so liberating! Eleanor looks very adorable in that helmet :)

  28. I think Eleanor with her little helmet is the most adorable thing ever. And those photos are stunning!

  29. Csilla

    My favourite family… Like a fairy tale. :) So perfect. :) E is soooooooooo cute! :) <3

  30. Is that a Brooks saddle? If so, great taste GIRL!

  31. Looks like a fun time indeed!

  32. nova

    All I see whenever I see that um…pointy monument thing…in pictures is a huge boner. hahaha

  33. the cutest picture! looks like you had a wonderful time.

  34. that blazer is pretty amazing! love love this little family adventure.

  35. Lily

    Holy schmoly, balancing act! Riding a bicycle + a baby in the back seat + one in the belly. How do you do it?

  36. Amanda

    love that pic of you and Eleanor! She looks so cute.

  37. Oh, what a lovely evening!! I love that shot of you and your little gal on the bike!

  38. Jane B.

    I love that you are still riding your bicycle while pregnant! I def want to be just as active when I'm pregnant :-)

  39. Elle

    eleanor has a camp rocking climbing helmet! i almost bought one.

  40. sounds like a lovely night! xo

  41. hm hm, where is mummy's helmet?

  42. We are all dying to know where that blazer is from! And Happy Easter to you and yours!

  43. okay, you always just have the best little family times. i need to live in a city that i can just explore in like you.
    and these images and video are just perfect!
    xo TJ

  44. please tell us where you got that awesome blazer!!!

  45. I can tell that's a great bike based on that gorgeous saddle ;) It sounds like a wonderful evening…

  46. Erin

    I can't wait until I have my own little boy or girl on the back of my cruiser! I love your pictures and your little family inspires me every day.

  47. @sheriann, thanks! blazer is from Zara.

  48. @sheriann, thanks! blazer is from Zara.

  49. amanda

    DC is such a beautiful place. I moved here last July from Wisconsin and I'm still in awe every time I see the Washington Monument. We're pretty lucky to have history and beauty around us at all times.

    That last photo is so heartwarming! If you ever need a babysitter, I'm your girl. :)