if you’ve been following along on instagram or snapchat, you probably know we are in DC right now. we drove down the other night for a day or two so we could catch the cherry blossoms while they are still in peak. they never disappoint. and they make me feel all sorts of happy. it was a little windy out while we were there so the loose petals were blowing in the wind around us while the kids ran near the tidal basin and the sun started peaking out. i felt like i was watching the moment from up above us at one point, and i was feeling all the feelings.
if you’ve read this blog of mine for a while now, you’ll know how much DC means to me. this place holds such a special spot in my heart, and it often moves me to tears when i start talking about it. in fact, while we were in san diego the other week, i was on the bed nursing conrad to sleep and scrolling through my instagram feed rather quickly on my iPhone when a photo of the cherry blossoms popped up from an old friend who still lives in the district. it made me freeze and i just stared at it for a good while. and it was only a matter of a few seconds before i felt tears coming to my eyes. not because i’m unhappy in new york or wish i was still living in DC, but because seeing the blossoms brings back the fondest memories of that chapter of our lives. there is so much history for us here in DC, and with two of my three babies being born here, it almost feels like home sometimes, still.
i won’t ever forget the first weekend when josh and i moved to our first apartment on capitol hill from our tiny harlem studio. it was around this time of year, and spring way everywhere. we walked home from church and josh snapped this polaroid of me in front of all the blooming trees. i was so skeptical of moving to DC at the time, but the blossoms were definitely showing off a bit that weekend and i remember feeling peace about embracing this next chapter of our lives. i’m glad i did, too, because the chapter turned out to be a really really good one. and i’m grateful we’ve been able to relive it a little bit this week while being here.
ring around the rosies! my kids are all obsessed with the game right now, and since conrad kind of gets it, we do it a lot.
if you are ever able to get to a cherry blossom tree somewhere, do. they are magnificent in person. photos can never do them justice.
i think josh looks crazy handsome here. he’s the best dad. and i love him in a suit coat. ;)
two of my boys both in suit coats!!!!!!
conrad couldn’t stop waving at the ducks!
and throwing the petals on the ground up in the air around us was not only making conrad laugh endlessly, but it was making my day, too. who doesn’t love a good round of confetti when you don’t have to be the one sweeping it up on the ground afterwards!
pretty sure we all still have petals in our hair.
and this photo is crazy, because i remember taking eleanor to see the cherry blossoms when she was just a little over a year old. just the two of us, and she was learning to walk and had the dirtiest knees! i remember asking a stranger to take a photo of us together and it’s still one of my favorite pictures of the two of us. felt wild to be back in that exact same spot.
all of us! in mama’s happy place. thank you for being so beautiful, cherry blossoms. we love you.
ME: striped shirt ruffled sleeves, pink skirt from gorman clothing, bracelet and swedish clogs. wearing this lipstick. ELEANOR: sweater is something i bought for her as a baby that finally fits, DKNY brand, purple leggings and tennis shoes. SAMSON: blue blazer, blue sweater (old) and tennis shoes. CONRAD: similar blazer here, zara jeans and tennis shoes. JOSH: blue blazer was custom made, and pink bowtie from here.