Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

We pulled in our garage at almost midnight last night after an exhausting but fun Spring break week in Washington, D.C.  It will probably take me weeks to document our trip fully.  One of the to-do list things to accomplish was taking our traditional family Easter pictures together (see our previous Easter pictures here:  2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013) and also to hopefully capture the beauty of D.C.'s cherry blossoms in bloom.  When we arrived on Tuesday in the midst of a heavy rainstorm, our hopes of seeing any remaining cherry blossoms were pretty slim.  The weather for the week was calling for unseasonably cool temperatures in the 40s and 50s which gave us some pretty severe colds, dry skin, and chapped lips by the end of the week.  Every day, we walked from 5 to over 10 miles (that's with using the metro system to get everywhere) in the blustery cold wind.  Those were the low points of our trip.  There were still many high points.  We managed to accomplish nearly everything on our to-do list, including our family pictures with the cherry blossoms.  We actually found some still in full bloom, and they were gorgeous.  There was a little grove across the street from the Jefferson Memorial that was sheltered from most of the violent winds.  As full and vibrant as these trees were, I can only imagine how gorgeous this entire area along the Potomac River Tidal Basin was the preceding weekend during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  We are just so thankful we got to see a small sample of the beauty.  I had chosen our Easter outfits months earlier from one of my new favorite online boutiques, Lolly Wolly Doodle. There is much to love about this great business.  Besides their more reasonable prices, great and unique fabrics, and fast shipping and service, they also have a great story.  This business is a North Carolina business based in Lexington, NC.  This lady truly shows what hard work and determination can accomplish, and she has given back to her town by helping provide jobs for many people who were left unemployed when most of their textile and manufacturing jobs were moved out of the country.    So we proudly wore our Lolly Wolly Doodle ensembles all over our nation's capital, and I think we made quite a statement.  We heard many comments from folks we met around the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the reflecting pool, and other memorials who thought we were dressed quite nicely.

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The favorite

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Another decent shot although I wasn't loving the pose as much.  

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And just to show you that all of our pictures are not "picture perfect."  As you can see, Brody was not happy here and needed some coaxing to bring a smile to his face.

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Full on meltdown cry!

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A shot with the Jefferson Memorial behind us. 

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My handsome hubby!

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Yes, one of me too. I wish my necklace was showing in these pictures since I specifically searched for an aqua necklace to match.  Sigh. 

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My very handsome big boy. 

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We had to make a game of hiding an Easter egg in the tree to coax Brody out of hiding. Can you spot the pink egg? 

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He just looks like he's admiring the flowers, right?  Ha!

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Finding another egg. 

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I thought this spot was lovely because of the pretty brick wall behind it which was actually a bridge.  It looks like a secluded secret garden here. 

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See the pretty vine covered wall behind the blossoms.  

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Can you imagine what this area looked like with these blossom covered trees everywhere along the river? 

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Some ducks swimming in the river.  Later that day, we were walking beside one of the pools of water near the Lincoln Memorial, and Brody and Evan were giggling about duck butts as the ducks would dive under the water and have their butts sticking out of the water.  Yes, Brody was repeating that phrase!

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Look one with my necklace showing!  

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One of me and my boys with the Potomac River and Jefferson Memorial behind us. 

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Sigh.  I just can't get one where both Evan and Brody are smiling pretty.  Brody was smiling pretty in this one, but Evan was doing his squinty cheese face.  

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Most of our family pics were taken using the tripod and automatic timer.  This one was taken by a passerby. 

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And yes, this would have been Mattie's little matching dress. 

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  1. Ha ha! I was just about to say that the picture of your guys where Brody has the sad face was perfect! And then I read your comment. And then I looked closer at his face. Bummer, because the rest of you look awesome in that picture.

    You really did get so many good shots. I love, love, love your outfits and and the backgrounds are just gorgeous. I like how the blue is such a pretty contrast to the pink.

    Oh, and Mattie's dress is just darling. I'm going to have to check out this company!

  2. I love these pictures. I have such a hard time getting a good picture of the kids at this age too and it is really frustrating but you did really well. I love your outfits and Mattie would have looked adorable Sherry.


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