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I had no idea that my husband was such a Lincoln enthusiast…so there was no leaving DC in the week of April 15th without seeing Ford’s Theater first. There’s a house across the street (Petersen House) where Lincoln officially passed away, and we were able to tour it before finally heading back to our host’s house. The line moved quickly but Zoe still hammed it up by using the yellow rope to make ‘princess hair’. You’ll notice her mouth was still stained from ice cream. We loved the huge tower of Abraham Lincoln books ..
Have a great weekend (end of Passover, Easter, etc) !

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We were up at the crack of dawn to see the White House – a tour that kept Ezra entertained (but Zoe was a bit bored by the rugs and china – in her eyes, this was all there was to see.) We got to catch the Cherry Blossom Parade, ran to the Freer and Hirshhorn Galleries, and even managed to jump on a carousel and enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden by the fountain. The weather was amazing so we just couldn’t fathom going indoors…

Ezra proudly wears his junior ranger badge -

Ezra proudly wears his junior ranger badge –

Minutemen and inflatable characters in the Cherry Blossom Parade

Minutemen and inflatable characters in the Cherry Blossom Parade

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the escalator heading to the lower level of the Hirshhorn Gallery

the escalator heading to the lower level of the Hirshhorn Gallery

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hanging near tourists and a silver tree

hanging near tourists and a silver tree

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Just back from spending the first night of Passover with cousins in the DC area – where everything is blooming a little faster. Cousins romped in the driveway, and we checked out the cherry trees blossoming in Chevy Chase. Some clever little boys even set up a lemonade stand and reaped the benefits of a lot of foot traffic. Ezra is already excited to do this again in the next few months.

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Who knew? On the very last day that the slopes were open, Ezra tried his hand at skiing and LOVED IT! He now compares his love for skiing to his love for ipad time… uh oh. We may be on the slopes more often next winter.

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We got to Connecticut again to see a little nature – and were pleasantly surprised to see most of the snow was gone. There was even a little bit of growth happening underfoot, and maple syrup harvesting going on up the road. We even found some keys we dropped in the snow while snowshoeing several weeks ago. This has been the longest winter it seems … and ironically we are working on the Laura Ingalls Wilder book by the same title right now. It really forces Ezra to realize how much went into surviving such a winter years ago. We are only pining for the sun while the characters in the book are literally starving for food. We will be pretty happy to see real spring and summer temps when they come.

the field where we lost - and then found (after the thaw) - some keys

the field where we lost – and then found (after the thaw) – some keys

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We went to check out Manhattan’s oldest house and George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War. Who knew it was right uptown? En route we passed what seems to be the corner diner that Seinfeld and friends hang out at .. and then entered a neighborhood that took us back in time to 1765. The kids got to take a little ‘test’ of sorts – that was more like a scavenger hunt through the house for historic items. And the nice lady at the gift shop told us of some free jazz across the street on Sundays that we hope to see some weekend soon.

Wouldn’t you love a fireplace and blue wallpaper like this? I would..

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I know I know – we’ve been here so often. We couldn’t resist a new art show and some warmer weather. It’s good to be outside again… and frolicking with good friends. (And kids are allowed to climb on the art!)

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Zoe finds a coconut

Zoe finds a coconut

we miss grandpa doling out jellybeans at the beach

we miss grandpa doling out jellybeans at the beach

and we miss grandma's hammock!

and we miss grandma’s hammock!

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the foliage down south is so pretty!

the foliage down south is so pretty!

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Aunt Becca at the helm

Aunt Becca at the helm

everything is awesome!

everything is awesome!

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Zoe loves to joust

Zoe loves to joust

we actually ran into friends from Brooklyn in here.. small Lego world!

we actually ran into friends from Brooklyn in here.. small Lego world!

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we LOVED the new Chima ride, although we got soaked with water!

we LOVED the new Chima ride, although we got soaked with water!

dad, Ezra and Grandpa pummel each other with water on the new Chima ride

dad, Ezra and Grandpa pummel each other with water on the new Chima ride

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Cousins Jake and Tali as our tour guides..

Cousins Jake and Tali as our tour guides..

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I make-a da pizza!

I make-a da pizza!

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we found Lego NYC!

we found Lego NYC!

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