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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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So many magnolias and blooming things, prickly things sticking to us and the smell of warm earth. We uncovered so many little shoots and sprouts by simply raking a top layer of old leaves off of everything while in Cornwall. The world is waking up again.

Rockstar Diaries has a lovely post about the magnolia trees in Central Park (which blossomed a bit faster than the ones in CT).

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What a strange time of year it’s been. We went to the New Jersey Botanical Garden and had a nice little picnic on the grass, and shortly thereafter it started to snow like crazy! The nice folks at the Skylands Manor let us enter (where normally you need an appointment to go in) — they knew that Zoe thought it was a ‘princess castle’ and let us check it out. Oddly enough today it’s 80 degrees in New York… what a strange April!

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This past weekend was the first time that we really got to drag my dad out of his comfort zone and make him join us while we explored Harvard Square some more. This ‘crowded student’s neighborhood’ (my dad’s words) is a lot of fun – and let’s face it, it feels like a big diverse city which is just exactly what we are use to and what we love to explore! Add some spring blossoms and it was a picture-perfect weekend as well.


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Nothing is better than visiting this beautiful zoo when it’s in full bloom during the spring time. It is however extremely crowded when Easter and Passover fall on the same weekend, and spring break is starting for school kids. Finding parking on the local streets was surprisingly easy – especially on weekends. Aside from seeing all sorts of animals there’s also a great petting area with cows, a Prairie Playground, some dinosaur bones and even a giant pizza to climb on!

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Warm weather, seeing family — more DC adventures to follow soon:

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