A few weeks ago my friend Sally (aka Unbrave Girl) was quite brave indeed and agreed to meet me and the kids in Washington D.C. for a good old-fashioned day of Misbehaving at Museums and Picnicking Under the Cherry Blossoms.
After a brief mix-up about which Smithsonian history museum we were visiting, we spent several hours trying to get the younger kids to slow down long enough to Appreciate Some History. Mostly, they appreciated this:
My eldest, who loves anything to do with history and science, would gladly have spent longer in the main exhibits, but the littles were happier here, in the interactive area:
And then it was time for lunch, so we headed across the mall to the banks of the Potomac River to check out the cherry blossom action.
While the main (Yoshino) cherries were still in bud,
we did find some lovely weeping cherry trees in bloom.
A perfect spot for a picnic…
…and assorted other shenanigans.
Sally possesses both a remarkable amount of patience and a remarkable number of stories about dressing animals in costumes, so I think my kids are pretty much ready to move in with her now.