Lego Lady Liberty and the Cherry Trees

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.

Cherry Blossom Dance

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:

Betsy and Sally Build

Betsy and Sally build a robotic hand, as one does.


Abigail and Henry outfit a car with adaptive technology and did not even hit each other with those PVC tubes.

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.

Cherry Blossoms

Betsy Photographing Sally

Weeping Cherry

A perfect spot for a picnic…

Picnic 1

…and assorted other shenanigans.

Betsy in Sunglasses


Betsy, Abby and Sally

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.

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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