Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A friend here recently asked me, "Do you miss the East Coast?"

"Absolutely," I answered. "I'd go to Virginia this second if I had my own jet plane. It's March. The magnolias are coming."

And the dogwoods, spring-green baby leaves, and cherry blossoms. You hear about Fall on the East Coast, but Spring is that world's time to shine, if you ask me. There are so many different types of trees and they all bloom at different times -- the season seems to last forever. It's soul-filling, really, to live in the East during Spring. It's a delicious, bottomless feast for the eyes and mind after a long, hard fast.

Mmm I miss it.

Below are photos from our visit to the famed Cherry Blossom Festival in DC last year, plus my brain dump of memories from the day (it's how you roll when you blog an adventure an entire year later ๐Ÿ˜Š)...

Emmy was 10 days old and the Cherry Blossoms were at their peak. We drove up to the city after Ryan's class in the morning, loving on our favorite route, rural Highway 29 in all of its spring-green glory. We parked behind the Jefferson Memorial - the best lot for snagging an easy spot. Emmy lasted 10 minutes in the stroller; Baby Girl was much happier in the wrap. We took our sweet time walking around the lake, exactly at the girls' pace. The girls were happy, Mom and Dad were happier. An adventurous day out on our feet was everything we needed. The blossoms were dainty and bright, scattered across the sidewalk and the water -- and the air, if the wind picked up just right. Everything was beautiful.
Love you forever, VA (and DC and that whole Eastern Seaboard. Y'all can just go ahead and take me right back)!
PS -- here's another old blog post with shots of our Charlottesville in the Spring. The girls and I took a stroll around our neighborhood one evening after dinner to capture our favorite blooms. It was the simplest little adventure, and one of my favorite young-mom, law school memories. ๐Ÿ’•


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