As mentioned in my previous post, we chose not to go anywhere for spring break this year so we were delighted when Clay’s sister, Meredith, her husband, Harry, and their daughter, Alaina, indicated that they wanted to kick-off their spring break with a trip to our neck of the woods. They drove up from Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday – we participated in traditional DC activities, celebrated Easter, and enjoyed the outdoors – all while eating and drinking well!
One of the best museums in the DC area is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. Located near the Dulles International Airport, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center consists of the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hanger. On display are various planes (including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and a Concorde), helicopters, the space shutter Discovery, and other aviation and space artifacts.
For the past 2.5 years, we’ve taken almost all of our out-of-town visitors to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center so we were happy to accompany Meredith, Harry, and Alaina to the museum. After all, it’s not everyday you get to take a family snapshot in front of the space shuttle that flew more space flights than any other spacecraft to date (39 launches and landings).
On Easter Sunday, we woke up to three children excited to hunt for eggs and collect their little tchotchkes from the Easter Bunny – it’s funny how he always seems to bring my favorite candy!
After the sugar highs were deflated, we put on our Sunday best and snapped a couple of pictures before attending our church’s Easter Service. I learned that morning that I completely forgot to purchase shoes for Violet so she rocked her sparkly silver Toms with her Easter dress.
We also learned that jelly beans have quite the effect on Violet.
On Monday, we played tourists and took the metro to the national mall. Sadly, no cherry blossoms were to be found. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual three-week festival that is March 20th through April 12th this year. Due to our cold and lingering winter, peak bloom for 2015 is estimated to be between April 11th -14th, which means that our day on the national mall lacked the oomph this time of year usually provides.
Still pretty, though.
As our time here in the DC area winds to an end, I can’t help but reflect on how lucky we’ve been to have national monuments, the Smithsonian, and other pieces of American history in our backyard. We’re glad we were able to share some of our life here with Meredith, Harry, and Alaina – thank you for being part of our stay-cation!