DC Cherry Blossom Fun – fANNEtastic food

Hi friends! 

We’ve had a lot of adventures since I last checked in! Matt’s parents (who are fully vaccinated now, woo!!) arrived for a visit on Friday evening, and from Saturday to Tuesday Matt and I drove down to NC for a little babymoon! We had a really nice time and I’ll share a recap soon; stay tuned. 

For now, I wanted to share some pictures from Cherry Blossom fun here in DC! 

Cherry blossom time is one of my favorite times in DC – it’s so beautiful!

Normally I do a sunrise run down to the cherry blossoms on a weekday, but that wasn’t going to happen this year (I’m 32 weeks pregnant now with baby number 2, in case you missed it – here’s my most recent update from 28 weeks!). 

But, I didn’t want to miss them just because I couldn’t see them at sunrise (which is, IMO, the best time to see them for sure – it’s SO beautiful and also there aren’t many other people – here’s are pics from my 2019 sunrise run to the cherry blossoms). 

I heard from friends that the parking areas around the blossoms were blocked off but that pedestrians were allowed this year, so on Wednesday, Matt took the day off work and we took Riese and his parents downtown to see the Washington Monument and the cherry blossoms at the nearby tidal basin! 

washington monument with cherry blossoms

We found parking on the National Mall after driving around for a bit, and walked from there over to the Washington Monument.

Riese was super excited to see it in person after reading about it in some of her books, and after seeing it a lot from afar while driving by across the river! 

washington monument family photo

Tiny Riese and Matt’s dad with the massive monument!

washington monument from close up

I miss this view – I don’t come down to the mall much these days since I’m not running! 

view of the lincoln memorial from the washington monument

After the Washington monument, we walked over to the tidal basin. The tulips were out and looking beautiful, too!

red tulips with the washington monument

The cherry blossoms peaked REALLY quickly this year due to warm temps, so we were a couple days past the prime, but they still looked lovely. 

And a gray weekday morning with rain in the forecast meant there weren’t crowds (yes, we masked up when close to others)!

cherry blossoms at the tidal basin

We attempted a cute family picture with the blossoms and this was the best we got. 😉

family photo at the tidal basin cherry blossoms

Riese was really excited to be down there. These ducks were a huge hit! 

toddler running towards the cherry blossoms

One more pretty pink blossom shot before we headed out!

cherry blossom tree in dc

Such a fun morning exploring our city – it had been too long since we’d done something like that! 

Matt’s parents left yesterday afternoon, and we were sorry to see them go!

We had a couple yummy meals together before they went – one night we kept it simple and ordered pizza; another night Matt’s dad grilled up some pork chops for us.

Served with sweet potato, spinach salad, veggies, and some of his homemade olive bread!

pork chops with sweet potatoes and spinach salad

I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! 

Have you ever seen the DC cherry blossoms? 

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