I must admit this winter was not terrible at all. That was a gift God designed just for me, I’m sure of it. The plants and trees still go to sleep for several months, which has left us without color in the DC area.

So it’s the little things, like tulip magnolias in the Costco parking lot, that bring my girls and me the biggest joy when nature begins to wake up. In fact, these trees inspired a quick jaunt into DC to see if the other, more famous cherry blossom trees had begun to bloom. (They hadn’t).


I took this with my iPhone and then did some editing in LightRoom (some good, some questionable). I don’t think I took it over to Elements to edit there as well. I’m realizing I don’t really have an editing style yet–either a process that I consistently use OR a final look that tends to be me. I’m enjoying trying to figure that one out, though. I’m submitting this shot to Rock The Shot’s March photo challenge. If you’d like to play along head over to www.rocktheshotforum.com, specifically to this link here and add your pic.


I hope it’s spring where you are, no matter how mild your winter was! . . . Unless you’re in the southern hemisphere. Then you’re probably beginning to enjoy fall.

Cherry blossoms and Chinese

The cherry blossom trees around D.C. were given by the city of Tokyo in 1912. Over 3,000 trees. They’re all in full bloom right now and today was the kick off of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Kite Festival was part of the day’s events and we headed there first. Why we didn’t think to bring a kite is beyond me. Something learned for next year. It was neat to see all the kites flying around the mall area, although you won’t be able to tell from any pictures I took. For some reason I didn’t get a picture with a bunch of kites in it.

I did get a picture of Du and Reagan and Ed doing cartwheels among the kite flyers (this was later in the day).

A friend from high school emailed me this morning letting me know she and her family would be out there. I’m sick that we didn’t get any pictures together, but Lauren, we enjoyed meeting you and your family there and walking around, even for the short time that it was. We did take pictures of each other’s families.

We then met up with some other friends and spent the rest of the day with them. We headed to the National Building Museum where the opening ceremonies of the Festival were being held. Had we known we would have gotten there sooner because they had a lot of kids crafts to do. We got there right as the craft tables were closing up though.

National Building Museum

Japanese ballerina

After the opening ceremony we decided to head into Chinatown for dinner. There is no Japanesetown or I guess we would have gone there to stick with the whole Cherry Blossom theme…

New Big Wong. Hmm.

My fortune in the cookie:

“Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.” I like that.

Blessing in disguise





It started snowing Friday. It hasn’t snowed continually since then but it sure feels like it. The average snowfall for my area for the last snow was 26″. We’re expecting anywhere between 10″ and 20″ more. On Saturday the power was out for closer to 20 hours than 12 I’ve been told.

The roads were almost drivable again. The interstates were cleared for the most part. The neighborhood roads were one lane and many vehicles were having trouble keeping traction. We have a 4WD SUV so we got out Monday and did some errands. We visited our friend in the nursing home (she said we got 9′, it was pretty cute), we took a meal to some friends, and we stocked up the kitchen because we knew this current storm would be coming.

I drove my husband to work on Tuesday because the rest of the world just doesn’t stop and he deals with time-sensitive stuff. The DC-area Metro buses were not running. On the way to his job, driving on I395 we have a great view of D.C. and all the recognizable buildings and monuments. The white buildings covered with white snow matched the bluish-grey white sky. Everything blended together. The Air Force Memorial, a steel structure, looked white in the light and added to the monochromatic still-life picturesque quality. The few smokestacks or fireplaces that are around that area were trying their hardest to release their smoke, at this point as thick as cotton; the smoke so heavy it wasn’t even rising, like someone had glued cotton balls to the picture.

He was able to ride a bus home after work, but they had to let him off at a road outside our neighborhood because of the narrow streets and round-abouts in here. As he was walking home he passed by a Metro bus that had tried to run the gauntlet. It was being unstuck and towed by a WMATA truck.

It snowed a little last night, but when I woke up I could still make out where the streets were. Not so anymore. As sand dunes in the desert get blown around in the wind and cover over anything in their path so is the new snow that’s falling.

Right behind that big tree in the front you can barely see a car with its windshield wipers sticking out. Behind it is a car whose wheel you can still see. Between the camera and that tree is a walkway and a yard. Those two cars flank the street. There’s  also a street perpendicular to the cars on the right side of the photo. You can see the stop sign and the street light right at the corner of the intersection.

Another shot of the intersection

Our truck. Look in front of it. See that car completely covered?!

Our front door. Dangerous!

Here is our neighbor’s backyard. That is a regular-sized deck table and grill. The house is to the right of the photo.

This is our yard. Below is what it looked like after the snow a couple days ago…

I’m praying that we don’t have another power outage. I’ll be a little bit more prepared for this one if it does happen though. I stocked up on canned goods that don’t have to be heated to be eaten and I’ve got the heat jacked up to 80 degrees! All electronics are plugged in maintaining their charge. The lights flickered twice this morning but nothing since then. The snow is so heavy though, there are numerous trees down on the edge of our neighborhood. It seems only a matter of time before a power line is downed.

We are staying positive. We have a house. We may not always have heat, but we can manage to stay warm. We have food and we have each other. We have a capable truck in case we have to go somewhere. There’s really nothing to complain about. My kids get along pretty well together and they have two friends next door and they split time between both houses.

This has actually been a blessing in disguise. I’ve been desperately wanting our lives to slow down a little bit. With this much snow all extracurricular activities have been canceled. We don’t have to be somewhere every day of the week. I’ve been enjoying that. It’s helping me to realize how to reorganize and reprioritize a little once we’re dug out and life returns to normal. We will survive and this isn’t the end of the world. . . even though it’s being called Snowmageddon and the Snowpocalypse.