little moments in dc

Our most recent trip to the US Botanic Garden was really good. Sure, we got stuck in slow-moving traffic due to the 50th Anniversary of MLK March, but besides that, it was a great day to be out and enjoying the sunshine.
After strolling in front of the Capitol for a bit, we headed inside to the garden. The kids enjoyed the outdoor Children's Garden the most. I guess that was was designed for children after all. Anna had the most fun with the water pump and Will just wanted to splash. They also ran through a bamboo forest! Pretty neat. We have been to the Botanic Garden many times, but this time was by far my favorite. The kids showed more curiosity and it was nice that they kept whining to a bare minimum.
Click here! Same pose, same location, back in 2011.
I think as they get older, short local outings like this will get easier and better...until I guess when they reach a certain age when they won't want to be dragged around anymore. I am savoring these moments while they last. I have only been doing this parenting gig for 3.5 years, but it's already going too fast.

PS., Here is a tip if you want to visit: on weekends, you can park right in front of building even though the sign reads "Permit Only." We have done it several times and never gotten a ticket.


  1. I always enjoy your photos - but I think the last one - with the two crossing the bridge together is extra special.

  2. Father Had a DreamAugust 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I'll give DC credit for one thing, most of the junk in that town is free. If we had to pay for the zoos, gardens, and museums, we definitely wouldn't be dragging ourselves in there so often. For cheap folks like ourselves, it's worth it to brave the hectic gatherings and tourists that always clog stuff up.

  3. I am in the same boat and I noticed that the older my son gets he does not mind being dragged to different places. His favorite thing to do is shopping (ha he's just like his mommy). This is such a pretty garden and would love to take my son to something like this.

    He loves the outdoors and would thoroughly enjoy being somewhere like this. Love the pictures. I definitely take tons of pictures when I'm out. I get made fun of a lot that I'm such a tourist, but I don't care. My son isn't going to stay little forever and I love that I can just look back and cherish the moments spent together.

  4. Seems like it was a great trip! And I love that last picture, how cute are they holding hands!? :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  5. We brought J when he was a bit over one but I'm sure he'd enjoy it more now that he's older. And you're right, as the kids get older it is easier to take them out and the whining is minimum. We should definitely cherish!!


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