Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring in DC

It's Thursday, which means it is time for Mama Kat's Writers Workshop.

 We lived in VA for 5 and a half years.  Rich worked in DC in three different departments during our time there.  When we first came to the DC area it was winter.  Everything was brown, and dead.  It was miserably cold.  This CA Girl did not know cold until she lived there.  I know cold.  Cold and I are not good friends.  I was devastated by my new surroundings.  What had I done?  I was the one who encouraged my husband to sign up for the opening of Homeland Security.  It would present a lot of great opportunities, I said.  What was I thinking??  Dragging myself 3,000 miles from the home I love.  And yet, there I was in the most desolate place I had ever laid eyes on.

A few weeks later, something amazing happened.  Something I had never seen in all my years.  All of a sudden things were coming to life.  The trees had leaves, and some had flowers.  It was literally "springing" to life right before my eyes.  See, in Southern CA it's not that there are no blooms.  There are many.  And the trees are green, but there are only two seasons here:  summer and not summer.  There are no real distinctions.  Not like this.

Also, living in the DC we were right next door(practically) to the Cherry Blossom festival.  In our five and a years there, we only attempted to go once.  I say attempted because the year we went, it was bitterly cold.  Kristin would have been six and Emily 3.  We got there in good time, and after we oriented ourselves upon exciting the Metro station, we began our trek in the city.  However, it was bitterly cold.  It was about 20 degrees outside with a windchill factor of about 10.  It was hurtin' cold.  The girls were crying and we were miserable.  So without ever actually going, we did an about face, and headed home. 

At home, we had our own festival.  We had a picnic in the comfort of our nice warm living room.  The girls made their own cherry trees with construction paper and pom poms.  And we took a short walk around our own neighborhood to look at the blooming trees

 Making Cherry Trees




10 comments:

Nikki said...

wow those cherry blossoms are gorgeous!!! how lucky you are to live next to them. It is pretty beautiful when spring happens and everything starts budding, but I have to say, I wouldn't mind living in Ca or hawaii where things are in bloom and the sun is shining all the time! Stopping by from SITS and following you!

Laura Lynn said...

Beautiful cherry blossoms! And beautiful kids too! I love going to the festival in DC. I can't wait to see them this year. The blooms are gorgeous - reminds me of my mission to Japan. We also lived on the central CA coast and loved it. I could hang out at the beach right about now...

Together We Save said...

Love those cherry blossoms!! Spring is coming!!

Emmy said...

Yes sometimes I do miss real seasons...somtimes :)

Such cute pictures!!

blogmom221 said...

I love cherry tree blossoms! It sounds like you had a great time with your own festival! I hate the cold but I do love spring and fall. They are my favorite seasons.

Rachel Sue said...

YOu know it's funny. The year that we lived in CA I hated it because I missed all the seasons. I couldn't stand not seeing the leaves change in the fall or the shoots of green popping up in the spring.

I live for those changes. I didn't realize it until I didn't have it.

Linda said...

I grew up in central Calif. After I was married we lived 7 years back East for school. I am so done with the snow and cold but there is nothing like the blossoms and green of spring!

KK said...

Gorgeous to visit, but I'll stay here in south Texas for all winters :)

Mama Kat said...

Spring is beautiful here too! Love those cherry blossoms!

Holly said...

The cherry tress are beautiful. I miss my summer and no summer so cal seasons.