Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Visiting the National Arboretum Part 2

We spent a good portion of our day walking around and exploring the arboretum. Everything was pretty spread out across the arboretum, so we walked a while and then got in the car and drove to different parts. 

We just really had a fun time taking picture considering there were so many different flowers blooming! Cherry blossoms are one of my favorites, so I was really happy to be able to see so many different varieties and photograph them!
The columns featured below were at the US Capitol from 1828 to 1958.
If you are ever in DC around spring time, I would highly recommend visiting the arboretum! While the tidal basin is definitely the most famous place to see cherry blossoms in DC, the amount of people (and the rude, disrespectful, and obnoxious tourists) make it really difficult to get pictures. 

The National Arboretum had very few people but was way more beautiful than the tidal basin was.

Have you ever seen the cherry blossoms in DC?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Visiting the National Arboretum Part 1

A couple of weeks ago we took a trip out to the National Arboretum in Washington DC to explore. After our visit to the National Cherry Blossom Festival and seeing the insane crowds at the tidal basin, we wanted to get some more cherry blossom pictures somewhere away from all the craziness. Fortunately my mom had read that the National Arboretum had over 40 varieties of cherry blossoms and way less crowds.

I'm always up for a place with less crowds, so we were pleasantly surprised to find the arboretum had hardly anyone there! The weather was great too! It was warm and sunny with a few clouds which was perfect for taking pictures!

After arriving at the arboretum we sat in the car to eat our lunch, then we began exploring the grounds. The arboretum covers 446 acres and has a total of 9.5 miles of trails. 

I took quite a few pictures so I decided to just split them up into two blog posts so it wasn't quite so overwhelming!
Have you ever visited an arboretum?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Five for Friday

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and Andrea!

1. We went out to Virginia Beach on Tuesday and spent the day around there. First we stopped at the new Ikea in Norfolk. It was SO crazy busy! We didn't think it would be too bad on a Tuesday, a week after opening, but we sure were wrong! We did get a few things though. My mom bought this chair for the living room, and I got a couple small storage containers.

After Ikea we drove out to the beach to walk around a bit. It was warm out and a beautiful day (I didn't edit these pictures at all! The sky was really that blue!)

After walking around the beach we stopped by Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, then had dinner at Jason's Deli and drove home. It was a fun day and it's always nice to get out of the house for a bit!
2. I was at Walmart a couple of weeks ago and found these cute Easter sprinkles (I can't pass on sprinkles.) So since I had sprinkles to use I had to make some cupcakes!
3. Our small group had an ice cream night on Wednesday which was fun. I made homemade caramel and hot fudge (I used this hot fudge recipe.) and our small group leader went all out with tons of toppings.

After ice cream sundaes we played Scribblish and Apples to Apples! It's been a long time since I've played games so it was a fun evening!
4. We are supposed to get some really intense storms tonight which should be interesting! Rain, hail, wind, lightning, and tornadoes are all in the forecast. This is the first time we've lived somewhere where tornadoes are something to be worried about so it's a little unnerving! One storm is supposed to come through this afternoon and the worst storm is supposed to come through tonight. Hopefully everything will be okay!

Hope you have a great Easter weekend!