Spring is widely regarded as the most spectacular season of the year in D.C. I haven’t been able to really enjoy it in the past, because I always got hideous allergies – it’s no fun to spend a month with runny eyes, itchy throat, and a completely blocked nose. For whatever reason – knock wood, and I’m almost afraid to write this for fear I might jinx it – allergies seem to have passed me by this year. I think it may be because I spent three years out of the area, and it takes awhile for pollen to become familiar enough to my immune system to make it freak out. I’ve also had another baby, and pregnancy does all kinds of weird things; I’ve got to say, if one of the side effects of Nugget was that he cured me of my allergies, even for a little while, well, I already love the little guy but – that’s awesome.
All that’s to say, since I haven’t been spending my days sneezing and popping Claritin – yet – I’ve finally gotten to go out and do All The Spring Things, and D.C. has totally earned its reputation for being a spring wonderland. The weekend before last, we took advantage of a crisp but cloudless morning to drive down to Mount Vernon and check out all the glories of spring on the estate.
Rows and rows of tulips, daffodils, and more flowers in the upper garden – flowering trees all over the grounds – and baby animals in almost every enclosure! Does it get better than that?
We started out with a walk around the upper garden and then down past the Mansion to go check out the animals – always the kids’ favorite part. We actually went into the Mansion this time, because we found a slot between tour groups and it wasn’t too crowded. Peanut loved it, as expected, and Nugget was a menace, also as expected. I think in the future we’ll just send Peanut inside with one parent, and keep Nugget out with the other. Fortunately, no property damage was done, and he didn’t even get yelled at for banging on doors like he did at the Lee-Fendall House. So… a win?
Headed down to the animals and right away spotted lambs! WAY too cute. I apologize in advance for my terrible photos. The sun was just too blinding. I assure you, they were much cuter in person.
My lambkins were enthralled by the sweet little woolly babies
Next we continued down the hill toward the Heritage Farm, and on our way, we discovered – piglets!
Again, pictures do no justice to the cuteness of the real thing. These little ones were only five days old! And already scampering and playing in their little lean-to. Poor Mom looked exhausted.
Made it down to the river!
It was such a gorgeous day. I could have stayed outside all day long. Sunshine, birdsong, flowers, and baby animals – what’s not to love?
A little too sunny for some people. Look at these spoiled kids, being towed backwards so the sun doesn’t get in their faces. It’s the life, right?
Eventually we had our fill of the (grown-up) sheep down at the Heritage Farm and headed back up the hill, stopping about halfway up to let the kids out of the stroller – they’d had enough riding.
Yes, they’re almost the same height. And Nugget weighs as much as Peanut does now. It’s frightening.
Found a little grove of Virginia dogwoods! (It’s a tree and a flower. #andrewshepardismypresident.) I pointed them out to Steve, who had been wondering about how to identify them just the week before.
Mount Vernon is really the perfect family outing for us. There are flowers for Peanut (and me!), animals and plenty of lawn for both kids, and a delightful walk for all. I’m so glad we’re living close to the estate again (although I miss being just a ten-minute bike ride away!).
Where do you like to go to soak up spring?