This mother's day I made a special request to visit the American Visionary Art Museum - as much as I've enjoyed the cycling, soccer and baseball activities over the years I thought it was a good day to mix it up a bit. We had planned to go on Sunday but when we woke to such crappy weather on Saturday and outdoor activities cancelled or up in the sir we flipped our weekend around. Once we made the decision Eamon rushed to get his presents for me - a painted picture of a flower, a magnet, a puzzle with bugs and 4 poems he wrote. Perfect creative start to the day.
The museum is wonderful and we were each captivated by what we saw. There was an exhibit on story telling which is something very dear to both myself and Eamon and it was lovely to share the experience with him. As an art gallery the place held Eamon's attention more than any other one we've been to. Usually we have to play a game with him or prepare some "I spy" scenarios or let each other view an exhibit while the other one entertains the little man outside. But this was different - don't know if it was the museum itself or the age of the boy but it was certainly noted. And they have an excellent restaurant and bar upstairs which was also noted. Really egg-cellent!
Women's professional soccer is back and we were there to cheer on Washington Spirit in their first home game on Saturday. This time round the League is playing the smaller venues and it was our first time out at Maryland SoccerPlex (impressive!); it definitely had a very family friendly feel to it. The crowd was teeming with girl soccer teams and Dads with their daughters - all maximizing the coaching opportunity. But there were plenty of boys too and Eamon enjoyed it - especially at such close range to the action.
Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera and didn't get any decent pictures with my phone. I could have taken a great shot at of Abby Wambach before the game but I must have been star struck and didn't think of it. She might have been a bit star struck herself after a knock on the head towards the end of the game.
I think we'll be up for another game in a few weeks. Any interest?
We're off to a great start with our spring list and can check another thing off - which is good because spring doesn't last very long around these parts. We took part in the first ever Tour de Cookie in Rockville last Sunday and put the kid back on his trailer bike for the 15 miles. We didn't think he'd mind too much what with the enticement of a cookie every mile or so. It certainly got me up a hill or two.
Now that the dust has been wiped off the bikes we hope to go on a few more rides - we have to work off those cookies.
What's with the puss on Eamon? He said he's not a fan of Elmo so didn't want to look like he was in the photo. Elmo! ELMO!!
I guess Cookie Monster doesn't feature as much as he used to.
Spring burst on the scene this week in typical DC fashion
and now everything’s ablaze with blossoms and sun and soccer games and green buds
and bugs and pollen but it’s been very, very welcome. As we were sitting around
the table we put our heads together (under the ceiling fan was the coolest
place to be honest) we came up with a spring list - turns out these boys like when
I put a seasonal list together but it was nice to have so much input from Eamon
this year. And here it is:
·Take a boat ride to see the cherry blossoms
along the tidal basin ·Go on a hike ·Catch a baseball game and maybe catch a baseball
(i.e., kid wants to bring his mitt!) ·See a DC United and Washington Spirit game. Women's soccer is back and this time we plan on keeping them here. · Do something for Earth Day - perhaps go here ·Make a cherry pie with cherries from Homestead ·Do Tour de Cookie – a family bike ride ·Do a 5K (herself); do the 150-mile MS ride
(himself) Donations always welcome here ·Pick strawberries ·Baltimore’s Museum of Visionary Art (been on
my to see list for ages) ·Go camping ·Infuse vodka with a seasonal fruit ·Finish a bike frame (and celebrate with infused vodka!)
As every year if you want to do any of these with us
please let me know. It’s even more fun with company. Except for the boat ride - we've already done that and our timing wasn't so great - don't think we saw even one blossom but it was still good and these pictures do show that up until very recently we were wearing hats and gloves.