I'm not doing to lie. There are a lot of pictures in the post. They were all so cute, I couldn't make any cuts! So, go pour yourself something warm and caffeinated and settle in for a bit. This cold, gloomy Wednesday is about to get a bit more warm and fuzzy.
Zoot got his own personal smash cake
I got a bit nostalgic with the decor.
Mind the fire alarm.
I made I banner we could use for multiple events. I actually like it so much, I may keep it in the living room.
My favorite crab eating gals.
Palming a beer and a baby toddler
We had a grandparent's table in lieu of a kid's table
A few weeks ago, we had a play date with an old friend. She told us that The Dinosar Hall, at the Smithsonian, was scheduled to have a much needed face lift, and would be temporarily closing for FIVE YEARS. Thank goodness she told us. We had three weeks to make some plans, and plan we did!
J graciously took off work, last Wednesday, and we headed up there as soon as breakfast was over, and we were clear of rush hour traffic. In the DC area, we plan our lives around traffic. This basically gave us an open window of 9:30-ish to 2:00pm.
We decided to take the metro and put Zoot in the Ergo. We didn't want the hassle of a stroller, and Archer is big enough to walk. When his legs were tired J popped him on his shoulders, or we just took a break. J also wore my backpack. I only packed essentials to keep it light and swapped out cloth diapers for plastic ones.
We were a little nervous about trekking to DC during one of the most glorious Cherry Blossom Seasons I can remember. I'm glad we did, though! It wasn't nearly as crowded as I thought it would be. I guess everyone was at the Tidal Basin soaking in the perfect Spring weather.
Archer was totally, "meh" about the whole thing. Not excited in the least bit, really.
Upon entering The Dinosaur Hall, he quickly spotted his favorite dinosaur, "Dinosaur Weeno (Rhino)," and asked to have his picture taken in front of it. He loved pointing out the T-Rex, Apatosaurus, and dinosaur eggs to me. What an adorable little scientist!
Maddox spent a good deal of the trip people watching, flirting, waving his arms in excitement, and nibbling at contraband pretzels I snuck him from time to time. Shhhhh...
I loved the Ice Age exhibit. How adorable is this little guy?
All in all, it was a perfect day. We spent just the right amount of
time there. No sense trying to cram the entire museum into one visit! We had lunch at a hidden little cafe between the Dinosaur Exhibit and the
Ice Age exhibit (Be prepared to spend $10.00 on a sandwich). Then, after we said bye-bye to all the dinosaurs, we took a brief walk around The Mall and Sculpture Garden, and left just in time for
the boys to fall asleep on the metro.