Farm Adventure in Alabama

Late last fall, the girls and I took a road trip to McDowell Farm School in Nauvoo, Alabama to visit a friend who was interning there. We got the grand tour which included: feeding the pigs, petting the bunnies, feeding the chickens, checking for eggs, and digging for "treasures" aka sweet potatoes. The girls  had such a blast that they keep asking if we can go back.  (Unfortunately, it's almost an 8-hour drive.) I'm always looking for activities that they can do to  unplug, because, let's be honest, they'd watch Netflix 24-7, if I let them. 

It's always fun watching my friends without kids interact with the tater tot and small fry. My heart melted a little when the girls walked hand-in-hand with my friends around the farm looking for the next adventure. 

Teel had been working at the farm school for a few months teaching school-aged kids about the farm, and she was so great and patient with them. They were really into it, especially when they got to use the hose to water the plants. How great is it when your mom encourages you to get your hands dirty, and dig in the dirt!

Cherry Blossoms : Washington D.C.

I had an opportunity to go to Washington D.C. for work last week. I have family and friends who live there, and have been tons, but never at this time of year. Since February was so warm it was supposed to be the earliest the cherry blossoms had ever bloomed. The blooms were scheduled to be at their peak the EXACT DAYS I WAS GOING TO BE THERE! HALLELUJAH! Well, it got cold again, and the day I arrived it snowed. Womp. Womp. Womp.

However, I would not be deterred! A friend and I decided to brave the weather and venture out anyway. The cherry blossoms are planted all around the Tidal Basin. If you're not familiar with it, it's adjacent to the National Mall, and surrounded by a lot of monuments such as FDR, MLK Jr., George Mason, and the Jefferson Memorial. 

This last photo is what happens when I give someone my camera so I actually have a photo of myself. The only instruction I gave was to say, "Make sure the little red dot (focus point) is on me." You can see for yourself how well that turned out. :-)



Ice Cream Picnic

When it's 73 degrees outside in February, and your niece says to you, "Aunt Holly, can we go get ice cream, it's SO HOTTTT outside!" You reply, "I bet you have ice cream at your house. Let's have an ice cream picnic!" So, that's exactly what we did! Blanket in the front yard, shoes off, and eating ice cream... in February!