Staying Stylish in Suburbia

Cherry Blossom Time- Coming Full Circle

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's been almost exactly one year since we made the big move cross-country to settle in the D.C. area. I remember living in temporary high-rise housing (this time last year) while we searched for a house to call home. I had left my community of friends behind in California, I was pregnant and Esmae was sad and unsettled from all the changes. B was adjusting to a new job and it honestly felt like winter would never end. I also remember when the cold did finally subside and the cherry blossoms burst into bloom, filling the city with a flurry of petals and excitement. We rode the metro down to the National Mall and made our way with so many others, mouths gaping as we walked beneath the canopy of white and pink flowers. It was pure magic and I thought to myself, maybe we will be happy here after all. 

So much has happened since then, not the least of which was buying a new house and welcoming another little being into our lives. It has been another loooooong winter. This year I loaded the girls up in the car and drove into the city to meet B after work. The cherry blossom festival was in full swing and the blossoms were at their peak. We took a blanket, bought some ice-cream and had ourselves the most lovely afternoon as the petals fell like confetti and a live band played in the distance. It felt very full-circle. Looking back one year later, I've got to say that we are definitely in a better place. Things aren't perfect. It's been such a busy year. We are still playing catch up in a lot of respects. That feeling of treading water can become overwhelming at times. If nothing else though, the cherry blossoms are the perfect reminder that after a long winter comes the spring. Things will calm down and get smoother eventually. In the meantime, in the midst of all the chaos and stress, days like these are so precious. Laying on a blanket with my little family I was content to soak it all in and enjoy the moment.

With that being said, here is a little snippet of our lovely day under the blossoms. Esmae ran around dancing and Maslynn tasted her first ice-cream. We also ate hot dogs on the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. If you haven't ever been to the cherry blossom festival I highly recommend that you check it out. 


  1. Adorable family! Glad you were able to enjoy the gorgeous weather this weekend!