21 April 2010

Spring

First off...Yay Duke! Yes I know this is a bit late...just know that after the final game it was a very happy night in the Clyde apartment. Ryan has been waiting 9 very long years for this victory. He is devoted I tell you, devoted.

We've had a very busy, albeit enjoyable time the past couple of months. This enjoyment (for Ryan at least) is screeching to a halt as he enters finals season. Dun, dun, dun. It will all be over soon though and then he gets to move on up to the magical land of D.C. (have we mentioned we love it there) where he'll be completing a clerkship with the Senate Judiciary Committee. His summer should be interesting with the impending retirement of Justice Stevens. Hopefully he'll have some fun research projects. I'll be staying here until school gets out in the middle of June and then I'll head up also. I can't wait until summer, but spring has definitely been kind to us.

Fun adventures = Maple Festival, Wicked, sad Cherry Blossom Festival, and Monticello.

Now, I enjoyed the Maple Festival but was kind of let down at the same time. Ryan says it's because I create visions in my head that just don't exist in the real world. Oops. They exist in Stars Hollow though so why not here? Jena once wrote about a strawberry festival that let her down. I envisioned the maple festival to be like her fantasy but subsituted with maple sugar. It was really interesting to see how maple syrup is made and fun to walk around the craft fair but the festival part was just not enchanting.

Maple bucket, droplet, and fresh maple donut

By the maple trees
Our purchase.
Now, Wicked...that is another story. It was exactly what I envisioned and absolutely perfect. Thank you Ryan for an excellent birthday present!

Cherry Blossom Festival

I love the Cherry Blossom Festival but it was another let down...NOT because of the blossoms. I'm sure they were pretty. It was a let down because we exited onto a road that was actually closed, got stuck on Rock Creek Parkway, and couldn't figure out how to get off. We were going to visit the temple after seeing the blossoms but decided to go straight to the temple instead. The temple was wonderful but the blossoms at night are just not as cool as the blossoms in the day time. Bad pictures ensue.
It's better than nothing but you just can't see them in the dark like you do in the light. They are breathtaking.

I am well aware that I look approximately 5 years old in this picture. I can't help it.

Lastly....Monticello! (Congratulations if you have made it this far into the post...I'm guessing my Mom is still reading)
Gorgeous view.

Tulips are my absolute favorite flower and Monticello in the spring has tons.

Patented half smile

Ry guy, Jefferson, and Doug

Anyone who wants to go to Monticello anytime soon, come! Charlottesville residents get in free with a full paying adult so we will go with you and split the cost. Win, Win.