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out & about: a visit to the cherry blossoms

April 1, 2017

We’ve known that the cherry blossoms blooming would be THE sign that baby time is almost here ever since our due date was adjusted for the 15th time by the midwives. I had scrolled back in my Instagram feed to see what we were doing at this time last year – We were at the cherry blossoms. Right at this very spot, in fact. It was Jared’s day off & I got off work early, so we rushed down to the Tidal Basin to catch the blooms at peak. From our old apartment, it was about a 30 minute walk & we had a bad habit of always trying to sneak our blossom visit in right as the sun was starting to set. It was chilly. We had tacos when we got home.

This year, our visit to the blossoms was much more relaxed. With such weird spring weather, the blossoms bloomed a little early, & we used some of Jared’s weekend to take a trip down to the basin. It counted as another free pre-baby date, & since it was a Monday, there were waaaay less people there than there would be on a weekend. It was HOT, & when Jared left my side for 3 seconds to scope out a bench to sit on, I managed to trip over the tree roots, skinning my leg & twisting my ankle like a hot mess 9 month pregnant girl. So we sat, for a long while 😉 Injury aside, it was so nice. Even though I walk at approximately 1/4 of the rate I usually do, it felt like a very firm just-the-two-of-us moment. Filled with “Next year…” imagining & cooing over the other babies visiting the blooms.

Now that it’s April, & specifically, now that we’re more than halfway through April Fool’s Day, I’m officially okay with this baby coming any day. Still not in any rush… I don’t feel so uncomfortable that I’m wishing away quiet evenings or slow Sunday mornings with just Jared. Our days of two are coming to a close & we are SO excited to meet this new person that will be our everything, but I’m also so very sentimental about closing this chapter of Jared & Kelsey. It has been a wonderful 6.5 years of us-ness.

… & at the same time, it has been a long nearly 11 years of wondering what our future babies will look like, & we are so. close to knowing the answer. All in good time.

DC / out & about

out & about: yayoi kusama’s infinity mirrors at the hirshhorn museum

March 24, 2017

Word spreads quickly here in DC when there is a new must-see exhibit, & a lot of the museums have instituted a lottery-based ticket system to keep crowds at a manageable number for both staff & visitors alike. It’s actually brilliant, but what it also means is that at 12pm sharp on Mondays, you better be at your computer if you want a chance at tickets for some day & time slot in the upcoming two weeks. OR have a friend that nabs a pair from someone that unexpectedly can’t use them. Crazy, right? So, in the spirit of sneaking in dates where we can (& in the spirit of sneaking in FREE dates because you better believe every extra dollar we have goes to baby prep these days), I snagged us tickets to the newest exhibit DC has to offer: Yayoi Kusama’s Inifinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum. 

If these photos look familiar, it’s because three weeks ago, your Instagram feed was flooded with them as the exhibit opened & everyone & their mother somehow went over the course of a week. People I follow that live in other states were there. It’s an INSANELY social media friendly exhibit, where you are literally let into the separate rooms with your “group” (just the two of us, in our case) for 30 seconds… Essentially, just long enough to get a picture, add it to your Insta story & gape at the surroundings for 10 seconds each. But goshdarnit, you don’t have to wait for a clear shot! It felt a lot like being in a social media experiment, or a case study on millennials, honestly… Like, someone is watching you on a screen predicting your every move, & if you DON’T get your phone out, you’re escorted to a small room to be questioned about how you fought the urge.

… I digress.

It was a REALLY cool exhibit, with our favorite room probably being the room titled, “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away”, in which we 100% felt like we were floating amidst (amongst?) millions of little orbs. There’s more to the exhibit than just the rooms (like the amazingly colorful art pieces that gave me all the ideas for future kids’ rooms) since Kusama has been creating since the 60’s. It was quite the experience & a really lovely afternoon at the museum with each other, juuuust the twooooo of us. The exhibit is here in DC until May, then it moves on to Seattle. Highly recommended, even with the crazy ticket process… & the lines that you still have to wait in once you’re actually there. Heh. The things we do.

We are getting soooo very close to my due date, & Jared has a cold that I’m hoping is perfectly timed with him getting over by the time we have a baby. Life is so weird these days, because it feels like everything is a suspended breath before baby shows up. We’re not in any rush (I’m pretty determined to have an April baby), so it’s just sort of this quiet dance, day-to-day, knowing that everything is about about to change, but still going about our daily activities. I know we have so much to look forward to but I also just want to stare at Jared’s face for hours, unadulterated in the quiet of our home, because when will things slow down ever again?? I know. I’m ridiculous & everything will be great. Change is just scary & great & also scary.

But it’s going to be GORGEOUS outside tomorrow & I’m going to get some sunshine all over my face! Spring in DC is just the absolute best.

Happy weekend!

xx

DC / out & about

OUT & ABOUT: the national museum of african american history & culture

February 11, 2017

FINALLY made it to the National Museum of African American History & Culture! (Quite a mouthful.) This museum has been in the works on the Mall since we moved to the District (if not before?), & it’s been on our must see list since it opened last year. Getting into a new Smithsonian is no easy task, since the tickets sell out QUICK & are quiiiite the process to get. So, when my friend Brooke texted me on Tuesday morning saying she’d scored tickets & could I join her & her little girl that afternoon, I moved my Tart schedule around & made it happen. This museum is seriously SO well done, telling such an incredibly important part of history in a hugely impactful way. Brooke & I agreed that it’s the most breathtaking Smithsonian to date, in heartbreaking & meaningful ways. While it’s no simple task to get in, you must go see this museum… Especially in this country’s current climate.

Other life updates… Jared gets back tonight from his second to last business trip before baby arrives, & I couldn’t be more ready to have him home. My right rib cage seems to take the brunt of little babe’s growth spurts, & neither heat nor pillows nor stretching help, but baby daddy’s back rubs seem to work miracles. Funny how that works…

Starting this Out & About series in hopes that it does, indeed, get us out & about. Now that I’m working full-time from home, it’s easy to look up from my computer & realize that not only is it already 7pm, but it’s also already Thursday (*insert whatever day of the week*) & what have I even accomplished? Walking to the grocery store becomes my Vitamin D intake for the day & I start talking to the plants & my unborn child more often than another adult. We live in a city full of too many wonderful things to not venture out & experience. & we want to share them with y-o-u. Neighborhood guides are HAPPENING, I promise. But this is a start.

Speaking of Vitamin D, we’re going into a 60 degree weekend here in the District, so here’s to maybe never having winter weather? Would I be mad? Nope. Not at all.

xx