Inspired by Life

Saturday, May 16, 2015

DC Dragon Boat Festival


Another thing checked off on my bucket list this weekend! The DC Dragon Boat Festival has been something I have always wanted to attend but never got around to it. This year, Aaron was invited by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the US, to participate in the Dragon Boat Festival Race. He was thrilled to do something that was a tradition of DC, to be outdoors on the water, and to get some exercise all at the same time :) Of course, Gracie and I went to support him and cheer on the teams that assembled early in the morning. We missed the opening festivities because we had to feed Grace and get her ready, but we made it in time for Aaron to join the team he was assigned to, find a parking spot right at the Boat Center with an out of order parking meter (score!), and scope out a good spot for some pictures of the race.

Friday, May 15, 2015

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Photo credit - morganhowarth.com
An unplanned thing happened today. Gracie and I found ourselves in the parking lot of the National Museum of the Marine Corps this morning after we had dropped off Aaron who was part of a group of Congressional staffers who were invited to tour the Museum and spend a day being a Marine. Since we wanted to avoid traffic and never ones to pass up an opportunity to explore, Gracie and I stayed and spent some time walking through the place. And, boy, am I glad! I checked off another thing on my DC Bucket List! This place was amazing! It increased the respect and admiration I had for so many who volunteer their time and sacrifice their families to serve this amazing country and protect its people. Each exhibit was meticulously planned and highlighted things in a way that helped us get the whole picture.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Clemyjontri Park

It is already reaching summertime temperature around here but I am thrilled that I can go outside the house and enjoy the sunshine, lovely greenery, and explore my surroundings. That is something I missed intensely as I sat, cooped up in the house all winter, trying not to go crazy! This month, I am determined to get out and explore as often as I can. Gracie loves every minute of it! 

Today, we wanted to visit Clemyjontri Park. My local friends have all been to this place and highly recommended it, so I was dying to check it out. It definitely did not disappoint! Clemyjontri is a one-of-a-kind park. It is playground built to accommodate children of all abilities. In fact, they even have a swing that is specially designed to allow kids in wheelchairs have a go. Isn't that amazing?!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Holland in Haymarket {Burnside Farms}


In honor of Gracie's 1st birthday and a commitment to myself to explore again, I took Aaron and Gracie to Burnside Farms in Haymarket for the Holland in Haymarket Festival of Spring 2015.  This was something I had been looking forward for several weeks now and had been tracking when the flowers were at their peak season. This weekend was it! 

Burnside Farms hosts the Annual Holland in Haymarket Festival where they plant over five acres of spring flowers to provide the largest, and most spectacular pick-your-own-flower event in the world! Right here in our own backyard in Virginia!