Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Happy Easter!

On Friday evening, our special guests arrived.

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My mom and dad :)

They had tons of fun driving into DC at rush hour, so when they got in we went straight to dinner in Gallery Place at Hill Country BBQ.

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Yum! We ate a ton. This became an ongoing theme for me this weekend. At Hill Country, you order up your food and collect it cafeteria-style and the staff mark down the quantities of what you  purchase as you go. Brian and I split a ton of food- brisket, ribs, chicken, mac & cheese and collards. Not quite the Dinosaur BBQ that I love, but definitely my favorite barbecue in DC.

Following dinner we were all stuff and sleepy, so we called it a night. I had hoped to make it through the Florida Gulf Coast University game, but unsurprisingly fell asleep on the couch at 9:30 PM and missed the entire thing.

In the morning, my parents came over for an easy breakfast of eggs, sausages and bagels before we headed out for the day.

First stop- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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This is one of my top three favorite Smithsonian's (the Zoo and the National Gallery of Art are the other two). It always has cool exhibits. Today's big exhibit was basically the evolution of humans and it was really interesting. Fun fact- they can distinguish between the genders of early human remains based on the size of the canine teeth. Males had significantly larger canine teeth than women. I love that kind of stuff.

Animals are also always fun.
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The surprise fun of the day came when we walked out the other side of the museum onto the mall.

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It was the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival! We actually knew this was going on, but had no idea what it really meant. There were TONS of people outside of the National Mall flying kites.

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There were a ton of cool kites. The weather could not have been more perfect. It was a sunny 60 degrees with a breeze that was perfect for kite-flying.
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We ended up walking around there for quite awhile before heading back. Lots of kite-watching and people watching. Next year I want to go back with a kite!

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As you can tell by their apparel, my parents are also Syracuse fans. At 4:30 PM we were parked in front of our t.v. ready to watch the game. Syracuse was ahead the entire game and we certainly enjoyed watching them beat Marquette. Hello, Final Four!!!

After basketball, it was time to fuel up again.

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Cooking in the city commenced, and dinner was made.

Enchilada casserole (recipe to come), followed by some dessert.

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Perfect Saturday! Today's looking good too… we are heading out to one of our favorite brunch spots, and a place we have gone every Easter for a few years now.

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