Things to Read - Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines

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Sometimes it's nice to look at a really pretty book, esp. when the book keeps with my watercolors theme of the spring.

We love the portraits and quotes in Samantha Hahn's Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines.

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Places to Go - Out & About, the Watercolor Version (Early Spring 2014)

Doesn't everything look better in watercolor?


Ziplining through the trees with P at the Adventure Park of Sandy Spring. She's now old enough (7.5) to do the green courses, crazy fun.


A Monday afternoon "date" with T at the Smithsonian National History Museum. We checked out insects and "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation."

Speaking of the Smithsonian, did you read this Washington Post article on the T Rex that Got Away (the world's most complete T-Rex skeleton resides at the Field Museum in Chicago, after winning the $8.3 million bidding war)?


At the National History Museum we also visited the new interactive exhibit, Q?rius, (we had to find it for ourselves because the super bitchy woman at the information desk refused to tell me the location, saying it was only meant for teenagers).

Luckily, once we arrived Qr?ius had a ton of fun stuff that T loved (rocks under microscopes, drawers full of fossils and musical instruments, skulls, etc.) and a very welcoming staff.


Tuckahoe Playground
after preschool. Have you visited here yet? They have a HUGE new climbing structure that the kids couldn't get enough of, plus a cool multi-person swing. Click here to read The Meanest Mama's review.

(And, yes, that "kid" in the black leggings is me. I couldn't resist, kids can't claim all the fun).


Boots in the sand for a moms' weekend at Rehoboth Beach.


Followed by: Coronas, karaoke, and Cards Against Humanity (i.e. the perfect weekend away).



Things to Do - Cherish This Day & Random Links

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!! Now click on over to Cherish This Day for lots of wonderfulness.


* I just signed up for this workshop and I CAN'T WAIT for it to start.

* The Teenage Glaze - wow, these are good.

* We've been out of diapers for awhile now, but if you're still in the market, Where the Watermelons Grow posted a great guide to going cloth free.

* Homemade funny face stamps. Genius.

* Tavi Gevinson is so cool.

* I want this book.

* I actually like GW's paintings.

* A homeless boxer's mansion - “Even though they're technically homeless, they don't feel homeless living as part of this encampment. It's a really unique place. I think it's especially interesting in the context of the housing shortage, the rising housing prices, and growing income inequality in the Bay Area. It's one of the last places where homeless people can go and feel somewhat self-reliant and safe."

* I love all these movies.

* Dinner party decorations (or lack thereof) always stress me out. But this looks simple, manageable, and so so cute.



Things to Do - Around the Neighborhood (Early Spring 2014)

Sometimes you just need a giant photo dump, so here goes:

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We're never quite sure who walks who (though I'd put my money on the puppy).

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Inconclusive "science" experiments.

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T had such high hopes that his two best friends would get along. But when the bigger one tried to eat the smaller one, T learned that such things don't always work out.

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Have scooter will travel.

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Even without scooters, we always seem to move so fast.

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Sometimes it snow in spring, but at least (this time) school didn't close.

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So we made rice krispie treats.

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And ran around like monkeys.

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And relaxed on the couch.

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And waited for better weather.

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And better weather arrived.

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T was so excited for the sun that he spent an afternoon topless.

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Now, we spend our days at the playground.

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Or, sometimes, indoors in the sun.

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At night, T teaches Spacebear how to fly.

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Learning to fly is "tricky".

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Best friends became toothless.

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And swings needed to be swung.

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Some nights we stay at the playground until bedtime.

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While flowers bloom around us. Everywhere.

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And we try, always, to take it all in.


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