Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mixing a Little Pleasure With Business

Since my Mother In Law passed away we've been busy weeding through the process of taking care of the business that you have to do when a loved one passes away. This has all been new for us and complicated because we live so far away. We had to make another trip to the Mountain Home last week and thought it would be nice to break the trip up by stopping in Washington DC for a day to see the Cherry Blossoms.

Catching the Blossoms at their "Peak" can be tricky, the timing of the bloom depends on the weather. We were locked into certain dates because we were meeting my youngest son on his break, but since our weather had been warm all week I thought we had a good chance of catching some blooms. Turns out we were just a couple days early for the "Peak" blooms but it was pretty none the less.

Our biggest challenge was the weather, we left home with temps in the 70's.  The day we went to see the Cherry Blossoms was cold and rainy. (temps were hovering in the low 40's) The rain held off till late morning so I was able to get some nice photos, and cold wet weather tends to keep the crowds away, which can be seen as a plus, especially when your trying to take photos.

Sweet Husband was done with the sightseeing a lot sooner than I was and retreated to the warmth of the museum to wait patiently for his very distracted wife. I was following but kept finding things I wanted to photograph.

We walked to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, where we were able to dry out, get warm and fill our bellies. Homemade guacamole, chips, and fish and chicken tacos made for a tasty lunch.

That Sunday we headed out to the Mountain House, all rested and refreshed, which was nice because we had a lot of work ahead of (and much more still to do) Did I mention that it snowed on the way? Three trips to the Mountain House this year and it has snowed each time we have visited. We have had to drive in some pretty bad weather this year and the Lord has protected us each time. I am thankful for the traveling mercies he has given us on these trips and for the Grace Moments, like our little excursion to see the Cherry Blossoms

Happy Spring!



Creations By Cindy said...

The pictures are beautiful! Add some pleasure in with business has it's bonus's! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Cheryl said...

What beautiful photos! I am so very sorry to hear of your mother-in-law's passing. Having lost both of my dear parents, I know what you are going through. God bless you and give you the strength and courage you need for each challenge and task. So thankful He is protecting you in your travels!

NanaNor's said...

I love cherry blossoms, how special to get to see your son. I so understand the clearing out of belongings-so very emotional. Praying for grace that passes understanding.
Hugs, Noreen