Thursday, April 22, 2010

* Family Field Trip: Hillwood Museum and Gardens

Happy Earth Day!
Today I'll do a photo-heavy show and tell of our field trip we took yesterday
to enjoy a little bit of this beautiful planet.

Yesterday, I pulled both of my girls
out of school to play hooky for the day and to take a family field trip
to the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington DC.

Both Grandmothers (extra special treat!), Aunt D, baby cousin "A"
and a good family friend accompanied us.

Today's post isn't really an "ART" post but I'll share with you 
our outdoor adventure we had yesterday.

Get ready for LOTS of photos!
(Thank you mom and MIL for bringing cameras,
it was all I could do to get two kids dressed and out of the house 
before 7:30am and into DC on time!)

We did spend part of our time in Marjorie Merriweather Post's mansion, now a museum,
studying her extensive decorative art collection from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Mostly porcelain, faberge eggs, 
chalices, oil paintings, dishes, gowns, jewelry, crystal - bling, bling, and more bling!

No photos of the museum goodies, cameras have to be checked
(with umbrellas and coats) at the door of the museum. 

It was a wonderful just girls adventure albeit a bit rainy that was okay with me, 
we dressed in layers and we had the gardens practically to ourselves.

We explored her greenhouse(s)
Yes, her greenhouse had 5 sections/giant rooms.

So many pretty orchids!

Holy Orchid Vines Bat Man!

 "E" loved the texture of these leaves.

Off to explore the gardens!

Our FAVORITE spot of the day was the Japanese garden.

Umm... I can do this in my backyard right?!

Couldn't go across this walkway -- they were repairing the waterfall...
But... we could do this one

and we all LOVED it!

See all of those little black things on the rock? Those are TADPOLES!!

Not just frog tadpoles but toad tadpoles so we called them "Toad-poles" 
Har har har....sorry. 

Check out this MONSTEROUS
Jack in the Pulpit -- it wasn't all the way open yet and it was bigger than "C"s shoe!

Snack break for my favorite Niece!

After our wet and rainy garden explorations
we hit the cafe (where we had a reserved table waiting for us!)
for a delicious french lunch and fun coloring sheets. 

(Soggy) Ladies who lunch.

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