So, spent a week in DC with the extended family. Contrary to the expression on H's face, it was a lot of fun. So much to do, I think the boys are having a post-urban-vacation letdown. R pointed out the window yesterday and said, "A taxi! Just like in Washington, DC and Chicago! [thoughtful pause, and then] I want to go back to Chicago or Washington, to, you know, just hang out."
We had some good museum visits, plenty of sightseeing, a great condo, plenty of sweat, and just a little touch of illness to begin the week. There are some stray pictures up at Flickr.
Took the day off and went to Raleigh to visit a couple of museums, eat some really great barbecue, and — most importantly to H + R — visit the Lego Store. Now H is about 4h into the the construction of the AT-TE Walker. He should be finished up by morning. Photos (not of the Lego construction, which doesn't really photograph well) here.
The weather here is mild, absolutely nothing to complain about. But, I think everyone in our house has been affected differently by seasonal affective disorder, and spring here is really quite dramatic. So, today, we went to the Arboretum with our cameras to hunt for the first signs of the changing season. R said you "can feel spring on your skin." I asked what it feels like, and he replied "warmness." True enough. They found all sorts of chutes, buds and blossoms and particularly liked the Okame Apricot tree, and the Arnold Promise Witchhazel. While the Bloodgood Red Twig Dogwood is very striking, I think we were more interested in the name, which is fairly difficult to say quickly.
You can see the highlights here. Also, while you are there, take a look at our frigid (note the Merry X-mas in ice on the inside of the hotel window) but enjoyable Christmas in Chicago, about which I haven't written a thing. Busy times. Good times, though.