Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring in DC

We managed to get tickets to the White House Egg Roll this year, along with 30,000 of our closest friends! While it certainly was crowded, it was a treat to see the White House while standing on the South Lawn. I'm happy to report that it looks great up close, especially with all the Spring blooms. The people you see here were members of an orchestra.

How exciting to get a look at the new White House organic veggie garden, pictured here. This garden was part of a whole display on healthy foods at the Egg Roll, part of Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative. I'm hopeful her program will lead to changes in public school lunch (more on this in another post.)

And have you heard of Mrs. Obama's apiary? Yep, right here on the South Lawn. This makes me so happy. I realize this one apiary is not the same as a sustained nationwide effort to protect honey bees, but I appreciate the symbol. I believe in the power of a well-placed symbol.

And DC just enjoyed the legendary cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin, too. We went one evening for a dinner picnic while blossoms snowed down on us. Oh, my, I loved it. I must get my future students to a spot where they can stand under a storm of cherry blossoms.

I hope signs of Spring are all around you, too.


  1. Hi Launa!

    Thanks for sharing these photos. They're fabulous! It's great that you were at the White House. But I think it's even more thrilling that you sat beneath those glorious blossoms. I would love to experience those blossoms floating around me. And it's good that you mentioned the students. I know that's something my students would enjoy - a picnic 'neath the blossoms. I'm putting that on my 'to do' list right now.

    Happy Spring!

  2. Happy Spring to you, Diana! I hope you do that field trip. Let me know how it goes.

  3. Launa, I couldn't help but smile when you mentioned the cherry blossoms snowing down on you. It is autumn at this time of year in Australia and you remind me of the times when my children were preschool and we would picnic in the gardens catching the autumn leaves falling of the tree before they hit the ground. I think I still have a box of those leaves somewhere ... leaves that have never touched the ground ... thanks for reminding me of this beautiful memory!
    Donna :) :)