I had been waiting and waiting and waiting for this moment. The cherry blossoms were in bloom. Spring had officially arrived. There was no way we would be missing this moment. Then again I needed to find the energy to get out of the house, something getting more difficult every day. Thank goodness for good friends.
If you don’t know already, I am 9 months pregnant. I’m counting down the days as this little guy finishes up in the oven and joins us on the outside. My back and legs protest a little more with each passing day. I’m finding it harder and harder to get motivated to get off the couch the heavier this belly gets.
You can imagine my hesitation when my friend Nic called me last Monday wondering where we were going to take the kids that morning. I looked out my window, saw the grey dreary sky and began to question her sanity. Was she crazy! No way was I getting off of my warm and comfy couch to go trekking through what would probably end up being a rainy, cold day. Yet she swore she had blue skies near her. I gave in. I knew the Yoshino cherry tree blossoms were blooming down at the University of Washington. I had been dreaming of this moment all spring. I would be prepared this time, unlike last year. I would have my good camera with me to get some shots. Even if it was cloudy and grey I could still capture these delicate blooms. It might be my last chance before the baby arrived.
As Dek and I headed down to campus the sun started to peak out. I didn’t’ hold my breath. It wouldn’t last.
I found a parking spot and we walked over to the quad. The sun was still out. In fact the clouds were rolling away revealing blue skies underneath. Huh. Maybe this venture wouldn’t be worthless after all.
Oh me of little faith. The day turned out to be glorious. The quad cleared out between classes allowing all of our kids to run through the grass, climb the trees and play with sticks taller than they were.
We took a lot of portraits of the kids in the trees and with the blooms. Really there was no better time to get a shot of the kids smiling. They were in their element, enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and some relaxed moms. The light was also perfect. Thanks to my friend Nic I also got a few shots of me pregnant. Photographs of me are rare enough. Pictures of me pregnant are even scarcer.
We finished up our outing with lunch at Mod Pizza, a quick and pretty cheap pizza chain that makes personal size pizzas to order. Not the best crust but it works in a pinch when you have hungry bellies, nap times looming and a parking meter that is about to run out.
I am so happy I had my friend Nic to motivate me off the couch that morning. The promise of cherry blossoms was a big help too. I only made it out the door one more day last week but it was enough. I feel a little bad for Dek right now, but at least he got outside. And most importantly, we checked off another item on my spring/ pre-baby bucket list. Fingers crossed the tulips start blooming this week so we can check those out as well.
Know Before You Go
- Keep an eye on the blossoms via the UW Visitors Center Facebook page.
- The Cherry Blossoms are in bloom right now. Get out there ASAP before they are gone. Most blooms are open and some are even starting to fall. The next 2 weeks are your best times to take a peak.
- Pack up the kids, grab a blanket and bring a picnic to create a perfect midday outing. Weekdays are less crowded (except when classes change), but weekends are still very enjoyable.
- Restrooms are available in the Suzzallo library at the southwest corner of the quad.
- Parking is available in the lots but it can be pricey. Metered street parking will cost you about $3 for 2 hours if no free spots are available
For more local insight into these beautiful blooms check out
- Cherry Blossoms in Bloom at UW by Daytona Strong at Wanderlust and Lipstick
- Cherry trees blossom at UW by Joshua Trujillo, SeattlePI.com
Check out more local attractions on the Family Friendly in Seattle page.