A running joke between Ryan and I is that the two of us have the exact same brain. We are truly convinced that we speak to eachother telepathically. We oftentimes begin humming the same tune spontaneously. I'll suggest a plan for the day and he'll already have the details sorted out. He emails me answers to questions I have not asked him yet, you get the idea. I think this happens when you spend your life together - it's magic. The same thing is starting to happen between me and my best gal, Mandy. She suggested last week that we take the girls to the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Pavillion. Rylie and I were definitely on board and I was wondering if we could take the new Metro line that just opened a few short weeks ago. I opened my email and whamo! there was a note from Mandy suggesting we take the train. Our plans were in alignment and we decided to meet at the train station at 2:30 on Monday. When we arrived we were delighted (and kind of astonished) to find that we had dressed our girls just alike without consultation. On the train, Mandy had her camera at the ready when she realized her battery pack was dead. I assured her not to worry that I had my camera and would get plenty of shots. Well, I got that top photo and then my battery pack went kaput too. Weird, right? The rest of these shots were taken with my phone and it's a real bummer because not only was there a hoop house full of exotic and rare butterflies lightly fluttering all around my head, but there was a massive rose garden with about a bajillion different types of roses of all colors right next door (and it was dusk on a very sunny day so they were all dripping golden light.) So yeah. Live and learn, right? Next time, next time. Instead of focusing on all of the amazing photo ops I was missing out on, I decided to focus on how wonderful it is to connect with friends.