Najwa Awarded Best in Mathematics and Principal’s Cabinet

As much as I want to take credit for this, I have to give it up to mommy for making sure Najwa does her homework every night, reads her book for reading log, gets her dressed in the morning, rushing More...

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Najwa Earns Her Detective Badge at Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Scavenger Hunt

National Postal Museum

Nduku on several occasions said she wanted to sign Najwa up for the girl scouts.  Coincidentally, at the National Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Family More...

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Dupont Circle’s Brewmaster’s Castle

Najwa at the Heurich House Museum aka Brewmaster's Castle in Dupont Circle

It was a cold day today, but Najwa and I didn’t feel like sitting around the house.  So, we set off in search of something to do.  We almost changed our minds, More...

Robotic Challenge, Slime Making, Rocket Balloon Race and More at NBM’s Engineering Family (and Friends!) Day

Najwa and Alani building Lego-inspired robot at Family Engineering Day at National Building Museum

I read somewhere recently that girls are a long shot to become scientists, engineers, anything STEM-related, not because of an inability to do those jobs, but because More...

Stargazing at Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Planets at Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory

Stargazing at National Air and Space Museum - Looking at Pleiades

When we first moved into our home, I got glow-in-the-dark stars for the ceiling in Najwa’s room.  Before she even started Kindergarten, I made sure she knew all More...

Celebrating African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

National Air and Space Museum - African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

The National Air and Space Museum is one of Najwa’s favorite museums.  So, I put it on the calendar because they were having a Heritage Family Day with the focus More...

On The Road

Everything Else About Our Visit to Kenya

When we go to Kenya, we go for two weeks, which may seem like ample time to really relax — that times flies. As soon as you land, it’s time to pack up to go back More...

Visit to Lake Magadi Where They Were Harvesting Salt (Or Is It Soda?)

After the long ride south, we finally made it to Lake Magadi.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, not really understanding how you can harvest salt our of a lake, More...

One Long and Very Hot Journey Through The Valley to Lake Magadi

For the day’s day trip, we headed south to Lake Magadi. Lake Magadi is the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic More...

Hanging Out In Kitui With Family Before Hitting The Night Scene

After our trip to the coast, as usual, we had plans to go to Kitui, Kenya, and visit Nduku’s extended family.  This was my third trip out there, every two years, More...

Najwa Awarded Best in Mathematics and Principal’s Cabinet

As much as I want to take credit for this, I have to give it up to mommy for making sure Najwa does her homework More...

Oregon 1st Graders Performing at DC Prep Winter Festival

DC Prep Winter Festival

DC Prep’s Winter Festivals are hilarious to me.  Kids that age just have no idea how entertaining More...

Najwa Makes Principal’s Cabinet, Explains Why She’s a Hero

Najwa makes Principal's Cabinet at DC Prep

For the third consecutive time, Najwa made Principal’s Cabinet at DC Prep. Proud. Proud. Proud. Nduku More...

Najwa Entertains During 2-Minute Shuttle Ride From Work To Metro

Najwa spent the day with me at work.  I find it amazing that she can spend...

Najwa Helping Rake Leaves But For Reasons Different Than Mine [0:31]

When we first moved into the house, yard work wasn’t one of the things we were...

Najwa Showing Off Her African Roots, Though Wrong Country [1:23]

After Najwa started music summer camp, where she was learning the piano, we got her a...

Tailgating at the Redskins-Browns Game

I plead the fifth.  But from what I can remember, I had a blast at the Redskins game against the Browns. We More...

Najwa’s First Redskins Game!

My homeboy Joon and I got season tickets to the Redskins games, this being our second year. He was gracious enough..

Sean Taylor Remembered at Brookland Metro

Brookland is a pretty quiet neighborhood.  Homes have spacious yards, there’s plenty of green space [relative to the rest of the..

Redskins First Playoff Game in Years

As soon as the Redskins beat up on the Cowboys, it was time to get tickets for the Redskins’ first playoff..

Najwa and Friends at the Last Washington Nationals Game of the Year

Najwa, Dayla and Alani at Washington Nationals game.

The forecast called for rain, but since I already bought a bunch of tickets to take Najwa and her friends More...

Trip to Nationals Park as the Nationals Beat the Marlins 4-1

Photos from our trip to Nationals Park to watch the Nationals play against the Miami Marlins. The Nationals won 4-1, but..

Najwa’s First Washington Nationals Game

The first baseball game I ever went to was a minor league game — The Fayetteville Generals at JP Riddle Stadium...

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