Date archive for March, 2016
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 27th, 2016
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Najwa Mining For Crystals

WHen we went to Engineering Family Day last month, she met with some metallurgists who talked about how mining minerals. She even got to make her own toothpaste. And then I saw this Crystal Mining Kit. This educational More...

Doublefile Viburum
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 27th, 2016
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Doublefile Viburnum, Girards Saybrook Glory Azalea Are Latest Additions To Side of the House

With the new potter on the side of the house, I did something a bit different.  Just a little.  Instead of a perennial, I got a deciduous shrub, hoping it’ll weather the winter better and be less More...

Najwa at National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 26th, 2016
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National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day

As the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom, we headed out to the National Building Museum for its annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day. There were lots of activities as usual, but different More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, March 20th, 2016
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Painting With Light [7:18]

Painting is fun. Especially when there’s no mess to clean.  More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, March 20th, 2016
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Light Painting at DC Library With FutureMakers

When I first saw the event, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Light painting? Since we had nothing else planned for a lazy Sunday afternoon, we made a trip to the DC Library in Eastern Market to check More...

Najwa the future doctor with a stethoscope
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 19th, 2016
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Priming Najwa to Become a Doctor With a Real Stethoscope

A couple of years ago I copied what my homeboy Eric Mack did for his daughter and got Najwa a play doctor’s bag with its various instruments. Thanks to it and Doc McStuffins, Najwa says she wants More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, March 19th, 2016
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Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day [11:27]

Going to the Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day at the National Air and Space Museum was our Plan B for the day.  Looking back, maybe it should’ve been Plan A.  We had a ball.  More...

Najwa at Kites of Asia Festival at National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 19th, 2016
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Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day at the National Air and Space Museum

The plan was to check out Monkey Kingdom, a children’s movie at the National Gallery of Art. But what I thought was an animated movie turned out to be a documentary aimed at kids. Najwa wasn’t More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, March 13th, 2016
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Intel Science Talent Search At The National Geographic Society

When I first read about the event at the National Geographic Society, I thought it was more an event where kids could also participate in science. But the Intel Science Talent Search was more about some really brilliant More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, March 12th, 2016
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Najwa Tells Another of her Spontaneous Stories [7:46]

Najwa was downstairs talking to herself, so we thought. She was making a video of herself telling an original story of a queen, one halfway resembling Elsa from Frozen. Somewhere just after she got started, More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, March 12th, 2016
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Videographer or Pirate? [1:01]

At first I thought Najwa was playing a video on one phone, yet watching a different video on another phone. I was wondering how she can concentrate on two different videos, but thought nothing of it when More...

Nduku and Najwa in front of the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC.
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 12th, 2016
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Visiting the Renwick Gallery for Museum Day Live!

I read a lot about the Renwick Gallery recently, a museum not on my radar, but since it was Museum Live Day!, when better to finally see what the hype was about? It’s not the biggest, not big at all, More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, March 10th, 2016
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Najwa’s Karate Chop [1:31]

With the weather finally starting to break free of winter, Najwa and I just hung out on the porch before bedtime. And this was when I found out that she’s a martial artist. For More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, March 10th, 2016
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Najwa Tells a Story About, Well, I’m Not Sure [3:36]

While heading home, I heard Najwa in the back talking, but didn’t bother asking to who, about what or anything else.  And then I see she was recording it.  More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, March 6th, 2016
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How Things Fly [1:17]

When Najwa says she wants to go to the museum, how can I say no?  More...