Date archive for July, 2016
Najwa - Water Balloons
By David Gaines On Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Simple Outdoor Fun: Water Balloons

Anytime we go into a store with a kid’s section, Najwa knows where it is. Every kid knows where it is. Even when in a CVS, which essentially lays out every stores the same, Najwa knew where to go. This More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Najwa Getting a New Real Passport and Little Passport

This Christmas we’re heading back to Kenya. Have to remember to pay up the home security system. Najwa’s passport, though, is about to expire, so we have to get it renewed. We stopped by a CVS for More...

By David Gaines On Friday, July 29th, 2016

Najwa’s Music Camp Performs “We Are The World”

The price for Najwa to attend the National Conservatory of Arts’ summer music camp went up by 25 percent. It was a lot of money, relative to all the other options, but we felt music was good for her More...

Liberia Independence Celebration - Washington DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Celebrating Liberian Independence Day

Last time we came out to celebrate with the Liberians, Nduku and Najwa were one. But this would be Najwa’s first time standing on her own two feet. And like the last time, it was HOT! Vivian and her More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Celebrating Another Friend’s Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese

As a parent with a birthday coming up for Najwa, I’m usually clueless of what to do for her birthday. At my age, birthdays are no big deal anymore, but at Najwa’s age, it’s a highlight More...

David and Najwa at McDonald's
By David Gaines On Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Just Goofing Around at McDonald’s

Sometimes after school, when I have to get Najwa, I confess, I cheat with her dinner. We go to McDonald’s. Shame on me. At least while we’re there, we like to goof around a bit. Najwa in her disguise  More...

Najwa blowing bubbles
By David Gaines On Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Chasing Bubbles in the Front Yard

Some days, when there’s not much to do after work, Najwa and I will grab the “bubble juice” and just chase bubbles in the front yard.  More...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
By David Gaines On Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Featuring Basque Culture and the Music of California

Each summer we make it a point to check out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year featured the Basque and the Music of California. Basque cuisine is interesting. We ordered talo con chistorra, a grilled More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Birthday Party at Turkey Thicket

We headed back out to Turkey Thicket, this time for a birthday party. The coolest birthday watermelon ever. For whatever reason, Najwa is obsessed with the monkey bars. Najwa isn’t a big fan of More...