Date archive for August, 2016
Najwa at DC State Fair
By David Gaines On Sunday, August 28th, 2016
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DC State Fair

I find it ironic that it’s called the DC State Fair when DC isn’t a state. It’s not even part of the 50 United States of America. And compared to what I remember a state fair being like growing More...

Ligustrum Japonicum
By David Gaines On Sunday, August 28th, 2016
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Let’s See If a Ligustrum Japonicum Can Survive the Potter With No Luck

There’s this one potter, set against the house, where very little if any direct sunlight reaches.  The last plant there, the Persian Lilac, started out well but started to die the slow death.  So, More...

Najwa sleeping under the computer desk
By David Gaines On Saturday, August 27th, 2016
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Where In The World Is Najwa Gaines?

One of the scarier aspects of being a parent is having your head on a swivel. Kids go missing. A lot. A lot more than you’d expect. It’s not that they’re fast, it’s that they’re More...

Najwa - 17th Street Festival
By David Gaines On Saturday, August 27th, 2016
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Najwa Attacked by a Dragon at the 17th Street Festival

Najwa and I took a trip down to 17th Street for its annual 17th Street Festival. With a ton of vendors and spanning a couple of blocks, Najwa really only wanted to do the moon bounce. Najwa patiently waiting More...

By David Gaines On Friday, August 26th, 2016
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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 keyboard. And keyboards tend to come with a bunch of different tunes already installed. One of the tunes is an Egyptian More...

Najwa - Wheaton Regional Park
By David Gaines On Saturday, August 20th, 2016
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A Luo Party At Wheaton Regional Park

Nduku was invited to a Luo party by one of her friends, someone she hasn’t seen since elementary school. It was at Wheaton Regional Park, and while they got caught up, Najwa and I explored the rest More...

Najwa at Redskins game
By David Gaines On Friday, August 19th, 2016
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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 to give up a preseason ticket so I can take Najwa and continue to ensure she grows up to More...

Flowers on the back deck
By David Gaines On Monday, August 8th, 2016
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Relocating These Flowers to the Back Deck Seemed to Revive Them

Earlier in April I planted some annuals in some planters on the front porch.  I knew there was going to be very little direct sunlight, but the label said the plant does well in shade.  Well, after the More...

Najwa at the National Air and Space Museum
By David Gaines On Sunday, August 7th, 2016
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National Air and Space Museum

Again, Najwa asked if we could go to the National Air and Space Museum. Again, how can anyone say no to your child wanting to go to a museum? The main attraction at the museum for Najwa is the How Things More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, August 6th, 2016
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Najwa’s Initiative Sometimes Gets Her Stuck

I must say that Nduku has done a brilliant job getting Najwa to take vitamins. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re fruity-flavored and resemble candy, but they’re vitamins nevertheless. Sometimes, More...

By David Gaines On Friday, August 5th, 2016
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Drive-In Movie in NoMa: Ratatouille

As the sun started to set, we headed out to a drive-in movie. They were showing Ratatouille in NoMa on the Union Market building.  More...