Trabants, Wonderplace, Spark!Lab, National Mall, Capitol Riverfront, Side Yards — One Long, Adverturous Day

Najwa and Alani at Side Yards in Washington DC

Today was dedicated to the little ones. I wanted to get Najwa out the house, spend the day away from all the devices that Najwa gets glued to when we’re at home. I was going to need some help, so we picked up her friend Alani and headed out. On the way to the National Mall, we made a quick stop to the International Spy Museum for the More...

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Najwa - Halloween - PG Plaza
By David Gaines On Monday, October 31st, 2016
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Najwa as Mal for Halloween at PG Plaza

The original plan was to do an outdoor trick-or-treat. But with the temperatures a bit chilly for Nduku’s equatorial blood, we headed back to PG Plaza Mall. I wasn’t impressed last year, with More...

Najwa inventing something at Spark!Lab
By David Gaines On Sunday, October 30th, 2016
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Visit to the National Museum of American History and Spark!Lab

As soon as I learned about the Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History, I planned on taking Najwa. Picking a lazy Sunday, the timing couldn’t be more perfect with the Redskins playing More...

Najwa at Alani's Birthday
By David Gaines On Saturday, October 29th, 2016
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Celebrating Alani’s Birthday at Cabin John’s Regional Park

Being so close to Halloween, Najwa’s friend Alani had a halloween costume-themed birthday celebration at Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda. The celebration started out with a train ride through More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, October 29th, 2016
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Day of the Dead at the National Museum of the American Indian

Najwa’s buddy was having a birthday celebration later this afternoon; so what to do until then? A quick search and I found a celebration at the National Museum of the American Indian. So off we went. They More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
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We Went “Under The Big Top” Then Checked Out the Portraits at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

It wasn’t quite the circus, and there wasn’t a huge tent with elephants and tigers dancing about, but we had a good time at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Under The Big Top nevertheless. More...

Najwa and Alani at the Turkish Festival in Washington, DC
By David Gaines On Sunday, September 25th, 2016
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Najwa and Alani at the Turkish Festival

As it has become an annual event for us, we returned to the Turkish Festival once again this year. This time, we invited Najwa’s friend Alani.  More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, September 17th, 2016
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The Birthday Celebration Continues on U Street

After the birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese wound down, we kept it going into the night. I took Najwa and Alani to U Street where they were screening Finding Nemo outdoors. The first stop was McDonalds, though. More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, September 17th, 2016
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Najwa Celebrates Her 6th Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese

We celebrated Najwa’s 6th birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. Najwa’s Princess Tiana birthday cupcakes by Erin Cooper, an amazing pastry chef. Highly recommended: http://erinsdelights.com/ Kennedy, Alani More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, September 10th, 2016
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Happy Birthday Dayla!

Najwa’s BFF from school celebrated her birthday this weekend, and her family did something different from any of the other parties we’ve been to. A very small group got together for a sleepover. But More...