Celebrating Alani’s Birthday at Cabin John’s Regional Park

Najwa at Alani's Birthday

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 the park. The little choo-choo train chugged along, passing by cartoon and Halloween characters for a type of treasure hunt, the kids marking More...

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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...

By David Gaines On Saturday, July 16th, 2016
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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...

By David Gaines On Saturday, July 9th, 2016
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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...

Najwa with friends at Pump It Up for a birthday
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 11th, 2016
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Birthday Party at Pump It Up

When school let’s out for the summer — because DC Prep isn’t a neighborhood school — Najwa might not see most of her school friends again until late August when school starts again. So, More...

Aiyana's birthday at Chuck E. Cheese
By David Gaines On Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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Celebrating Aiyana’s Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese

It was a birthday celebration at Chuck E. Cheese for Najwa’s friend Aiyana who turned three. Najwa wasn’t More...

Nduku at Asian Spice
By David Gaines On Friday, May 17th, 2013
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Birthday Dinner at Asian Spice in Chinatown

Nduku took me out to Asian Spice for my birthday. I was impressed with the place, a bit fancier than I was expecting. The food was really good though they were out of Kal Bi! We only took a handful of photos though. More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, January 7th, 2012
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Celebrating Aiyana’s 1st Birthday!

The ladies and I headed out to Gessie and Carl’s to celebrate the first birthday of their daughter Aiyana. Last time I saw Aiyana, she was the size of my palm with a head so full of hair she looked like she More...