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, 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...

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...

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...

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...