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 it was more than just hanging out in a hotel. It was a mini-spa, with customized bathrobes, stuff to make jewelry, stuff that kids love to More...

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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...

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 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...

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

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