An Unplanned Visit to the National Arboretum

National Arboretum - Najwa, Alani, Aiyanna

The plan for the day was to go downtown for the Asian Street Festival with Najwa and a couple of her friends.  Which we did.  Only there was no festival.  Apparently it was postponed; until next year.  So, we hopped on the Internet and found a tree climbing event for kids at the National Arboretum.  We’ve talked about visiting the More...

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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...

By David Gaines On Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Najwa Learning to Re-pot Her Own Tomato Plant

At the Watha T. Daniel Library in Shaw, they have a program called “I Made It Myself.” Every Sunday at 2:00 pm there’s an activity for kids to make something. We checked it out for the More...

MS Walk - Capital Riverfront
By David Gaines On Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MS Walk at Capital Riverfront

The ladies and I got to Capital Riverfront a little late, missed the start of the MS Walk, where we were walking with our good friend Devin and his team.  Nevertheless, we walked, then hung out a bit before More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Playing at the Playground at Kennedy Recreation Center

I took Najwa to a different park today, the one on 7th Street in Shaw. And at Kennedy Recreation Center, there’s some congas. Being DC born, was Najwa doing some go go?  More...

Najwa at Stanton Park in Washington, DC
By David Gaines On Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Najwa at Stanton Park

Najwa at Stanton Park.  More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Najwa Back at Lovejoy Park with a New Hairdo

I had just got home from work and as usual on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nduku headed out to the gym leaving me with one of the most energetic kids, ever. I was beat. Tired. No energy to play and no idea how to drain More...

Najwa at Columbia Heights Fountains
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 12th, 2012
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Impromptu Dash Through The Fountains of Columbia Heights

When it’s hot, you look for ways to cool down. Najwa spotted the fountains in Columbia Heights and wanted to jump in. She wasn’t quite dressed for it, but I’m all about spontaneous entertainment.  More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
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Najwa Back at the Columbia Heights Fountains

Najwa at the Columbia Heights fountains wishing so bad we would let her loose so she can jump right into the water. Seeing how much Najwa is mesmerized by the water, I’m quite likely to let her run More...

By David Gaines On Friday, May 27th, 2011
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Najwa at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Nearly a year ago I took a few photos of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the National Building Museum. Over 19,000 names are are carved in the 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls of fallen More...