Tamara’s First Birthday Celebration

Today was the first time I’ve ever been some place where I was the one considered to have an accent! One of Nduku’s people, Mwende Tuti, invited us to her daughter Tamara’s first birthday party. Cathy, a family friend of Mwende and her husband Patrick, asked everyone to introduce themselves and I’m pretty sure I was the only More...

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Natalie with Nduku and Najwa
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Najwa’s First Road Trip: City of Brotherly Love

Nduku and I both have traveled before our paths met in Washington, DC. And we both want Najwa to have that same opportunity to travel as well. So, we spontaneously took a trip for Valentine’s Day More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Chad’s in Town, For Now

Chad called not too long ago saying he’ll be in town not too long from now. So, we packed up the little one and headed out to Largo Town Center. And just as we finished our meals at Carolina Kitchen, Chad More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Now These Two Will Never Get Along

It’s ACC Basketball Time! Growing up in ACC country, you were either a Carolina fan or Duke fan. Before North Carolina welcomed the Panthers, Hurricanes and Hornets/Bobcats, it was all about the college basketball. More...

By David Gaines On Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Congrats to Shanna and Daughter Sydnee!

Doesn’t it always seem like when one person gets pregnant, everyone gets pregnant? First it was my brother who witnessed the birth of my niece Alexis. Then my homegirl Rukiyah gave birth to Kadar on my birthday. More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Prince Comes To The Big Apple

Christmas came a week early this year! Out of the blue a few months ago, Prince announced some concert dates, and being a Prince fan since I was old enough to listen to him, it was an obligation to be there. More...

Najwa doing research project at UMD
By David Gaines On Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Najwa Participating In Science Research at University of Maryland

Deep, deep, deep down inside, I would like to see our little girl pursue a career in some STEM-related field. I love science; I’d love for her to be a scientist. What better way to introduce her, More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Congratulations to Eric and Vickie!

It began as a celebration of Vickie’s second Master’s Degree, received from Johns Hopkins. It ended as a celebration of the engagement of Eric and Vickie as he popped the question amongst friends and More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 1st, 2010

Bringing in 2010 at Takoma Station with Suttle

What a way to start the year! A bunch of us met up at Takoma Station to continue the New Year celebration and Nduku’s birthday… #FlaGallery_sc3_65 .flagPhantom_ThumbContainer {width:200px; height:180px;}#FlaGallery_sc3_65 More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, March 28th, 2009
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A Thaibodian Going Away Party

I still remember a couple of years ago when I was sitting at the table with Orlando Khoy and Vicky Phersayaphai who were about to tell Orlando’s sister, Lundy Khoy, that they were seeing each other, in a sense, More...