Najwa Awarded Best in Mathematics and Principal’s Cabinet

As much as I want to take credit for this, I have to give it up to mommy for making sure Najwa does her homework every night, reads her book for reading log, gets her dressed in the morning, rushing me in the morning to make sure Najwa is early to school, and everything else that I know I take for granted.  Well, I did lend Najwa my genes, More...

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National Postal Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 18th, 2017
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Najwa Earns Her Detective Badge at Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Scavenger Hunt

Nduku on several occasions said she wanted to sign Najwa up for the girl scouts.  Coincidentally, at the National Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Family Day, they were having a events More...

Najwa at the Heurich House Museum aka Brewmaster's Castle in Dupont Circle
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 11th, 2017
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Photo Scavenger Hunt in Dupont Circle’s Brewmaster’s Castle

It was a cold day today, but Najwa and I didn’t feel like sitting around the house.  So, we set off in search of something to do.  We almost changed our minds, though, when we got the Metro with More...

Najwa and Alani building Lego-inspired robot at Family Engineering Day at National Building Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 18th, 2017
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Robotic Challenge, Slime Making, Rocket Balloon Race and More at NBM’s Engineering Family (and Friends!) Day

I read somewhere recently that girls are a long shot to become scientists, engineers, anything STEM-related, not because of an inability to do those jobs, but because of a lack of interest.  And that lack More...

Stargazing at National Air and Space Museum - Looking at Pleiades
By David Gaines On Friday, February 17th, 2017
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Stargazing at Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Planets at Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory

When we first moved into our home, I got glow-in-the-dark stars for the ceiling in Najwa’s room.  Before she even started Kindergarten, I made sure she knew all the planets, in order, which ones More...

National Air and Space Museum - African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 11th, 2017
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Celebrating African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

The National Air and Space Museum is one of Najwa’s favorite museums.  So, I put it on the calendar because they were having a Heritage Family Day with the focus on African American Pioneers in More...

Making newspaper fort at the National Building Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 4th, 2017
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Building Newspaper Forts and Visiting Timber City at National Building Museum

In the afternoon Najwa and Nduku were headed to a birthday party in Waldorf. Wanting to get back to getting Najwa out of the house on weekends, and considering tomorrow’s Super Bowl meant we only More...

By David Gaines On Friday, December 30th, 2016
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Everything Else About Our Visit to Kenya

When we go to Kenya, we go for two weeks, which may seem like ample time to really relax — that times flies. As soon as you land, it’s time to pack up to go back home. Over the course of those two More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
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Visit to Lake Magadi Where They Were Harvesting Salt (Or Is It Soda?)

After the long ride south, we finally made it to Lake Magadi.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, not really understanding how you can harvest salt our of a lake, but it didn’t take long to get More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
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One Long and Very Hot Journey Through The Valley to Lake Magadi

For the day’s day trip, we headed south to Lake Magadi. Lake Magadi is the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks, north of Tanzania’s Lake More...