Food Festival, Butterfly Garden, Sculpture Garden To Start Off Summer Break

With the heat index breaking into the 90s [humidity sucks] and a threat of a thunderstorm, we decided to head out to the Around The World Cultural Food Festival anyway.  We parked somewhere in Penn Quarter and walked to the National Mall, cutting through Moynihan Plaza.  The area has a bit of a European feel to it, the cobblestone, stone More...

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By David Gaines On Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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Reptiles, Books and Just Playing Around at the New Woodridge Library

Najwa and I took a trip down the road to check out the new Woodridge Library.  I had planned on coming here eventually, but with live reptiles for the kids, this made for the perfect reason. I More...

Truck Touch DC 2017 at RFK Stadium
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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Touching Trucks

It’s been a couple of years since we first went to Truck Touch, somehow missing the date last year.  But because of Najwa’s swimming lessons, we only caught the last couple of hours of this More...

Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park
By David Gaines On Friday, June 9th, 2017
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Family Trip to a Nationals Baseball Game

Every year we make an attempt to attend a Washington Nationals game.  An incentive is always the free giveaway, this year being a Tanner Roark bobblehead.  For Najwa, it was that the playground was open More...

Astronomy Festival
By David Gaines On Friday, June 2nd, 2017
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Viewing Jupiter, The Moon, Otherworldly Stuff at the Astronomy Festival

When Najwa was a lot younger, I had her saying she wanted to be an astronaut.  Almost had her wanting to dress up as one for Halloween.  I put glow in the dark stars on the ceiling of her room, got her More...

Najwa at Hemingway's - Kent Island
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 27th, 2017
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Day Trip to Kent Island for Memorial Day Weekend

For Memorial Day, we wanted to get out of town, but nothing more than a day trip.  So, we headed out to Kent Island just on the other side of the Bay Bridge.  Being just a day trip, and not able to leave More...

National Arboretum - Najwa, Alani, Aiyanna
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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An Unplanned Visit to the National Arboretum

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. More...

By David Gaines On Friday, May 19th, 2017
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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 More...

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...