A fun birthday weekend with Aunt Jenny

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Noah’s 7th birthday. He’s growing up fast!

His birthday was on a Friday, and school was closed that day—and so Noah celebrated with his class the day before. Here is a photo of Noah with his birthday hat (from his teacher) that day after school.

So we had all of Friday to goof around! This birthday was extra special too because Aunt Jenny was here for the weekend. Since it was Noah’s special day, he got to choose where we went—and so we started by getting sprinkle donuts at Sugar Shack here in Alexandria.

Then we headed to Old Town. Noah wanted to show Aunt Jenny the King Street Trolley, and then we walked around the waterfront area.

That night we had a small birthday party at home. Our good friend Barbara came over too to help us celebrate. We had Papa John’s pizza (Noah’s favorite!) and a bus cake made out of cupcakes. (Noah picked the school bus theme; his bus route is #87.)

One of Noah’s presents was a geode kit, so that’s what we did after supper—we cracked them open! (Just in case earth science isn’t fresh in your mind, a geode is a rock with a cavity lined with crystals.) Each of us guessed the color of the crystals inside the rock, and then Noah would break it open to find out who was right.

Don’t worry, no fingers were harmed! There is a nice indent in my kitchen table now though. Ha. Noah has really enjoyed learning about science lately, so this was a fun activity.

The next morning we drove to Annapolis, Maryland, which is about 45 miles northeast of Alexandria. Aunt Jenny has been to DC quite a few times, but she hadn’t visited Annapolis yet—and the weather was perfect for some outdoor fun.

Our first stop was the Maryland State House. A few fun facts from the plaques: The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol building in continuous legislative use, and it is the only state house to serve as the nation’s capitol building (from November 1783 to August 1784). Also, it was here where George Washington resigned as commander of the Continental Army and where the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.

We also walked around the downtown area and popped into some of the shops.

After lunch, Noah and Ryan went on a trolley tour of Annapolis. They saw the harbor area, the Maryland State House (again), the Governor’s residence, the World War II Memorial, St. John’s College, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, numerous colonial mansions, and more. Here is the World War II Memorial…

And here are two stained glass windows in St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.

Also that afternoon, Jenny and I went on a boat tour of the Chesapeake Bay. We sailed on a 74-foot schooner called the Woodwind, and Jenny helped raise the sails—very cool! We saw the U.S. Naval Academy, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and lots and lots of boats in Annapolis Harbor. Yeah, it was a great day to be outside!

Noah’s birthday was low key this year, but he definitely had a great time! Thanks for joining in the fun, Aunt Jenny!

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