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Easter at the White House

We lucked out this year and got tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll that was held last Monday. Here are a few pictures of us on the South Lawn.

Noah really wanted to do the egg roll, so that’s where we headed first. The president came out to speak while we were standing in line, and we had a great view since the egg roll was the closest activity to the White House.

Here is a short video too. As quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

And here are a few pictures of the U.S. Marine Band that played before and after the president spoke.

Now back to the egg roll: Noah’s technique was more of a heave-ho than a roll. Ha! This was his favorite part of the day.

Then we decorated cookies…

Other activities included an Easter egg hunt, music, storytime, and lawn bowling. And on the Ellipse, there was a long line of egg cutouts for the states. Here is Noah with the Virginia and South Dakota eggs.

As you can tell from all the photos, it was a very chilly day to be outside, but we had a great time. It’s not every day that you can hang out at the White House! More than 30,000 people attended the Easter Egg Roll over the course of the day—pretty cool!

We went to the Easter Egg Roll in 2013 and 2014 too. The 2013 egg roll was notable because we got to hear President Obama read a book during storytime, and the 2014 egg roll was extra special because Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod got to join us since they were here on vacation. Here is our collection of wooden eggs from the White House…

It’s been a lot of fun to experience the same events at different ages and see how Noah’s interests change as he gets older.

Stay tuned to read more about Noah’s Easter festivities with friends and family. The last few weeks have been busy!

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Another fun father and son day

Last Friday was Noah’s first day of spring break. Ryan took the day off from work to have a “Daddy-Noah Day.” Ryan let Noah choose what to do. Can you guess what they did? They rode buses, metros, and trains! Ha.

They took the bus to our metro station, and then they rode the metro to Union Station in DC.

From there they rode the MARC train to Baltimore for the day. The MARC is the commuter rail line in Maryland. Noah hadn’t ridden a MARC train before, so he was really excited. It’s not much different than Amtrak or the commuter train in Virginia, but it was something new nonetheless.

The ride to Baltimore took about an hour. Noah enjoyed watching the speedometer on Ryan’s phone along the way. The train got over 90 miles per hour.

Here are a few pictures of Noah outside of Baltimore’s Penn Station.

They had lunch at a nearby restaurant and walked around awhile, and then they headed back to Penn Station for their train home. The return trip was especially fun because they got to ride on a double-decker MARC train—very cool! (The train that morning was just a single-level train.)

When they got back to Union Station in DC, they hopped on the metro and headed home. Whew, they covered many modes of transportation that day! Noah was one happy kid.

Yeah, it was a very quick trip to Baltimore, but the outing was more about the train ride than the destination—though Baltimore is a lot of fun. And the spring break fun didn’t end there, because Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don arrived the next day. Stay tuned to read more!

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Fun outings in January

January was full of fun outings. One afternoon Ryan and Noah went to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in nearby Chantilly, VA. This is one of Noah’s favorite places to visit.

Their first stop was the James McDonnell Space Hangar where they saw the Space Shuttle Discovery—so cool!

They went on a simulator of a shuttle launch too…

Then they walked through the Boeing Aviation Hanger, which is full of military, recreation, and commercial aircraft.

Here are pictures of Noah in front of the Boeing Dash 80 (the precursor to the Boeing 707) and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest jet-propelled aircraft and most known for its reconnaissance missions during the Cold War).

For another fun outing last month, we drove to Baltimore to visit the Port Discovery Children’s Museum with our good friends Joe, Bekka, and their kids.

The kids had a blast “driving” and putting gas in the car, going grocery shopping, matching shapes on the “Widget Worker” conveyor belt, climbing in the massive three-story treehouse, learning about the movement of water and air in the “Wonders of Water” exhibit, running through a giant maze of boxes, and much more. Whew! Check it out…

And the fun didn’t end there! The last weekend in January, we went to the annual Washington Auto Show in downtown DC. Noah had a blast at the auto show the past two years, so he was really excited to go again this year.

The show featured more than 600 new cars and trucks from over 30 auto companies—so cool! Noah was able to sit in and “drive” the vehicles. The big kid hopped in some of the vehicles too. Check it out!

And yes, all the horns were deactivated! Ha.

Noah also got to race a remote control car…

Yep, we had a great time at the auto show, and we definitely plan to go again next year.

We hope 2018 is off to a fun start for you too!

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Two very fun father and son days!

Noah had a very fun holiday break. (He was out of school for about two weeks!) He spent the first two days of break hanging out with Ryan while I finished up the workweek.

That Thursday they hopped on the bus to our metro station, and then they rode the metro to DC.

The main reason for their trip to DC was to check out some of the holiday model train displays. Their first stop was Union Station. They saw this cool Norwegian-themed display – check it out!

And here’s the Christmas tree decorated with Norwegian flags…

Ryan took a few pictures as they left Union Station too.

Next they walked across the National Mall to the U.S. Botanic Garden. Along the way they stopped by the Capitol to check out the National Christmas Tree. Yeah, it was definitely a nice afternoon to be outside!

At the U.S. Botanic Garden, they saw the annual garden railway. This year’s train display was themed Roadside Attractions and featured national landmarks constructed from plant materials. They saw the Corn Palace and Mount Rushmore from South Dakota, Longaberger Baskets from Ohio, Niagara Falls and the Coney Island Hot Dog Stand in New York, the Capitol building in DC, Santa Monica Pier in California, the Leaning Tower of Niles in Illinois, and much more. Pretty cool!

And here’s a short video too. Just a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

Yep, Noah had an awesome first day of winter break, and Friday was just as much fun too! They started the day by having breakfast at Nectar Bistro here in Alexandria. Noah loved the waffles!

Ryan left the rest of the day up to Noah. Can you guess what they did? They rode buses! Ha. They hopped on a Fairfax Connector bus and rode to the Franconia-Springfield metro station.

From there they hopped on the local Springfield bus that goes to the shopping mall.

Noah was able to sneak in a few rides while they were at the mall…

Then they jumped on the bus heading back to the Franconia-Springfield station, and they rode the metro home from there.

Whew, they covered many modes of transportation that day! Noah was one happy kid. And the winter break fun didn’t end there because Christmas was just a few days later. Stay tuned to read more. (Yeah, we’re slowly catching up!)

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Noah’s first kayak trip!

In a previous blog post, I mentioned that we hoped to go canoeing and kayaking one more time before the weather gets cooler – and we did! Sunday morning we went kayaking with our good friends Catalina, Craig, and their son.

We started at our usual place at the boathouse under the Key Bridge in Georgetown. Here are a few fun pictures of the boys getting ready to go.

It was a little windy, so the boathouse crew recommended that everyone use kayaks instead of canoes (kayaks are easier to maneuver in the wind). Noah has gone canoeing a handful of times, but this was his first time in a kayak – very cool!

We paddled upstream from the boathouse for a while…

And then we paddled downstream from the boathouse too and went by Roosevelt Island, the Kennedy Center, and the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington.

Here’s a short video from our kayaking trip. Yep, we had a very fun crew! (As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.)

We were on the Potomac River for just over an hour. It was definitely a HOT, HOT, HOT morning, but we had a great time! Noah’s only complaint was that his butt got wet from the damp kayak seat. Other than that, his first ride in a kayak was a success!

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Canoeing and kayaking on the Potomac River

Over Labor Day weekend, we went kayaking and canoeing on the Potomac River in DC. Our good friend Barbara joined us too!

We started at the boathouse under the Key Bridge in Georgetown and we paddled upstream. Noah and Ryan shared a canoe, and Barbara and I had our own kayaks.

When we reached the boathouse again, we decided to continue on and paddle downstream for a while too. We went by Roosevelt Island, the Kennedy Center, the George Washington Bridge, and the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington. Check it out!

Here’s a short video of Noah rowing the canoe. Yeah, he’s definitely getting the hang of it! (As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.)

We were on the water for over two hours. Whew! It got a little windy toward the end, but the weather was perfect otherwise. We all had a great time!

This was Noah’s fourth canoe ride. His first canoe trip was earlier this summer, also on the Potomac River in DC. He also went canoeing TWICE with Grandpa Rod when we were in South Dakota in July. He loves it!

We’re hoping to go canoeing and kayaking again before the weather turns too cold. Stay tuned!

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A very fun father and son day!

A few weeks ago, Ryan took a day off from work to have a special “Daddy-Noah Day” before school started. Noah got to choose what to do – he was so excited!

They took the bus to our metro station and then rode the metro to DC to visit the National Air & Space Museum. They saw lots of planes and NASA equipment. Noah got to “fly” this Cessna 150 too – very cool!

After they finished at the museum, they hopped on the metro again and met me for lunch at a restaurant near my office. So yeah, I got in on the fun too!

After lunch Ryan and Noah headed to Old Town Alexandria. They took the metro to the King Street station and then rode the trolley to the waterfront area. Then they took the water taxi across the Potomac River to National Harbor, MD.

They passed sailboats along the way and saw planes flying overhead too. And of course, Noah always loves going under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

As you can tell, it was a nice day for a boat ride! Here’s a selfie photo of the happy duo on the boat…

When they got off the water taxi, they headed straight to the Capital Wheel.

The top of the wheel is 185 feet high, so they had a great view of the buildings and boats below and the Wilson Bridge in the distance. Yeah, they had a bird’s-eye view of their water taxi too. Ha.

Next they visited the Awakening, which is a giant cast-aluminum sculpture of a man buried in the sand. Check it out!

Then they boarded the water taxi again to return to Alexandria…

Ryan joked that it would have taken him 15 minutes to drive home from National Harbor. But instead, they took the water taxi to the King Street Trolley…rode the trolley to the metro…rode the metro to our station…and then took the bus home. For a boy that loves all things transportation, it was a perfect day!

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A fun weekend with Uncle Chris!

This past weekend, Uncle Chris flew from Ohio to DC to hang out with us for a few days.

Noah was so excited to show Chris his bike riding skills…

It was hot that weekend, so we spent a lot of time swimming at the pool in our complex too.

We hung out at the house a lot as well. Noah and Chris played with Legos, trains, and airplanes – surprising, I know!

We had some fun outings though too. Saturday morning, we hopped in the car and had breakfast at one of our favorite local spots – Sugar Shack Donuts. We all had different flavors: Noah had sprinkles, Chris had s’mores, Ryan had bacon maple, and I had sea salt caramel. Yummy!

We also went kayaking and canoeing on the Potomac River. Our good friend Lauren joined us too! We started at the boathouse under the Key Bridge in Georgetown. We paddled by Roosevelt Island and the Kennedy Center, and we turned around at the George Washington Bridge. We were on the water for about two hours. Check it out!

This was Noah’s first canoe ride. He had a blast and did great!

Whew, we packed in a lot of activities those few days! We definitely all slept well that weekend. Ha.

Uncle Chris flew home Sunday evening. We had a very fun weekend, and we’re looking forward to his next visit. We always love having visitors – hint, hint, hint!

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A fun field trip to the zoo!

A few weeks ago, the kindergarten classes went on a field trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. I tagged along too as a chaperone.

Noah was so excited to ride the school bus with his buddies!

As always, Noah’s favorite animals at the zoo were the giant pandas. We saw two of them. And yep, it was lunchtime at the Giant Panda House!

Noah also really liked the gorilla in the Great Ape House. The gorilla was huge!

The kids saw lots of other animals too, including bison, elephants, flamingos, an ostrich, and a tiger. Check it out!

Did you spot the tiger? He’s in the lower left-hand corner of the picture above. He was taking a nap…

Tracking down all those animals was tiring! Here’s a photo of Noah and his friend taking a quick break and having a snack.

Yep, Noah and his classmates definitely had a great time at the National Zoo. This was Noah’s fourth trip to the zoo. We still haven’t seen all the animals yet, so we’ll have to go back again soon!

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A fun day at the Washington Auto Show

Last Saturday we went to the annual Washington Auto Show in downtown D.C. Noah and Ryan had a blast at last year’s auto show, so they were really excited to go again this year.

The show featured more than 600 new cars from over 35 auto companies – so cool! Similar to the Truck Touch events that we’ve blogged about, Noah was able to sit in and “drive” the vehicles. The big kid hopped in some of the cars too. Check it out!

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In case you are wondering, yes, all the horns were deactivated! Ha.

We got to see a few concept cars at the show too. This Lincoln Navigator concept car has doors hinged form the roof and steps. Very fun!

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Noah’s favorite vehicles were the big cargo vans. Why? “Because lots of toys would fit, and because I can run in the back.” Ha.

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We had a great time at the auto show, and we definitely plan to go again next year. Who knew that window shopping could be so much fun?!?! Ha.

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