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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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A Visit to the White House

This weekend we took a tour of the White House. Noah has been to the White House a few times before for the Easter Egg Roll and fall garden tour, but this was his first time inside.

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On the ground floor, we saw the Library, Vermeil Room and China Room.

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The first room we toured on the State (second) floor was the East Room, which is the largest room in the White House. This room is used for ceremonies, receptions and press conferences.

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We also saw the Green Room, Blue Room, Red Room and State Dining Room. All these rooms are used for entertaining guests.

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Noah got a great view of the Washington Monument from the windows in the Red Room.

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The last room on the tour was the great Cross Hall.

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While in the Cross Hall, we posed under the Presidential seal that is above the entrance to the Blue Room.

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On the way out of the great hall, we saw the Steinway grand piano that was given to the White House in 1938.

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And here are a few photos of us at the back of the White House.

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We’re so glad that we finally got to take Noah inside the White House! As a fun side note, Noah used to think that the Easter Bunny lives at the White House because of the Easter Egg Roll. He’s now OK with the President living there though since he has a cool helicopter. Ha.

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More fun with the South Dakota crew!

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, the last week of May, Grandma Debbie, Grandpa Rod, Aunt Jenny and Cory (Noah’s cousin) flew out from South Dakota to visit us and see the sights. If you missed our previous post about our quick trip to New York City while they were here, you can read it here. We had many fun adventures around the DC area too!

On their first full day here, we met our relatives Tom and Robin at Adventure Park in Sandy Spring, MD. Ryan, Cory, Aunt Jenny, Grandpa Rod, Tom and Robin all went on the zip lines and traversed the ropes courses – yep, they’re fearless! The rest of us watched from below…safe on the ground. Ha.

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Noah and Grandma Debbie had a great time cheering them on!

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Here’s a fun video too. 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.

The Fishies and Froggies preschool classes had a field trip to the Natural History Museum that week, and Grandma Debbie tagged along as a chaperone. She got to ride the school bus with Noah too – so fun! Ryan and Grandpa Rod met the group at the museum too. The kids got to listen to a special presentation about tarantulas. I don’t think Grandma thought the taratula was as cool as Noah did. Ha.

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The kids had a great time exploring the rest of the museum too!

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After the field trip, they said goodbye to the preschool classes and met up with Cory and Aunt Jenny…and then they all headed to Old Town Alexandria for lunch. They ate lunch at one of our favorite restaurants – Chadwicks! Noah loves their grilled cheese sandwiches!

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After lunch Noah, Cory, Grandma Debbie and Aunt Jenny took the water tax from Old Town Alexandria across the Potomac River to National Harbor.

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Ryan and Grandpa Rod drove to National Harbor and watched as the water taxi docked at the harbor.

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Then they headed to the main attraction: the Capital Wheel! If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that Noah loves the Capital Wheel, and he was especially excited to ride with all the boys.

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Noah went to preschool the other weekdays, and the South Dakota crew explored all the sights. So what did they see? They visited the White House, the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Union Station, Ford’s Theatre, the National Archives, the Air & Space Museum, the Museum of American History, Mount Vernon and much more. Whew, they were busy! Here are just a few photos from their sightseeing extravaganza. Check it out!

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An especially exciting outing: On Memorial Day, Cory, Aunt Jenny and Grandpa Rod went to the special service at Arlington National Cemetery, and they got to hear President Obama speak. It’s not every day that you can get that close to the President…and what an important occasion too!

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Don’t worry, while the South Dakota crew had lots of things to see and do, Noah got in a lot of family fun time too. We had a great time playing games, riding bikes and just monkeying around. Check it out!

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Noah got to show everyone the park and baseball diamond at his elementary school too.

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And before you ask, yes, we played lots and lots of Legos too! Even the train in the lower photos is made of Legos. Cool, huh?

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Some of us even played Legos after Noah went to bed. Shhh, don’t tell Noah…

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We had an AWESOME week with Cory, Aunt Jenny, Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod! They weren’t able to see everything on their wish list, so that just means that they’ll have to come back – hint, hint, hint. We’ll see you all again soon!

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Another fun field trip to the zoo!

Last week the Fishies and Froggies preschool classes went on a field trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. I tagged along too as a chaperone.

The kids were so excited to ride the school bus!

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Noah’s favorite animals at the zoo were definitely the giant pandas. We saw two of them! Yep, it was lunchtime at the panda house…

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The kids saw lots of other animals too, including bison, wild horses, lemurs, foxes, snakes and other reptiles. Check it out!

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It was hot, hot, hot that day, so many of the big animals stayed hidden in the shade of the bushes and trees. That’s OK though; that just means we’ll have to go back!

Tracking down all those animals was tiring! Here’s a photo of Noah and some of his classmates relaxing and having a popcorn snack.

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This was Noah’s third trip to the National Zoo. We come across new animals each time we visit. I wonder what animals we’ll see next time. Stay tuned!

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Friends, fun and airplanes!

This past week our friends Justin and Tabitha and their two kids visited DC from South Dakota as part of their summer vacation. On Sunday we met them at the National Air & Space Museum. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that Noah LOVES airplanes (yes, Ryan does too!), so this was the perfect place to meet up.

We saw lots of planes, NASA equipment, space junk and so much more. Check it out!

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The kids also got to “fly” their own airplanes…

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After we finished at the museum, we had a quick snack outside in the shade. It was hot, hot, hot that day, so the popsicles and lemonade hit the spot!

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What a fun outing and chance to catch up! Justin and I first visited the National Air & Space Museum 20 years ago as part of our middle school trip to DC. It was really cool to meet there again with our families. Yep, we love sharing our neighborhood with friends and family from home. Hint, hint, hint! Ha.

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A weekend visit from Uncle Chris

This past weekend Uncle Chris (Noah’s godfather) flew from Ohio to DC to hang out with Noah for a long weekend. Chris arrived midday Friday, and the first thing we did was head to Smash Burger for lunch. Noah loved his milk shake…and he loved (stole) Chris’s fries too. Ha. Mmmmm…

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After lunch we relaxed at home and the boys played Legos – shocker, I know!

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Later that afternoon we went to Gravelly Point to watch the airplanes at National Airport. We had a great time at Gravelly Point when Chris visited last August, so we knew this would be a fun outing.

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Because of the direction of the wind, we only saw planes landing; they were taking off in the opposite direction. We probably saw twenty or so planes land while we were there. Check it out!

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And here’s a short video of a plane coming in for landing. Yeah, the plane seemed so close! 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 played soccer and raced on the bike path while we waited for the next plane to fly overhead. (The water in the background is the Potomac River.)

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Here’s a short video of Noah chasing Chris on the trail – run faster! Yeah, it was definitely a great afternoon to be outside!

Saturday morning we picked up Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast. Don’t worry, we didn’t eat all of the donuts in one sitting!

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Then we hopped in the car to run some errands. It wasn’t all work and no play though. We stopped at Barnes & Noble so that Noah could show Chris the store’s cool train table. This pit stop gave the grownups the opportunity to recharge (caffeinate) at Starbucks too – double score!

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Later that afternoon Noah took Chris to his favorite local park. Here are a few pics of the little kid and the big kid on the teeter-totter.

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After they were done at the park, we walked to the baseball diamond to run around the field. Noah loves to run – he has way too much energy – so we all took turns running with him. Also, as a fun side note, the building in the background with the blue roof will be Noah’s elementary school – exciting!

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Ryan and Chris picked up pizza for supper. Once their bellies were full, the three boys were OUT! Yeah, they had a busy few days, and the fun wasn’t over yet…

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On Sunday we went to the Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off, which is an annual fundraiser for the homeless shelter. Over 25 restaurants from Alexandria whipped up their best dishes for this event, and local musicians played too. We ate ribs, barbecue, cornbread, gumbo, eggrolls, and more – we were stuffed!

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Noah’s favorite food was the donut from Sugar Shack. He even shared with Chris. The Cook-Off was a fun (and yummy!) way to support a great cause.

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Noah had a BLAST with Uncle Chris. Come back again soon!

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Washington Auto Show

This past weekend we went to the 2016 Washington Auto Show in downtown D.C. The show highlighted the newest cars from 37 auto companies – yes, lots of shiny cars and trucks!

Similar to the Truck Touch events that we’ve blogged about, Noah was able to sit in and “drive” the vehicles. And of course, the big kids – the potential buyers – got to hop in the cars too. Check it out!

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Before you ask: yes, all the horns were deactivated! Whew! Ha.

Noah’s favorite vehicles were the white cargo van and the black party bus. The big kid’s favorite vehicles were the Jeep Renegade and the Infiniti Q50. Fortunately, they settled for new Matchbox cars. Ha.

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We also got to watch drivers show off their skills on the obstacle course at Camp Jeep. We got to see a few concept cars too. This one is Kia’s Forte Koup Mud Bogger. Very cool!

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Noah also ran into a few of his favorite PBS characters. Yep, Wyatt from “Super Why” and Clifford must love cars and trucks too!

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We had been cooped up in the house for most of the week because of Snowzilla, so going to the auto show was a fun reason to get out and about and window shop. We definitely plan to go back again next year!

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Traveling back in time on a streetcar

Two weekends ago we visited the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, MD. The coolest thing about the museum was getting to ride two electric streetcars on the museum’s one-mile rail line.

Our first ride was on a streetcar from Toronto. According to the driver, this streetcar was built in 1951, and it is 46 feet long and weighs 19 tons.

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Our second ride was on a streetcar from The Hague, Netherlands. This streetcar was built in 1971.

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Next we visited the museum’s Street Car Hall, which houses numerous American and international streetcars. The U.S. streetcars were from New York City, Philadelphia and D.C., and the international streetcars were from Germany, Belgium and England. Some of the streetcars are more than 100 years old – very cool!

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Noah also enjoyed looking at the model streetcar exhibit…

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Noah loves all things transportation, so visiting the trolley museum was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. We definitely plan to visit again!

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