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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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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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