Holidays

So much holiday fun!

December was busy with holiday festivities. Earlier this month we went to the annual Scottish Christmas parade in Old Town Alexandria. Check it out!

Here are three short videos of the bagpipes too. The first video is of the Alexandria Pipes & Drums, and the second video is of the Kiltie Band of York, Pennsylvania. And you’ll definitely recognize the song in the last video!

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That weekend Noah also helped decorate Christmas stockings at church. He had so much fun!

Last weekend we went to the National Capital Trolley Museum in nearby Colesville, MD. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know this is one of Noah’s favorite places to visit, because it has an awesome collection of streetcars.

This visit to the trolley museum was extra special for two reasons. First, our good friends Adam and Yvonne and their kids were with us. And second, we got to ride the streetcars with Santa!

In case you’re curious, we rode two streetcars with Santa. One was from the Netherlands and the other was from Toronto.

The kids had fun inside the museum too. They enjoyed “steering” the model streetcar along the tracks and turning on the signal lights.

That night we continued the holiday festivities by baking gingerbread cookies. Noah had fun rolling the dough and using the cookie cutters. As you can tell from Noah’s shirt, we got flour everywhere! Ha.

Noah helped decorate the cookies too. Aunt Edna would be so proud. And yes, we saved a few for Santa!

We hope you’re having the happiest of holidays! Merry Christmas!!!

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A Fun Thanksgiving Staycation

This year we stayed local for Thanksgiving weekend. We started the festivities with some arts and crafts.

Here’s a picture of Noah and his turkey.

We spent Thanksgiving with our good friends Matt and Carolyn and their family. Our contribution to the feast was homemade macaroni and cheese. Noah had fun helping with the noodles…

We had an amazing feast: smoked turkey, Brussels sprouts, macaroni and cheese, salad, homemade bread, pumpkin pie, and more. It was so good!

Noah got in some good playing time with his buddy too. TRAINS! Yep, it was a great Thanksgiving all around!

The next day we continued our “staycation” at a hotel in Old Town Alexandria. We had a lot of fun lounging around and swimming in the hotel pool. Check it out!

That night we had supper at Sweet Donna’s BBQ, one of our new favorite local restaurants. Ryan and I had a sample platter of ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, and Noah had macaroni and cheese and cornbread. So yummy!

Saturday morning we did some holiday shopping in Old Town Alexandria for Small Business Saturday. And to continue the theme of shopping local, we stopped by Popped Republic on the way home to get some gourmet popcorn.

That evening we put up our Christmas tree. Noah couldn’t wait any longer! And just like the past few years, quite a few of the ornaments ended up being clustered at the bottom in the front – yep, thanks to the shortest decorator! Ha.

That night Noah also wrote a letter to Santa to share his holiday wish list. Hopefully Santa thinks Noah has been a good boy. We’ll find out soon! Ha.

We had a very fun Thanksgiving weekend. Stay tuned to read more about Noah’s holiday festivities – there’s much more to share. We hope you’re enjoying the holiday season!

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A fun spring break week with Grandma and Grandpa

As you probably read in our previous blog post, Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don drove to DC from Ohio to spend Easter with us. If you missed our post about our Easter festivities, you can read it here.

They also hung out with Noah while his school was out for spring break. Noah always loves having Grandma and Grandpa to himself while Ryan and I are working!

The weather was really nice that week, so they spent a lot of time outside. One afternoon they went to the park at Noah’s school. Here are some photos that Grandma Cindy snapped…

They also spent a few afternoons at the cul-de-sac by our house so that Noah could show Grandma and Grandpa his bike riding skills.

Noah loves collecting and painting rocks, so they created a rock garden in the backyard. Pretty cool! (And yes, a rock garden is our kind of garden – no work required! Ha.)

They lounged on the deck too…

They also spent a lot of time just hanging out inside. They played Legos – lots and lots of Legos – read books, played games (the dice game was Noah’s favorite!), worked on activity books, and did some arts and crafts. They painted these really cool ceramic cars – check it out!

They also played with this super awesome DC Metro bus that Grandma and Grandpa brought for Noah – thank you!

Yeah, they had lots of fun that week. But don’t worry, Ryan and I got in on the fun too. One evening after work, we all went over to the bike trail by Noah’s school. Noah wanted to show Grandma and Grandpa the big trails!

We made sure to find time to go out for supper at the Del Ray Café too. This is one of Grandma and Grandpa’s favorite restaurants in Alexandria – it has an awesome selection of seafood dishes. Noah of course said “No way!” to seafood and opted for crepes with Nutella – yummy.

Noah had a very fun Easter and spring break week with Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don. Thanks for visiting! We’ll see you again soon!

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Another Eggcellent Easter

Noah had another fun Easter season! The weekend before Easter, we visited our good friends Bekka and Joe for an Easter egg hunt with their family and friends. They organized the egg hunt along the walking trail near their house.

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Yeah, the kids hit the Easter jackpot – their buckets were full! Their loot included candy (of course!), stickers, Play-Doh, whistles, bouncy balls, stampers, spinning tops and more – score!

This Easter was extra special because Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don came to visit! They drove to DC from Ohio to hang out with Noah the week before Easter while his school was out for spring break.

One afternoon they made colorful Easter sugar cookies. Grandma let Noah pick out the cookie cutters, so there were Easter ice cream cones, gingerbread men, stars, hearts, trains, cars, airplanes, flowers, feet, crowns, etc. Ha! So many cookies!

Another afternoon we dyed Easter eggs. We used two methods: rubbing some eggs with crystal dyes and dunking some in dyed solution. Noah had a lot of fun!

Look at this colorful Easter basket!

On Easter Sunday, our good friends Yvonne and Adam and their kids and our good friend Barbara came over for dinner. The kids had fun playing while we finished cooking and got the table together.

We had an Easter feast: ham, homemade mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, French onion potatoes, veggies and nut roll. And for dessert, we had cupcakes, cookies and jellybeans. Mmmm…. We were stuffed!

Yeah, this photo pretty much sums up the post-lunch activities. Ha!

The Easter fun didn’t end there. Earlier that day, the Easter Bunny brought Noah a Lego airplane and a few Hot Wheels cars. So after all of our guests went home, Grandpa, Ryan and Noah put the airplane together – Noah couldn’t wait!

Yep, we had a very fun Easter! Stay tuned to read more about Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don’s visit – there’s much more to share!

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Another Happy Valentine’s Day!

The last few weeks have been full with fun Valentine’s Day activities. Two Saturdays ago we went to the monthly kids hands-on workshop at our local Home Depot. Noah got to build and paint a wooden photo box for his Valentine’s cards. Check it out!

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Here’s the painted box with one of Noah’s Valentine’s cards from the “Pets” movie in the photo slot. Pretty cool!

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The next day our good friend Barbara came over to make Valentine’s cards with us. Yes, we had paper, stickers and glue everywhere, but we made some AWESOME cards!

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This past weekend was full of Valentine’s Day activities too. Friday night we went to a family sweetheart dance at Noah’s elementary school. A DJ played music, and there were treats and arts and crafts too. Our photos from the dance didn’t turn out well since the gym was so dark, but you can still tell that Noah had a great time.

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They had a professional photographer there too. Here’s our snapshot. What a fun night!

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Then Saturday morning we went to the monthly mini model build at our local Lego Store. This month’s Lego creation was a rose. Noah did a great job putting it together. Check it out!

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And here’s the final creation…

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Noah’s kindergarten class had a party on Valentine’s Day, and the kids exchanged Valentine’s cards. There are 21 kids in Noah’s class. He had fun addressing all their cards and stuffing the envelopes.

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Here is Noah’s Valentine’s loot from school. Yes, he definitely collected a lot of goodies!

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We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and we hope you did too!

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A very merry Christmas with Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don

Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don flew to DC from Ohio to celebrate Christmas with us. We like to travel, but it’s always fun to have family here for the holidays too.

The first few days of their visit were busy with holiday preparations. Noah helped Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don make nut rolls. Mmmm! He loved rolling the dough.

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Noah also got in the Christmas spirit by building a gingerbread train with Grandma Cindy. And yes, some parts of the train were edible!

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On Christmas Eve we went to Old Town Alexandria. We stopped by the big Christmas tree in front of City Hall. Smile!

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Then we went to the Christmas Eve service at our church.

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When we got home, we took a few photos in front of our Christmas tree before we got in our pajamas. We clean up well, right? Ha.

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On Christmas morning we opened our stockings from Santa and presents from our families. This was definitely the Christmas for Legos – so many Legos! Noah also got books, magnetic blocks, trains, a trolley, a truck and board games. Lucky kid!

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One of Noah’s favorite presents was the Lego Amtrak train that Ryan constructed ahead of time. Ryan didn’t have instructions to follow, just his imagination and a lot of help from random Lego sellers on the internet. Ha. It’s pretty awesome – check it out!

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Here’s a short video of Noah’s new Lego Amtrak train in motion.

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Oh, and don’t worry, the big kids got some cool stuff too! Ha.

After we opened all of our presents, we enjoyed a huge Christmas dinner – and we were stuffed!

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We had a wonderful Christmas, and we hope you did too! Stay tuned to read more about Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don’s visit – there’s much more to share! And since we still have our Christmas tree up, we’re not really that behind with holiday posts, right? Ha.

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Getting in the holiday spirit!

December was busy with holiday festivities and preparations. A few weeks ago we went to the annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in Old Town, Alexandria. Dozens of illuminated boats paraded along the Potomac River – so fun! Check it out…

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We also had a great time putting up our Christmas tree. Our good friend Barbara helped us decorate too. Thanks, Barbara!

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I’m sure you noticed that quite a few of the ornaments ended up being clustered at the bottom in the front. Can you guess why? The shortest elf! Ha.

Noah had a fun time preparing for Santa too. Here’s a short video of Noah reading a book about Santa.

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Stay tuned to read more about Noah’s holiday festivities – there’s much more to share. Here’s a sneak peek: He’s having a blast with Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don! We hope you’re having the happiest of holidays too!

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Another fun Labor Day along Chesapeake Bay

Over Labor Day weekend, we visited our good friends Dan and Lindsay and their son Thane at their home along the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

The weather was gorgeous on Sunday, so we headed to the beach shortly after we arrived. Noah and Thane had fun swimming and searching for shark teeth.

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And we’re not kidding about the shark teeth. Check it out! If you’re skeptical because of the color, here’s your fun fact for the day: Shark teeth eventually turn black or dark gray because of the minerals in the sediment at the bottom of the ocean. 

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Noah also got to play on a pirate ship – ahoy!

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We worked up quite an appetite at the beach, so we headed back to their house for supper. We had steaks and grilled veggies – yummy! After supper the adults lounged around while Thane and Noah played Legos.

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We spent the following morning playing ring toss and badminton in the backyard.

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We also went for a long walk along the bulkhead near their house. Yeah, it was another great day to be outside!

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The month of August was unbearably hot in DC, so we were so thankful for the nice weather – finally! And we were thankful to have another fun weekend getaway with good friends. We hope you had an awesome Labor Day weekend too!

 

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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 Eggcellent Easter

Noah had another fun-filled Easter this year. The Friday before Easter, Noah’s preschool had a huge Easter egg hunt in the park across the street from the school. While the Fishies and Froggies waited for their turn, they entertained the crowd by singing the alphabet. Check out this short video!

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Now on to the most important part: the egg hunt! Ready…set…go!!!

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So many eggs!

And here are two short videos of the “Eggstravaganza” too. Yeah, these little egg hunters were fast! Go, Noah, go!

Noah’s loot included candy (of course!), miniature dinosaurs, stickers and fun-colored Band-Aids. Can’t beat that!

We spent Easter Sunday with our good friends Matt and Carolyn and their family. We had an amazing Easter feast: homemade pizza, lamb sausages, salad with roasted cauliflower, hummus, and roasted eggplant. It was so good! We were stuffed!

After lunch Noah and Jerome had an Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Jerome’s Uncle Chris did a great job hiding the eggs, but the boys found them all! Their buckets were full! The eggs had dinosaur stickers and candy – score! They also got a few “real” dinosaur eggs that hatch in watch. Stay tuned for more on that!

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Here’s a short video of Noah and Jerome posing. Yes, a video of taking photos! Ha. “Cheese!”

After the egg hunt, we headed back inside for dessert. It was Matt’s birthday, so we celebrated with chocolate cake. Here’s a short video of Noah and Jerome chanting: “We want cake! We want cake!”

And here is a photo too. Thanks for giving us a good reason to binge on yummy cake, Matt!

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Noah and Jerome snuck in some train time between all the festivities too. They were definitely busy boys that day.

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This was our second Easter with Matt, Carolyn and Jerome (and now Baby Sophie too!). We had a great time!

The Easter fun didn’t end there. Noah got lots of Easter goodies at home too. The Easter Bunny brought him a Lego police car and truck set, a few Hot Wheels cars, and some more candy – very cool! He also got candy and stickers from Grandma Cindy and Grandma Debbie. Yeah, he definitely hit the Easter jackpot! And don’t worry, we didn’t eat all the candy in one sitting. Ha.

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We had a very fun Easter season, and we hope you did too!

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