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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 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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Snow day!

Last Monday Noah’s kindergarten teacher told the class that you need to follow these steps to guarantee a snow day: 1) flush three ice cubes down the toilet, 2) put a spoon under your pillow, and 3) wear your pajamas inside out. (She was having fun since the snow was inevitable.) Anyway, Noah followed all three steps and it worked! We didn’t get a lot of snow – just around two inches – but it was enough for a snow day on Tuesday. This was his first snow day this winter – he was so excited!

We started our snow day with French toast. Mmmmm……

Then the boys headed outside. After the shoveling was done, they had fun making snowballs.

And then they made an AWESOME snowman! They used a carrot for the nose and poker chips for the eyes.

They worked up quite an appetite from playing outside. Fortunately, we had a big pot of homemade beef stew ready for lunch – the perfect meal for a snow day!

Tuesday was probably (hopefully!) our only snow day this winter, so we made sure that it was fun. And yes, the snowman is still standing strong!

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Rock climbing!

This past weekend we took Noah indoor rock climbing at the nearby SportRock Climbing Center in Alexandria. This was his first time at SportRock, and he did great!

Noah went on four climbing courses (blue, green, and twice on red). Look at him go! We forgot to ask the instructor the exact height of the wall, but Ryan guessed it was around 30 feet.

Here are two short videos of Noah rock climbing – pretty cool!

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Oddly enough, going up was easier for Noah than coming back down. He had a tougher time getting the hang of rappelling and “walking” down the rock wall. He took the easy way down and “rode” the rope. Ha. We’ll go back and practice – he’ll get it!

Ryan has gone rock climbing before, and he plans to climb with Noah next time. I’ll stay happy on the ground taking pictures. Ha. Stay tuned for more!

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More winter break fun with Grandma and Grandpa

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

We had lots of other fun during their visit too. The day after Christmas, Noah went on a short Amtrak ride with Grandma and Grandpa. They boarded the train at Alexandria’s Union Station. The best part about Alexandria’s small station (compared to DC’s Union Station) is that you can stand railside and watch the other trains go by while you’re waiting.

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(Random fun fact from Ryan: There are many Union Stations in the United States. Union Stations have multiple railroad companies sharing the same building.)

They rode the train 45 miles south to Fredericksburg, VA. Their trip took about an hour.

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Ryan and I drove down to meet them, and they beat us – by about 90 minutes! Yes, it took us 2 ½ hours to drive those 45 miles. Pesky DC traffic! When we finally met up in Fredericksburg, we had supper at the Capital Ale House restaurant in the downtown area. Noah and Grandma played tic-tac-toe while we waited for our food.

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Going to Fredericksburg was a fun outing – but yes, all of us will be riding the train next time! Ha.

We spent a lot of time just hanging out at the house that week too. Noah, Grandma and Grandpa read books, did some arts and crafts (they painted a wooden boat), and played Legos – lots and lots of Legos!

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We also went to the park at Noah’s school when the weather was nice. Here are some photos that Grandma Cindy snapped…

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And here are a few pictures of Noah with Grandma and Grandpa at the airport before they flew home. We’ll see you again soon, Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don! We had a great time!

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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 weekend with Uncle Chris

Two weekends ago Uncle Chris (Noah’s godfather) flew from Ohio to DC to hang out with us for a long weekend. Chris arrived midday Friday. That afternoon we picked up Noah from school and went to the nearby park. Here are a few pictures of the little kid and the two big kids playing at the park. (In case you’re curious about Noah’s outfit, it was pajama day at school. Ha.)

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We spent a lot of the weekend just hanging out at the house (we played lots of Legos and trains), but we had some fun outings too. Saturday morning after breakfast, we hopped in the car to run some errands. One of our pit stops was the toy store. Noah recently lost his first tooth, so Uncle Chris helped Noah pick out a toy to buy with the money that the tooth fairy left.

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That afternoon Ryan and Uncle Chris drove to College Park, MD to watch the Ohio State vs. University of Maryland football game.

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While they were gone, Noah and I went swimming at our local rec center.

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We were all tuckered out by the end of the day, so we just lounged at the house Saturday night.

Sunday morning we made French toast and sausages for breakfast – so yummy!

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After breakfast we headed to Old Town Alexandria to tour the 170-foot El Galeón, a full-size reconstruction of a 16th century Spanish galleon ship. The ship was sailing up the East Coast from St. Augustine, FL, and it docked in Alexandria for six days – very cool!

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One of the crewmembers explained that the Spanish galleon ships were used as both fighting and merchant ships during the 15th to 17th centuries. These ships had a larger cargo capacity and better defense capabilities and maneuverability than previous ships. Despite what Noah would tell you, the El Galeón was not a pirate ship! Ha.

We got to tour five of the ship’s six decks.

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We even got to see the poop deck (see the sign). Ha!

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There were cannons on the lower and middle decks…

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Noah’s favorite part was “steering” the ship. Ahoy!

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In case you’re interested, you can click here to watch a short video about the history of the El Galeón ship.

After our tour of the ship, Noah and Uncle Chris ran around Oronoco Park for a while before we headed home for lunch.

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We drove back to Old Town later that day to check out the supermoon (also November’s beaver moon) from the harbor.

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Uncle Chris flew home the next morning, but before he left, he got to see Noah get on the school bus. Noah was so excited!

Yep, we had another AWESOME weekend with Uncle Chris. Visit us again soon!

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Another Happy Halloween!

We had a very fun Halloween this year! Noah dressed up as a firefighter. If you missed our previous post about Noah putting on his costume and visiting our local fire station, you can read it here. This Halloween collage has all the highlights though too.

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On Halloween night we went trick-or-treating at a nearby townhouse community…the same area we’ve gone to the last few years. There are a lot of houses to visit without having to do much walking – perfect for trick-or-treating!

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As you can tell, many of the homeowners went all out with their decorations and costumes – very fun! It was also pretty cool how the reflective material on Noah’s gear really stood out with the camera flash. You couldn’t miss him!

Noah’s pumpkin was FULL of candy by the end of the night! Also, because Noah’s elementary and old preschool are in the same area, we came across quite a few of his friends too. It was a great night all around!

Just for fun, here’s a flashback at Noah’s previous Halloween costumes. He’s been a dragon (twice!), monkey, tiger and dinosaur.

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We had another fun Halloween season, and we hope you did too!

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Pumpkin picking

We recently went to the annual pumpkin patch at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill here in Alexandria. Our good friend Barbara came along too!

Noah picked out some AWESOME pumpkins. Check it out!

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Yeah, he always enjoys pulling the wagon through the pumpkin maze. That of course means the big kids didn’t have to carry them – score! Ha.

This was our fourth year visiting this local pumpkin patch – we always have a great time!

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Picking pumpkins was the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. Stay tuned to read more about Noah’s Halloween fun. Tomorrow is the big day!

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Grandpa Rod visits for the weekend

Last Thursday Grandpa Rod flew out from South Dakota to visit us for a long weekend. The main reason for his visit was to help us with a few house and deck projects. But don’t worry, we had a lot of fun too!

Friday morning Grandpa walked Noah to the bus stop. Noah was so excited to show Grandpa his school bus! Here’s a picture of them patiently waiting…

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Grandpa and Ryan were still busy when Noah got home from school, so I took Noah to the Lego store so that they could keep working. Playing at the hands-on area at the Lego store is one of Noah’s favorite outings!

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Since we were there for nearly two hours, I of course felt compelled (kinda obligated) to buy something. So after supper the boys put together this super cool Audi racecar. Check it out!

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Noah and I tried to stay out of the way as much as possible on Saturday too, so we ventured to Old Town Alexandria. Here’s a photo of Noah on the metro…

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We picked apples at the farmers market (so yummy!), checked out a few stores, had a snack at Starbucks, and rode the King Street trolley.

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We brought home cupcakes from Lavender Moon Cupcakery too. And yes, we shared! Mmmmm…

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The next morning Grandpa Rod got to join us for one of our favorite weekend activities – Dunkin’ Donuts!

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All weekend Noah asked Ryan and Grandpa Rod if he could help (he wanted to be with the boys), so after breakfast he helped them spread sand between the new pavers. That was actually the perfect job for the short one! And yeah, I hope he still loves yard work in ten years! Ha.

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Later that day after all the work was done (well, enough of it anyway), we took Grandpa to two of Noah’s favorite nearby parks.

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Yep, it was a great afternoon to be outside…and it was a great way to wind down from the busy weekend too.

Grandpa flew home Monday morning. It was a short visit, but we got a lot done around the house, and we had a lot of fun too. Visit again soon, Grandpa Rod…and bring Grandma Debbie too!

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