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A great afternoon for a football game

Last Saturday we went to the University of Maryland in nearby College Park to watch the Terps play Towson. This was the Terps’ first home game of the season.

Here are a few photos of the game. As you can see, it was definitely a great day to be outside!

Oh, and of course, no sporting event is complete without a giant tub of popcorn…

The Terps won 63 to 17. Yep, #FearTheTurtle!

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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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A fun trip to Maryland: fish & football

This year we stayed in Alexandria for Thanksgiving. Since we had a few extra days, we decided to take a short overnight trip to Baltimore to visit the National Aquarium. We have wanted to take Noah to the aquarium for a while now, and the long weekend provided a great opportunity.

We drove up to Baltimore Friday afternoon (it’s about an hour away). Our first stop was to check in at the hotel. We lucked out and got a room on the top floor. Hello down there!

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Next we had an early supper at James Joyce (an awesome Irish pub) and then walked the short distance to the Inner Harbor. We couldn’t get in to the aquarium right away (it was busy!), so we hung out at the nearby Barnes & Noble until our time slot. Noah can’t pass up an opportunity to play with trains! Ha.

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Our first stop at the National Aquarium was the “Blacktip Reef” exhibit. We saw blacktip reef sharks and lots of other fish too, including angelfish, puffer fish and whiptail rays.

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Next we checked out the “Living Seashore” hands-on exhibit. Noah and Ryan got to touch clearnose skates and horseshoe crabs – so cool!

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Then we started to work our way through the maze of massive aquariums. We saw groupers, creole fish, cowfish, seahorses, eels and porcupine fish, just to name a few. There were so many fish!

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Here’s a short video of Noah in the “Atlantic Coral Reef” exhibit.

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Noah’s favorite exhibit was definitely “Shark Alley.” We saw many shark species – check it out!

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And here are two short videos of the sharks…

In the “Amazon River Forest” exhibit, we saw poison dart frogs and a big emerald tree boa snake.

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We had a great time at the aquarium! We didn’t quite make it through all the exhibits, so we definitely plan to visit again.

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After the aquarium we walked back to the hotel to relax. We had a busy day, and we were tired!

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On the way home the next day, we went to the University of Maryland in College Park to watch the Terps play Rutgers University. This was the Terps’ final home game of the season.

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As you can tell from the photos, it was a little chilly outside, but we had a great time. The Terps won 31 to 13. Yep, #FearTheTurtle!

We had a fun Thanksgiving weekend, and we hope you did too!

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A fun afternoon in College Park, MD

This past Saturday we spent the afternoon in nearby College Park, MD. Our main reason for our visit was to go to the football game at the University of Maryland. It had been raining all day though, and it was still raining when we got to College Park, so we decided to make a pit stop at the College Park Aviation Museum while the rain passed. We’ve driven past the museum several times, but we never had time to stop in. The rain gave us a great reason to finally check it out!

A little background: The museum is at the College Park Airport, which is the oldest continually operated airport in the world. The airfield is over 100 years old and is known for many “firsts” in aviation. A few things we learned: Wilbur Wright trained the first military pilots here in 1909; the first Army mile-high flight took place here in 1912; and the first controlled helicopter flight took place here in 1924. Very Cool!

The museum features ten or so large planes that were made between 1901 and 1946. Some of the planes were parked on the ground and some were suspended from the ceiling. While a few of the planes were reproductions, they were all really cool!

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Noah’s favorite plane at the museum was this 1939 Taylorcraft that has been retrofitted as a hands-on “imagination Plane” for kids to explore and sit in. While in the cockpit, Noah got to use the controls to move the ailerons and elevator. Pretty cool! He couldn’t quite reach the pedals to move the rudder, but I’m sure he’ll be able to soon enough. He’s growing fast!

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Since the plane is a two-seater, Ryan got to join in too!

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In the hands-on area, Noah got to play with flight simulators. As you can see, the big kid did too!

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The hands-on area also included an exhibit that used beach balls and air blowers to show how low pressure and high pressure enable a plane to fly. According to the explanation on the placard, this is known as the Bernoulli Effect…just for future reference in case any of us end up on Jeopardy. Ha.

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After we finished at the museum, we headed to the football stadium to watch the Terps play Purdue. As I mentioned before, it had been raining all day, but the weather cleared up a bit for the second half.

Here are a few photos of the game.

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Here’s a photo of the cannon and fireworks at the end zone too. Maryland shoots off the cannon every time the Terps score…and since the Terps did really well (they won 50 to 7), we saw and heard a lot of the cannon.

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And of course, no sporting event is complete without concessions food. Cheese pizza and French fries – yummy!

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Yep, we had a fun weekend and we hope you did too!

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Noah’s first football game!

Yesterday we took Noah to his first college football game. We went to the nearby University of Maryland to watch the Terps play Howard University from DC.

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Here are a few photos of the game. As you can see, it was definitely a great day to be outside!

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Noah really enjoyed listening to the “Mighty Sound of Maryland” marching band at halftime. He thought it was cool watching them make letters as they played.

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Here’s a short video of the marching band too. Yep, they were pretty awesome!

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And of course, no sporting event is complete without a massive tub of popcorn…

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If you’re curious about the hearing protection, our seats were close to the cannon at the end zone. Maryland shoots off the cannon every time the Terps score…and since the Terps did really well (they won 52 to 13), it was really loud!!!

Here are a few fun photos of Noah posing with a terrapin as we left. Yep, #FearTheTurtle! Ha. Noah’s first football game was a success!

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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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March Madness!

This past Saturday we drove to the University of Maryland in College Park to watch the Terps play Iona in round 1 of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. We of course were bummed that the Terps beat the SDSU men the previous day, but we still had a great time cheering on the lady Terps.

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The Terps won over Iona 74 to 58. This was Noah’s first basketball game, so it was a bit of an experiment. He was a little overwhelmed at first (sensory overload!), but he enjoyed it in the end. His favorite parts were the pep band and the massive bucket of popcorn. Ha. And if you’re curious about the hearing protection, as Noah would tell you, “Those people are way too loud.” Yep, that’s pretty much how it goes with March Madness! Ha.

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It was raining that afternoon, but Ryan and Noah still let me take a quick photo of them with the terrapin. Cheese! Noah’s first basketball game was a success!

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