On our way back from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, we stopped at Village at Shirlington, close to our Airbnb apartment. It was a cute little main street style area. We walked around for a while, had a delicious dinner, then some frozen yogurt.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
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Friday, July 28, 2017
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Sunday, July 23, 2017
We went for a walk around the neighborhood this evening and saw the Rock Creek Gardens -- a community garden area. There were so many varieties of flowers, vegetables, and herbs growing. Despite the rabbit fencing around most of it, we saw several small rabbits hopping around enjoying the feast. Adjacent to the gardens are some of the horse stables. Pretty area to have in your neighborhood. Amazing that this is in the middle of a large city.
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Friday, July 14, 2017
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Monday, July 10, 2017
I went to scout camp two weeks ago. It was fun. I earned five merit badges: Rifle shooting, Robotics, Canoeing, Space Exploration, and Chess. We woke up at about 6 in the morning and ate at 8. Then we went to Rifle shooting then Robotics. After that we went to lunch. Then we went to Canoeing then Space exploration. Lastly we went to Chess then to dinner in the dining hall. Then we had open hour and then we went to sleep in cots.
Rifle shooting was fun. I got 7 shots in the circumference of a dime with a bolt-action 22 rifle. It was kind of hard. We had fun instructors.
Robotics was fun too. We made line following robots out of lego mindstorms. Ours was almost done but it ended up not working.
Canoeing was fun. We learned how to canoe and how to jump out of it. We also learned how to capsize and flip over the canoe. It was my favorite.
In space exploration we launched rockets and made plans to go to Earf, Pluto's fake solid gold moon. My rocket was one of the few rockets that deployed its parachute.
In chess we learned the history and rules of chess. We learned the 'En Passent' move with pawns and castling with the king and rook.
Scout camp was really fun. Near the end we went to a watering hole that had a really strong current
that was fun to go down. We saw a snake swimming around in the water but it swam onto land.
Posted by Carson at 11:37 AM
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Today was Tucker's day; he couldn't contain his excitement as his birthday party approached. We decided to celebrate his birthday this afternoon.
Instead of a birthday cake, he decided that he wanted to make his own piñata. With Angela's help, he made a paper mache piñata, which he filled with his favorite candies.
It survived several hits from each of our children before candy filled the patio.
Afterwards, he opened his presents and has been playing with them since.
Tucker received this great geode kit from Grandma and Grandpa Aksland.
And Tucker was very excited to receive his favorite book from Aunt Andrea and Uncle Brent:
Carson and Tucker both used some money from Grandma and Grandpa Knight to help pay for a Nintendo Switch.
We love trying out the restaurants as we explore new areas. Last weekend we went to Pi Pizzeria in Bethesda, MD.
As we entered, the scent of the baking dough assured us that this place was going to be great.
I've never looked forward to pizza with zucchini on it, but Angela ordered one and it was delicious. I ordered the deep dish with the sauce above the toppings. It was equally amazing. We finished dinner off with their dessert which could not have been better.
Yes, that is a radiation symbol that we ate into the deep dish pizza.
Posted by Keith at 7:46 PM
We were shocked when we saw the local elementary school. It was a large beautiful building. Angela said that it looked like a college campus. We are accustomed to the typical utilitarian schools so common across the country.
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While visiting the Peirce Mill, some generous volunteers hosted a Family Workshop. They offered to help children make various old time crafts outside of the Peirce Wagon House. Savannah decided to make her own corn husk doll.
Peirce Mill is a water powered gristmill built in 1829 in the middle of what is now Rock Creek Park. It operated continuously until 1897 when the wooden turbine shaft broke.
Several years ago, they completed the restoration and now operate it briefly on Saturdays at 11:00am. We were fortunate enough to be there while they started it up. What amazing engineering!
Well greased wooden gears and belts powered the machinery across all three floors of the mill.
There were several knowledgeable and friendly volunteers to help you learn about the history and engineering of the mill.
The creek looked so refreshing. It was nice to sit by it for a few minutes.
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