Sunday, September 30, 2018

Savannah's Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Savannah!  We celebrated with great friends and a delicious cake from Safeway.

Savannah also received special 'Birthday Sushi' from the lady that prepares the Sushi at Safeway. Angela and Savannah have gotten to know her since we moved here and so she told Savannah that if she came on her birthday, she would make special 'Birthday Sushi' for her.  She prepared a heart shape made out of rolls with some nigiri in the middle and gave it to her for free.










Carson - DC Library Summary Reading Program Grand Prize Winner

Carson won the Grand Prize for the DC Library Summer Reading program.  Believe it or not, he won these great Beats Headphones.

Savannah's Birthday Dinner

Since she was little, Savannah has liked crab legs.  So she had to have them this year for her birthday dinner.  We made the mistake of mentioning that we were there for her birthday, so the waiters delivered her a treat while singing an obnoxiously loud happy birthday song.








Cub Scout Hike at the Gerry Connolly County Trial

Tucker and Keith went for a hike with the Cub Scouts on the Gerry Connolly County Trail in Fairfax.  Part of the trail runs behind our house, but we went a few miles from our house.  It always amazes me that these beautiful trails are so close to home.


It was a beautiful autumn day, but since it has rained so much recently (or maybe more accurately, all year), the trail was pretty muddy. 











Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Martha's Table Service Project

Keith is the Den Leader for a Cub Scout group at church.  This week, our family helped out with a service project making sandwiches and granola for homeless in the area.  They have a food truck that delivers the food to the Homeless.  Everyone had a good time and was glad to help out.





Sunday, August 5, 2018

Washington Nationals vs Cincinnati Reds Baseball Game

The kids each earned two tickets to a Nationals baseball game, courtesy of the DC Library system Summer Reading Program.  Fortunately, the we chose one of the few nights that wasn't pouring rain.  Unfortunately, it was really hot and humid.  But we had a good time at the game.





George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Friends in the Chevy Chase area recommended that we visit the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.  Despite it being one of the tallest buildings in the Virginia skyline, we hadn't heard of it and didn't even know it existed.


Architecturally, each detail had been perfected.  Even the elevators were specifically designed to move along all three axes (they most closer together as the elevator moves up, moving closer to the center, and moving up).  They move at a 7.5 degree angle.  Maybe these are intended to create the shape of the compass?  

The building had lots of artwork and historical artifacts about George Washington and the various branches of Masonry.  The kids were especially impressed with the suits of armor of the Knights Templar.












The Awakening at National Harbor, MD

For a long time, I have wanted to see The Awakening sculpture, which is now at National Harbor, MD.  So we finally decided to go; unfortunately, on a hot and humid day. 

It was an interesting sculpture, but it gets really hot, so the kids didn't really want to climb on it.  The restaurants smelled amazing and there was a Peeps candy shop --  we didn't even know that type of shop existed. 

Savannah's favorite was the: 'Savannah's Candy Kitchen'.  The free samples were delicious.











Rosie the Riveter statue:



The boys with Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR).

Carson's Boy Scout Court of Honor

Carson has been working diligently in Scouts.  At the Court of Honor, he earned:

- Second Class Rank
- Fishing Merit Badge (he had to catch, gut, cook, and eat his own fish)
- First Aid Merit Badge
- Swimming Merit Badge
- American Cultures Merit Badge


Newseum

We have talked about it for quite a while, but never made it to the Newseum.  So Scott and Lori's visit gave us the excuse to finally go.  The kids were able to be news anchors, weatherman, and to see key moments in modern history as portrayed through the news.

 




These are actual sections of the Berlin Wall and checkpoint Charlie:








Fairfax Revolutionary War Re-enactment

While Scott and Lori and their children were here, we decided to visit the Fairfax Courthouse and were surprised to find that is was open.  The Sons of the American Revolution were re-enacting the signing of some documents; unfortunately, we missed the actual presentation.  But it was really neat to see their costumes and talk with them.  They are so passionate about history!












These are the official weights and measures for Fairfax County from the 1800's:



Afterwards, we went to lunch at Potbelly and enjoyed the live music while Brianna braided Savannah's hair.