A Day at the National Harbor

Earlier this month, we decided to drive into "the city" to check out the National Harbor.  I had been there briefly in September 2014 to Run the Color Run 5K with my friend, Rachel.  It was a tough run for me and I was not taking in the sights, I was just trying to survive!

But I do remember what a cute area it was and have always wanted to get back there.  We decided to go on a Sunday after church and the weather was perfect!  Not too hot (unlike the temps we've been dealing with since then) and just enough cloud coverage to give us some shade.  The breeze coming off the water was also a bonus.

We first made our way to the kid play area.  It's what the kids spotted first and where we ended up spending the majority of our time.  For $7/child, the kids got unlimited rides on the carousel and access to the small playground next to it.  It was a pretty good deal considering we were at a touristy kind of place.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times we rode that thing.  Between each ride, the kids would scope out which animal they were going to ride next, switch seats then ride again.  It's amazing how dizzy an almost 40-year-old mom and a 40-year-old dad can get while spinning at 5 mph over and over again!

Here are photos of almost every animal on the carousel...

Once we convinced the kids to take a break from the kid area, we walked over to the pier to check out the boats.  They had a pirate ship you could ride and the newest attraction --- The Capital Wheel.  We had hoped to rent a paddle boat, but the water was a little too rough so they were closed.

There was a cute sandy area with a sculpture of a giant embedded in the earth.  It was funny to see kids climbing all over him.

We're pretty sure this part was not intended to be a slide, but the kids figured out how to climb up the giant's shin and slide down.  It was pretty high and with no rails or handles, we're surprised we never saw anyone slide right off the top.

If you know me, you know how much this grosses me out!

The kids were treated to a snow cone then we did some window shopping.

Biker dudes!
We had a really great day exploring a new-to-us area and I'm sure we'll be back for some more fun!


Father's Day Weekend/Great Falls Park

Blogging has taken a back burner to summer.  We've been busy, busy, busy, but I'm still trying to catch up.  Let's rewind about a month and go back to Father's Day weekend.

The Friday of that weekend we ordered pizzas and had a picnic dinner at the Nature Center near the house. We brought Ron's hammock and the kids had a blast being goofy in it.  

They did manage to hold their giggles for this cute pic:

The next day we took a drive out to Great Falls Park.  Ron and the kids had been a couple of other times, but this was my first visit.  It was a fun day outside!

Ron couldn't resist climbing this little crevice in the rocks.

We had a nice picnic lunch.

And on our way out Jonathan tried out the kayak display.

When we got back to the house we made our first-ever batch of homemade ravioli.

Father's Day, itself, was a pretty quiet day.


Rolling Thunder 2016

Every year on the day before Memorial Day, hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists descend on Washington, D.C. for Rolling Thunder, the world's largest single-day motorcycle event.  Rolling Thunder started in 1988 as a show of support for service members who were left behind after the Vietnam War and has evolved into a display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.

We decided to hop in the car last week to go check it out.   Bikes were parked along every sidewalk and street in the DC area.  The kids were in awe with the number of motorcycles.  We got great seats right along Constitution Avenue and arrived just as the police motorcycles lead the pack.  

It was a fun experience.  Jonathan really loved it, but Kaitlyn was not happy with the deafening sounds of the loud engines so we didn't stay too long.  


Celebrations, Awards and a Quick Visit from Auntie Di!

Last week we had lots to celebrate as we watched Jonathan graduate from kindergarten and Kaitlyn receive her end-of-the year awards.  This year has flown by so fast and we can't believe how much they've both grown in such a short time period.  We are so proud of the both of them!

He wasn't ready to crack a single smiles for us.

Each child is given an award and Jonathan received the "Fantastic Achievement" Award

The best kindergarten teachers!  We're so lucky to have had them teach both our kiddos.

Receiving her "Arts and Sports Achievement" Award.  All students who attended or participated in 10 or more sports, art programs or music lessons/events were eligible for this award.

Kaitlyn was awarded with the "Cooperation Award" for her class.

Kaitlyn loved her first grade teacher!

One other fun part of the week was the visit from Auntie Di!  We were so happy to have her here and look forward to her next visit, which will hopefully be a longer one.
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