Bob’s Neverland 1st Birthday Party

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” ~ Peter Pan

As Baby Bob turned one we thought it’d be fun to encourage everyone to “never grow up” at least for a day. While this milestone is one to celebrate it’s a reminder of just how fast time really does fly by.  At Bob’s Neverland more than dreams were born. There was face paint, balloons, Tinkerbell and even a real baby alligator! A magical day indeed.

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Prop Neverland ArchWhimsical cake by Edibles Incredibles joe pix4Look closely and you’ll see this sign has very special meaning!IMG_2283IMG_1305.JPG

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IMG_1254Mom’s friend Vi Hannett designed this personalized map so guests would know where to find everything at the party! Look for etsy shop Viva Designs soon!IMG_1273Mini hotdogs and beef skewers from Saint Germain Catering!IMG_2335 Pizza bites!IMG_2334Uncles Joe & RichardIMG_2458

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NL tableYou know they say “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”IMG_2368Adora  filled the mason jars aka fairy house with moss. We dropped a fairy in each and glued a butterfly on top. We made one for all the girls at the party. The best part was when she stopped and said “Mom I LOVE helping you!”

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IMG_2373Scary things at Hook’s Cove. Some trivia for you! What is Captain Hook’s Real name?

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The answer is Killian Jones– He was nicknamed Hook when a croc ate his hand!

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IMG_2343 It wasn’t long before things got REALIMG_1311.JPGYep that’s an albino Boa Constrictor!IMG_2539

IMG_1364 Reptiles Alive brought a Baby Alligator too!IMG_2531What is THAT!IMG_1226

IMG_1248Special thanks to Joey Darley for the awesome pix!

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IMG_2629Before the party we went to one of our favorite most magical places.. Meadowlark Park! IMG_0714

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IMG_0673All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. ~Peter Pan

 

Finding balance, building self worth

As someone who went to school in Northern Virginia and now lives there I love seeing a magazine by women for women tailored for the area. Posh Seven (formerly IAM Modern) is a magazine that reaches out to women who live, work and do business around the Route 7 corridor. What I love about it.. is that anyone can learn or be inspired by the stories and profiles featured no matter where you live.

POSH SEVEN: Angie Goff, Finding Her Way

I was honored when the editor Hulya Aksu asked to feature me this June. Many of the questions were about staying grounded as a working mom. I tried to keep it real and emphasize how important it is see your self worth. It’s something that I think we’ve all struggled with at some point or perhaps may be dealing with now. I’ve been an over achiever and “perform to pleaser” my entire life and it wasn’t until recently that I realized some times just showing up IS good enough. Special thanks to Lindsey Williams for the interview and photographer Angela Goodhart for the wonderful photos at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston. I’ve included a link to the piece.. hope you enjoy.

Do your thing and don’t care if they like it. – Tina Fey

 

Have you seen this American Flag thief?

This guy with a skateboard stole an American flag made of wood from a porch in Bethesda on Oldchester Road.. and the homeowner’s surveilance cam caught it all. Her neighbor tweeted out the video which shows the guy walk up … and takes a second or so to take the painted wood flag down. On neighbors facebook pages… there’s chatter that similar thefts have happened before in this neighborhood. If you recognize the guy.. call Montgomery County Police.
Click the photo to see the 16 second clip or watch the surveillance video here.



Common Core Ignites Online Outcry

We’re hearing from the top leader of DC schools following an outcry online over schools now using the National Common Core learning standards.  More than 7 million have seen our facebook post, more than 10 thousand of you have chimed in. The photo is from a parent… showing a math problem being added up in 2 of the 4 different ways students are expected.

DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson told me on twitter they haven’t had complaints like those we’re seeing online. She says they’re in the process right now of designing guides that parents can use to support what kids are learning in class… at home. There is already an online guide available.

A lot  of parents expressed the difficulty of helping their kids with their homework these days.  Common core supporters recognize the frustration but say Core is appropriate and driven by research. DC and Maryland are among 44 states to adopt the annual standardized tests. Virginia has not.

Dads stares get VA girl kicked out of prom?

Did a story this morning after cries of sexism exploded on social media over this. Clare Schlaudt a 17 year old from Richmond was kicked out of her prom after being told her dress and dancing made dads there think “impure thoughts.”

A couple things up front. This was the 14th Annual Richmond Homeschool Prom and it’s held at a church. There is a dress code and according to Clare’s blog post she passed the “fingerlength” test upon entering.

It was once she got inside things got bad. After dancing with friends she says she notice a group of dads “ogling and talking amongst themselves”. Clare was grossed out. 

She says a chaperone noticed it too and said her dress and dancing caused men to think inappropiately about her… so she was kicked out. Frustrated and feeling disrespected Clare wants an apology from the Richmond Homeschool prom.

The prom’s facebook page was inundated with backlash.. here’s a screen grab of comments before they shut the page down.

 

ICYMI: Honoring Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

Thanks to all of you who tuned in for our half hour special that honored local Asian Americans who are really making a positive impact where we live. In case you missed it.. don’t worry. We have all the stories up online. Here are the two that I contributed this year. The first is very inspiring. It’s a true rags to riches story about a single mom who fled Vietnam after the war and was able to overcome welfare and cancer. The second story captures a growing trend in the DC area.. the Korean Dol. It’s the 100 day celebration of life also known traditionally as the child’s first birthday. Learn the intriguing history and fun fortune ritual that takes place at these parties which we learned could cost up to $10,000!

MORE: Watch the Stories

Rosemary’s Tran Lauer: Helping Single Parents and Children in DC area

Party Trend: Korean 1st Birthday

Dr. Jill Biden Headlines 2014 Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer

We announced the big news at our kick-off! Dr. Jill Biden will be joining us this year for our 6th Annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer. This year we are happy to donate the night’s proceeds to SOS also known as Survivors Offering Support! It’s a local group that is deeply underfunded. In addition to our incredible host committee consisting of news women from all affiliates of news… we’ll have the return of our Newsmen in Pink!

So guys.. gals grab your pink and join us Wednesday June 11th for an unforgettable night.

WANNA ATTEND THE BASH? CLICK HERE!

Survivors get a special rate. Email me at angie.goff@nbcuni.com to ask about large group rates.

Some fun kick off photos with our supporters!

 

Asian American Half Hour Special Airing this Saturday

Please join me and Eun Yang this Saturday as we commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a 30 minute Special on NBC4. We have so many incredible Asian Americans who are making an impact where we live now. Their stories will amaze you and inspire. The Special show airs Saturday May 10th at 7:30PM. Special thanks to our sponsors Allstate Insurance and McDonald’s.

Some history.. the Library of Congress chose May for this month “to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.” Eun and I headed over to the beautiful residence of the Japanese Ambassador to film the show. Shout out to our producer Jason Gittlen and photographer Chester Panzer.

Some of the stories you’ll see will range from an Oakton woman with a real rags to riches story. Rosemary Tran Lauer has a true story of triumph over war, welfare and cancer after fleeing her native Vietnam and arriving in America with nothing. Eun shows us a local group that helps young people find their way in what can be a very complicated world. Just a couple of the many great stories we can’t wait to share.  Won’t you join us!

ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER TV SPECIAL

SATURDAY MAY 10TH

7:30 PM ON NBC4

We’ll see you then.. Angie & Eun!



Fairfax County to ban big gatherings at home?

There’s a little storm brewing in Fairfax County following a proposal to ban how many people can get together in a private home.A proposed zoning ordinance would limit groups to 49 people a day.. and such gatherings can’t happen more than 3 times in a 40 day period.
County officials said it’s in response to complaints of big gatherings in neighborhoods that have caused parking and noise problems.
County supervisor Pat Herrity says he thinks the county is risking a lawsuit.. by interfering witha peoples’ right to assemble… think church groups, sports fans etc.
He adds there were only 6 complaints last year.
What do you think? There’s a public hearing tomorrow Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. at South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309, in the Main Conference Room (SCC221).

Lorena Bobbitt 21 Years Later

I did two stories with Lorena Bobbitt who now lives with her family in Gainesville Virginia. We take a look at the past that made her notoriously famous and the work she’s doing now to help others in the area.

21 Years Later:

Lorena on being a mom, zumba and google:

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