Posts Tagged ‘bob’

Countdown to Disney!

We surprised the kids with a countdown to Disney! 5 days until we’re at the happiest place on Earth. For dinner we wondered WWMD? What would Mickey Do– confetti Mickey pancakes of course!

COUNTDOWN CALENDAR!

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR!

CONFETTI PANCAKES!

 

Back To School and the Past

Sydenstricker Schoolhouse

Adora and Bob on the front steps of the original Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (2015)

Back to School pictures this year came with a lesson American education!  I started researching one room schoolhouses in Virginia when I came across and fell in love with this little red school house in Springfield. It’s called the The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse and it was built in 1928. This gem in our backyard is basically in it’s original condition- a real rarity when it comes to early 20th century school houses. The Upper Pohick Community League has maintained it since 1954. Fun fact.. they bought it for $550! Our visit was a real treat. The moment you walk through the doors you can smell an era long gone. The wood beneath you creaks and bends beautifully. The natural light shines perfectly through the old windows that you know have seen a lot of stories come and go. I had the best history guide to show me around. Lisa Friedrich Becker a history lover met me there. She has had a huge hand in efforts to preserve the school which is on the National Historic Registry. She showed me the hooks where kids use to hang their coats and the spot a local couple held their wedding reception in 1954. I brought my kids and gave them a little lesson on how eschool use to be back in the day. To be honest, it was more like a recollection of Little House on the Prairie— a show I was obsessed with as a child. Watching my children run up the stairs into the school house was a brief transport back in time. A time when things seemed so simple. Adora and Bob caused a bit of ruckus jumping and laughing and running in circles on the hardwood. They especially got a kick out of the chance to pull the rope and ring the original school bell. The bell, which was bought in Alexandria survived a fire that burned down the original building.

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During the 1950s the League sponsored a Boy and Girl Scout troop, as well as a “Litter Buggy” which collected trash from local roads. You can see the Schoolhouse in the background.

The school officially closed in 1939 but has played host to many community and private events since then despite it’s limitations– no running water, no bathroom.. unreliable heating and cooling. I’m surprised more photos have not surfaced over the years. They are always looking for anyone who attended Sydenstricker Schoolhouse or were early members of The Upper Pohick Community League. The search is on for any photos or documents they could help tell this unfolding story. Below is an event that the group is having to celebrate and raise awareness about the school.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Community Coffee House, 6-9 PM
FREE live music, coffee and baked goods all donated by members of our community and local businesses! Featuring the Fairfax Band Association Saxophone Quartet, singer Dave Brunelle… and more! Delicious food donated by The Swiss Bakery, Whole Foods Springfield, the Springfield Hilton and more!! There will be no charge for admission, but donations are greatly appreciated. It will be a great evening to celebrate our community!!

The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse is located at 8511 Hooes Road in Springfield, VA 22153 More information available here.

Here’s to learning things… new and old this School Year! 

Bob enters Pre-K this year!

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Adora with her pencil that really writes!

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One of the first students to attend Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (1928)

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Can you imagine how much tag was played outside this school.

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Adora is sitting about where the fridge is in this undated picture of a dance.

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Here’s the schoolhouse decked out for an event in recent years (oh those floors!)

Inside of Schoolhouse

Bob sitting on a vintage school desk donated by a local resident.

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Bring on the books!

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(photos taken with my iPhone for more historic and recent photos like the one below check out Sydenstricker Schoolhouse’s facebook page)

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Indoor S’mores in less than 10 Minutes

So easy my 2 year old can make them! Happy #NationalSmoresDay people!

Let the family vacation begin! 

We’re off to the beach and to celebrate one of the greatest days of the year— July  4th! 🎉🇺🇸🎉   

    
    
 

Our Prince is 2

“In other words, from your very first day, you were chosen to glow in a very big way! With your crown made of glittering, high-flying things, you’ve got wind in your pocket, your wishes have wings. Your crown is your best friend forever, by far. it tells the story of just who you are. That’s why every night, when i put you to bed, I’m careful to kiss the crown on your head.” Happy birthday baby. I love you.
{Nancy Tillman, The Crown On Your Head}

Peak Bloom!

Yes.. the traffic was worth seeing the blossoms before they’re gone!

Spring Photos 2015

Well it’s no secret Winter has done it’s best to keep a firm grip on the season. The good news is.. Spring is here. It is one of our family’s favorite seasons. There is so much good that happens this time of year and we are reminded that new beginnings are always possible. #rejoice

(Spring Photos by Gayle Tiller)

 

Freezing in April.. can you tell!

Rejoice!

Happy Easter from the bottom of our hearts to yours!

“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.” -Martin Luther

Ugly Truth of Having a Baby

Hi from New York! I’m up here all week guest hosting Early TODAY and First Look on MSNBC. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who shared my post on What I Wish I had Known Before Bringing Home Baby. It was the  TODAY Show’s Parenting Team question of the month. On Thursday tune in to the TODAY Show during the 8AM hour. I’ll be joining some other moms to talk about all the weird things that happen when you’re expecting! Should be a fun and informative conversation. See you on TODAY!

Me Lucky Charms!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all!!

The Fall!

The hug after!

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