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Tree Lighting in Georgetown Tuesday

fairmont DCHow does thousands of tiny white lights, shimmering Christmas trees and more than 30 animated reindeer sound? Magical would be the perfect word. Well add the 12th Annual Tree Lighting and you’ve got a wonderland experience waiting at the Fairmont Washington DC in Georgetown.
I’m honored to help light the tree with my daughter Adora on Tuesday Dec 1st at 5:30pm. We hope you can join us too. There will be hot chocolate and cookies of course. Enjoy the sounds of the Georgetown Visitation Madrigals while kids take time to decorate holiday crafts.
Oh did I mention Santa and Rudolph will stop by too?
The big stars of the show are the US Marine Corps Reserves who will be there as we celebrate the Toys for Tots Program. You’re encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate or donate online at ToysforTots.org.

Mummy juice and treat cups!

Made these in a jiffy tonight with the kids. Just find some medical tape or white electrical tape, some googly eyes (craft store or eye ball stickers work too) and a hole puncher. Punch a hole in a piece of tape to put over the top of the juice box so your child has a place to stick their straw eventually. Wrap the tape around the juice box in all kinds of directions to give it a mummified feel. Add eyes.. and create a brow by placing another piece of the tape diagnolly across the top of the eyes. Tape the straw back on the side of the box.. and you got MUMMY JUICE!

The treat cups are so easy. Get orange cups and black paper. Cut out eyes, nose and mouth. Glue it all on and fill with whatever you got! ENJOY this Halloween Eve and happy Trick or Treating!

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Halloween Eve can be fun too!

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Adora punched a hole and now applies it to the top of the box.

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we don’t bite.. promise.

Bus Stop Costumes

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Can you see her daughter?!

You guys know how much I’m into traditions and creating new ones! Well how excited I was to learn about  a really cool mom, Julie Mudrick from Vienna. All month she’s been dressing up in homemade costumes and surprising everyone when she picks them up from the bus stop! The whole crew on wheels gets a kick out of it.  It’s something she started 3 years ago when her son expressed was worried about what others thought of him. Her response was to dress up and show him that it’s ok to stand out, be goofy, fun and above all imperfect.  This year her oldest daughter who is in middle school decided to join in on the fun! You can find more of her costumes on facebook and instagram using #BusStopCostumes.

I have no clue what Julie will show up as tomorrow… but I know one thing for sure: Regardless of the wig, cape or makeup she throws on.. this mom is downright SUPER!

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joker

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All that’s missing.. the magic carpet!

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Looking for the golden ticket!

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bus stop hunger games

Let the odds be in your favor

 

Bus stop nacho libre

MY FAVORITE

 

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Malificent horns made from a hanger and duct tape

 

bust stop harry potter

Feeling Harry Pottery

 

bus stop mary poppins

Let’s go fly a kite

 

 

 

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Prettiest Gaston I’ve seen

 

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Julie is SUPER MOM!

 

Back To School and the Past

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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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Hacks4School: Save space and preserve your child’s art

Finally a solution to that growing pile of precious artwork and projects your little ones bring home. Start with designating an Art Drop Box to collect your child’s creations. At the end of the year send it off to Plum Print and they’ll digitize everything (including 3 D objects) and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece of a book!

#Hacks4School: Drowning in your little Picasso’s artwork? News4’s Angie Goff shares a digital trick that will help you keep all of your child’s school projects – in half the space! For more school hacks, check out our Pinterest board here –> http://nbc4dc.com/SeaeGn0

Posted by NBC Washington on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hacks 4 School: Get Personal!

Some simple things that help get the kids out the door and excited for school!

Backpacks4Kids!

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I would love to meet you! Come to the Kingstowne branch of Apple Federal Credit Union (6831 Sir Viceroy Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315) on Wednesday, August 26 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. to drop off backpacks and supplies for kids who need them!

Here’s how to help!

Donate money online here.
Send a check made out to Backpacks 4 Kids to:
Backpacks 4 Kids
NBC4 Washington
4001 Nebraska Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

School supplies needed per backpack:
Two packs of loose-leaf notebook paper
Two dozen #2 pencils
Two packages of cap erasers
Three spiral composition books
One yellow highlighter
Eight plain folders with pockets and brads or loose leaf binder with dividers
One package of 24 crayons and/or one package of colored pencils
Small pencil or supply box or zippered supply pouch
Two composition books
Paper glue
Box of Kleenex
Two packs of copy (white) paper
12-inch ruler

A Final Salute

This Saturday on NBC4 we are airing a special show dedicated to our Veterans. I will be reporting a story that is truly inspirational. Please join us as we witness a final salute. I’ll introduce you to an amazing group that is helping America’s bravest feel pride and peace during the end of their lives. Here’s a preview:

Band of lawyers offer free help in DC

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Did you know that in DC, metropolitan police get more 31 thousand domestic violence calls a year.
There’s a group of lawyers trying to change that providing low income victims of domestic violence legal help for FREE.
I sit down to speak with domestic abuse victim Yvonne Rivers. She tells me about the project and how “I needed that at that time. Because here I had been assaulted, I didn’t know what the next steps were.”
Tonight on News4 at 6pm Yvonne talks about breaking free after finding help many don’t know is there.I’ll share the resources offered by the “DC Volunteer Lawyers Project” to those with urgent family law needs.FullSizeRender(2)

Meet the Stroller Warriors

Please join us for #News4at5 tonight for this story on military spouses and how they’re finding friendship and fitness from behind wheels.

On News4 at 5, Angie Goff shows how military spouses are finding fitness and friendship behind the wheels of strollers.

Posted by NBC Washington on Friday, May 15, 2015

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