Posts Tagged ‘virginia’

St. Patrick’s Day for the Kids

st patsI love St. Patrick’s day and I feel there’s so little time to celebrate it between  Valentine’s and Easter. I found a couple ways you and the family can enjoy a lil luck ‘o’ the Irish in the coming weeks.

St. Paddy’s Peas and Potatoes
St. Patricks Day is the traditional day to plant potatoes.Learn more about them while listening to tales of leprechauns. Kiddos get to plant peas and potatoes in the garden. March 12th at 1pm.

Flying Feet & Fiddle Bows: An Irish Celebration
Leap into the St. Paddy’s Day spirit as the Bog Band throw an authentic Irish ceili party. March 17 at 10:15potatoes

From DC to MD to VA there are St. Pat’s Parades happening the first couple weeks of March. Here’s a full list. One Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is March 5th Get parade route and more here. Washington DC St Patrick’s Day Parade is March 13th More info at DCStPatsParade

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Good places to pick a pumpkin

cf familyFall is filled with invigorating things! Scarves, crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice, apple cider the list is endless  when it comes to things we love about now. We recently went to Cox Farms in Centreville VA to check out it’s new Enchanted Forest and pick some pumpkins. Here’s list of other great places to check out depending where you live.

Cox Farms Centreville VA

Great Country Farms Bluemont VA

Butler’s Orchard Germantown MD

Waters Orchard Germantown MD

Marker Miller Orchards Winchester VA

If you go to Cox Farms be sure to try the slides (as an adult too!), the apple cider, take the hayride and check out the new Enchanted Forest. You can walk the trail at night too which will make it extra spooky. We loved the sleeping dragon along the way and the upside house. Oh, don’t forget to stop by the Market Place for your pumpkin too!

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Enchanted forest features fairy tale themes

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Grab kettle corn for the hayride!

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Lots to choose from!cf bob




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.

S 1957 Litter Buggy

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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Halloween Light Show is Back!

Look what’s back! That cool house in Leesburg Virginia that puts on a spectacular Halloween light show every year. Last year the video went viral with it’s spooky take on “What Does the Fox Say.” What made this year’s play list? Well click below or venture out to 1826 Woods Edge Drive Leesburg VA 20176 to see it for yourself. Remember you must tune your radio into 98.1FM to hear it from your car. It runs on a loop from 7pm-9pm until Halloween Eve!

Lorena Bobbitt 20 Years Later

I caught up with Lorena Bobbitt 20 years after she was aquitted of doing the unthinkable to her husband while he slept.

100 students, 1000 explicit pictures

As a parent and big supporter of social media stories like this put me in a tough spot. Police just busted an Instagram sex ring that spans 6 counties in my state. More than 100 teens were involved and more than 1,000 risque or nude photos posted. The scandal was brought to light after a parent noticed their 15 year old posting inappropriate pictures on instagram.
Police started inviestigating and that led to finding accounts linked to a third party website where the photos showed up. The youngest featured on this site.. 14 years old.
So far more than 20 phones of the teens have been seized but no charges pressed yet. Yep, I said charges. Possessing pictures of minors is child porn people. It’s a felony. Although sexting may be common among teens these days.. .it’s dangerous and this is a good reminder it could land you in trouble with the law.

DC, MD & VAQ Snow Plow Trackers

Digging out of the snow goes digital across our region.
VDOT introduces the Snow Plow Tracker online you can see in real time when the trucks are clearing around your neighborhood in Northern Virginia.Plug in your address.. and even get the option to take a look at LIVE traffic cams nearby too.
Maryland doesn’t have a statewide plow tracker– but Howard County does.Their tracker has a legend that allows you to see whats been salted, plowed or both.
In DC there’s a pretty accurate “Snow Response Reporting System“. It isn’t a live GPS tracker, but it does update frequently. I plugged in our station’s address and got an immediate animation with where the plows were overnight. The live camera feature of local roads and their conditions pop up too. Just a few tools you can use at home now as we get through another storm. We’re posting all this at Search PLOW.

Cute Local Tea House

My daughter is 2 and half and obsessed with Tea Parties. We have fake ones all the time at our house and even on the mini iPad (Toca Boca Tea Party is the best!).  When I discovered the Aylesbury Tea House in Leesburg Virginia I knew I had to make a date with Adora. This place is adorable from the moment you walk in, sit down and make your way through their mini little all-things-British store. They do traditional afternoon tea Thursday through Saturday. The space is so shabby chic. As for pricing.. you are paying more for the experience than the food in my opinion. The menu is very simple.. and the portions are dainty. Yes in writing a post on this place.. I have to use words like dainty. It’s a beautiful place and I really loved the feeling. Above all, Adora was so excited to have a “tea party” with her friend Sophia. The girls ate English biscuits (cookies) and drank tea (orange juice) in their tea cups. It was so cute to watch — oh and the petite cucumber sandwiches are delicious!


IMG_4759Finding out she has to eat a sandwich before the cookie








IMG_4734Sophia with her stylist mom April

IMG_4726Oh..look who decided to join us!

IMG_4719Really cute tea party dress.. kettle, pastries and all

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Trying gymnastics

After I saw how much my two year old loved ballet.. I thought gymnastics may be worth a try. I heard from other parents that it’s a great way for the little ones to get all their energy out.  We called up Gymini and they invited us over for a trial.  Adora was sold faster than you could say the word “mat”. I love all the different stations that test the baby’s strength and also encourages coordination. With her week filling up (ballet, swimming,gymnastics, spanish and soon pre school!) I’m going to have to make some tough decisions on what to keep her in.

Um … I want one of these pits to play in



Babymoon: Monticello

With just 6 weeks away from hatching.. we decided to take a little babymoon or staycation. I spent the week down in beautiful Charlottesville Virginia. What a scene. We stayed at the gorgeous Keswick Hall. Whether it’s from your room, dinner or the pool the view is absolutely breathtaking! Best part of all.. the location was just minutes away from Monticello. We got a tour through history with a pro- Shirley Midyette. Everyone knew Shirley .. and she knew everything about Monticello. She is highly recommended and so sweet. As suggested by twitter friends we strolled to the Downtown Mall where we indulged in some great milkshakes from The Nook and let Adora run her energy out at the Virginia Discovery Museum. We couldn’t leave town without making a stop for some good old school donuts– visiting Spudnuts was like stepping back into 1985. It was totally awesome. In fact the trip was totally awesome. Hard to believe.. just a couple hours outside of Northern Virginia.. there’s this whole other world! Thanks to Poshbrood for the recommendation!

Monticello– such a history lesson



IMG_3261Miss Shirley helping Adora count her flowers

IMG_3258Learning about TJ’s first home!


Food was fabulous! Cream cheese stuffed french toast at Keswick!

The Virginia Discovery Museum- small but entertaining enough!



IMG_3306The old fashion merry go round!

IMG_3315Downtown Mall- so many cool antique shops to stop by


The infinity pool at Keswick– gorgeous!


IMG_3246At the entrance of Keswick… this place makes it hard to take a bad picture



The view from dinner at Keswick

Enjoying our Spudnuts!!

I love the coffe signs and prices!



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