This year, I’m expanding my kitchen garden and experimenting with starting seeds indoors. Follow along with my successes and failures from the start of the growing season until the end. I’m planting tomatoes, hot chili peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, basil and other herbs. I can’t wait for harvest!
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Get into the holiday spirit by going to the Bull Run Festival of Lights located in Northern Virginia. The annual drive-through light show and holiday village are a festive treat for the whole family.
Russian Winter Festival at Hillwood
Looking for a fun, holiday event in Washington, DC? Check out the lively Russian Winter Festival at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Celebrate traditional Russian music, dance, food, crafts, and plays in fabulous, Christmas splendor!
Season’s Greenings at US Botanic Garden
Celebrate the holiday season at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill. Each year, the Garden hosts a month-long “Season’s Greenings” event featuring a model train and miniatures made of all natural materials. See the White House, U.S. Capitol and major DC monuments made from tree bark and leaves. Or check out the musical performances held throughout December. And it’s all FREE!
Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Looking for holiday family fun in Northern Virginia? Check out the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Walk through the garden under shimmering colorful lights shaped like flowers and garden animals. Then stop for a sweet treat at the fire pit. What a delight!
The Blue Rooster Versus Congress
On a recent trip to the National Gallery of Art East Building, featuring Modern and Contemporary Art, my son and I got a good laugh at the sculpture we found in sight of Capitol Hill.
Seagull Army at Ocean City, MD
Last year on Columbus Day weekend, we had an amazing Adventure in Birding at Ocean City, Maryland. It was one of those unexpected experiences that made it a trip that we will forever remember. Check out the story and video!
Hummingbirds Love Zinnias!
On a recent visit to my mom’s backyard garden in the Midwest, I discovered a favorite source of nectar for hummingbirds and monarch butterflies – zinnias! For just a few dollars worth of seeds, my mom had turned her yard into a wildlife feeding station. Check out the photos!
Great Smoky Mountain Views from Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome
On a recent stop through Gatlinburg, TN, we spent a beautiful morning at the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With only a few hours to spare, we journeyed by car to Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome, and took the hike up to the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower. The views were fabulous! We can’t wait to go again!
LEGO Conventions are Awesome!
My son and I attended a LEGO convention in Northern Virginia this weekend, called the BrickFair LEGO Fan Expo. Come see photos and video of the awesome creations made by LEGO fans. LEGOs aren’t just for kids anymore. They are used by both adults and kids to create art and engineering masterpieces! Find the next LEGO convention coming to your city.