I think I outdid myself this week in the "explore my surroundings" category. I mean, three parks in one week! The fact that Virginia has some of the most beautiful, lush, green, open country makes it easy to go to three parks in one week. In short, take advantage of your neighborhood. Get out more. Enjoy the lovely weather. Discover some hidden gems right in your neighborhood that you didn't know about. Your children will love it and will thank you one day for giving them the adventure bug.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
There is just something about a perfect Sunday evening - the weather was beautiful, the light was golden, the grass was green, and the outdoors just beckoned to us. Naturally, we answered the call and decided to have a little family outing. We had barely crossed over from the parking lot into Jones Point Park in Alexandria before we decided that it was one of our favorite places, and we would return again soon. It had a bit of everything for everyone to enjoy, in addition to this awesome lighthouse. Besides the fact that Jones Point Park is situated right alongside the Potomac and some stunning views, there is also some historical significance to this place.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
The day we returned from our trip to India (yes, India!), Aaron happened to check the mail and found a colorful, enticing flyer filled with coupons for Wegman's Grocery Store. This store, although I had never been in one before, seems to enjoy celebrity status amongst my local friends. They rave about the sushi at Wegman's and the produce and the cheeses and the meats and the list goes on... A couple of days after we got back, Aaron really wanted to to go and check it out (although I know he wanted to use the coupons), so, we made it a family event. We were definitely not disappointed!
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Every Monday, we have Family Home Evening. What is it, you ask? It is a night that we set aside for family time - to share a spiritual message, have an activity, eat a treat, and generally spend some quality time together as a family. For our FHE yesterday, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outdoors. We live in a place that can satisfy the wanderlust in us for quite some time, and there is always somewhere to explore. One such place was the Frying Pan Farm Park.
A short drive from our home, this place makes a child's imagination come alive with all the animals, the playground, walking trails, country store, barns, tractors, and more. Although we didn't get there till around 4:30pm, we enjoyed wandering around the farm with Gracie, who insisted on saying hi and waving to every animal she saw. She would squeal and sprint down the path to the next pen to see what new animal would await her. Aaron loved this time with her and was equally interested in the animals :)