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Despite the 100+ F temperatures, we've managed to sweat through some fun.

We had a mid-week adventure by going to the Strathmore for an outdoor concert. We've been there for classes and for one indoor concert, but this was our first time outside. We saw an all-women mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Luckily we were not assailed by mosquitos like we usually are at venues like Wolf Trap.

We finally took Z to his first Nats game, and the first we've been to since moving to the neighborhood. We actually walked from our home to the stadium. It was a slog but do-able. Sadly, the Nats were not able to overcome the heat or the Braves.

MoBob and Z attended another playdate at his (soon-to-be) school and continued on to a BBQ at the junior high school, while I met up with R to discuss clean energy while sitting on bar stools inside a sweltering restaurant.

After church we explored Ocean Dunes Waterpark. Z didn't want to extract himself and then fell asleep in the car on the way home - always a sign of success!
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MoBob mocked me at first, but now he is fully convinced by the utility of the summer fun kit (which must be sung like a jingle). It is kind of a lot of stuff, but we keep in the car all the time and it has been very convenient since we don't have to skip out on any opportunities to visit a park or return home for a swim suit or snacks before going out again. Here's what works for us in Washington DC, where summer means spray fountains and outdoor concerts and napping under trees.

[We have a separate small cooler/insulated lunch bag for drinks and snacks. We wear hats and sunglasses too. Everything fits into two bags from Whole Foods.]
magnifying glass + binoculars
toys: soccer ball, frisbee, bubbles, kite, inflatable ball, small spray bottle
bug spray + sunscreen
picnic blanket
swim suit + change of clothes + beach towels
bird food (because we like to make friends)
small first aid kit - bug bite cream, antibiotic cream, bandages, hand sanitizer
toilet paper + paper towels + diaper supplies + plastic bags

It was a lot of fun to put together. We use the backpack to cart around whatever we need for a specific activity, and since Z is taking swimming lessons, he has a separate bag with his swim shoes and swim diapers. Some items are new discoveries, like the mini-kites in the form of a fighter jet or a butterfly. For the Rocknocerous concert at the National Arboretum, we had our snack bag, and packed the picnic blanket, binoculars, bug spray, and the frisbee.

Our summer bucket list is almost done (we missed the harvest so the lavender farm will wait til next year):
Nats game (August 12 vs. Atlanta Braves)
Ukelele Festival (August 17)
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Astronomy Festival
Glen Echo Park carousel
Lotus Festival
River Farm
fireworks on the 4th of July
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Kingman Island
pirate cruise
Brookside Gardens
National Arboretum (Rocknocerous concert)
Montrose Park
the glass forest
Green Spring Gardens
SW Night Market
pool time and swim lessons
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We had another mid-week adventure, this time at Canal Park. We played mini-golf and splashed in the water scrim while a live band performed. Then we had cake and pizza.

We spent Saturday on the National Mall. The National Gallery of Art organized a showing of short films by Pixar. They were shown in chronological order and it was clear how much animation had grown more sophisticated, and the accompanying soundtracks were just as striking as the visuals. There were a few pieces related to current franchises (Toy Story, Up, Monsters' Inc.) and the rest were stand-alone. Overall a delight to watch. My personal favorites were La Luna and Partly Cloudy.

Z's class at the Smithsonian was early that afternoon so we had lunch in the underground NGA café and then played on the grass for awhile, and soaked our feet in the sculpture garden fountain. It was getting hot so we entered the National Museum of Natural History and looked at the Ocean exhibit. Z's class was on light and colors, based on Monet's art, so the kids did a little earth/sun craft, used MagnaTiles on a light table, and painted with watercolors. The class ended with a discussion of Monet's paintings of the Cathedral at Rouen back at the NGA.

On Sunday, we decided to re-visit Brookside Gardens, now that everything was in heady, summer bloom. And then some indoor fun at ClimbZone and huge meal topped off with cotton candy ice cream.

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Last night after "speed mentoring" with Kaya I decided to walk from 16th St. to Dupont Circle. On a whim I stepped into Kramerbooks. Sadly, though I love books and I love reading, I don't venture often into bookstores. I'd forgotten the pleasure of just randomly poking around and discovering things. I ended up with Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders for MoBob and Happy City for myself. Yes, I could've gotten either (or both) at the library or used on amazon.com, but I probably wouldn't have thought to do so if I hadn't been just browsing.

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It has been unbearably hot. I hate it. I'm grateful for electricity and air conditioning.

I'm getting over a cold. I was absolutely knocked out in the middle of the week. Horrible timing for everyone involved but now over.

We went with our mommy group friends to see one of our favorite groups, Koo Koo Kanga Roo. It was almost too much fun - and the first time in a long time we'd gone to a SOLD OUT concert.

Then it was on to a daycare friend's birthday party. I was most impressed with the non-violent piñata, which the kids pulled apart with ribbons instead.

The last time we went square dancing was in a church on a very cold evening. This time we were outside a historic mill at the end of a broiling day.
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It was HOT. But we made it to the Kenilworth Gardens Lotus Festival. We hadn't been since Z was a baby.

We were invited to celebrate a daycare friend's birthday. Even though the outdoor fun was cut short by a storm, the kidlets still enjoyed a movie treat.

Instead of church, Z opted to visit MoBob's office. (The iPad rarely comes out.)

Followed by pool time.

The weekend ended with a performance of "Barry Beaver" at the Capital Fringe Festival with another daycare family, and lots of Dangerously Delicious pie.
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Thank goodness for long sunny days and languid evenings....
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from Morocco


from the Philippines


from the U.S.

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Long days means lots of fun - although I did squeeze in several delicious naps, including one under a tree.
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