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Labor Day weekend was a good mix of activity and repose. We spent Friday visiting the pediatrician (for the first time we had a boy doctor), checking out the new neighborhood playground, and attending the weekly concert at Yards Park and a snack at Nando's with a young neighbor.

sw park 29 aug 2014 - 2

On Saturday, we had originally planned to take Baby Z to an indoor play class, but we weren't organized in time, so we went to IHOP and Target instead. Then MoBob dropped us off at National Book Festival. It was a madhouse - in a good way because that means books and reading (in whatever format) remain important to people, but in a bad way because it was hard to get around or see anything. Luckily I brought the big stroller to make our way through the crowds. I have mixed feelings about the new indoor venue at the convention center. On one hand, clean proper restrooms instead of port-a-potties. On the other hand, I couldn't find any place to for us to eat, and I miss the grassy/sunny ambience of the National Mall.

On Sunday, we finally checked off an item off our summer bucket list by visiting the Franciscan monastery. Despite the heat and the flashbacks to Catholic school, we had a fine stroll.

My guys and their matching smiles.
franciscan monastery smiles

The exterior walls were lined with excerpts from the Ave Maria in many languages, including ours.

franciscan monastery kabyle

franciscan monastery visayan

On Monday, we went to see a preview of Blossom's Rainbow, a short play for the under-3's with a Japanese theme and a real taiko drummer, at the Kennedy Center. Afterwards we walked around the vast terrace and watched the boats on the Potomac heading toward Georgetown.

And of course, the pool.
pool 1 sep 2014
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On September 6th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
I love the picts. Z is so squishy and adorable!
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