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Last week Li’l T and I met up with his Godmother, Godbrother and her family friend to visit Montpelier Farms. They have an annual Fall Festival with hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin patch and a lot of other stuff. Li’l T went on his first hayride and had a good time.

I was a little concerned that he wouldn’t sit down for the whole ride but he did really well. We were surprised by how windy it was that day and all of the dirt that was picked up. I think I’m still digging dirt out of my eyes. LOL We went into the corn maze and I was amazed by the huge size of it.  You know a maze is serious when they make you watch an instructional video before you can enter.

Li’l T ran through the maze and was fascinated with the colored tape that ran along the corn in each section. There were some sections where fallen corn had caused the tape to lie on the ground. Li’l T was adamant that the tape needed to be higher up and spent a lot of time lifting it. LOL

It had to have been an hour before we came back out. An hour and we only went through TWO sections of the five section maze.

There was a HUGE slide and a cow belly moonbounce (o_O) that I didn’t take him on. I sat on a haystack while he played around testing his climbing skills. Li’l T really liked the animal barn. So much so that he had a temper tantrum when it was time to go to the next stop. I attribute that to it being the end of a really long day. We stopped to pet the goats on the way out. This was definitely a trip that should be done on repeat visits.

There was just so much to do that the small amount we did left us exhausted. Because of the timing of the day (we’d also gone to the farmer’s market that morning) Li’l T didn’t get a nap.

He fell asleep in the car on the way home. I settled him down for a nap when we got home around 4pm. He slept ALL night and I woke him up around 9 or 10 am. Honestly, I was kind of worried that he wasn’t ok. He stayed up for a few hours but it was obvious that I should have let him sleep. He slept again for another 5 hours. We plan to go again next year but we’ll go earlier in the season.

As noted before I love books. So, the timing of the 10th annual National Book Fair was just up my alley.  It was a rare free Saturday for the mister so Big T, Li’l T and I hoped on to the Metro and trucked into the city. It was a warm early Fall day and became even hotter the closer we got to the festival.

Our first stop was the Pavilion of the States. There were tables set up for all 50 states plus DC. Each table had information on the state and any famous authors.

There was even an activity where you had to go to each state and get a stamp on your map. I’m not sure if there was a prize for going to all because we called it quits early on in the process. It was too hot and close to the lunch time so we were all hungry. We at least got stamps for our home states and any other stamps were just an extra bonus.

This happens to be the day that Li’l T stole my sandwich. 🙂  After lunch we walked around the perimeter of the festival to check out all of the tents. I love tote bags so we picked up a few from any tent that offered them. (They’re great as reusable bags at the grocery store)

The festival was fun but I wish it hadn’t been so hot. We didn’t get to see half of the things that I had planned. There’s always next year, though.

This is an overdue post. A few weeks ago I went with the family to the 13th (and Final) Black L.U.V. Festival. The festival is an annual event for social change. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been in this area for years and didn’t know about the it until a few months. I wish this wasn’t the final year and I hope that in the future it can return or evolve in another form.

Last Saturday I took Li’l T to the H Street Festival. This is a yearly event held on the third Saturday in September that promotes the diversity of the H Street corridor.

We got there around 4 o’clock around searching and searching for a parking space. I thought that we wouldn’t see much but the party was still going on with no signs of slowing down.

Li’l T takes on life like me. He has to evaluate the environment before making a move.

We saw all kinds of food trucks and displays.

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I took Li’l T to the Kennedy Center for an open house and multicultural book fair. The Open House was dedicated to Mexico in commemoration of the country’s 200th anniversary.

Open House Program

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Big T, Li’l ‘T and I went to the annual Greenbelt Labor Day Festival with some friends. I’ve lived in this area for a year and had no idea that they had this big weekend celebration near our place. During the weekend they have a parade, arts and crafts, a carnival section with games and rides, a little miss pageant for young girls and a bunch of other stuff. One of the little girls started crying because she stumbled over her question during the Q&A session. Poor thing. She was adorable though.

There was a used book sale and I jumped right on it and bought SEVERAL books for Li’l T. At $1 a pop, who could resist?

Next year I’ll be more prepared for the event and participate in the art and photo shows. When Li’l T gets older I want to involve him in the sports activities and I know Big T will be right there with him.

Big T and I have lived in this area for the last seven years but haven’t found time to take advantage of all of the cultural activities we’re blessed with.  When Li’l T came around I became determined to learn about this area as a family. In July we went to the Annual Water Lily and Lotus Asian Cultures Festival.  Read the rest of this entry »


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