The Gaylord National Harbor Hotel and Resort overlooking the Potomac River. If you are like me, you are picturing Baltimore Harbor right now. Let's get this cleared right up: this is a completely different place. One we didn't even know existed! That is possibly because this area was developed just over a decade ago. National Harbor, Maryland, is a 300 acre waterfront development along the Potomac River. Busy town center The site has a convention center, six hotels, restaurants, shops, and condominiums. National Harbor hosted Cirque du Soleil in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 and also features outdoor activities such as a culinary festival and outdoor concerts by military bands, an outdoor movie screen facing the river, an annual ice sculpture exhibition, and a Peeps Day with a Peeps eating contest. The national spelling bee competition is held there. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, with 2,000 rooms, is the largest hotel between New Jersey and Florida, and the largest in the Washington area. The site includes a beachfront walking path Continue Reading
Archives for February 2020
When the Night to Shine ends, please don’t forget us.
When I saw the request for volunteers it said something like "this event is the highlight of the year for the attendees, so please come out and help with the Night to Shine." I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I mean, in our house, we try to have a good time all year long! While it is a good time at Night to Shine, and we do look forward to it, it is not the only event of our year. Our daughters love our family vacations, family dinners, holidays, Double H camp and lots more! If you know our girls you know they love life...and many people. Also, if you know our twin daughters, you know they are both very different. One craves crowds with lots of activity and the other prefers one on one time. It’s the latter one I was concerned about as we headed to this prom started by Tim Tebow. As I caught her eye in the rearview mirror I commented to her that she could find quiet places to visit with friends during the evening. I began coaching her on manners and ways to enjoy the night when she interrupted me with "I’m fine tonight, mom!". In my mind I said the words "we’ll Continue Reading
Two Montgomery County outings that provide accessibility, creativity, and fun!
You know how we are always on the hunt to keep the girls occupied? Here's a secret: Sometimes I just get sick and tired of running around. So when I can find a good deal locally, I am thrilled! The girls are always asking what plans we have on the horizon. In fact we have multiple calendars around the house in hopes of taking their anxiety of empty days away...and hoping they will check for themselves. We have white boards, bathroom calendars, and graphics on their iPads. For Christmas we gave them a stack of little boxes, one for each of 6 months, with certificates to mostly local activities. My favorite way to find activities is to check out sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Local Flavor. I was happy to find these two Montgomery County activities that I knew they would enjoy. Front door along Main stret The first one was Scent and Sip in Lansdale, PA. Scent and Sip is right along Main street and accessible through double doors that are even with the pavement. I think the most difficult part of visiting is the parking. If you cannot find a place in the front Continue Reading