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Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

Thursday January 3, 2013
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Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court  Vienna, VA 22182 703-255-3631 website Winter Walk of Lights Runs mid-November through the first weekend in January Cost: $13 adults, $8 kids (Ages 3-12) Operates nightly 5pm – 10pm (First entry 5:30pm, last timed entry 9:15pm) Our Review Every Christmas break, we try and squeeze in a...

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Christmas Ornaments for Kids

Tuesday December 18, 2012
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Christmas Ornaments for Kids

Each year, I buy each of my kids a unique ornament — something commemorative from the year.  These ornaments go on the “kid tree” and will someday go with my kids when they grow up and leave the nest.  I enjoy the challenge each year of finding the perfect ornament for each child.  I like...

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Fall Fun at Cox Farms

Wednesday October 24, 2012
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Fall Fun at Cox Farms

It’s a family tradition to go to Cox Farms every fall.   We finally got there last Friday when our school was out for parent teacher conferences.   It was fairly crowded when we arrived around noon.  I was hoping the fact that it was a school day for Fairfax County would mean less...

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Christmas Wrap-Up

Tuesday January 3, 2012
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Christmas Wrap-Up

I am way too late in posting this (geez, where’d the year go?) but nonetheless I wanted to officially document on the blog what a great Christmas we had. I love everything about Christmas.  It’s more than just presents, it’s the birth of Jesus.  It’s also great family time. We do Christmas eve with...

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4th Annual Cookie Exchange Party

Friday December 23, 2011
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4th Annual Cookie Exchange Party

On Monday, I hosted my fourth annual cookie exchange.  It is a great way to make sure I get my house ready for Christmas, and then I get to enjoy a lovely evening with friends and neighbors.  Not to mention, a bounty of treats! Here’s this year’s baking beauties: This year’s collection of goodies...

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Fun and Meaningful Christmas Season Activities

Wednesday December 7, 2011
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Fun and Meaningful Christmas Season Activities

A few years ago, I posted a list of advent ideas to provide inspiration for daily fun activities with the kids. I’m not organized enough this year to have something planned for every day, but I do hope to do many fun and meaningful activities with the kids.  Some things are just fun to...

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Skylark Christmas Tree Farm

Wednesday November 30, 2011
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Skylark Christmas Tree Farm

I love fresh cut Christmas trees and am nostalgic about going out to the field to pick our own.  However, in years past I have been disappointed by the “cut your own” trees in nearby tree farms because they don’t grow Fraser Firs and I am decidedly a Fraser Fir kind of gal.   The...

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Places to Buy Christmas PJs

Wednesday November 2, 2011
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Places to Buy Christmas PJs

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to buy the kids matching Christmas jammies.   It’s the one present they get to open Christmas Eve, so that everyone can wake up Christmas morning looking all cute and photo-worthy :). So my photography skills may leave something to be desired, but the cute still comes through!...

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Red Plate Special

Wednesday October 19, 2011
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Red Plate Special

Have you heard of the “You are Special” Red Plate?   I first learned about this concept from a mentor mom in my MOPS group several years ago and it has been a tradition in our home ever since. The basic idea is simple.   When setting the table for a meal, give one child the...

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U.S. Botanic Garden Holiday Exhibit

Saturday January 1, 2011
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U.S. Botanic Garden Holiday Exhibit

Visiting the Botanic Gardens Holiday display is always a “must do” Christmas activity in my book, but this year, I couldn’t get the whole family on board.   The display features DC landmarks replicated in miniature using plant materials.  It also has a a variety of trains set up, in various scenes — this...

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