On June 13, 2009, Kristof did his very first century ride: exactly 100 miles together with Rali. Rali posted a Facebook album here, which you can access without signing up for Facebook. Here’s one action photo from the album:
On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, Kristof had a field trip with his third grade class to the White House. The students had all been told to dress properly: shirts with collars, and no shorts. Kristof chose all of his own clothes, and here’s how he dressed. BTW, he said the White House trip was “just okay…we didn’t even see the dog”!
Members of Kristof’s third-grade class were assigned to do a presentation on the natural disaster of their choice. Kristof selected not just one, but four disasters in one. He did a large display board on different kinds of slides: avalanches, mudslides, rockslides, and landslides. He did research on the Internet and in the Falls Church public library (note his bibliography at bottom center!).
The kids were very happy to have their cousin Zack come and visit for a week in January 2009. Rich’s sister Meredith lives and works in Europe, so the kids rarely see their cousins. Luckily, Meredith was able to bring Zack along when she came to the Washington area on a business trip, and Zack stayed with us while Meredith was at work. Here are a few photos of Zack and the Roesing kids.
From left to right, here are Kristof (age 8), Kelvin (6), Carmen (3), and Zack (5).
And here’s the whole gang at the Washington Monument on January 30, 2009.
One of Aunt Meredith’s last requests before going home was to go out for a Vietnamese meal. Luckily, we live next to a Vietnamese mall in Falls Church, VA, so we all walked over for a tasty dinner.
Kelvin’s first-grade class honors one student as its Star of the Week each week. That student creates a timeline of photos and pictures showing events in his life to date. Kelvin, star of the week in late January 2009, chose these photos to represent his birthdays for the past six years, plus a few photos from this month.
On December 26, the day after Christmas, Rali and the kids went for a walk in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, where Rich met them for lunch. Then everyone walked down to the waterfront, where the cool weather kept most of the tourists home. Here are Rich and the kids next to the Potomac River.
Strolling on the bike trails in northern Virginia in December is very different from doing the same thing in Calgary in December. The kids went out for a walk with their friends Jesse and Kiah on December 10, 2008. From left to right are Carmen, Kiah, Kelvin, Jesse, and Kristof.
On Saturday, November 29, 2008, 8-year-old Kristof and 6-year-old Kelvin rode the last 48-mile section of the C&O Towpath that they hadn’t yet ridden. This was their longest bike ride ever, and it was all off-road. The ride was from Harpers Ferry, WV, to Great Falls, MD, where Rich picked up the family. Now the whole family has ridden the entire 185-mile length of the towpath from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC. Rali’s posted an album of photos from this day’s ride on her Facebook page, which you don’t need to be a Facebook member to visit. Here’s one photo from the set.
After days and days of threatening to lose his front tooth, Kelvin finally let it go on November 11.
The tooth he lost was the one that he chipped way back when we lived in Nigeria, so he had a smile like a hockey player even before we went to Canada. Here’s how he looked with his front tooth in, in his school photo from October 2008.