Rali and the kids enjoyed a great four-day, 130-mile bike trip on the C&O Towpath from November 1-4. Photos from the trip are here on Rali’s Facebook album, where she’s written up the story of her trip. You don’t need to be a Facebook user to see the photos. They had a great trip! Go over to that link to see the whole batch, but here are just a couple photos from the trail.
Here are a few photos of Carmen, Kelvin, Kristof, and Rali around Washington DC and northern Virginia in October 2008. First, here’s Carmen at home, shortly after a kids’ crafts class at the apartment complex where we’re living. The necklace she’s wearing is made of Froot Loops, and no, it didn’t last the day!
On Columbus Day, the whole family went out for a bike ride together. We all rode from Falls Church to Rosslyn, then down the Potomac River to National Airport, then Rali rode on to Mount Vernon while Rich and the kids rode home. We stopped along the Potomac to enjoy the view of the monuments in Washington. Behind Kristof are the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
Despite all the hustle and bustle of modern life, Carmen always takes time to…never mind, this is too obvious!
These two photos are both from Wednesday, October 15. The boys get out of school early every Wednesday, so Rali and Carmen met them at the bus stop, then they all took the Metro into downtown Washington for a delightful fall afternoon on the National Mall.
On Saturday, October 11, against the Rockhounds, Kristof got his very first hit. Luckily, another player’s father caught everything on video. Here’s his full at-bat. The coach awarded him a game ball for his first hit!
Kristof’s been doing better and better in Little League. He’s still hitless for the season, but has had some walks, scored some runs, and had some good at-bats. Here’s how his batting stance has evolved, after just four games:
On September 21, Rali and the kids visited the excellent Newseum, a fun, interactive journalism museum. Here’s a video Kristof, Kelvin, and Carmen made that day. The Newseum recorded it for us, so we could download it the next day. Here’s our Capitol correspondent:
Now that we’re living in the U.S. for almost a year, Kristof has decided to try baseball for the first time, and he’s signed up for the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League. He’s now a proud member of the “Sand Gnats.” What’s a Sand Gnat, you might be asking? I’m guessing the league secured a donation from the Washington Nationals, because a class-A minor league team called the Savannah Sand Gnats used to be affiliated with the Nationals. Here’s the Sand Gnats’ logo, both the Savannah team and Kristof’s team.
Yesterday, September 20, 2008, was the Sand Gnats’ first game this season, so it was Kristof’s first baseball game ever. Here’s historical evidence of Kristof’s very first at-bat:
There are a couple other Foreign Service kids on the team too. Since they haven’t grown up watching the game on TV and playing in the backyard, they don’t have all their baseball instincts yet…but they all did their best and really enjoyed the game.
On July 29, 2008, the whole family went to Claws ‘n’ Paws Animal Park in Hamlin, PA. It’s a family-friendly (although not very stroller-friendly) zoo in the woods, where Kristof, Kelvin, and Carmen got up close and personal with the animals. Here’s Carmen feeding Twiga the giraffe (“Twiga” is Swahili for “giraffe”). Don’t worry about Carmen’s hand disappearing into Twiga’s mouth; Twiga took only the carrot and gave back Carmen’s hand!
Paleontologists were stunned to find something alive inside these dinosaur eggs:
Carmen’s pretty pink dress didn’t stop her from being especially friendly in the petting zoo:
Not to be outdone by Rali’s 5K yesterday, Kristof wanted to do his own race, so we found a 5K for him to do the very next day: the March of Dimes Bolt for Babies in Arlington, VA. Rali ran along with him, but it was Kristof’s race, and he was the first kid to finish. He never walked, and never stopped to rest. Here’s Kristof crossing the finish line right behind Rali:
Carmen and Kelvin were very happy to cheer for Kristof. He was in good shape afterwards, but still had a banana to replenish. He says he can’t wait to do it again!
Here are the kids on July 24, on a float in the middle of Grandma and Grandpa’s pond in Welcome Lake, Pennsylvania. Grandma and Grandpa live in the house behind the flag. We’re staying in the apartment on the right, behind Kelvin.