Afternoons with Scott & Sam
Take Scott & Sam in the car on your way home every afternoon from 3-7pm. They can’t get you into the HOV lanes, but they can offer you something positive and uplifting while you’re sitting in traffic.
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Get to know Scott & Sam better below…
I was born in Grangeville, Idaho. Moooooooo! I learned to drive on a tractor. My first exercise program was “Bucking Bales” of hay onto the back of a pickup. Not bad for “Allergy Boy.”
Graduated from Lewiston High School, and a tech’ school in Phoenix with an emphasis on Communications.
How the radio thing started, “would you like paper or plastic?” I was a teenage high school guy working at the local grocery store, and every department would have me do their in-store announcements. Their sales increased and here I am today because of Jelly Donut sales!
How I hope the Lord uses me…first, I blow it every day, I forget I am supposed to be a spiritual creature instead of the fleshly creature that reaches for the Jelly Donut. My best ministry come from the Lord when I don’t recognize it. When someone compliments something I’ve done, and I know where it came from because often I don’t remember it.
The greatest loves of my life are my beautiful wife, I am still smitten by her! Four children … I had a hand in baptizing them all! What an honor! Gabriel is my man-cub, the youngest in the family with a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He just became a voracious reader…yaaaa! McKayla Jordan is not named after Michael Jordan, she’s a Volleyball OH/MB and stellar! Hope she receives a scholarship! She’s the Daddy’s Girl. Tyler is in the Air Force Reserve, has served on tour in the Middle East (scary for parents) and is about to go to flight school to receive his pilots license. I hope it’s nothing like the first drive we took after he received his car license. Proud of him, and another voracious reader.Whitney’s married to a man, Ben, who her Daddy approves of! With our first grand-baby, Theo. Whitney is a Mama’s Girl, but she and I have the deep CS Lewis, Chesterton, Tozier conversations. Jett is our Miniature Long-Haired Wiener-Dog…he thinks he’s a rock star and should sample all the food. I am not sure he is saved or needs to be. And Luna is our Parakeet that the neighbors gave us when I said “No Way!” I lost. And I serve the bird by regularly feeding him… her…. it. And I make sure Luna gets exercise by holding Jett up to the cage. Actually this bird regularly taunts and swoops at the dog…weird.
What makes me a bit different…..I believe I can play guitar well until my bubble bursts when I see others use more than two strings. I taught my whole family to greet me at the door when I get home so I can love on each of them! Jett is always first to greet me and the last to receive! I have an obsession with Black Bamboo, fresh home-made bagels and Arabica bean certified organic, Free Trade coffee.
Blanca’s Nicaragua Journal
Tomorrow is the Big Day
I can’t believe tomorrow is the BIG day. I’m travelling to Nicaragua –by myself! Without my husband and without carrying a diaper bag and extra snacks for the kids, it almost feels too weird. After so many years, I get to do something that is all about me and God! I know you understand. I will miss my family so much but for five days I won’t belong to my own children –I will belong to the children I get to meet in the schools and churches that work with Compassion International. To those kids, I will represent you, and the hope of more of you. Your sponsorship changes their lives and I will experience this for myself and report back to you of the many ways your contributions help to make their lives better.
I’m really excited and so should you, let’s get ready to change lives!
For now, I must go and finish packing (yikes!) and shower my babies in kisses (I’m missing them already!).
On my way to the airport and I feel like I’m about to get on a scarry ride… the seat belt is on and I’m about to embark on a thrill of a life time… then that feeling hits my stomach -the one that makes you think you’re about to throw up. I’m just taking deep breaths and taking as many mental snapshots of my family before I leave. Keep me in your prayers. To God be the glory!
Houston We Have a Problem
I’m in Houston now, meeting with two other people going on this trip. Mark is the leader and Mary works for another radio station.
Here’s the problem…
My stomach isn’t feeling well – and I don’t think it’s nerves this time! lol It’s a good thing I packed some Imodium!
We are headed to a Holiday Inn in Managua. The Compassion Nicaragua staff will be at the airport to take us there.
Hope I’m feeling better by then.
“Welcome to Nicaragua!”
This is a day I will never forget. I met Felix who is 10 and Pedro who is 16. We also met their families and visited their homes. You can tell they were trying to look their best for us. With plenty of gel in their hair and with their shirts nicely tucked in their pants. They gave us a tour of their homes. Felix shares his home with two other families and Pedro shares his bed with two other people. Later, our host confessed to us that, their homes were the poorest she has ever seen.
Later, we visited one of Compassion’s sites –a school full of vibrant children who prepared a welcome ceremony for us! As the afternoon went by they made us feel like celebrities, wanting to be with us, hugging and playing with us. I can still hear their voices calling me “maestra” or “profesora” which means “teacher” in Spanish. I felt really good being there with them. I don’t know how else to describe it. All we were doing was blowing bubbles, but for them, this was a big deal. One container of bubbles can cost around $3, so for many of the children there, this was something they had never done before.
My biggest lesson learned today: Kids appreciate the money, but they prefer to feel loved. When a sponsored child doesn’t receive a letter, and other kids do, they feel like they don’t matter to their sponsor. Teachers try to keep them encouraged but it is hard because no answer really satisfies them. Sometimes they just have to tell them that their sponsor just doesn’t have the time.
On a positive note, I’m so grateful to be feeling better… tomorrow, I look forward to doing more home visits!
I Will Never Forget
This has been an incredible experience I wish every person could do at least once in their lifetime… I’ve met children that have encouraged me and prayed for me when it should have been the other way around -I will never forget that.
Check out the pictures on facebook… more to come soon. It’s time to pack and get ready to return home. I’m exhausted -but what a trip!!!!
I’m home from the mission trip and I am a changed person. That doesn’t mean that I’m ready to sell my house and only eat two meals a day or dress in rags… I’m talking about an interior change.
I’ve realized I don’t have to be the mom that buys her kids all the latest games and toys to make her kids feel loved. I don’t have to kill myself working extra hours to get the house with a bigger living room, if the one we have is perfectly fine. And I can’t try to impress God or other people by just going to church or giving to the poor.
My lifestyle has to reflect my faith and my gratitude. I have to show love and live in love with the people around me -if that makes sense to you. I have to do more than just listen to a sermon, I have to share what God has done in my life to really be a follower of Christ. And I sort of knew all that before, but sometimes it takes walking in someone else shoes for a little while to realize how much you can be better and do better.
So, “what now?” If you’ve ever asked yourself, “what is the purpose of Blanca going on this mission trip?” Here is my answer: It is to prepare your heart to sponsor a child when WGTS 91.9 does their sponsorship drive on August 31 and September 1 this year. And before you say… “uh, oh… I know where this is going and I don’t want to keep reading this…” I want you to simply pray about it… but really do it. And just ask God, “Lord, how can I make a difference in someone’s life?” And if you feel that sponsoring a child though Compassion
is the answer, then listen on those dates and call us. We will help you select a child and even give you some suggestions of the greatest needs.
This is my last blog on the trip and I just want to say thank you for following me on this journey. It was a dream come true for me and an experience I only hope makes a difference in your life too. I asked many children, “if you could say something to your sponsor what would it be?” Without hesitation and with a huge grin, they all gave me the same answer, “I would tell them ‘thank you!’”
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family – Friday Nov. 4, 2011
Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
Date & Time: Nov. 5-6, Sat. 10 am – 7 pm, Sun. 10 am – 6 pm
Location: Washington Convention Center – 801 Mount Vernon Place NW Washington, DC
Admission: Adults $24.50 (in advance) $27 (on site), Children $12.50 (in advanced) $15 (on site), ages 4 & under free.
This consumer event focuses on food and entertainment. It features more than 400 food specialty companies, caterers, party planners, personal chefs, and more. Guest appearances include by Food Network stars Paula Deen, Gaida De Laurentiis, and Guy Fieri.
For more information, call 800-368-9000.
Harvest Bazaar & Craft Show
Date & Time: Nov. 5 & Nov. 6, 9 AM-3 PM
Location: Holy Family Catholic Church – 14160 Ferndale Rd Dale City, VA 22193
Featuring handcraft doll clothes, ornaments, candles, wreaths, baby items, flower arrangements, quilts, religious articles, decorations, toys, and more.
Call 703-670-8161 for more information.
Pumpkin Madness Days at Cox Farms
Date & Time: Nov. 5-6, Sat 10 am-6pm, Sun 10 am- 5 pm.
Location: Cox Farms – 15621 Braddock Rd. Centreville, VA 20120
Admission: $ 15
Bring your old jack o’ lantern for us to High Drop, Catapult, Squish, Smash, and Stomp! Also enjoy hayrides, giant slides, ropes swings and more!
Learn more here.
Hope Africa Children’s Choir benefit Concert
Time & Date: Nov. 5, 4 PM – 5 PM
Location: Charles Wesley United Methodist Church – 6817 Dean Drive McLean, VA 22180
Join the Charles Wesley United Methodist Church for the Hope for Africa Children’s Choir Benefit Concert. Children from the HUMBLE United Methodist School in Lukojjo Village, Uganda will share their amazing energy and joy. Funds raised during the series of concerts will improve the clinic, library, and other services at the primary school that 266-orphaned children, many of whom of war and disease, are victims call home.
For more Information, call 703-356-6336 or visit here.
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family- Friday, Oct.14, 2011
Thinking of seeing a Movie this weekend? Plugged In Online has some family friendly reviews.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC
Date& Time: Oct. 16 9:00 am
Location: the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the northwest corner of the Tidal basin at the intersection of West Basin Drive SW and Independence Avenue SW Washington DC.
The dedication of the new Martin Luther King Memorial will honor Dr. King’s national and international contributions and vision for all to enjoy a life of freedom, opportunity, and justice. Limited seating is available so attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets. Also, because of limited parking, the use of public transportation is suggested.
Taste of Georgetown
Date & Time: Oct. 15 11:00 am- 4 pm
Location: Wisconsin Avenue, NW, south of M Street in the heart of George
Price: Each tasting $5 or 5 for $20
A Taste of Georgetown will feature approximately 30 of Washington DC’s restaurants serving samples portions of their signature dishes.
Kid Euro Festival
Date & Time: Oct. 14-Nov. 10
The Festival features more than 27 European countries and is designed for children ages 2-12.Come and enjoy mimes, storytellers, dancers, puppeteers and more! Please be aware that some events require reservations.
Check out the performance line-up, venues, and other information here.
18th Annual Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Date and Time: Through Oct. 31 Opens 9:00 am
Location: Great County Farms
1780 Foggy Bottom Rd. Bluemont, VA
Price: Weekends Adults $12 Children $10, Weekdays Adults 10 Children 8
Pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch and watch pig races.
Falling for Handmade
Date & Time: Oct. 16 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Ernst Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Falling for Handmade is an annual arts and crafts event hosted by CREST. The Capital Region Etsy Street Team (CREST) consists of local artists from the DC area. Falling for Handmade will feature jewelry, children’s items, pottery, pet accessories, and more!
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
Date & Time: Oct. 14 & 15 – 10am-6pm, Oct. 16 – 10am-5pm
Location: Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds Gaithersburg 16 Chestnut Street, MD 20877
Price: tickets $7 online, $9 at door
View unique pottery, sculptures, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, and more! This event also features interactive demonstrations with master craftspeople.
For more information, go here.
Maryland Renaissance Festival Grounds
Date & Time: Through Oct. 23, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Location: 1821 Crownsville Rd. Annapolis, MD
Price: Adults $19, Seniors $16, Ages 9-15 $9
Don thy period costumery and prepare thy gullet to sup on oversized turkey legs and, yea, other medieval fair.
For More information click here or call 1-800-296-7304
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family – Friday, October 7, 2011
Draconid Meteor Shower
Learn more here.
Railfest Steam Days
Date & Time: Oct. 8-9, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Location: B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21223
Admission: Adults $14, Seniors (60+) $12, Children (2-12) $8
Train rides behind an historic steam engine, the St. Elizabeth #5! See the only Civil War steam engine in America, the William Mason #25 operate along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America! Programs and demonstrations highlight steam power and celebrate the Museum’s historic steam engine collection. Civil War encampment by the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company E will be on hand to talk about the life of Union soldiers during the War and will conduct demonstrations and military drill. The Blacksmiths Guild of Central Maryland will demonstrate their unique skills and craftsmanship performing one of the most essential jobs necessary for the successful operation of early railroads.
Click here or Call 410-752-2490 for more information.
Gaithersburg Oktoberfest at the Kentlands
Date & Time: Oct. 9, 12-4pm
Location: 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
Amidst horse-drawn wagon rides and pumpkin painting, festival goers can enjoy authentic Bavarian food and beer and lively performances by the Alte Kameraden German Band and Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian dancers. New to the festival this year will be an outdoor wine tasting and a children’s puppet show held indoors at Kentlands Mansion. Free performances on the Arts Barn Theater stage will include a variety of local dance and singing groups. Kids will also enjoy a full day of pony rides, moon bounce, face painting, art projects, and many other activities. Please note that there will be a fee for some activities.
Find more information here.
Corn Maze at Buckland Farm Market
Date & Time: Sept. – Nov. , 11 am – 5 pm
Location: 4484 Lee Highway, Warrenton, Virginia
This event features a 4-acre Civil War themed corn maze, hayrides, a barrel train ride, farm animals, children’s play area and other activities. Civil War Encampment will be staged in an adjacent field on the weekend of Oct. 8 & 9.
Find information here.
Big Apple Circus
Date& Time: Through Oct. 10
Location: Dulles Town Center, Dulles, Virginia.
New York’s original one-ring circus, has been entertains audiences of all ages under its Big Top by presenting world-class circus artistry where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring.
For more information, go here.
Date& Time: Oct. 9, 11:30 am- 5:30 pm
Location: Casa Italiana Cultural Center, 3rd and F Sts. NW Washington DC
The festival celebrates Italian-American culture with a lively street festival featuring traditional Italian music, dancing, art, crafts and of course food – such as fresh pizza, pasta, sausage and peppers, Italian sandwiches, baked goods and much more.
Learn more here.
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family – Friday, September 30, 2011
Fall for Fairfax Festival
Dates & Times: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, Virginia
Fall for Fairfax Festival is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival including more than 100 interactive activities and exhibits and programs focusing on education, sport and fitness, the environment, public safety, and personal health. Fall for Fairfax activities include a train ride, kids climbing wall, pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, inflatables and dozens of children’s performances. Provides a free shuttle bus service from Vienna metro Station (Orange Line) to the festival grounds every hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, click here.
Clark’s Elioak Farm
Dates & Time: All October, 10 a.m. – 4 pm.
Location: 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland
Enjoy the petting farm, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides and storybook characters from the Enchanted Forest.
For more information, click here, or call 410- 730-4049.
Taste of Bethesda
Date & Time: October 1, 2011, 11 a.m.-4p.m.
Location: Along Norfolk, Fairmont St. Elmo, Cordell, and Del Ray Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.
At the annual Taste of Bethesda, you’ll get to sample food from 60 restaurants and enjoy five stages of live entertainment. You can also visit the kids’ corner for arts & crafts , face painting, and balloons.
For more information, go here.
Safe and Fun Stuff to Do this Weekend – Friday, September 23, 2011
If you’re looking for something indoors to avoid the rain, there are several movies out this weekend:
The Lion king 3D
I Don’t Know How She Does It
Check out our Family Friendly reviewer @ pluggedin.com
Time: 10 am – 5pm
Location: 2220 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland
Pick a pumpkin, ride in a wagon full of hay, or feed and pet farm animals. What better way is there to enjoy the change of seasons? Fall festivals are held in a variety of places throughout Maryland and Virginia. Here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the Washington, DC area.
Junior Detective Day
Date & Time: September 24, 1:30 -3:30 pm
Location: Kentlands Mansion
320 Kent Square Road Gaithersburg, MD
Price: $20 Adults, $15 ages 12 and younger
Gaithersburg police department teach about neighborhood safety, police cars, and motorcycles, K9 demonstrations, finger printing, and more.
Hyattsville Arts Festival
Date & Time: September 24, 11am-5pm
Location: Arts District Hyattsville, 5500 Baltimore Ave Hyattsville, MD.
Features more than 50 talented local artists including musicians, dancers, and street performers. Other activities include face painting and arts and crafts for kids.
For more information, click here.
Shake Up Your Saturday: The King James Bible
Date & Time: September 24, 10:00 am
Location: Folger Shakespeare library
201 East Capitol St. SE Washington, DC
Price: Free Reservations required
Kid ages 6 to 12 will learn about the translation of the King James Bible and how its relevant today.
Book Festival National Mall
Date: Sept. 24, 10am-5:30pm & Sept. 25, 1pm-5pm
Location: National Mall Washington D.C.
Come to the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The festival is free and open to the public. More than 100 authors will headline the two-day National Book Festival, including David McCullough, Russell Banks, Dave Eggers, Terry McMillan, Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jennifer Egan, Garrison Keillor, Amy Chua & Toni Morrison.
For More Information, go here.
Barracks Row Fall Festival
Date: September 24, 11am-5pm
Location: 8th Street SE, Capitol Hill
This Annual festival displays the marine barracks and commerce including historic tours, a petting zoo, and tons of fun for kids.
For more information, go here.
Big Apple Circus-Dream Big 2011
Dates: September 22-October 10, 2011
Times: Tues-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Mon 10am-6pm
Location: Dulles Town Center
Routes 7 and 28 Dulles, Virginia
Price: Starts at $15
The Big Apple Circus presents the World Premiere of Dream Big at Dulles Town Center near Washington DC. Come and enjoy entertainment for all ages. Acts include juggling, acrobatics, trapeze flyers, magic tricks and more!
For more information, visit here, or call 1-888-541-3750
Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family – Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Cox Farms Fall Festival Preview Weekend
Location: Cox Farms
15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Date: Sep 17 – 18
Admission: see coxfarms.com for pricing
It’s Northern Virginia’s largest & most famous Fall Festival! Washington Post Editor’s Choice: Cox Farms is “The Big Kahuna of farms with fall festivities in northern Virginia.” Northern Virginia Magazine Award: 2009 Best of Nova Award ‘Family Friendly Event’. Enjoy all of your Cox Farms favorites a week early! 5 giant slides, famous hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, farm chores, kiddie zone, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home FREE with paid admission. SPECIAL OFFERS and coupons available to Cox Farms Members and Facebook fans. Register free at coxfarms.com & Like us on Facebook. Perfect for families, school groups and birthday parties.
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Canine Cruise at Accotink Park
Location: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA
Admission: $6 per person; Limit one dog per person
Treat your canine companion to a special cruise aboard Lake Accotink Park’s pooch friendly pontoon boat. Catch the last rays of the sun as it dips toward the distant lakeshore while your dog scans for ducks, geese and other wildlife. Limit one dog per person.
Phone: (703) 569-0285 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or (703) 569-0285
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Location: 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Date: September 17, 18, 24, 25
October 1, 2, 4, 9, 15,16,22,23
Time: 9:30 am to 7:00pm
Step out of the 21st century and experience history through Revel Grove! The Maryland Renaissance Festival has provided outdoor entertainment experiences featuring stage acts, music, archery demonstrations, craft shows, and more for over thirty seasons. Come and Enjoy!
For More Information Visit: http://www.rennfest.com/
Phone: 1-800-296-7304 or (410)-266-7304
Frederick County Fair
Location: Frederick Fairgrounds
797 E. Patrick St. Frederick, Maryland
Date: September 16 – 24
Time: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Frederick County Fair is one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the state of Maryland dating back to 1822 when it was known as the Cattle Show and Fair. Over the years the fair has changed names several times. Today, the Frederick County Fair is officially named the Great Frederick Fair. The event is held each September and features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. The 2011 event will include live performances by Darius Rucker, Kellie Pickler, Demolition Derby, REO Speedwagon, Billy Currington and Vince Gill.
Gaithersburg Street Festival
Date: September 18, 2011
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
The City of Gaithersburg, in Montgomery County, Maryland comes alive each fall with its annual Celebrate Gaithersburg Street Festival, including live music, food, arts & crafts, amusements and more. Children will enjoy interactive theatre, games, demonstrations and amusements.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
H Street Festival
Date: September 17, 2011
Time: Noon until 6 p.m.
The H Street Festival is an annual street festival designed to showcase the unique qualities of this vibrant Washington, DC community. The event is a part of the revitalization strategy to bring attention to the developing arts and entertainment district at the eastern end of the H Street NE corridor. This year’s festival includes more than 30 musical and dance performances, an art car exhibit, two live performance stages that are produced by the Rock & Roll Hotel, a fashion show preview of DC Fashion Week, face painting, rock climbing, basketball games, carnival games, free popcorn, cotton candy, and dog tag making, a fully-loaded Hummer display, luxury car displays, free health screenings, crafts, and international foods.
White House Tour
Location: 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC
The White House Visitor Center provides a good introduction to many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders. At the Visitor Center, you can see a 30-minute video, entitled “Where History Lives”, explore six historical exhibits and purchase souvenirs at the gift shop run by the White House Historical Association.
Tours of the White House are available on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of 10 or more and must be requested through one’s member of Congress. If you haven’t planned ahead and reserved a tour, you can still sample some of the history of the White House by visiting the White House Visitor Center. The National Park Service offers interpretive programs and special events at various times throughout the year.
How do you talk to your kids about 9/11?
Here are some resources that may be helpful:
Christian Broadcast Network shares one mom’s thoughts here.
The APA and Nickelodeon teamed up to produce a video for 8 to 12 year olds to explain what happened that day w/o too much graphic footage. *please know this is an external site, and WGTs cannot guarantee that all the materials will be family friendly. Click here to view.
Crosswalk.com shares views on dealing with the hurt of 9/11 here.
Focus on the Family remembers here.
CBS shares suggestions for talking to kids, and provides resources here.
American Psychological Association talks about what to do if the 9/11 Anniversary is causing your kids to worry here.