Making New Traditions in this New Urbanism Life

WP_20150426_14_53_03_Pro 1  Attending Earth Day Family Festival here in NoVA was one of those spontaneous decisions we made while driving home from the 9am service at Corner Stone.  Like Saturday evening – the spontaneous decision to go out for another dinner at 9:00pm!    Unlike Saturdays weather, Sunday was absolutely gorgeous.  Warm, with a slight breeze. The sun was shining brightly (definitely needed sunscreen) and Apple had another opportunity to enjoy the day with some of her good friends.   I adore her friends and their families!

As our kiddo’s investigated some very cool vendors, each mom and dad followed behind investigating vendors that looked appealing too.   Called food.

There were not just food vendors, there were food vendors that offered tempting delights from some of the best restaurants in Ashburn.  Including the host venue Clyde’s of Willow Creek FarmClyde’s Chandler Barn, is a Victorian 1885 era barn that was used for milking cows and stalling horses.  Today, it is one of the most talked about restaurants in NoVA.    Out on the patio, Fabbioli Cellars offered wine tasting, along with Salamander Resort & Spa offering samples, and then there was the cupcake lady.    At that moment, I was summoned to check out the adorable twin lambs.  Thanks to these twin wooly babes, I did not purchase a cupcake – or two.

We decided to walk to the Earth Day Family Festival.  I know the trail to Clyde’s like the back of my hand.  If I were not walking Samuel along the long stretch of quietness, I was running through one of the many connecting trails that leads to Clyde’s.   There are so many great things about living in an area that will offer the best of both – quiet suburbs and roads leading into the city.   I can walk to do my grocery shopping (if not purchasing for a houseful),  Apple can walk (or ride her bike) to and from school, there is the metro, as well as the connecting communities which are full of families enjoying what we now call, new Urbanism.  It is where relationships form, and creating communities that are organic that  begin “new traditions”.  I enjoyed the idea of  having a Central Park *like* area where my family could be in a natural environment, yet walk back home or grab a late night meal at one of the local restaurants.  And there is nothing like bringing your “child with four legs” to one of the many alfresco establishments!

We are making new traditions.   In our communities – the new urbanism – we enjoy getting connected.

It is an area large enough to hold events such as Earth Day Family Festival, yet not too large – where you will be sure to find a familiar face.

At one month of age- these wooly babes were able to save me from the temptation of a cupcake.
At a month old- these wooly babes were able to save me from the temptation of a cupcake.
Pressing grapes for pure juice.
Pressing grapes for pure juice.
Planting marigold seeds~ Apple loves to garden.
Planting marigold seeds~ Apple loves to garden.
And what's Earth Day without a little oceanography?
And what’s Earth Day without a little oceanography?
I learned so much about whales and sharks....but listening to the biologist made me want to be sitting on the beach- with iced tea- and a good read.
I learned so much about whales and sharks….but listening to the biologist talk about marine life, seashells, and salt water…..it made me want to be sitting in the sand – with iced tea- and a good read.
Entrance to Clyde's of Willow Creek Restaurant
Entrance to Clyde’s of Willow Creek Restaurant
Rounding up the kiddo's time to walk home.
Rounding up the kiddo’s time to walk home.

It was a great day.   Earth Day Family Festival will be a new tradition for us.

Interested in learning more about:

Clyde’s of Willow Creek Farm       http://www.clydes.com

Fabbioli Cellars                              fabbioliwines.com

Brambleton Town Center                http://www.brambleton.com

One Loudoun                                    oneloudoun.com

Century 21 New Millennium –  Kohr Values Team              brent.kohr@c21nm.com

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2 thoughts on “Making New Traditions in this New Urbanism Life

  1. KerryCan, if Bo Peep lost any sheep….those two little darling’s were part of her herd! They were super cute and my daughter couldn’t get enough of them!

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