Four Double-U Dee

This truck was meant to adventure! The FJ60 had some “characteristics” (that some might incorrectly call faults) that ultimately shrunk the list of adventures it could go on with the whole family. No AC, top speed of 72 mph, solid front and rear axles with leaf springs all around… basically bulletproof but also sweaty, smelly,…

A New Legend

Out with the old and in with the new. After a near six month search, I found a replacement for old blue. A new-to-me LX 470 joined the garage family today. It’s not easy finding 100 Series Land Cruisers (or Lexus LX 470) that have the right mix of miles, features, maintenance records, and price…

New England Clam Chowder

What’s the password? Never mind. Few people will read this and fewer people will get the reference. Phil put his foot down earlier in the year and demanded the family make a trip to New England before the upcoming move. To sweeten the pot for the naysayers, the Grandparents were asked to come along which…

Eight is great

As I hit publish on this, I’m a few years behind on birthday posts but hopefully before Sophia turns nine I’ll get everything updated. Just like this little website is our family’s journal of sorts, these birthday posts are a look back and an opportunity to reflect on how much the kids have grown and…

Luck of the Irish

Last year Grandpa let us in on his St. Patrick’s day shamrock shake tradition. He’s been going a good thirty years strong enjoying a shamrock shake ON St. Patrick’s day. Even though we weren’t able to share shakes with Grandpa we set off to enjoy a few. Technically, we cheated and enjoyed our shakes on…

Legends live forever.

Legends live forever but sometimes they move towns. With some big changes on the horizon, it was time for a shakeup of the Wiktor garage. After many years of fun and a lot learned about what goes on under the hood, the FJ60 went up for sale. Old Blue went quickly which was a little…

Shreddin’ the ______

Okay, so if it’s happening in Fairfield, PA, there probably isn’t much “shreddin’ the pow-pow” going on. Nonetheless, Dad was thrilled to be peppered with requests by the shorter Wiktors to go skiing again this year. This time around, both Sophia and Will put the planks on and tried their luck on the slopes. Since…

Christmas traditions

Over the last decade or so that Phil and I have spent Christmas together, even as we’ve moved around the country and added kids to the mix, we still think fondly of our Christmas traditions with family in Minnesota. As the years have passed, we’ve spent less Christmases in Minnesota then we wish but that…

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

Ok, so there was no dancing and it didn’t look anything like the scene out of my favorite Christmas movie, but we certainly had a great time celebrating the holiday season with a few of our friends at the White House Christmas Party. It was a bit of a sensory overload taking everything in during…

Full of Thanks

I probably sound like a broken record but one of the biggest blessings of our time in Virginia has been the ability to spend time with family and occasionally host them at our house. With three of the five Wiktor/Case siblings now settled on the East Coast, it was the perfect excuse to have everyone…