London calling

Not that I need an excuse to travel, but it always sweetens the deal if it involves visiting friends or family. Shortly after we moved to Virginia our good friends received orders to England. I knew a trip to England had to happen while they were there. Despite Phil and I having traveled through much…

Just another month in VA

Aside from Dad’s relentless work travel the past four months (the end is in sight), VA continues to be the source of smiles for the family. Three years after discovering it, we finally got a picture with the kids in front of “their intersection.” The kids continue to enjoy school and rarely come home with…

What do you do on a rainy fall day in VA?

Head to Hollin Farms of course! You can’t have fall pass in VA without heading to apple country and spending an afternoon filling up a few bags, eating an apple cider doughnut, and enjoying a tasty beverage. Since we aren’t rule breakers and it can’t be fall without apples…out came the boots and raincoats and…

Off to the beach!

On the top of the kids’ to do list each summer is a trip to the beach. Mom did not disappoint and we were able to squeeze in two quick trips to the beach this summer. First, we made a quick trip to Virginia Beach and Cape Charles. While the kids had fun splashing around…

Home Again

What a trip! We always head to Minnesota saying “it has been too long” regardless of the time passed since last visit home. Minnesota in July is about as good as it gets. Beautiful weather, tons of outdoor things to do, and plenty of family to spend time with. We started our adventure in Rochester…

It’s Officially Summer!

Schools done, the sun is out, the grass is green, and summer is officially kickin’ in Stafford. Most exciting for dad was the fact that the rain stopped and the grass got green. Really nice and green! What’s the old colloquialism? A happy lawn is a happy husband and a happy husband means a happy…

April Showers….

April showers don’t bring anything other than more showers in May. It’s been a wet month both inside the house (thanks to the leaky dishwasher) and outside the house. Fortunately it’s been somewhat of a quiet month as well with less work travel than usual. We got the tomatoes and other vegetables in the ground,…

Spring Break 2k18!

Spring Break! Time to go wild! Road trips, beaches, cold beverages, and good food. Those are our destinations! After some uncertainty on our departure window (thanks for being so reliable dad), we hit the road on April Fools Day. After a quick vehicle swap (rental Explorer for rental Armada), we made it to our first…

A day in the life of March

March has been a relatively quiet month around the house. Well, let me rephrase that… March has been a month around the house. Home as a family? Mostly. Quiet? Never. The hustle and bustle of life never can be avoided but sometimes you remember to take a break from it all and smile about the…

Hey, Henry!

Another cousin joined the clan on New Year’s Eve! Carolyn and Ben welcomed their first kiddo, Henry Clay into the world. Once we had a free weekend, the Wiktors made the short, scenic drive up the New Jersey Turnpike to visit Carolyn, Ben and Henry in NYC. It was a quick trip but filled with…