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…

Hittin’ the Slopes!

As an avid skier, nothing gets me more excited than when the snow starts coming down. Sadly, I’ve been an observer and not a participant due to the hustle and bustle that is life. It’s rare that I get a chance to get out and ski these days and I have been longing for a…

A quiet start

January was a quiet, sleepy start to the new year. Sure there was school and work but noticeably absent were work trips and about half the school days. The massive blizzards that rocked the area resulted in no less than 6 snow days. What’s that? You missed the news of the great blizzard of 2018?…

Holly, jolly, Christmas

Man! Christmas is always a rippin’ good time and this year was no exception. It is perhaps one of the best times of the year in my mind if you do it right. A little bit of celebration, a little bit of humility and thankfulness for what you have, and plenty of food and drink!…

Gobble, Gobble

Another fine Turkey Day is in the logbooks! Thanksgiving was a welcomed, quiet, and long weekend off work and school for the whole family. We had some visitors from afar join us for the weekend and we still had too much food. A light lunch left room for the main event. Turkey, stuffing, salad, sweet…

Low Water Bridge

While the whole family (including Lucy) would enjoy one weekend a month in a tent with a cup of coffee and a view, sadly it has only been a once or twice a year event. The Virginia heat and humidity subsided just in time for a weekend free of social and work obligations. The perfect…