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…

Happy 5th to Will

Don’t be fooled by the published date on this post. The end of 2017 is right around the corner and I’m just now sitting down to talk about our favorite little guy’s 5th birthday from September. Life has been a bit of a blur the last few months, but doesn’t that really sum up the…

Saying farewell to summer

July and August were already busy with travels but the kids and I had one final trip on the agenda before summer came to a close – a trip to Minnesota! The trip was planned around Carolyn’s baby shower but it was the perfect excuse to go back and spend some quality time with family…

A Reunion at the Ranch

Ever since Phil first visited Ox Ranch back in 2015, he’s been trying to find a way to go back. I didn’t need much convincing since this meant a reunion with some of our favorite people. After our brief stop in Austin, we pressed on for the ranch. Phil had built the ranch up a…

Over the river and through the woods…

To Mumsie’s house we go! Our nephews, Thomas and Benji, were spending a few days at Mumsie’s so we took advantage of the fact that they were a short car ride away and drove to Bassett for the weekend. The kids were excited and it’s always great seeing them hit it off each time they’re…

Out and About

We’ve had a pretty mild winter which has allowed us to get out and do some exploring on the weekends. On one of Mumsie’s last visits we drove up to Maryland, just past Andrews AFB to check out Watkins Regional Park. All I knew about the park was that it had a Wizard of Oz…

St. Augustine & Amelia Adventures

When your husband tells you to plan a vacation, you plan a vacation! Jessica and I met up for a long weekend along the Northern coast of Florida. Just south of Georgia, St. Augustine and Amelia Island were two parts of Florida I hadn’t seen before and they seemed like the perfect quaint towns for…

We’ll be home for Christmas…

Phil and I haven’t called Minnesota home for nearly ten years but it certainly still feels like home when we get to visit at Christmas. Call us crazy but cold, snow and family chaos = Christmas to us! After missing out on the last two Christmases in Minnesota we decided it was time to return…

Will’s Fourth Birthday

My favorite part of drafting these birthday posts is looking back at the photos of the kids over the year. It’s always a bittersweet reminder of how fast the years are flying by. The old adage, the days are long but the years are short, couldn’t seem truer. I feel like Will grew up a…

The Cape

We were lucky enough to tag along on one of Dad’s “vacations” this summer and spent a week on Cape Cod. I didn’t have many expectations going into the trip other than eating a lot of lobster (or lobstah) and hopefully some relaxing. The kids’ only request was to spend some time at the beach….