Dog days of summer

July is when the temps pick up around here and when that’s the case, we seem to find ourselves chasing the usual American escapes. A little road trip here, a little bike trip there, and as much pool time as we can find. Of course there are near-daily ice cream for the kids (and mom)…

Looking back on a jovial June

Well, another June has come and gone! Looking back, it’s easy to fall into the trap of saying we didn’t do much during the month. After some travel in May, we stayed local-ish. There were a few weekend road trips to visit nearby family and friends but nothing out of what might be called “ordinary”…

A Whole Handful – Sophia Turns Five

In true Meredith fashion, this post is late.  Will turned four in September but before we get ahead of ourselves I have to jump back to Sophia’s fifth birthday in April.  Sophia was pretty excited for her birthday this year and was frequently heard talking about “turning a whole handful” the weeks leading up to…

Some out-of-towners

In addition to a couple of birthdays and a little bit of work travel on the schedule, we had a couple of much anticipated visitors swing by during the middle of the month. Both parents and kids alike were excited to spend a few days with John and Lauren. We spent a little time up…

Blossoms a Year Later

I guess it has already been a year since the last time the Tidal Basin turned purple and white. How the time flies. With schedules and the National Park Service’s “peak bloom prediction” both fluctuating, we decided to sneak up to check out the blossoms on a Wednesday. While I was a little disappointed at…

Little Adventures

Little adventures are best embarked upon with little adventurers. Fortunately, there is no shortage of those around here. Lucy, Will, and Sophia all piled into the Land Cruiser for an adventure with Dad today. The truck fired up and west we went. Our goal for the day was to do some exploring in the Shenandoah…

James, is that you I smell?

Not the traditional greeting for a new year but we’ll get to that. Eager to start 2016 with something new, we piled in the car on the 2nd and headed down to Richmond for the day. The first stop was Maymont which was a big hit for both short and tall Wiktors alike. The former…

Little Breaks

Little breaks: you’ve got to get them while you can. Life has been keeping us pretty busy as of late but I think we’ve done an okay job carving out enough free time here and there to enjoy ourselves. The near-daily supply of afternoon smoothies keeps the kids smiling and their bellies full (unless Mere…

For posterity’s sake…

I realize Will is now closer to four than three (it’s May 2016 as I write this,) but I couldn’t let myself miss another birthday. When I look through the archives of the good ‘ol website I still regret I didn’t document Sophia’s second birthday. So without further ado… We spent Will’s 3rd birthday like…

Finally Fall

After hiding amongst the palm trees and perpetual sun, it is nice to be working ourselves into fall. Well… okay, full disclosure: there were plenty of days in the mid-70s this month but it did feel like a real fall day when we took a quick trip to Winchester to pick some apples and explore…