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…

The Sun Sets on San Diego

Well, all good things must come to an end. The house went on the market and then the house was sold. Bags were packed, one last group of friends came to visit, and 3/4’s of the Wiktors said goodbye to the last San Diego sunset they’ll see for a while. After six years of fun…

SoCal Christmas

Even after living in warmer climates the last seven years, neither Phil or I have gotten used to the idea of palm trees at Christmas time. We still much prefer cooler temperatures, freshly fallen snow and sipping eggnog by the fire. So while we didn’t see any snow or get to spend the holiday with…

Off the beaten path

November was quite the hectic month but we managed to sneak away from it all and spend a weekend crossing a couple of things off of our SoCal To-Do list. The first was certainly more exciting for Phil and the kids than Meredith as it involved an off-road adventure in the Land Cruiser. After installing…

Pumpkin Time!

It’s pumpkin time again! The Cali branch of the Wiktor family has a few traditions of their own and one of those is the annual hunt for the best pumpkin ever. 2014 wasn’t a disappointment. We made the annual trip to Peltzer Farms and we each picked out our own pumpkin. Obviously I’m biased but…

Still happy San Diegans

August was another busy one filled with long work trips and little time together as a family. All work trips aren’t a complete “bad deal” and I had the fortunate task of spending a week up in Seattle. A cool part of the country that we don’t get to see that much of. I spent…

‘Merican Summer

While I disappeared for most of the month of June, Mere and the kids kept on enjoying the summer like we do here in America. Running around outside, enjoying the sun, jumping through sprinklers, and eating our body weight in watermelon. All four of us managed to get a trip to the San Diego Zoo…

Ballooning

While we are a bit late with the post, we did actually get out and have some fun in May. Aside from the usual family trips to the park and tasty weekend breakfasts at one of our favorite stops, one outing stands out as a bit loftier than others. After watching countless hot air balloons…

Sophia turns THREE!

It only took three years, but we finally had a proper birthday party for Sophia. Neither Phil or I grew up having big birthday parties every year so it definitely won’t be something we do for each birthday but it’s fun to do once in awhile. Sophia loved everything about her party, but what’s not…