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…

NJ & NY Road Trip

We have already escaped the traffic of the DC area and traded it for the traffic of New York City a few times since moving out here. With the end of summer looming over our heads, we ventured up I-95 to New Jersey and New York for one last summer adventure. Rather than spend the…

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…

Hello again Austin!

So I know I said our vacationing was going to be on the decline but we had an opportunity we couldn’t pass up to visit with some friends in Texas (more to follow on that) and figured “since we was…” So, Austin, TX it was for about 24 hours. I have been to Austin a…

Home of the Hamburger?

You know what you do when you head to Hamburg right? Eat a Hamburg steak. Frikadeller baby. Slap it in a bun and throw some fixings on it and it’ll change your life. The stars aligned somewhat for this trip; mom and dad had flexible enough schedules to sneak away and Mumsie’s availability supported our…

Anniversary in Ashville

What a cool city! The only thing that made Ashville better was visiting it with my beloved wife of 10 years! That’s right, 10 years. Double digits and still in the honeymoon phase! To celebrate the occasion, Mere and I snuck away for a long weekend in Ashville, NC. With Mumsie and Lucy watching the…

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…

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…

Ringing in 2017

What better way to ring in the new year than to slap a tux on, ditch the kids, and spend a week in San Diego, right? Okay, while yes, that is technically what we did, it would be a bit disingenuous to skip the background story. After planning the perfect Christmas vacation back to Minnesota,…

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…