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…

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…

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…