‘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…

April Visits

More than just the Easter Bunny came to visit us this month. We were fortunate enough to add grandparents to the list! The weekend prior to Easter, Sophia and Will got to scour the land for candy filled eggs at a Viper “Eggstraviganza.” They both filled their buckets with treasure but for some reason they…

Viva l’Italia

Viva l’Italia indeed! So six months ago Meredith and I started planning a trip based around a set of dates rather than a particular destination. We talked about some Caribbean islands, various cities in the US, thought about Spain, and then settled on Portugal. The weather during the end of December wasn’t the best and…

Hello San Francisco

Hello to the land of sourdough, a big golden bridge, and a place that has as many great restaurants as it does hills! We decided to take some much deserved time off and visit SoNorCal for a few days this month. We were not disappointed one bit! It is even rumored that I may have…

As American as BBQ and Beer

July is in full swing and the Wiktors are knee deep in adventure again. The 4th of July allowed for a little extra time off of work which is always welcome! “Mumsie” came to town for a little over a week and we spent most of the time she was here working on projects and…

Movember

Fortunately for me, Phil didn’t participate in the mustache movement but the word is kind of catchy. November hasn’t quite come to an end but the holidays are already in full swing here leaving me to wonder where the month went. Here’s a quick rundown… November started with the usual pomp and circumstance for the…

Pretzel-palooza

At the request of someone in the house who enjoys a good pretzel with his beer, the Wiktors decided to have a May-toberfest complete with beer from boots, sauerkraut, and of course, fresh hot pretzels. Utilizing the latest and greatest in pretzel making technology (Kitchen-aid mixer) and a recipe pilfered from someone’s food blog, we…

Merry and Bright

It was a beautiful white Christmas in Minnesota and such a blessing to be surrounded by so much love during the holidays. The season was kicked off with the Case/Wiktor holiday party. Despite all the months of planning, days of cooking and hours of last minute preparations it is always a huge success and this…

Full House

The house was bursting at the seems as visitors from across the globe (or at least some visitors that have been around the globe) flew in for a few days. Mike and Heather decided to make San Diego the last stop on their 10 month, global adventure; Rick also flew in on Friday from Breckenridge…

Minnesota and monkeys

It’s not every day that you can say you saw wild monkeys in Minnesota! While we kinda cheated (went to the zoo), Mere and I were able to make that claim during our last trip back home. Yes, I know the picture is of an orangutan but we did see monkeys too. Our whirlwind trip…