Off to the beach!

On the top of the kids’ to do list each summer is a trip to the beach. Mom did not disappoint and we were able to squeeze in two quick trips to the beach this summer. First, we made a quick trip to Virginia Beach and Cape Charles. While the kids had fun splashing around…

Home Again

What a trip! We always head to Minnesota saying “it has been too long” regardless of the time passed since last visit home. Minnesota in July is about as good as it gets. Beautiful weather, tons of outdoor things to do, and plenty of family to spend time with. We started our adventure in Rochester…

It’s Officially Summer!

Schools done, the sun is out, the grass is green, and summer is officially kickin’ in Stafford. Most exciting for dad was the fact that the rain stopped and the grass got green. Really nice and green! What’s the old colloquialism? A happy lawn is a happy husband and a happy husband means a happy…

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…

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…

The Cape

We were lucky enough to tag along on one of Dad’s “vacations” this summer and spent a week on Cape Cod. I didn’t have many expectations going into the trip other than eating a lot of lobster (or lobstah) and hopefully some relaxing. The kids’ only request was to spend some time at the beach….

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”…

‘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…