Turning Nine in Quarantine

Quarantine is certainly not the time to skip a birthday celebration! Although there was no big birthday party, which actually isn’t that unusual for our family, we celebrated how we know best. With a tasty, celebration worthy meal! We feel fortunate to have a kiddo who appreciates good food so we didn’t hesitate to say…

Pumpkins in Paradise

October is over and what a busy month it was! It has been great spending time with San Diego’s newest Wiktor (Clay really) transplant. Will and Sophia love hanging out with their cousin and it’s nice to have someone else (Ben) interested in perfectly clear cocktail ice since Mere hasn’t been impressed. Since it is…

So long Stafford

The older I get the more I feel the old adage, “the days are long but the years are short” applies to the stage of life we’re in. Actually, it feels more like the days and years are short. Anyway, somehow four years flew by and it means it’s time to say so long to…

Eight is great

As I hit publish on this, I’m a few years behind on birthday posts but hopefully before Sophia turns nine I’ll get everything updated. Just like this little website is our family’s journal of sorts, these birthday posts are a look back and an opportunity to reflect on how much the kids have grown and…

Luck of the Irish

Last year Grandpa let us in on his St. Patrick’s day shamrock shake tradition. He’s been going a good thirty years strong enjoying a shamrock shake ON St. Patrick’s day. Even though we weren’t able to share shakes with Grandpa we set off to enjoy a few. Technically, we cheated and enjoyed our shakes on…

Legends live forever.

Legends live forever but sometimes they move towns. With some big changes on the horizon, it was time for a shakeup of the Wiktor garage. After many years of fun and a lot learned about what goes on under the hood, the FJ60 went up for sale. Old Blue went quickly which was a little…

Christmas traditions

Over the last decade or so that Phil and I have spent Christmas together, even as we’ve moved around the country and added kids to the mix, we still think fondly of our Christmas traditions with family in Minnesota. As the years have passed, we’ve spent less Christmases in Minnesota then we wish but that…

Full of Thanks

I probably sound like a broken record but one of the biggest blessings of our time in Virginia has been the ability to spend time with family and occasionally host them at our house. With three of the five Wiktor/Case siblings now settled on the East Coast, it was the perfect excuse to have everyone…

Just another month in VA

Aside from Dad’s relentless work travel the past four months (the end is in sight), VA continues to be the source of smiles for the family. Three years after discovering it, we finally got a picture with the kids in front of “their intersection.” The kids continue to enjoy school and rarely come home with…

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…