Racing to another birthday – Will turns 9

Will turned nine! I’m not really sure how we made it to nine already (I mean, it’s half way to 18!!!) but here we are. He is adventurous, curious, and has such a big heart. He loves being around people, young and old, and will talk anyone’s ear off. His second grade teacher hit the…

10 Aug

This could be something in the making…

A Decade of Sophia

Wow! Ten whole years as parents, ten whole years with our Twinkle Toes. Since I’m late [as usual] with this post, and because I’m a nostalgic person, I took an extra long trip down memory lane. Each picture brought back memories of her sweet personality or funny moments over the years. From the quiet, super…

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…