A Quiet Month

After the busy holidays [and a quick trip to SoCal in January], February proved to be a pleasantly slow month. We savored our family dinners, weekend outings, and fun moments around the house. Lucy continued to live the life of Lucy which involves sleep interrupted by the occasional walk, snack, or tail wag. I did…

Happy Twenty Fo!

New Year. Same Us. We couldn’t be happier so why change? Maybe the only break from tradition was NOT showing a re-run of the NYC Ball Drop at 10pm in an attempt to fool the kids into thinking they made it to midnight… This year, we all made it to 12:01.Well done crew.Ramen for all…

Turkey Time

We were lucky enough to host Thanksgiving in Alexandria this year. With Carolyn’s crew back on the East Coast, Northern Virginia is once again a “good, sort of in-between and convenient to travel to” location for the holiday weekend. The Clays road tripped from Rhode Island, the Wiktors flew from St. Paul and one Mumsie…

Peak Season

Come late October temps are finally below 80, the humidity is gone and the leaves are changing. It’s the best time of year the DMV if you ask me! I couldn’t have timed our family photos better this year – perfect weather, fall foliage, and my three favorite people. We were able to link up…

Summer Stadium Tour 2.0

If you kept up with our trip across country last summer, you know Will and I visited three different stadiums during our excellent adventure. Having crossed Nationals Park off the list last summer after arriving in the DMV, Will had his hopes set on some other parks this summer. While his list was a bit…

Bikes, BBQ, Ballet, and SUMMER!

It’s June in Washington, DC which means school is winding down and summer is starting up. That means (more) baseball games, (more) bicycle adventures, and plenty of time on the porch with the grill fired up. Between Will and my MTB adventures at Fountain Head and Wakefield we are in the triple digit territory on…

Moments from May

After a year of a somewhat normal schedule for Phil, May brought a full month of travel. While Dad was away, we were fortunate to have grandma with us for a few weeks – what a treat! The weekdays were filled with work and school, but grandma got to see lots of Will’s baseball games…

Early Blooms

Normally an April event, the peak cherry blossom bloom this year was predicted to be 22 March by the Park Service thanks to a moderate winter and some early season warming. I can’t remember if we had been back since 2017 but I was up to my usual pre-blossom viewing grumbles this year. Rain all…

A Full House

Hooray for visitors! The house of four (plus one Lucy) swelled to ten for our first Thanksgiving in Alexandria. Dad and Elaine flew in for a few days with us then Gabe, Laura, and crew joined us for the big feast. We spent our time playing outside during the day and finding reasons to start…

Weekend Adventures

If you live in DC (we’ll count those of us on the west side of the river in that group – blaspheme!), you know you need to escape on the weekends to soak up all the area has to offer. This weekend escape was hatched from a confluence of ideas. We ain’t no strangers to…