The Happiest Place On Earth

I went to Disney World with my family in February 2020. Me and my family went to Disney World to celebrate my grandparents’ 25th anniversary. Twenty-five years ago my grandparents went there with their five kids (Mike, Phil, Laura, Carolyn and Susan) on a family honeymoon. They wanted to go back as a big family…

Home for the Holidays

We didn’t think it would make in on the calendar this year with all the other travel and change but at the last minute, we agreed to head back to Minnesota for Christmas. Travel back home always goes by too quickly but it is always puts a smile on everyone’s face. Once we landed in…

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…

Go East!

Said no man ever. The west coast is kinda the best coast… However, that is not to say that once you’re out here, there is nowhere else to go. The California coast is far from the end-all-be-all of the U. S. of A. and sometimes you must go east for adventure. With this in mind,…

Four Double-U Dee

This truck was meant to adventure! The FJ60 had some “characteristics” (that some might incorrectly call faults) that ultimately shrunk the list of adventures it could go on with the whole family. No AC, top speed of 72 mph, solid front and rear axles with leaf springs all around… basically bulletproof but also sweaty, smelly,…

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…

New England Clam Chowder

What’s the password? Never mind. Few people will read this and fewer people will get the reference. Phil put his foot down earlier in the year and demanded the family make a trip to New England before the upcoming move. To sweeten the pot for the naysayers, the Grandparents were asked to come along which…

Shreddin’ the ______

Okay, so if it’s happening in Fairfield, PA, there probably isn’t much “shreddin’ the pow-pow” going on. Nonetheless, Dad was thrilled to be peppered with requests by the shorter Wiktors to go skiing again this year. This time around, both Sophia and Will put the planks on and tried their luck on the slopes. Since…

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…