All Smiles

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Wyatt refused to smile for pictures for years – he would stare straight ahead without a glimpse of smile or deliver a straight lipped expression with his eyes pointed anywhere other than the camera. Something changed over the last year and now he smiles and makes eye contact and willingly holds still when I . . . → Read More: All Smiles

The Same Yet Always Changing

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After eight trips to Disney World, I feel at home when we visit. The familiar sights and sounds of Main Street welcome me and I am excited to visit my favorite places. The sameness of the Magic Kingdom over the years is comforting.

Cinderella’s Castle may be flooded with orange lights at Halloween and . . . → Read More: The Same Yet Always Changing

The Best Part of Our Trip

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We knew that we wanted to go on a short road trip or two this summer and when Scott found out that Chelsea (English Premier League Soccer) was playing in Washington, DC, we added it to the list. On our last full day in DC we headed to into the city in the morning . . . → Read More: The Best Part of Our Trip

Washington DC – Day 2 – The One with Uncle Nick

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Hot, humid, so much walking, wet, tired legs, family, adventure, so much walking, museums, monuments.

Monday was a very long day. By the time we returned to the hotel, the adults had close to 25,000 steps so the children had many more. There were some points where I didn’t think they would be able . . . → Read More: Washington DC – Day 2 – The One with Uncle Nick

Washington DC – Day 1

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Since we didn’t have a beach vacation planned for this year we decided we would plan some smaller road trips. So when Scott found out the Chelsea (Premier League Soccer team) would be playing in DC this summer, the family adventure to DC was planned.

We loaded up the van and hit the road . . . → Read More: Washington DC – Day 1

Sometimes It’s Like We Aren’t From the Same Family

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Last night Ruslan was standing in his bedroom crying after his bath. I went in and asked what was wrong and he cried, “The lotion tasted bad and it feels yucky in my throat!” Feeling very confused I asked he said that he lotion and when he confirmed it, I asked why. “Wyatt tried . . . → Read More: Sometimes It’s Like We Aren’t From the Same Family

A Day in the Life – 2015 Edition

Every few years I try to record a relatively normal day in our life. Usually I make a note to do this in a year where our schedule has changed – for example the year that Juliana started Kindergarten. This was the first year of school of Ruslan and Wyatt so during their last . . . → Read More: A Day in the Life – 2015 Edition

Different Perspectives From Our Family Vacation

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We took a quick family road trip to Washington, DC at the end of July. I have lots of stories to tell about our trip. As I was downloading and flipping through the pictures some of them caught my attention. Pictures of people taking pictures and pictures where the story changes.

We were walking . . . → Read More: Different Perspectives From Our Family Vacation

Wyatt’s Second Favorite Day

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I made a promise to the kids at the beginning of the summer – they would each get one afternoon at Kennywood alone with me. At different heights and with different likes, taking the three of them together means that someone is always unhappy with the ride choice. Taking one at a time means . . . → Read More: Wyatt’s Second Favorite Day

Eleven Years and Our Winter Get Away

Today Scott and I celebrate 11 years of marriage.

I doubt that Scott and I will ever take a vacation on our anniversary because running away from cold Pittsburgh in the winter is far too appealing. Today is as good as any to finish the blog post I started in February when we . . . → Read More: Eleven Years and Our Winter Get Away