The official pic!

No Love For Santa Still

For a second year in a row, C wanted nothing to do with Santa. Yet, somehow, we found a way to make things work for a picture. We learned from last year and went earlier during the holiday period and also during the week. Plus, there were escalators to use as bribery for a job …


Lights, Camera, Animals!

Taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather, we enjoyed at night out at the zoo for Zoolights. We took in all the twinkling lights we could handle, plus some indoor exhibits filled with reptiles, apes and more. And did we mention there was a carousel? Sounds like C’s perfect night out.

Touting the superiority of the fried (vs. baked) turkey

Turkey Day 2014

Thanksgiving was bound to be an improvement over the same time last year, when C had the stomach flu leading up to the holiday (and then passed it along to everyone else the days after Thanksgiving). And, it was, with everyone in good health. But, one thing remained constant – C’s picky palate going for …

Hoya families are growing - welcome Caroline!

Instant Buddies

Even though they only catch up a few times a year, the Hoya offspring are quite the dynamic group the instant they get back together. Add presents and sugar, and it’s a party!

Chowing on beans to round out the culinary adventure

Charleston: All About Food

Charleston is most definitely known as a food destination, so we had to make the most of eating during our three-day weekend. We stuck to a genre – southern – with some BBQ mixed in for good measure. We left full and happy!

Meeting our horses

Charleston: Activity Central

Charleston was always one of those cities on the “to do” list. And, it became a reality in November for a long weekend. It was great weather, so we enjoyed lots of time walking around and being outside. Here are a few of the key places we visited and activities we conquered.

Looking good with his mask

Hitting His Halloween Stride

Even more so than last year, Colin got into the Halloween spirit. The evening started with a Halloween parade at school, and ended with trick-or-treating with his best bud. Although he could only eat one thing from his haul (goldfish), the journey to candy was truly the adventure.

Until snacks were involved

Parading Around Town

While mom was spending time with friends, Colin and dad headed off to Williamsport to hang out with family and watch his cousin perform in the largest night parade on the East Coast. Here’s to a lovely fall weekend in the country!

A great weekend!

The Quad Goes to Washington

Every year, give or take, the Quad – four ladies who braved the PR world together in a set of four cubicles – enjoy a relaxing weekend together. This year’s location was DC, tied in with seats at the Human Rights Campaign annual dinner for an extra special treat. Good food, a relaxing spa visit …

Feeding snacks to his new friend

Treats, Not Tricks, at the Zoo

With more fall festivals than hours in the day, we needed to pick our fests wisely. We opted for live-action animals, combined with some trick-or-treating, at the Reston Zoo. It didn’t disappoint. From feeding the goats, sheep and birds, to checking out the camels, zebra and snakes, it was an action-packed morning!