At the Polar Express!

Riding the Polar Express

Nonna scored some sought-after tickets to ride the Polar Express train to the North Pole. It had all the makings of a magical night – a historic steam train, treats to eat, Santa and Mrs. Claus and lots of songs and fun!

The winner - Darth Maul light saber!

Christmas in CT – Part 2

Christmas is always a two-day family affair. And, it was a busy one, with Santa presents in the morning, a visit with Poppie after lunch and then an afternoon and evening filled with family and little friends. There was even a present or two when we returned home from the trip. C’s third Christmas was …

Three dapper boys

Christmas in CT – Part 1

Christmastime had arrived, and with it, family celebrations. Colin was much more aware of what was happening this year, and was very into the concept of playing with his cousins, opening presents and eating treats. Here are a few highlights…

A morning playing among The Awakening

Holidays on the Water

Despite being established for years, the National Harbor was a destination we had yet to visit. We had heard good things – plus found out about a few free holiday-themed activities – so figured it was time to see what this place was all about. With bright lights, a wandering Santa, a huge fountain show …

On campus and ready to celebrate the holiday season!

A Hoya Christmas

Though we know Colin was not a big fan of Santa, we tested our luck by heading to a breakfast with the jolly old man on Georgetown’s campus. Surrounded by other Hoya families, in a dining facility that wasn’t yet built during my tenure, C enjoyed the food and crafts, but only slightly tolerated Santa. …

"What the heck is that?"

Butterflies and Bones – A Day at a Museum

It was time. Time to head to the Smithsonian and check out some of our taxpayer dollars at work. For C’s museum debut, we visited the Museum of Natural History with buddy Aidan. The main draw was the butterfly exhibit, though the dinosaurs and jungle animals were a definite plus. For some reason, the museum …

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.