First elephant sighting

Under the Big Top

Colin’s first trip to the circus was to the extreme with Barnum and Bailey’s Xtreme Circus. The day began with snow (it was well into April), continued with extreme concession prices and ended with one crazy fun show! There were acrobats and animals, feats of strength and fireworks. A great time!

3 looking and almost all smiles - we'll take it!

Friends or Superheroes?

It had been over four months, so we were due to get the “Hoya” kids together! The weather held out for an afternoon in the park, followed by pizza and “late night” March Madness. A great weekend with great friends!

The Easter Bunny delivered!

Easter for the Ages

Easter seems to have become the holiday of chocolate, so naturally it’s one of Colin’s most favorite days of the year! And, this one didn’t disappoint, especially when you add a ton of Legos, cousins to play with and bunny-shaped pancakes for breakfast!

We made it to cherry blossom central!

Blossom-Filled Boat Ride

Some funky weather caused the DC-area cherry blossoms to peak earlier than expected. But we were able to take the change in stride and schedule a cherry blossom-themed cruise to see the trees at their peak. It was a much more tame experience than fighting the crowds around the Tidal Basin, so something we hope …

We're here!

Under the Sea

While a definite highlight to a quick Florida trip was breakfast with Mickey and friends, another was a day at SeaWorld! We saw every animal imaginable, and even got to have lunch with sharks swimming next to us – C’s favorite. It was a great day out for sure!

His favorite of the day - can you tell?

Meeting Mickey!

So, on a long weekend in Orlando, we happened to get reservations for a character breakfast at a Disney hotel. Entitled “Goofy and Friends”, we were a bit unsure who would show up with Goofy – but it was the big two: Mickey and Minnie! It was Colin’s first time meeting the characters, and after …

Phase 1 complete!

An Eggcellent Saturday

It wouldn’t be Easter without some egg coloring! This year was just as fun as previous attempts, with buddy Aidan by C’s side. We upgraded the experience with Star Wars stickers, but the coloring part was definitely the highlight. We’re ready for Easter!

Racing with Batman!

Big Gamer

We have a video game lover on our hands, or so we found out through Colin’s first visit to a Dave & Busters. It didn’t matter the subject (cars, battles, fishing, numbers etc.) or the medium (vehicle, ball, fake snow etc.), C wanted to experience it all!

4 of the 5 "posing"

PJ Partay

A PJ-themed party with his best buddies? Colin was in before we even knew about it! There were new toys, racing, pizza, pillowcase and cookie decorating and more – it lived up to his wildest dreams!

We finally enjoy a big boy bed

Day to Day Fun

While we’re known to have tons of adventure near and far, it’s nice to appreciate the day to day as well. Here are moments big and small of recent weeks… (Don’t worry – he was fine and back to climbing minutes later!)