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Thanksgiving 2018/Phipps

We went to Pittsburgh to see Doug’s family at Thanksgiving, and also to celebrate Elena’s 1st birthday again… on her actual first birthday! (She was born on Thanksgiving itself in 2017, but her first birthday was on “Black Friday.” We went to Phipps Conservatory, since we hadn’t been there in a while. They were all decorated for Christmas. These are … Continue Reading →

Elena's First Birthday

Elena’s First Birthday

Next in line is Elena’s 1st birthday party, which was in mid-November 2018! Janine helped me host it at the rental space at her apartment complex, which is lovely for parties. We had our baby shower here! I ordered this cake from Whole Foods, which was amazing. (Thank you for picking it up, Ron!) Highly recommend. They don’t do decorated … Continue Reading →

One year - fall baby pictures!

One year – fall baby pictures!

Baby post! That is from 8 months ago. When we found a baby photographer (Megan Depp), we bought a package wherein we got a newborn shoot, a 6 month shoot, and a year shoot. We did the one year shoot in early November, which is when the leaves peak here in Maryland. They were glorious! We went to the Arboretum … Continue Reading →

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Austenland Tea

Ok, I am in need of a happy post, so here we go! Stephanie’s (November) Pumpkin Tea this year was themed “Austenland,” and inspired by the movie. So costumes were encouraged to be less-than-historically-accurate, over-the-top, and the food was the same. It was super fun. Since I had no sewing time, I wore a reddish/pink Spencer that is pretty loud … Continue Reading →



Halloween! This is another baby post, basically. Halloween is an excellent occasion to dress your baby up in cute costumes, and as I had no time/interest for baby sewing, I used stuff I bought. Like this cute astronaut flight suit that was marked 12 months (and we were at 11), that was, alas, way too small. I put blue leggings … Continue Reading →

Historical Hogwarts party

Historical Hogwarts party

My friend Chelsea hosted a Historical Hogwarts themed tea this October (busy month, seriously!). Janine, Conley, and I carpooled down to Williamsburg to make a long day trip of it. Janine and Conley were Slytherin. As were most of the partygoers. The host was Hufflepuff. I was the lone Gryffindor at the party. I repurposed a white regency dress with … Continue Reading →



This is probably of limited interest, but hey. Also in October (it was a busy month), our niece Alli got married at the George Washington Hotel in Washington, PA. (Her dog is also named George Washington.) The wedding was, of course, an excuse for a baby fashion show. ;-) The first was a hand-me-down from Caitlin and the dress has … Continue Reading →

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Pumpkin Patch

This post is going to be all baby. :-) This fall we headed to our local pumpkin patch with baby in tow. We’ve been there so many years by ourselves, which is always wonderful, but the fact that we got to finally bring our baby there was like a dream come true. She was gold, and I teared up more … Continue Reading →

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Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre

Back in October, we checked out the Draken Harald Hårfagre, a (modern) Viking ship, that was docked at the Wharf in DC. More about the ship: This boat is much larger than the ones found in excavactions. It’s seaworthy. The Vikings didn’t leave much of a record for how they built their ships or how they sailed them, but … Continue Reading →

Corn Maze 2018

Corn Maze 2018

Corn maze! Yes, it’s spring, but let’s return to October which is an awesome time of year, to when we did our annual corn maze running with our friends. The last time we did it was like 8 months pregnant but managed it. This time, we had an 11-month-old in town! We used our new backpack for her, and had … Continue Reading →

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 5, Petroglyph National Monument

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 5, Petroglyph National Monument

During our last afternoon in Albuquerque, we went to Slapfish for lunch. It was delicious and an easy place to eat – no wait, pay at the counter, food was fast. Lobster roll: Lobster Taquitos Fried pickles: Peter’s healthy shrimp salad, which also looked good. After that, we considered the Sandia tram again… BUT the weather over the mountain looked … Continue Reading →

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Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 5, Balloon Fiesta again!

On our second day of the Balloon Fiesta (a Tuesday) we drove in again and that worked out fine. The weather looked far more promising and indeed balloons started filling up after the Dawn Patrol. The yellow Rainbow Rider balloons were ones people could make a reservation to get a ride in. Note for next time! Since the wind was … Continue Reading →