• Just Life,  Travel

    July 4th Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! …especially after what was – for us! – a FIVE DAY weekend. Yep, we left for the lake early Wednesday and enjoyed a very full day and night there with Katie and her family before driving home Thursday afternoon. I shared three of my favorite photos from the trip with y’all on Friday. Here are a few more …and – of course – a video (36 hours collapsed into about that many seconds) whoa, no wonder we were tired 😉 The pool, the grounds, s’mores, fireworks, and of course the lake … the Ritz does July 4th in style! The fireworks are open to all,…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | to Summer.

    We are home – and Marc is on the golf course. I haven’t enjoyed this kind of quiet … in a few days. It’s been wonderful to scroll through the dozens of photos and seconds of video from our quick getaway and remember how much fun it was. I promise more on Monday, but for now, how about a few favorites from our “family photos by the lake” on Wednesday evening. First – because this just cracks me up – an outtake of the boys as we were warming upCharlie has obviously been practicing his “ROAR” face … and Sam has just practiced being a two-year-old angel 😉 A bit…

  • Just Life

    Weekending with the Boys.

    Hello friends – it’s good to be back! I have two fun weekends to share with y’all and I’m going to start with the most recent one. Our favorite little boys (and their parents) arrived Thursday afternoon. Katie and Rob had an 8am flight to Charlottesville (one of Rob’s college buddies was getting married) Friday morning and they decided it would be easier for everyone if they spent Thursday night here. Good call. Friday still started dark early, but at least everyone slept. Most of my camera roll is full of video and I compiled 52 of my favorite seconds to share on Instagram today.   View this post on…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share another update about what I’m knitting … and a little about what I’m doing while I’m not knitting. Lately, it seems like I’ve spent a lot more time on the latter than usual. or maybe I’m just entering into a “new usual”?! On the knitting – I couldn’t even bring myself to take a photo of the brown blob that is my Olive Leaf Pullover. I am enjoying 25 rounds of plain stockinette in the round – the period after joining together the front and back and before beginning the Olive Leaf chart for the body. I think this is the…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    More March Weekending.

    Ah, March – not only does she have five Fridays, she also has five weekends! and this one, #4, was spectacular. We got to see Charlie get a hit score a run and hang out looking “ready”. Sam didn’t get nearly that much activity … but he ate well. Katie says that the hardest part about these sporting weekends is entertaining the younger sibling(s) … at least there’s food! This text exchange between Marc and Rob on Saturday evening gives you the “guy’s read” of the game. The dads play a kind of “zone coach” thing while the kids rotate through the various positions. Rob had the short stop zone…

  • Just Life

    Three on Thursday | A Playday with Sam.

    I had the immense pleasure of spending yesterday with Sam – a “just us” playday. I’ve had a few opportunities for one-on-one time with him, but this was our first full day (apart from helping out when he’s sick) since he and his family moved into town two years ago. It’s hard for be to believe he’s now about the age that Charlie was when back then, but the pictures don’t lie! Here we are on our way to Starbucks (for steamed milk and a much-needed second cup of coffee … I left the house at 6:30 to get to Sam’s house at 7:45) … note the golf ball and…

  • Just Life

    Late January Weekending.

    First up – thank you all for your kind comments about Friday’s Three Years post. My mom and I are having a great time exploring many new things; and I submitted our volunteer applications to Senior Services this morning! Now to the weekend … I know many of y’all can’t wait for this month to be over, and I’m sure a big part of why I don’t mind January so much is because it’s usually not awful weather-wise*. Of course “not awful” for a knitter who likes to take walks outside is much different than for a golfer who is experiencing his first retired January with just TWO rounds of…

  • Just Life

    Family Fun Weekending.

    The last weekend of 2018 was full of family fun. We celebrated the end of Sara’s work week (aka “Friday night”) with a puzzle, holiday mules and mussels for dinner. I was up early Saturday morning and enjoyed the most recent Christmas episode of Call the Midwife along with a little ADVENTurer knitting.We had the puzzle about 80% finished by the time we left for Steve & Lydia’s – this year’s hosts for the annual family holiday party. It was great fun having the whole family together (for the first time since my dad’s memorial service back in April, 2016). Sam kind of stole the whole show 🙂 but Charlie gave…

  • Just Life

    Making Merry.

    Good morning and Happy Boxing Day! How was your Christmas? Ours got off to a dark, chilly start – the power went out at 3:15am. Thank goodness for candles and headlamps, gas fireplaces, and gas stoves and french press coffee makers. And gathering at Katie’s for the afternoon.  The little boys make everything more fun! Reindeer, racecards and legos for table decor. Socks as mittens?! The power came back while we were gone. It was wonderful to return to a warm home and lights! Today, Sara and I have plans to meet Katie for a late lunch and then see Mary Poppins. a practically perfect way to continue making merry…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Birthday Weekending.

    Saturday’s birthday celebrations were fun, delicious and most photo-worthy! It’s nice on a Monday morning to have a blog post practically write itself as soon as I have the photos edited and uploaded 🙂 Katie did a wonderful job with the New York City theme and the food. The boys donned their costumes just before the guests arrived. No, it wasn’t a costume party, but pirates and spidermen have more fun. There were cupcakes and candleswith a very willing older brother to help. And then presents. Sam has two new “things to wear” (I wonder how long it will take him to wear both at the same time?) Saturday was…