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cabin christmas January 2nd, 2014

charlie brown tree?? hehehe

charlie brown tree?? hehehe

   

matt getting some stroller pushing practice ;)

matt getting some stroller pushing practice ;)

   

Nora bug at the overlook

Nora bug at the overlook

   

cave exploring!

cave exploring!

   

hiking Pop

hiking Pop

   

grey mountain morning

grey mountain morning

   

too much xmas fun

too much xmas fun

   

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Happy 40th July 15th, 2013

Over the weekend, we celebrated my parents 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise party at the cabin. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

   


Kristy's decorations were beautiful

Kristy’s beautiful decorations

   

Jill's cake

Jill’s cake

   

lots of good stories were told

lots of laughter over old stories being told

   

family and friends

family and friends

   

Nora tastes a watermelon

Nora tastes a watermelon, MMMMmmm!

   

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canoe+camp June 11th, 2013


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So we have never taken Bowser on a boat before but decided to take him canoeing/camping with us this weekend. His only previous experience with water was disastrous — last summer we took him to the beach. He went buck wild, swimming into the waves like a crazy man, and loving the water, a surprisingly good swimmer for his small size. Unfortunately, Bowser’s mouth opens to like 3 times the size of normal when he swims and he ends up swallowing ALL. THE. WATER. And he got really sick. But he loved it so so much, we wanted to give him another swimming chance. So, we got him a little doggie life vest (omg it’s so cute on him) and thought that it would keep his head above water enough, and that maybe fresh water would be safer for him to swim, in case he swallowed as much as he did before. Also, he was a little less than happy to be wearing a giant flotation device, so we thought it would slow his roll enough to make him more manageable around the water. We were wrong. He was in that thing for about 0.3 seconds before he took off, swimming straight out into the river with all his little might. Mouth wide open. We hadn’t even put our canoes in the water yet when he was halfway out into the water, as you can see clearly in the above photo of his little head sticking up behind Matt. He was making no signs of coming back to shore, rather was heading down river without us, so luckily Matt bravely jumped into the water to bring him back. As soon as Bowser saw his father jump in after him, I think he realized he was in trouble and started turning back. He spent the rest of the day safely inside the canoe, probably wishing he hadn’t blown all his swimming chances in one defiant act first thing in the morning. How do you train your dog to close his mouth? He was floating all right thanks to the vest, but man his jaw just was hanging wide open in excitement. We gotta work on that somehow…

   

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Here is Bowser, post rescue. Me and Zoe looking on like “what the hell just happened??” and Matt does not look happy to be soaking wet before we even started the day. Thank you to Alex for capturing these moments.

   

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We camped under this train trestle. Pretty cool spot. Also loud.

   

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choo choooo

   

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trestle

   

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twisted fire starter

   

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our new tent!! we got it up in the dark with almost no arguing. thank you LL Bean!!

   

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best camping friends

   

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frolickers

   

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Mike’s amazing pants/shorts

   

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canoeing!

   

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friends!

   

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eeee!! so cute. Bowser and Lloyd making friends.

   

The rest of the trip was relaxing and uneventful — sipping beers in the sunshine, floating downriver, campfire fajitas for dinner, napping in the tent, playing with the doggies. And, no bug bites. Great success!!

   

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family time May 13th, 2013

This weekend consisted of family time at the cabin! We went riding in the truck, hiking, cave exploring… Also, Nora tasted a lemon for the first time!!! So so cute. Pics:

   

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David’s truck tours, ready to go

   

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littlest rider

   

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Bowsin’ through the woods

   

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where the pond used to be

   

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DOUBLE CAVE

   

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cave portrait!

   

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cave party!

   

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cave hiker mom

   

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hello matt!

   

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cousins!

   

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wagon rider

   

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the Jill, elusive and difficult to capture in the wild, pensively eyes the double cave

   

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Gold Cup 2013 May 6th, 2013



   

We went to watch the Gold Cup horse races this weekend in Virginia. But let’s be honest, it was just an excuse to dress up and wear our favorite hats and drink Arnold Palmers in a field in the sunshine.

   

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GW Parkway 10 miler April 23rd, 2013

   


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On Sunday we ran the GW Parkway 10 miler, one of my favorite local races. Today I finally went back and counted, and figured out that this was my 7th year running. Whoa, talk about feeling like time is flying by!! Also happy to report that of the 7 years, this was my fastest time yet! 1:41:45 for a pace of 10:11. Not too shabby. Next year I will aim for something under a 10-minute pace. Thanks to Val, Susan, and Lauren for running with me!


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moving to the cabin March 12th, 2013

On Saturday and Sunday I was down at the cabin helping with a little bit of the move-in process. Kristy and I were putting kitchen things away when we found Jell-O boxes from 1982! yikes. Other than finding food products older than myself, not much news to report. We went for a snowy hike and scoped out Nora’s future swimming hole.

   


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sunset at Hightop

   

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future swimming hole

   

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hikers!

   

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watching the mountains go by on the way home

   

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blues February 14th, 2013

We went to the Birchmere last night to see Tab Benoit. If you like blues, you will like his music. As an added bonus, he spent a lot of time telling funny stories and interacting with the audience… seriously the guy could probably do stand-up comedy if he wanted instead of making music. Anyways, great show! Check his stuff out:

   

   

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Fans of Otis Redding may enjoy this one:

   

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blues

   

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Fredericksburg December 5th, 2012



   

Yesterday Mom and I took a day trip to Fredericksburg, VA. We visited and toured Kenmore, the former home of Betty Washington, and saw the amazing gingerbread contest display in the Vistor Center there. Afterwards, we had lunch outdoors. In December. With no jackets. It was about 70 degrees outside. Glorious!! We wandered into some of the shops in the main part of town and admired all the intricate storefront window displays. Mom says I was born in the wrong time period, and that all the storefront displays in the past used to be amazing around the holidays.

   


incredible details in the rooms at Kenmore

   


plaster ceiling in the bedroom

   


wallpaper design in the drawing room. kinda reminds me of the dining room at Ivory Road

   


obligatory architectural photo

   


This photo does no justice to this incredible family tree that was on display in the Visitor Center. We must have looked at it for 15 minutes. The graphic designer in me went crazy for all the tiny, nicely organized, and well-spaced handwriting. I have no idea how people accomplished this by hand. Give me a layout, guidelines, copy/paste and Command-Z!

   


close-up of the family tree

   


Gingerbread jazz club! I would go here.

   


the candy store window display in town. awesome!

   

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cabin again July 16th, 2012


rainy afternoon at the cabin


   

We had a pretty relaxing weekend — we spent Friday night having some beers on our friend Jason’s boat down on the SW waterfront. It’s actually pretty tolerable to be outside in DC in the summer when you’re on the water. (note to self: aquire a boat.)

   

On Saturday, we drove down to the cabin in Virginia. Mom and I unpacked about 1/25th of the total number of boxes there. Small progress, but progress none-the-less. It worked out pretty well anyways that we were inside, because there were pretty heavy rainstorms and lightning most of Saturday afternoon and evening. I was amazed at how quickly the fog rolls in and out of the valley overlook from the front of the house — less than 10 minutes for visibility to go from miles and miles to 5 feet in front of your face… While the women were upstairs working and unpacking, Matt and Dad were apparently relaxing on the front porch, reading the paper and eating my glazed donut. They did move 2 big items though (the tv and glider swing) so maybe it was deserved :)

   

On Sunday morning we poked around in the woods with Bowser for a bit, and layed in David’s hammock up by the bear den. No, we did not see any bears, Val. On our way home, we stopped for Mexican food at this amazing little hole-in-the-wall in Front Royal, VA. Two tacos, an enchilada, and a quesadilla for $5.50. Delicious.

   

After lunch, we headed over to see Val and Ty’s new house. They are getting unpacked pretty good and making progress with painting and arranging. We had dinner and birthday presents and played Apples-to-Apples on the porch. My kind of weekend!

   


lounging

   


Matt’s hammock view

   


Pop relaxing

   


Bowser in water bad. Bowser on rocks good.

   


heart leaf! and forehead bug bite.

   

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