(Formerly known as It's Emerson)

Monday, May 30, 2016

DC for Memorial Day

We can see the Air Force Memorial from the window of our 'boss hog' hotel room (Eric's way of saying it is especially awesome) and we saw a lot of other things this weekend as well. We visited the Air and Space museum where just two years ago Emerson had explained, vividly, to another young child that the missiles we were looking at could go all the way to Italy. This time we took in a planetarium show called Journey to the Stars which the boys LOVED (Ethan was pretty sure it was actually a ride and that we were moving, which helped, I'm sure). A major deluge inspired us to don Smithsonian branded ponchos to make it to the Metro without getting too drenched. On Memorial Day we enjoyed brunch with Brin in Virginia before making our way up to an adventure playground in DC where we hung out with Margaret and Tony and their crew. We stopped on the way home at the Lincoln Memorial - which Emerson had recently noticed on close examination of his birthday money - and I found it hard to read the Gettysburg Address to the children without getting choked up. It was a very memorable Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lancaster visit

We spent the first half of the Memorial Day weekend visiting Muz, Penney and Barbara in Lancaster. We discovered a claw game where you always win (grand total was 7 balls). In addition to rich conversation, we also enjoyed the water playground and the brewery, as always, and all the amenities of the Clubhouse: pool, bowling, golf simulator, free pinball and skeeball and ice cream. Thanks to Penney for being our photographer!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Emerson playing baseball

Here are some action shots from Emerson's first season of Little League playing on the Cubs. He batted almost 1.000 - one strike out, and every other at-bat was a hit. He played third base, right field, pitcher (only the fielding part) and tried out being catcher as well. It was a great first season and he learned a lot! And he received an enormous trophy for all his hard work. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Eric bid on and won four one-day Disney passes at the school's fundraising auction and we wasted no time in putting them to use! We arrived on Mother's Day and spent two nights at the Disney Swan hotel where we enjoyed the pool (especially the water slide), munched s'mores on the 'beach' and played mini-golf (during the game each of us had a hole-in-one!). Then on Tuesday morning we headed over to the Magic Kingdom where we did it all: the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, even Space Mountain, and tons of other rides as well. We finished the day with a huge ice cream treat and headed home with many happy memories.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016