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Jul 21, 2018

Uh… Hmm….
last update: 07/21 @ 11:00

Where have I heard about this sort of thing before?

It was late so Robert and I built the new grill in house. Something in the back of my mind made me think there may be some issue with that.

Something about building boats in garages. Oh, and smokers on back porches — way back in the last century (thank you SZap).

But this time, we have French doors to the porch so all is right with the world, or will be once it’s actually connected.

Jul 08, 2018

Fun House
last update: 07/08 @ 16:45

July 8, 2018
Another winning exhibit at the Building Museum by The Beach guys at Sharkitecture. Extra added bonus: we ran into Eleanore and parents there! More photos in the vacations section.

Jul 07, 2018

Alexandria’s Birthday!!!
last update: 07/07 @ 23:31

The weather was much cooler today so it was a no brainer to walk down to the waterfront for the fireworks. Alexandria put on a GREAT show!

If the weather is like this next year, we’ll have to go earlier to enjoy the music more.

Jul 01, 2018

Back from the Beach
last update: 07/01 @ 14:17

We’re back from Assateague Island beach camping. This trip was most remarkable for our various health issues. I got something stuck in my throat (again) and we ended up going to three medical facilities on the way down to find one that could help. The strip mall, walk-in doctors office directed us to immediate care and they then pointed us to the hospital. It’s good to live where there is good medical care that easily available.

That delayed our Wednesday arrival until pretty late. The upside was, after setting up our tents, we went looking for food and ended up at a very nice dockside restaurant in Ocean City (proving it really is about as close as it looks at night). The Marina Deck treated us very well, and they won the best crab cake award for the trip.

Thursday was a great day on the beach; not too hot, nice waves, pretty much perfect.

Friday, we headed to Wallops Island to check out NASA rocket launch facility there. We’d love to be up close for a rocket launch, but we do get to see the big ones from our Masonic Temple lookout tower here at home.

The visitor center was cool, figuratively and literally. It was worth the trip and fun to check out for rocket enthusiasts (Robert is reading Ignition at the moment, so a perfect fit.

Back at the beach Friday after lunch (the worst crab cakes of the trip) was overly exciting. We ended up with a rip tide right in front of our sun shade hangout. I think there were four different water rescues that afternoon: one of our party, one that Sarah helped out with on her paddle board and two other times for folks who didn’t see or recognize the red flag the lifeguards put up.

Saturday, Robert pulled a muscle in his lower back and was having too much trouble moving to be able to enjoy the water. He did get some quality sand time laying under the sun shade.

We decided to get him home to the AC rather than push our time much longer. And it was getting really hot, but at least there was a bit of a breeze.

This was the 29th annual trip for the group we were invited to join when Robert was going into first grade; our eighth year (we missed 2013 for our Grand Canyon trip). Rumor has it next year, the big Three Oh, will be the last. That will be a shame — but it is a huge amount of work for the organizers.

Jun 14, 2018

One more time…
last update: 06/14 @ 22:49

Bookends to Robert’s time at Burgundy Farm.

The morning of the first day, walking across the blacktop (now the Campus Commons) on the way to Junior Kindergarten.

And sitting on the outdoor stage (part of the new Campus Commons and not from that first day photo) after graduation (and before the Caps won the Stanley cup).

Jun 08, 2018

The Future is so Bright…
last update: 06/08 @ 09:15

… Our newly minted High Schooler has to wear shades.

It’s been quite a journey; thank you Sally for the Burgundy recommendation. It was a good fit for Robert.

Here’s a look back:

I’ll gather those all together over the weekend to make it easier to see.

September 2, 2008.

Jun 07, 2018

An End to an Era
last update: 06/07 @ 23:44

Robert’s post-graduation look. The ceremony (designed and organized by the class of 2018) was great!!!

And they happened to have graduation on a Stanley Cup game day with the Washington Capitals in the game.

Better still, as a graduation gift to the class of 2018: The Caps won the Stanley Cup!

Jun 06, 2018

The new kitchen!
last update: 06/06 @ 19:11

Really, we can’t say it’s done. But the contractor’s work is almost complete. We have some more work to but, but we’re back home and loving it.

More photos in the personal section. And probably a few more to add there over time…

May 28, 2018

Birthday Week Winding Down
last update: 05/28 @ 21:50

It’s been a busy week but that has not slowed down the birthday festivities: Han Solo with the Lanes; a couple dinners out, including the traditional Los Tios sombrero; sending Robert off with his eighth grade class for week long field trip, and moving back to our house — construction is winding down. :)

May 27, 2018

More Fame
last update: 05/27 @ 11:37

Can the fortune be far behind?

Robert was interviewed for this NYT Kids article on cool summer camps. As far as I can tell, it’s print only so I can’t find a link to it.

They quoted Robert and Dottie Metcalf-Lindenberger, the first Space Camp grad to fly in space.

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