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Ski Racing 2016

on April 10th, 2016 at 12:27:33 PM

We had little to no snow this year, but the kids still got their racing in. Here are a few shots from the season.


and a few more here...

Washington DC February 2016

on February 29th, 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Had a great week in DC with the kids. Here's our what we did, grouped by time so you can see what's doable in one day.

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Saturday - Amtrak from Boston to DC


  • Nat’l Air & Space
  • Hirshhorn Museum (check out the outside sculpture garden)
  • Castle (not a lot to see on the inside, but start here if you can since it's the main Smithsonian visitor center and a good place for info)
  • Sackler Gallery - The exhibit 'Remix: Peacock Room' is very cool. We just popped in for about 20 minutes to see this one exhibit and I'm glad we did since I had heard about the story years ago. 


  • American History (seeing the original flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner was cool and it's right near the lobby, but much of the museum was closed for updating)
  • Natural History
  • National Archives


  • Bureau of Printing & Engraving (watch how they make money - pretty cool - we reserved tickets ahead of time)
  • Holocaust Museum (ok for my 12 year old since she's read several books about the Holocaust. It was a little heavy for my 10 year old and I stopped her from watching the more graphic videos, which are hidden behind a wall to 


  • White House Tour*
  • RenwickGallery (small gallery with 10 interesting exhibits) right near the White House
  • Capitol Building Tour* (they're doing the first restoration project on the dome since Lincoln's presidency. Interesting, but you can't get a good look at everything inside the rotunda right now)
  • Library of Congress (very beautiful inside - worth a look)
  • American Art Museum(it's about a 10 minute walk off the mall, but great if you love contemporary art. We skipped the portraits and spent out time in the contemporary exhibit. They also have a cool inside garden and cafe that's beautiful at night.) 


  • Adams Morgan shopping [UrbanDwell - great shop]
  • Walked around Monuments in the afternoon
  • Washington Monument (You can buy tix ahead or buy them at the visitor center near the monument. We couldn't go up since the elevators were closed for repairs)
  • Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial


  • More time at the National Museum of Natural History (6 min walk from our hotel)
  • Amtrak home

*Request WH and Capital tours through the office of your Representative. Eg. we went to


  • Airbnb apartment (add link) for the first 4 nights
  • Courtyard Marriott for the last 2 nights (pool for the kids) - 900 F Street - great location, nice rooms and staff

Good restaurants

Edinburgh February 2016

on January 31st, 2016 at 1:44:10 PM

In Edinburgh for work. 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan 2016

on January 30th, 2016 at 7:00:00 PM

I had to be in Edinburgh for work so I went a few days ealier to explore the town.

Love this

on January 4th, 2016 at 11:03:36 AM


on January 2nd, 2016 at 7:57:24 PM

Been meaning to go up to the Peabody Essex Museum to see Theo Jansen's Strandbeests. The exhibit ends tomorrow so we made it up there today.


New Year's Eve 2015

on January 1st, 2016 at 12:12:13 PM

Fun wth friends


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on December 29th, 2015 at 11:08:03 AM

We had the gear and the enthusiasm

but something was missing...


Ah, here we go...

There were just a couple of trails open since it was just barely cold enough to make snow. After a few hours the snow was skied off so we were mostly skating down the mountain. But at least we got in one day of skiing during this weird warm December.

Gingerbread zombies

on December 29th, 2015 at 8:44:43 AM

Last year my kids made sparkly stars and happy santa cookes, this year it was gingerbread cyclops and zombies and "Headless Bob" cookies.



on November 21st, 2015 at 10:04:57 AM

Paige with her buddy getting ready to get pierced

Master piercer Owen at work