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Dylan’s 7th Birthday

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Dylan’s 7th birthday and pizza party – Arlington, VA.

Here are a couple of pictures from Dylan’s 7th birthday party at Dynamic Gymnastics. We had a great turnout and even the Fox Class mascot showed up for the occasion. We hope everyone had a great time… I know I did. I love pizza parties!
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Backyard Project Part 4

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Getting ready to pour the concrete slab for the new patio & seat wall – Arlington, VA.

A month has gone by since my last post and our backyard makeover project is really coming along. Thanks to the weather, the crew from Land-Art have been able to lay down a lot more stone than we thought they would for this time of year. The colder than average temperatures would have driven me inside and shut the project down for the winter, but not these guys… they are determined to have this project finished before spring. When the temps dropped below freezing for about two weeks, they brought in kerosene heaters and put up a huge tarp, so that they could finish the last of the flagstone work.
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Backyard Project Part 3

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Shotcrete time… our in-ground spa starting to take shape! – Arlington, VA.

This is the third installment of photos from our backyard living-space makeover project by Land Art Design and J. Proctor Pools. After several months of work on the project, we were finally ready to shoot the concrete for the in-ground spa. I’ve seen how this is done in videos before, but I’ve never seen shotcrete done in the flesh… it was very interesting to watch.
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Thanksgiving & Xmas 2016

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Our holiday family photo with the Grandparents – Thanksgiving 2016 – Arlington, VA.

Here is a small collection of photos from our Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. As you’ll notice, most of the photos are of Dylan, but we did have the whole family over this year to help celebrate.
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The Air & Space Museum

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A view of the Space Shuttle’s engines – National Air & Space Museum – Dulles, VA.

Dylan had the day off from school today due to a teacher training day, so my brother and I decided to take him on a little adventure to the Air & Space Museum in Dulles, Virginia. We all had a blast and Dylan shot down several fighter jets as my gunner in the F-18 flight simulator. I wasn’t sure how he would react to the simulator, but he really enjoyed all the barrel rolls and loops I put him through.
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The Best of Dylan 2016

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Here is a collection of some of the best photos of Dylan from his adventures over the past year. It’s hard to put into words what a treat it is to watch him grow up and to help him explore this wonderful world with him… he is truly one of a kind! Please respect our copyright notice and do not attempt to copy or distribute any of the photos on this site.
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Backyard Project Part 2

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Forming-out & plumbing the in-ground spa – Backyard Project – Arlington, VA.

Here is the second installment of photos from our huge outdoor living space improvement project. As you’ll notice, the project is moving along quite well and you can actually see the in-ground spa really starting to take shape. Once all the piping is installed and re-bar is bent it will be time for the concrete guys to do their thing and spray the actual pool. I should have photos of that in my next backyard project post.
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Halloween 2016

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The Grim Reaper sporting a broken down hearse limo in a neighbors front yard – Arlington, VA.

Here is a mixed collection of photos from some of our Halloween outings and excursions for this year. I think the highlight of this year would have to be the Zombie Paintball Hayride event at Scream Land Farms…. it was not quite what I expected, but it was still a lot of fun! We hope you enjoy the photos.
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Backyard Project Part 1

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Jesse Proctor ‘breaking ground’ on our new Backyard Spa Project – Arlington, VA.

Well we have finally decided to redo our outdoor living space. We have always wanted to incorporate some type of water feature into our backyard living area, but were told that we couldn’t have a swimming pool due to the storm water retention system located underneath our yard. After months of research and consulting with different contractors and county inspectors, we have determined that the storm water system actually belongs to us and as long as the system if functioning properly we have the right to build over and around it as long as it meets code. A large pool would not work since the main storage pipes are only 5 feet underground, but we did find that there is enough area beside the system to build a large in-ground spa that we can incorporate into our backyard landscaping project.

The project was scheduled to start mid October and take anywhere from 6 to 8 months depending on the weather. I didn’t think it was a great idea starting a project like this in the fall, but I was assured that as long as the pool contractor was able to get the pool formed and shot before the first freeze, the project would stay on schedule. This is my first installment of photos from the project… keep an eye out for more to come over the winter!
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Bedford Family Retreat

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Dylan manning the rudder of the ‘Godspeed‘ – Historic Ship Museum, Jamestown, VA.

For this years annual family retreat and vacation we wanted to take in a little American history, so we decided to do the tourist thing in Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestown Virginia. I visited this historic town years ago with my family when I was just a child and I thought it would be a nice way to introduce Dylan to some of our country’s early history. I’m not a history buff by nature, but I do enjoy going back in time, so to speak, and remembering the things my high school history teacher us to try to implant into my brain about this early period in American history. Seeing how well everything has been preserved and the attention to detail in the way the tours are run really make you proud to be in such a historic place.

Aside from doing the normal tourist thing and walking for miles through all the little shops and houses, we also spent an evening having a traditional Colonial-style dinner at the King’s Arms Tavern in the historic colony. They do a great job of putting on a show for the patrons and the food is excellent. Every detail, from the early 18th-century building and old original wooden floors to the servers in traditional colonial costumes, truly makes you feel as though you have traveled back in time for the evening. Jamestown was also a lot of fun except for the part where Dylan got attacked by a rouge roster at the old fort. Thankfully I was close by and was able to grab it and kick it away before it had a chance to hurt him.
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