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2019 Air Force Cycling Classic

:: Tags: Biking, Cycling, Dylan, Family, Friends

One of our favorite local community events is the annual Armed Forces Cycling Classic in Arlington, VA. The event refers to a weekend of road bicycle racing events held annually in June just down the street from where we live. The weekend consists of several amateur events, including kids races which Dylan and his friends race in, and two professional races in the criterium format, the Clarendon Cup and the Crystal City Cup. The Clarendon Cup Men’s Pro race is always right after the kids races and we try to stick around and cheer them on. My brother is a big cycle-cross racer, so he knows lots of people and racers in the pro road bicycling circuit. Here are some photos from this years kids race events.

Cub Scout Move-up Ceremony

:: Tags: Dylan, Family, Friends, Scouting

This year we decided to hold the Pack 1229 move-up ceremony outdoors at the Congressional School amphitheater. It was the perfect venue for the event offering lots of seating and a large stage/platform for the evenings events. All the Scouts in my Webelos den completed their adventure requirements, thus earning their Webelos Rank and would be allowed to move up to the AOL Den next year. And take a wild guess who will be officially leading all thirteen of the Scouts next year to get them through AOL and ready to move on to a BSA Troop… Me, That’s who! Don’t worry… I Got This!

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Dylan’s 9th Birthday

:: Tags: Birthday, Dylan, Family, Friends, Fun, Ice Skating

This year Dylan wanted to have an ice skating party for his birthday, so Julie and I rented the party room at MedStar Capitals Iceplex along with some ice time for him and his friends. With all his friends present, Dylan celebrated with pizza, a tower of chocolate doughnuts, and a whole lot of fun on the ice rink. Uncle Mike and Alex even showed up and got in some ice time to help Dylan celebrate.

Happy Birthday Dylan!

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Doug & Julie’s NYC Trip

:: Tags: Family, Food, Friends, Travel

It’s becoming and annual event for my first post of the new year to always be about our trip to New York City to see our good friends Brian and Dush and the rest of the Bedford family. I love this trip… mostly because taking the train to New York is so easy and relaxing, it almost makes you forget you’re traveling. But I also enjoy getting together with our close family and friends and venturing out on the city to explore new restaurants and enjoy great conversations over great food and wine. We’re truly spoiled in some ways… and blessed, that we are able to gather like this two or three times a year. 

Xmas 2018

:: Tags: Dylan, Family, Holiday's, Thoughtful

Christmas this year was pretty low key. We did have both sets of grand parents over for the day and did a nice dinner for everyone, but this year just felt a little more mellow than years past. Maybe it’s because Dylan is starting to grow up and doesn’t require as much attention as he has in the past. At any rate, it was a nice day and a nice gathering… Merry Christmas Everyone!

St. Michaels Fishing Trip

:: Tags: Dylan, Family, Fishing, Holiday's, Weekend Excursion

Julie’s parents invited the entire family up to St. Michaels, Maryland to getaway for the long weekend and while there, Julies dad arranged a half day fishing charter on the F/V Class Act out of Tilghman Island. It started out somewhat overcast, but as the day went on, the sun came out and the wind died down to make for a very nice day on the water. We were fishing primarily for Stripped Bass, but ended up catching a verity of keepers and had enough for a nice fish dinner for the whole family. 

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Bermuda – Fall 2018 Part-2

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Fishing, Food, Photo

For our second week of two straight, we wanted to do more than just hang out on the beach and at the club, so we made plans to venture out a bit and set up a half day fishing charter. Dylan and I ended up catching most of the fish during our charter, but I think everyone had a good time. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself being on the water in Bermuda. And yes, we cooked and ate fresh local seafood that night! We also tried a little evening fishing from the docks at Tucker’s Point, but didn’t have as much luck as fishing from the boat. We rounded out the week with some golf and more beach and pool time. Use the link below to check out all the photos.

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Bermuda – Fall 2018

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Photo, Travel

With Bermuda being one of our favorite vacation destinations, this fall we decided to spend two weeks in a row at our home away from home. We also invited my brother to join us for the first week. It turned out to be a beautiful week with perfect weather. Uncle Mike and Dylan had a great time bonding at the beach and pools and we all enjoyed dinner at the beach club. Here are some of the photos from our first week of this trip.

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Bermuda – Spring 2018

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Travel

‘Dylan looking out over the ocean at Tucker’s Point Beach Club’ – Bermuda, HS

Last year, for our early summer vacation, we decided to change it up a bit and spent a week at Atlantis in the Bahamas instead of our usual Bermuda home. It’s always nice to try something new from time to time, but we are creatures of habit and if there is one thing I know for sure, it’s how much we love our little island paradise… Bermuda. So once again this year we decided to travel to our favorite getaway spot and home away from home Tucker’s Point Club, Bermuda.

For me this trip is not just another vacation, it also happens to fall on Fathers Day weekend, which makes this little annual trip of ours all the more special. Spending the week with just my wife and son on the beach in one of the most beautiful places on earth is truly the ultimate Fathers Day gift!
Use the link below to see all the photos from the first half of our spring trip.

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Doug & Julie’s NYC Trip

:: Tags: Evening Out, Family, Travel

‘Julie & I enjoying a nice relaxing train ride to NYC’ – 174 Northeast Regional, Amtrak

This week Julie and I took the train up to the Big Apple for a family business dinner and some meetings the following day. It was a very nice trip and well needed getaway from the normal everyday grind. After a nice dinner with the family at Toro on 10th Avenue, we returned to our hotel (the Conrad) and went up to the roof top bar for drinks. Talk about a nice view… and the cocktails were pretty good too!

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