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Homestead Ski Trip – 2

:: Tags: Dylan, Food, Friends, Fun, Skiing, Travel, Weekend Excursion

I told you we’d be back! Another three day weekend and another 4 hour drive to Hot Springs, Virginia. The weather reports for the Presidents Day holiday weekend are suggesting it will be warmer than it was last month, but it should still be cold enough to ski. It will be nice to get together with the Baurs again and do some more skiing. This trip we decided to hire a private ski instructor for Dylan and Ethan to try and build their confidence with going up the lift and skiing alone. By the end of the day, the instructor complemented Dylan and said that skill wise he was ready to go to the top.

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Caps vs Kings Hockey Game

:: Tags: Dylan, Event, Fun, Hockey

For a birthday present, Uncle Mike gave Dylan (and myself) tickets to the Capitals home game against the LA Kings. The tickets were for the seats we normally get, lower level just above the visitors bench tunnel. Even though Dylan says he doesn’t want to play hockey like his dad, he still enjoys going to live games with me to cheer on the hometown team. He also really loves the boardwalk style French fries they serve at the games. Did I mention he really loves French Fries?!

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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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Finally Some Snow

:: Tags: Dylan, Fun, Snow Storms

Well we finally had a ourselves a big enough snowstorm to actually call it that. That’s right… it wasn’t a blizzard by any means, but it was enough to have to shovel, about 6 to 8 inches total I think. I know Dylan really enjoyed it and spent most of the day out sledding with Julie in the neighborhood next to ours where all the hills are. We well be heading to Homestead next weekend to go skiing… I really hope they got some fresh snow too!

Hockey for Dylan

:: Tags: Dylan, Fun, Hockey, Ice Skating

Dylan’s been spending a lot of time practicing his ice skating lately and now that he has a new pair of Bauer Hockey skates, his skating skills have improved greatly. The ice rink where he takes lessons has free skates from time to time called ‘Recess on the Rink’, where you can bring your child and let them practice their hockey skills on ice with out all the pads. it’s like a stick & shoot for young kids who don’t play hockey yet. Dylan has been to several of my hockey games and has mentioned on several occasions that he would like to try it, but doesn’t want us to sigh him up for hockey lessons. So, I figured this would be a good way to get him interested. He’s already looking forward to the next time we can skate and slap the puck around together. Nice job D!

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Carbon Leaf @ The Birchmere

:: Tags: Evening Out, Fun, Holiday's, Photo

I’m starting to suspect that this is becoming an annual event for my brother and I, but who knows. I do know that Julie and I enjoy the venue and the band, so I guess it’s a good way to ring in the holidays. Here are a couple of photos from Carbon Leaf’s annual Christmas holiday show at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA.

Jack’s Pumpkin Glow

:: Tags: Dylan, Fun, Holiday's

Julie’s favorite holiday as we all know is Halloween. Every year she goes out of her way to try and find spooky holiday events to go check out in our local area. Over the years we’ve done haunted hayrides, haunted forests, haunted houses and a favorite of mine is visiting Jackson Street… or Spooky Street as we North Arlington people call it. Another favorite attraction of mine in the haunted trail at Douglas Cemetery Park. This is a local event run by the local area neighbors around Douglas Park. The admission is free if you bring some canned food for their food drive.

This year Julie also added a new attraction to our list of events called GLOW. Jack’s Pumpkin Glow is a leisurely walking tour which takes you through Lake Fairfax Park, where families and friends can marvel at thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins… all of which are illuminated in unique & creative displays. This was our first year attending this event and even though I thought is was a bit long, they did have some very creative and elaborate pumpkin displays. I still think the Douglas Cemetery Trail is the best… it’s so dark back in there, you can’t tell who or what is grabbing you! 

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Nationals Home Game

:: Tags: Dylan, Evening Out, Friends, Fun, Photo, Sports

Now that my son Dylan is a little older I’ve been meaning to take him to a Nationals baseball game, but for one reason or another we just haven’t had the time. Yesterday my brother called me up out of the blue and said he had a friend who worked for a company that was a huge sponsor of the Nats and that she could hook us up with tickets for the next home game. It was a very last minute thing, but jumped at the opportunity… and everyone had a great time including Dylan who got to hang with the boys at the ballpark and chow down on a huge box full of Thrashers style boardwalk fries!

Go Ape with Haley

:: Tags: Dylan, Fun, Outdoors

As we all know, my son Dylan is a huge fan of outdoor adventure camps and ropes course at Go Ape Adventures is one of his favorites. Here are a couple of pictures from Dylan and Haley’s day out at Go Ape.

Easter Vacation West Palm Style

:: Tags: Dylan, Family, Fun, Holiday's, Travel

We traveled down to Florida again this year for Easter Vacation and the annual Harbour Ridge grandparents weekend event. As per usual, it was a lot of fun and the weather was great. I don’t know why I didn’t take as many pictures as I usually do, but maybe it was because I was enjoying myself more than normal. I was a well needed relaxing vacation, that’s for sure!

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