Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Valley Forge

Given our current obsession with Hamilton and that Joseph is studying all about Colonial America and the Revolutionary War in 4th grade, we visited Valley Forge, PA, on the way home from my parents' house in NJ.  It's where George Washington wintered his troops outside of Philadelphia in 1777.  We love our National Parks!

Sunday, March 12, 2017


It's no secret that (gasp!) I turned 50 last week, and things got off to a nifty start as we visited my family in NJ the weekend before.  Road trips can't be bad with the Hamilton soundtrack and a cross-stitch project to go.

Joseph was most excited to see my sister's dog, Manny, again, but he also got to indoctrinate his grandparents into the phenomenon that is flip tricks.


My parents set up a lovely family dinner for me at a great restaurant, and it was especially wonderful to spend time my aunt and uncle again, who I haven't seen in far too long.

No trip home would be complete without a trip to the Ewing Diner on a Sunday morning.  What a great way to kick off my 50th celebration!

Saturday, March 11, 2017


A few weekends ago our friend Shami had somehow secured a block of coveted tickets to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.   We seriously thought we wouldn't be getting in until sometime in 2020.  Honestly, I have almost no words to describe the experience.

Our son opted to attend a friend's birthday party instead of accompanying us.  I'm not sure if I'm disappointed that he didn't share in this with us, or if I'm relieved that he didn't have to see me nearly constantly in tears or I didn't have to try to somehow explain racial inequality and social injustice to him.