Austin, let’s be friends.
Spring break 2022, you were long overdue for so many reasons; and despite that, Austin still lived up to the hype! We chose Austin as our destination for warmer weather (at least we had hoped), and to reunite with dear friends. Here’s our trip in an absurd amount of photos. :) Austin, thanks for a wonderful, too-short spring break. We’ll be back! In the...Comment 1
One year ago pre-pandemic
Nearly one year ago, we spent our spring break in the City of Brotherly Love. We did not know then the meaning of socially distancing or masking up. It is almost comical that we traveled to a largely populated city right before the world shuttered down. We even cut our trip short because news of our university telling students not to return from spring...
Cape Charles: A summer bay vacay
Before we say farewell to summer, say hello to Cape Charles, Virginia. This adorable town hosted us for one final getaway before our “big kid” started kindergarten. Despite a mid-week trip to urgent care (what are the odds of contracting a salivary gland infection during the week of vacation?!?), we had a great time. And with that, I’ll let the pictures do the rest...
The Neals take on the (Disney) world
We did it, you guys. We survived the planning. The buildup. The exhaustive research. We’re finally on the other end of our Disney trip, and because I lugged my DSLR all the way to Florida and carried it everywhere except for the pool, I thought this was worthy of the blog. :) Grateful for being able to keep bedtime routines while traveling. Also, we...
A little flashback
Rainy Sundays are good for cozy blankets, hot tea, and warm memories. Here is a little flashback to my ME TRIP to see dear friends on the west coast. We’ve known each other long before our babies were born, and now we’re all up to two babies each! Side note: In these photos, Natasha was still baking her second one. :) When we lived...
After years of Chicago staring at us from our bucket list, we finally get to check it off. But not without thanks to our dear friends, Paul and Melina, who decided to have their wedding close by and to our amazing family who watched Quentin for us while we spent the weekend away. Thank you! Here was our weekend in a couple of snapshots… A...
“‘Someday’ happened.” — A sign above the garage of a home overlooking the Atlantic coast in York Harbor, Maine. Have you been to coastal Maine before? It’s a beauty. Last fall, my husband planned and booked a trip there for the two of us to celebrate our five-year anniversary. I’m not one to brag, but I have to say he scored prett-ay high in...
Family slice of life
Gratitude. That is what I feel for my friend Amanda who saw me through the hard days of fresh motherhood. Her gentle wisdom helped boost my confidence during a time when I was unsure of everything. And so it seems a little unfair that I’ll have to say goodbye to her as she and her family are moving away soon. But before that happens, we got together,...
One Woman Farm field dinner
A chance to eat super delicious organic food prepared by a professional chef and see my wonderful friend? I’ll take it. Jay and I attended One Woman Farm’s family style field dinner in Valencia, Pa., earlier this month, and I think Jay walked away looking more pregnant than me. Just kidding. Maybe. The dinner was held on my friend’s farm, the food was prepared on...
Cherry Blossom Festival on film
If you remember from this post, my father owned and used a Nikkormat film camera in the 1970s. Well, guess who dusted it off and put it to work recently? This gal. Since I’m lucky enough to live close to Washington, D.C., I’ve been to the festival before and have taken photos of the blossoms time and time again. This time around, I thought...