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Here we go again…

Yep — here we go again… the royal “we”, in this case, picking up pen and paper (keyboard and screen, if you prefer) and giving the brain some space to process whatever clutter is there.

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Photos of the Vacation – June 7-14, 2014

(I’m trying to get partially caught up on 2014 before 2015 arrives.)


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I’m cheating today. My family recently returned from an eight-day trip to Iowa. So here are the accumulated ‘Photos of the Day’.

Should have blogged in 2013… Part 6

(This is part of a series of things that I should have recorded in 2013 – things which were highlights of the year, but which didn’t get recorded when they were fresh in my mind. Now you mostly just get pictures.)


Summer Vacation

Well… not exactly ‘summer’ vacation. It’s hard for folks who live at camp to get away during the summer. So we took an early September vacation to Washington DC and convinced my parents to join us.

Washington is such a great place to visit with children, because they think they’re on vacation when it’s really an educational experience. (And every vacation must have an educational component. This is an inheritance from my parents, as my sister can attest.) And it’s also a great place to visit on a camp salary, since all the government attractions (including the Smithsonian Museums) have free admission. We spent parts of three days in the area.

On day 1, we visited the National Zoo, after checking in at our Hampton Inn.

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In the evening, we relaxed at the hotel…

On day 2, we visited museums around the Mall. But riding public transportation may have been just as much fun for the girls.

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And on day 3, we visited Tyson’s Corner Center so the girls could visit American Girl.

American Girl in Tyson's Corner

And I visited Starbucks…

Starbucks

And then we said farewell to my parents and returned home.


(Editor’s note: Apologies to those of you who received this one out of order on Wednesday.)

Should have blogged in 2013… Part 5

(This is part of a series of things that I should have recorded in 2013 – things which were highlights of the year, but which didn’t get recorded when they were fresh in my mind. Now you mostly just get pictures.)


Happy Anniversary!

In August, Ordinary Spouse and I celebrated our 17th anniversary. My parents kept the girls for a night, and OS and I celebrated in Hagerstown, Maryland.

We began with a pleasant stop at the Washington County Museum of Art, and a walk around Hagerstown City Park. After checking into our hotel, we caught some local minor league baseball action. The hometown Hagerstown Suns defeated the Lakewood Blueclaws. The game had its Class-A moments all the way from the national anthem through to the end. But it also had some major-league fielding, as I recall, and minor league ball is always fun.

The next day, we spent some time at Antietam National Battlefield, reflecting on the insanity of war. How ironic that the battle began around the church building of a pacifist group…

Dunker Church
Dunker Church at Antietam National Battlefield

The irony seems to be lost on these folks…

Battlefield Bible Church
Battlefield Bible Church: Battles inside or out?

And then we finished our little celebration by stopping at an outlet mall. Oh, well…

Should have blogged in 2013… Part 3

(This is part of a series of things that I should have recorded in 2013 – things which were highlights of the year, but which didn’t get recorded when they were fresh in my mind. Now you mostly just get pictures.)


April 2-3 – Laurelville staff retreat to Pittsburgh

In early April, many of the Laurelville staff went into Pittsburgh for a retreat…

Downtown Pittsburgh from the North Shore
Downtown Pittsburgh from the North Shore

We began the day by visiting longtime friends – the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation – who have been coming to Laurelville for 50 years.

Pittsburgh Kids Foundation…and then continued down the street to visit Heinz Field.

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Such a fine group of people!

Laurelville staff at Heinz Field
Laurelville staff at Heinz Field

My colleague (and co-conspirator) and I found a spot at the field where we felt a bit at home…

Guest Services at its finest
Guest Services at its finest!

After lunch, we checked into our rooms at the Omni William Penn. Oh, look! They have a Starbucks! In the lobby!

Starbucks in the lobby
Starbucks in the lobby
Mocha
Mocha

We had supper at Buca di Beppo, and enjoyed time together at the hotel in the evening. The next day, the staff split up to visit a variety of places around Pittsburgh. The Ordinary Family visited the Phipps Conservatory.

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While there, I discovered the source of the previous day’s mocha…

Coffee
Coffee
Cacao
Cacao

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