Three Days in Philadelphia

three days in philadelphia

This year is the first time in my entire professional career that I had Memorial Day off. Until now – with the exception of 2020 and 2021 – I had always been flying off to a new city to kick off ACHA’s annual meeting. To celebrate, Sean and I wanted to get away for the […]

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Burnside Farms Tulip Fields

Burnside Farms Tulip Fields

Although the weather doesn’t always seem to agree, spring is here in the DMV. We’ve had several weeks of beautiful blue sky days with highs above 70, and then suddenly rain, cold, and near-freezing temperatures. Just before this latest cold snap, we took a trip down to Nokesville, Virginia to explore Burnside Farms tulip fields. […]

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Kristen vs. The Sweet Gum Trees: Momma’s Revenge

Sweet Gum Trees

Back in March of 2018, I wrote about my nemesis for the first time. The sweet gum trees. I spoke romantically about these “gentle giants” with their “comforting shade in the summer” in a way that only a new homeowner could. Ah to be young and dumb again. Because let me tell you. Those trees […]

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Peak Bloom 2022

Peak Bloom 2022

Peak bloom 2022 is happening now! I know I just wrote about the DC cherry blossoms a few weeks ago, but I’m ridiculously excited to share some photos from this year. It’s been four years since I really shot these blooms and they did not disappoint. We ended up going at sunrise this past Sunday […]

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Hyper Kidz Columbia

Hyper Kids Columbia

This past weekend the Annapolis area was hit with what meteorologists call a “bomb cyclone” snowstorm. I’m not entirely sure what that means in the technical sense, but basically, it got unnecessarily cold and rainy for two days. Of course, this nonsense hit on the weekend. With a very active 16-month-old stuck inside, we knew […]

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DC Cherry Blossoms: Tips and Tricks

DC Cherry Blossom Tips and Tricks

One of my absolute favorite parts of DC spring is the annual cherry blossom bloom. It’s one of those quintessential experiences that you just can’t miss. This year, the National Park Service predicts peak bloom for the cherry blossoms will take place from March 22-25, 2022. Peak bloom is the best time within the two-week […]

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The Wiggle Room Review

The Wiggle Room Review

January is not my favorite month. The soft winter glow of the holidays is gone and all that’s left is cold days and dark nights. Maryland is far enough north that we get cold, but not far enough that we actually get an abundance of snow. With the winter wonderland of early January long gone, […]

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Winter Wonderland

Happy 2022! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season. We were lucky enough to go home to Wisconsin this year and our little was able to meet so many of our family and friends. It was a wonderful trip. Sadly, we weren’t lucky enough to have a white Christmas while we were home. The […]

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Baby Girl’s First Birthday

Last week Friday our girl turned one! I can’t believe we already celebrated our baby girl’s first birthday. It seems like just yesterday I was 100 months pregnant. This year seems to have flown by. Having a baby in the middle of a pandemic is a wild ride but I wouldn’t trade her for anything. […]

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Fall is the best time of year in the DMV. Winter is wet and gross, spring is the attack of pollen, and summer gets so hot and humid it’s nearly unlivable. Just when you’re at your wits end the temperature finally drops and the humidity breaks and you’re suddenly reminded why you live here in […]

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