My Father’s Wedding

It looks like 2015 will be the year of the wedding.  All my travel plans this year center around weddings and anniversaries.  However, while the other events I had fair warning, this January wedding came as a bit of a surprise.  My father and mother, who have been separated for many years, had finally decided…

My “Me-Time” Vacation

I really wasn’t expecting it to be this way, it was supposed to be a normal New Jersey trip, filled with too many people to see, and the kids out of their element and clinging to me.  But as luck would have it, a few things worked in my favor this time around.  The main…

Family Reunion

A family reunion is always an amazing thing.  Unfortuantly, due to Hurricane Andrew, one family from South Carolina was not able to make it.  Cousin, you were trully missed.   However, we still had quite a group, so I thought I would use some pictures to highlight the day: * All photos were captured by…

Accidents While Traveling

My kids are quite active and have had their fair share of bumps and bruises. But until this trip the kids have managed to steer clear of bad injuries on the road. Notice I said until this trip. Exactly one day after arriving in NJ, and after a fun play date with a friend and…

A New Impromptu Trip

Is there anything more exciting than planning a new trip?  Especially one you didn’t expect to make? As readers of my blog know, I occasionally travel to Boston for work. I have a partially packed trip coming up that is going to necessitate me to be in Boston for the full work week.  This means,…

A Lesson in Civics and Firefighting

We were in New Jersey for what I truly believe is one of the greatest days to be an American, Election Day! My mother works with the board of elections and covered the polling location in one of the districts in Keyport. Her polling place was in one of the many great fire houses that…

Where Angels Play

It seems tragedy gives birth to some of the most amazing things. The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, after the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, was inspired to make a memorial to each child. Called the Sandy Ground 26 program it was a simple but brilliant idea. Make 26 playgrounds in 26 communities…

Superstorm Sandy – 1 Year Later

It has been one year since Superstorm Sandy.  In that time I’ve made three trips to the Jersey Shore, and will make my next trip in just a few days.  I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and absorb what’s happen to my hometown and my friends.  On the anniversary of the storm that…

Top 10 Things I Learned on my Trip Home

It’s been a while since I posted due to an all consuming work project.  But I haven’t forgotten my trip home to the Jersey Shore, which turned out to be more educational than expected.  I learned some interesting (and funny) lessons: 10. The WiFi in my mother’s house does not work upstairs…  In the middle of a work crisis, I ended up needing to turn…

Beach Park: We returned!

As an update to my Hurricane Sandy post , I wanted to report that my son’s favorite waterside park in Keyport, NJ has been repaired.  My son was very excited that he could play there again and took the opportunity to show his sister all they could do at the park. So nice to see…