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First Birthday Pool Party and Smash Cake

This is amazing!

Zachary’s first birthday party was a casual friends-and-family pool party. We started with some swimming…   Then it was time for the big moment, the smash cake!  We did cupcakes, and we had both chocolate with white icing and yellow with chocolate icing… Then, it was time to open some presents…

Zachary’s First Visit to the Zoo


This past weekend, we spent the day at the zoo with my family. It was Zachary’s first time seeing bears, elephants, penguins, gorillas, etc. He did really well!  We timed it so he had already had his first nap before we got there, so he stayed awake the entire time except for at the giraffes, [...]

Stroll(er)ing Across Europe – A Highlight Reel of Zachary’s First Visit to Europe


Our vacation month in Europe with our baby is now only a memory, but what great memories they are!  Here are some photo highlights …   England Arrival and in Tunbridge Wells for a wedding: London: Read and see more from our visit to England   Belgium Brussels: Brugge: Read and see more from our [...]

A Day in London


Jody and I spent a couple of weeks in London a few years ago and fell in love with the city. For this trip with Zachary, we planned only a few hours in the city between the wedding and our train to Brussels.  Since we have already “done” London, we spent the day rediscovering some [...]

Of Fascinators and Cravats – Attending an English Wedding


Last night was Zachary’s Aunt Sarah’s (Jody’s sister) wedding in an Anglican ceremony about 40 miles outside of London.  Zachary was the “page boy” (or as we would say, ring bearer), wearing a “smart” waistcoat (vest) and bow tie, and was brought up the aisle by Jody.  I got to wear a fancy hat or [...]