Christmas 2017

We were happy to travel to Ohio this holiday season and spend Christmas Eve and Day with Grandma Rosemary, Grandpa Greg, family and friends.  Elliott and Rory enjoyed the traditional making of sugar cookies and playing in Grandma’s basement funhouse which included a bouncy castle, ball pit, and model train set.  Elli and cousin Brayden turned out to be good buddies and got along very well. The kids are appreciative of all the gifts received from Santa and family.  Tuesday we flew back home to Maryland and were joined by Grandma and Grandpa Withers for more gifts and fun times.

Overall another great Christmas in the books and we’ll be back to our normal school/work schedule after the new year.  Thank you all for the hospitality and thoughtful gifts!

Awe-struck by Christmas

Thanks for the gingerbread train kit Aunt Linda and Uncle Ron!

Christmas cookie making

Sprinkle Overload

Gift Smasher

Convincing Lion Mask

Nose Smoosher

Siblings and Cousins

Columbus Family

Matching PJ’s from Grandma

Elli got a sleeping bag. Now she’s ready for camping next year.

Rory loves her new baby doll

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Ariel and Flounder!

Ariel and Flounder


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Baby Steps

Here is a video of Rory’s latest trick.  She’s showing herself to be a cautious one.

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Rory – 1 Year Old

Elliott – 1 Year Old

Bonus points if you noticed Cheri has been wearing the same pair of Keens almost daily for more than 4 years.  I can’t get a pair of shoes to last more than 6 months.

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Happy Birthday Rory!

Rory’s First Cake

Rory turned one this week!  She’s picking up some sign language, standing on her own, and threatening to walk any day.  My parents were here last weekend and she had her first taste of chocolate cake.

Around the homestead we have been enjoying the last of summer, mountain biking whenever possible, renovating a bathroom, and making slow progress on a treehouse.

Treehouse Framed In

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…In Summer

A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand, probably getting gorgeously tan…

Beach Elli

Beach Rory

Elli and Grandpa

Last month we travelled to South Carolina to visit Cheri’s immediate and extended family and have some beach fun.  While we were there, we celebrated Elliott’s 4th birthday as well.

Rory is up on her feet and pushing her walker around better than an old woman in Florida.

Elliott is improving her coordination through playground activities.

I’ve been slowly working to build a stone path down the hill behind our house to more easily access the back yard and prevent further grandfatherly wrist fractures.  I finished it last weekend and now I guess it’s a good time to go entirely overboard on a dad project.  Let’s build a treehouse!

Back Yard

Right now it’s an 8×8 blank canvas.  Any suggestions?

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Withers Spring Briefing

Spring has been busy.  Here’s the update I know you’ve been wishing for.  If you are reading this in your email, click on the WordPress link to see videos!

Rory is mobile!  Crawling all over the place and really enjoying investigating all areas of the house.

Brent came to visit over mother’s day and it was good to see him and hang out a bit.

Mothers Day 2017

Mothers Day 2017

I spent a bit of time in April prepping the car for track duty.  (Car talk incoming…)  I pulled the transmission and replaced the clutch, IMS bearing, rear main seal, timing chain tensioners, motor mounts,  and oil pressure regulator.  Installed new shocks and springs, sway bars, motorsport oil baffle, brake pads, and a roll bar.  Changed brake fluid, transaxle oil, and engine oil.  As far as laying on the concrete and turning wrenches goes, the Porsche is probably the most enjoyable car I have worked on.  Most things are accessible without having to remove a bunch of other stuff and mechanically it’s a pretty simple car.

Cheri bought me a gift certificate to a track event at Summit Point Motorsports Park for Christmas.  I cashed it in on May 20-21 and had a lot of fun driving in circles.  They provided an instructor to teach me how to go fast and be safe.  The car never complained and I’m sure I was nowhere near its limits.

Last weekend we drove to the beach.  Elliott enjoyed doing all the beachy things and Rory liked playing dominos. It was a nice relaxing time.

Building Sand Castles

Beach Nap

Beach Smiles

Rory likes playing Dominos

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