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brunch in annapolis

It was another Irish Catholic family reunion. Cathleen and Mike invited everyone to their home for brunch, and two dozen of us showed up! Half from New Jersey and the other half from DC. Even Sham and Shan made it down. Is there a better way to spend your Saturday than catching up with your crazy family in the warm spring air, sipping mimosas and eating quiche? Let me answer for you: no, there is not. Thank you Cathleen for pulling this all together and being such a wonderful host!

elena’s birthday

Happiest of birthdays to one of my very favorite sisters-in-law! I am so glad you came into our family four years ago. Life has certainly changed because of you, and we are blessed to know you. We wish God's best for you this coming year.

del ray marina {puerto rico}

We spent a fair amount of time at the Del Ray Marina checking out all the fancy boats and eating at the marina's restaurant. I expected their seafood to be good, and it was! I ordered fish and shrimp tacos, the most popular item on the menu, and they were amazing. Such a good choice. Just thinking about those tacos is making me hungry! The marina was full of boats. Puerto Rico is a popular destination for luxury sailing, and we saw an entire fleet of beautiful sailboats. Brian and I strolled over the docks, taking in at each one, but I didn't want to be rude and take pictures of people's homes.

water and sunshine {puerto rico}

Hello from Puerto Rico! We just returned from a beautiful but brief trip to this tropical island in the Caribbean. I thought the island might be stripped of foliage from the recent Hurricane Maria, but my fears were put to rest as soon as we landed. We found our rental car and headed to the Wyndham Resort, our last-minute hotel of choice. I found an amazing VRBO rental in the jungle that I really wanted to check out, but we were only there for two days and it was on the opposite side of the island. I didn't realize quite how large Puerto Rico was! Definitely not like Cozumel, which Brian and I had driven around in just an hour or two. So instead, we picked the Wyndham resort. Not a bad runner-up. ;)

easter at the bay

Sunday afternoon proved to be even more beautiful than Saturday at the golf course. After church and lunch the group of us (minus thr napping Conor and Sadie) headed down to the bay to skip rocks and soak up the sun. It never gets old looking at the serene water. I can't wait to bring out the kayaks, but that may have to wait another month or two! Sasha is the only one who actually ventured into the water. She loved it! I'll have to buy her a new doggie water boomerang so we can play fetch. :) Bill and Sarah were the clear winners at skipping rocks. Conceptually I know it's all in the wrist, but practically I end up chucking each rock speedily into the watery depths. Clearly my skills lie elsewhere.

easter with family

What a beautiful Easter weekend! The sun came out and warmed up the chilly April air. The budding trees provided a great and timely reminder of life after death. Death is conquered, as proved by the empty tomb. Jesus is a living savior! Because he lives, so do I.

friends.

I don't mean to get sappy, but you guys! I got to see Alissa! And Jesse! And Tony! (Obviously I see my brother a little more often, but it's still pretty awesome.) It was like a mini Morris reunion, but with people I actually love. The fact that they (and Ashley) live in different parts of this huge state gives me actual anxiety. How could I move back to MN and choose who to live near?? Can you all please consolidate into one town or city? Thanks. :)

children’s science museum

Monday morning Ashley and I took the kids to the Children's Science Museum. This was a big destination for us when we were both growing up, but she hadn't yet ventured out to the museum with four kids by herself. Hmm, can't imagine why not? ;) Anyway, between the two of us there were (barely) enough adults to cover four little people with wildly different agendas. Haha. It was a blast. And then I needed a nap.

como zoo

This is the story of seeing Melissa + Co. after having not seen her for seven years. Susie, her oldest, just turned ten. I remember being at home school band when Melissa showed up all fancy and engaged to "Daniel" (the rest of us called him Dan) and showed us her blingy new ring. Fast forward to 2018. She and Dan have been married "for forever" and are parents to six totally awesome kids. Melissa hadn't met Charlie yet, so while she was soaking him in, I was staring in shock at her own kids. Where had they come from?? Last time I saw Melissa she had one, maybe two kids. Now there were six. They looked nothing alike, which I mentioned to Melissa. Melissa said sometimes people ask if they're tired of having more kids but she replies that since they're all so different, there are no repeats and they're still interesting. :) 


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