It's mostly pictures of the happenings within the Carr family, and some recipes.
Our latest pictures
Our long awaited annual beach trip was not the same without Mommy :(
Family Visit, hike, 1st FNL
We had a fairly busy 4th of July, with Jacob and Richa visiting, & hiking with Jo. Some fireworks, and our first FNL since covid.
An active sunday opened with kyaking on the potomac with Mary Jo, and then horse back riding with Marcey.
Maisey celebrated her 14th birthday! She had friends over to do some favorite activities, and we had her favorite Thai crispy chicken with basil for dinner.
Seven Springs Adventure
We took the opportunity to get out of town for a long weekend. After finding limited availability at crowded beaches, we opted to go west, and have a mountain adventure at Seven Springs ski resort. Really, we just wanted a pool and some fun.
Schools out, Farewell to Annie
Pictures from the graduation of the middle schoolers, and our last day with Annie, before she packs up and moves to her new job in Richmond!
Spring, Cicadas, and Grandparents on Cassia!
Here's a smattering of pictures from our spring around the house.
Marcey's Birthday party
Marcey's birthday party, had to wait until memorial day. It was the only time available for the alpacas to visit!
Marcey's Birthday Day
Marcey's birthday fell on a wednesday this year. Her chosen party activity was not available until May 31st.
In the meantime, here's our weeknight celebration!
Mary Jo's Quarentine Birthday Driveby
Well Jo finally earned her quarentine birthday shirt, and her quarentine birthday party like everyone else this year. I think she was feeling left out.
She had a special surprise at her drive by...
Mary Jo's birthday
She turned 7! She got cool gifts, and got to smash a big pinata with her buds.
we had a nice quiet Valentines sunday. We all made each other cards, and exchanged at dinner.
Snow & Food
Just a bunch of snow and food pictures, with some examples of Mary Jo's new talent.
Kick off a new year with a different 4 walls
We checked beach house prices, and noticed how cheap the January price was.
We also realized the kids had off MLK day and Inauguration day in the same week.
And since we can all work remotely, we thought we'd try working at the beach for a change of scenery. We brought Annie, and all our computers,
and all our food and had a really nice sunny week at the Beach, in Corrolla. We lucked out with weather
that was just barely warm enough to sit on the beach and enjoy it.
Here's our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day....
This is just a collection of pictures from December that mostly chronical our getting into the holdiay spirit.
The 2020 Bundy - Carr BWI Reunion!
Jenny's brother's family moved from Hawaii, to Germany. On their way to Germany they had a layover at BWI overnight.
We were fortunate to have nice enough weather forcast that we figured we could visit in the hotel parking lot.
Jill drove down from Ohio, and stayed at the same hotel overnight, and we packed our van with chairs and hung out for a few hours in the sun,
in the BWI Hilton parking lot. It was really nice to see everyone, even if breifly.
Thanksgiving and Jenny's Birthday
Here's pictures from our Thanksgiving day and Jenny's birthday, which was was on Black Friday this year.
Baby Fix and Blythes
Joe Farmer came by with his baby, who we've been dying to meet, and we celebrated Cara's birthday
Jo likes hiking
Jo and Jeff met Aaron and Eli at the Billy Goat Trail, which is on the Maryland side of the Potomac. It's a really long, very rocky hike. Jo loved it and continues to talk about hiking again. We had an outdoor movie night with the Blythes later same day.
We ended up with a great night for Halloween! Everyone was safe, with grab-n-go tables at the end of driveways or front walk.
Everyone was also more generous than normal years with their candy sizes ;)
The pumpkin patches required advanced reservations for a specific half hour time slot this year.
You pay for the slot, and they put that money toward your pumpkins. I was worried we'd get stuck in the rain,
but we lucked out with the weather.
1st Day of school!
The first day of school, albeit virtual... typically we would have new outfits, shoes, and backpacks, but this year
it was old clothes, barefoot, and we only came outside to take the picture!
Girls visit PA
With only a couple weeks before school starts, the girls went to PA with Marshall and Nancy to hang out and get some Uncle Andy time. They had a ton of fun, and also got in a visit to see Lucy on the farm.
Our quietest beach week ever. Jo grew leaps and bounds in swimming ability, and it didn't rain the whole week!
Maisey's 13th Birthday
A big fun weekend outside for the 4th of July, followed by Maisey's 13th birthday which was mostly an outdoor celebration and drive by.
Marcey's 9th Birthday
Marcey had another awsome cinco-de-mayo birthday. The weather cooperated and Marcey's class-mates, friends, and even her teacher surprised her with an hour of drive-by visits.
This was the first year of marcey's life that we didn't go to Anita's.
We tried to do curbside, but I couldn't get through on the phone lines. We made a huge tray of really good nacho's, so it was all good. Between all the friends who dropped by, the pinata, the cake and all the fun and gifts, she had a great birthday!
Teachers came to Cassia!
Mrs Devine, Mrs Geyer, and Mrs Clayborne visited us today! (Mary Jo's teachers). They stopped by to leave chalk messages in the driveway. So nice to see them.
Here's some pictures from our Easter Morning
Mary Jo's 6th birthday
Mary Jo turned 6, and had a fantastic birthday with grandparents and friends and some cool gifts.
Herndon Father Daughter Dance
This years Herndon Father Daughter dance was the last year that all 3 girls would be able to attend together. It was a little sad to think about that, but we had a great time together.
Hawaii for Christmas!
We went to Hawaii for Christmas! We visited Uncle Jeff, Aunt Krissy and the boys on O‘ahu, at their home on Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam.
Hawaii part 2
Part 2 of our Hawaian Christmas. In this set we visit Bellows Beach, Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse, and Ford Island.
Hawaii part 3
Part 3 contains pictures from Christmas Day, snorkeling at sharks cove, turtle beach, North Shore and Matsumoto's Shave ice, Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona, Our Luau at Paradise Cove, and a submarine ride at 100ft deep.
Hawaii part 4
In part 4, Jeff surf's at Waikiki Beach, we Paddleboard at Hickam beach, we have a family photo shoot at Bellows beach with all 10 of us, we celebrate Ethans 15th birthday and ring in the new year in Hawaii!
Hawaii part 5 - VIDEOS!
Here's a youtube playlist of some video memories from our trip... I recommend playing all and full screening.
Thanksgiving dinner with Brock and the Blythe's.
We had some fun raking leaves...
School pictures came out! Also, I had a bunch of unrelated things from sept & beginning of oct
Marshall and Nancy visited for the weekend and took in a Field hockey game, and attended the memorial service with us at fairfax hospital
Our MIS organization helped sponsor the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) Remembrance walk. We walked as a family, to remember Ross.
Daddy's Birthday Night
Aug 26th 2019
First day of school
July 26th 2019
Beach Week 2019!
July 6th 2019
Marshall and Nancy visited for Maisey's actual brithday, and we took a quick family photo before going out to dinner. This was the money shot, with everyone looking, everyone smiling, nobody crying! Woo Hoo!
June 30th 2019
Maisey chose to have a sleepover with 3 friends at the cabin in Lovettsville to celebrate her 12th birthday. We visited harpers ferry, and had some of the parents over for dinner.
June 23rd 2019
Here's our trip to Ohio. We visited Put-In-Bay and Cedar Point. JoJo met Snoopy! Marcey rode Gatekeeper which went upside down 6 times!
June 13th 2019
Masiey's 6th grade promotion ceremony
June 7th 2019
Pictures from the last day, of the final year the girls would all be in the same school together.... A sad day for us all.
Some pictures I forgot to post from our visit to see Granmda, Grandpa, and Uncle Andy.
June 1st 2019
Maisey had her final 6th grade chorus concert, and we had a great day at the Herndon Festival Carnival!
May 19th 2019
Maisey and Daddy hiked the AT, Raven Rocks hike, on sunday. Great hike. Brutal, but good.
There's also some mothers day pictures, and a few from Marcey's birthday.
May 5th 2019
Marcey turned 8 on this Cinco-de-Mayo! Grandparents were in town for a fun weekend that including opening night of FNL, and a Amphora bakery party for the birthday girl.
Apr 28th 2019
Mary Jo learned how to ride a 2-wheeler!
Apr 20th 2019
We spent a few days at Janes cabin in Lovettsville. We had great weather and were able to catch up with some good friends. Kathy was able to stay a night with us, and she even watched the girls so Jenny and I could escape a couple times. The girls got to experience the country and nature, and catch tadpoles in the pond. We stopped by our old house and met the current owner who was nice enough to give us a tour of the house and a walk around the property. The peepers were peeping and it was really nice to be away from it all.
Apr 18th 2019
Visited Harpers Ferry with the Blythes. We had a beautiful day for it, and had a great time.
Feb 18th 2019
Jo turned 5 today, and had a fun party with her buddy Hartley, and now she can chew gum!
Feb 2nd 2019
Another year of Herndon Father Daughter dance
Dec 11th 2018
Decorated the Christmas Tree
Dec 1st 2018
Daddy-Daughters trip to see M, N and Uncle Andy
Nov 22nd 2018
Jill visited for Thanksgiving, with good 'ol Duffy, which the girls loved.
Nov 11th 2018
Christina Derleth visited us for a night....
Oct 31st 2018
Halloween night we had an absolutely beautiful night for a walk around the neighborhood.
Oct 28th 2018
Our last minute visit to the pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins and take a few pictures
Oct 20th 2018
Early fall pictures around the house and at field hockey
Sept 1st 2018
Heather and Fletchers Wedding at Jay Peak, Vermont. Maisey, Marcey, and Mary Jo were flower girls.
Aug 31st 2018
We traveled by luxury mini van up to Jay Peak for Fletchers wedding. We had a bunch of fun exploring the mountain and hanging out with family. We made some new friends and hopefully spurred some interest in returning to the mountain when there's snow ;)
Aug 28th 2018
First day of school. This is the last year that all 3 girls will be in the same school together :(
Aug 3rd 2018
Our 2018 Beach week was alot of fun. We had another great year of food, friends, sun and swimming!
Jul 11th 2018
Marcey won 4 tickets through girlscouts to go see the Taylor Swift stadium tour at FexEx field. The seats were awesome, and we had a great night. This was Maisey and Marcey's first Concert, and it was a big one.
Michigan trip, Part 1 Jenny was stuck working, but the kids and I went up to spend a week at great Grandmas house, on the lake with Marshall, Nancy and Andy.
Michigan trip, Part 2 Blue Angels were in town, and we had some awesome weather.
Heather and Sarah Pharr graduated high school! here's some pictures from their grad party
last day of pre school
Herndon festival was partially washed out, but we got 2 days of rides in while it was nice. Also, Biff got Glasses ;)
Memorial weekend we visited Lawsons, in PA
Had a beautiful day for Water day this year, which continued as a great night for FNL with friends
School Pictures! -and a bunch of other good pictures spanning march/April/May
Cliffords Birthday party
Marcey turned 7!
Marcey had a class trip to Mt. Vernon and I chaperoned.
Mary Jo's 4th Birthday
Herndon father daughter dance was a hit again this year.
Jacob and Richa visited us in Herndon.
Pictures from Christmas week.
Pictures from Jenny's birthday dinner, and our first day of snow which coincided with Herndon's Toy Train day, and Nidia's Christmas Party.
Decorating the Christmas Tree with Uncle Andy
I'm trying to catch up with posting pictures, so doing a catch up that covers Sept to November. This covers the girls school pictures, and some pictures from our leave cleanup day, which was a lot of fun out front with the camera.
We had a 2 week family vacation in Europe. We began in Germany, flying into Frankfurt, and traveling via train to Jeff Bundy's home in Spangdahlem Germany.
Jeff and Krissy accepted responsibility for the girls for a few days, and allowed Jenny and I to escape for a parent-only side trip to Amsterdam. We drove to Luxembourg, and took trains through Belgium (Brussels) to our Destination of Amsterdam, for a couple nights of fun. We ate and drank as much as we could, taking in the sights, doing the Van Gogh Museum and so on. We walked SO MUCH, but enjoyed Amsterdam probably most of all the places we visited. It helps I appreciate bikes.
After returning from Amsterdam, we had a little more time at Jeff and Krissy's before both our families shoved off for Paris. We had planned to stay in Paris for our second week, renting a house together that would accomodate the 9 of us, and doing all the things you do in Paris.
We tackled Disneyland Paris, and had a less than stellar experience. The lines were so bad, we couldn't do anything. We were there 4 hours before getting on our first ride. I had heard that August was bad there, but it's beyond bad. I would say it's not usable and you should avoid ever going there. The 2 rides we did go on, were great. Thunder Mountain and Hyperspace Mountain, were both more significant roller coasters than their Florida counterparts (going upside down) Hyperspace Mountain looks like space mountain, and is in total darkness like the Florida version, but it's star wars themed, and the storm troopers speak french. It was awesome, and I'm glad we used our fast pass on that, but sad we didn't have the ability to experience more at that park. There were no characters around the park or anything to keep mobs occupied. We ended up leaving early, to go back to Paris and have a nice relaxing dinner there.
our last few days we visited countless cafe's and shopped a little. We visited Jim Morrisons grave, which our rental house was very close to, and we did the Louvre, Notre Dame, and saw the Eiffel Tower at night. I have to say, I don't miss trains now that I'm home. Having your life revolve around trains and hustle of getting kids on and off them (with a stroller) is a little more hectic than vacation should be.
July 22th 2017
Beach week 2017! Weather could have been sunnier, as the first half of the week included a lot of clouds and rain, but we made the most of it and had another year of awesome meals and fun times around the beach and pool.
July 6th 2017
Maisey's 10th Birthday! Manicure party at the nail salon.
July 3rd 2017
Uncle Bob and family came to spend the 4th of july weekend, (and his birthday) with us. We had a bunch of fun in the sun. We saw an Orioles game at Camden Yards, and the Girls were on TV! We only found out, because the lady sitting behind us, told us she saw it on the TV when she was getting stadium food. We went out to dinner at a crab shack, and they were replaying the Game we had just driven from so we got to watch the girls on TV. I took a video at the restaurant, of the TV ;)
The next day, we went to DC and walked the mall monuments, then tackled the Spy Museum. The girls were fairly good, considering it was 2 days of extreme outdoor heat, but I think they'll remember it fondly, as will I. I just wish they lived closer, so we could play euchre more often.
June 25th 2017
Jenny, Maisey & Marcey went to see the Sound of Music on a sunday night at the Kennedy Center, with some other mothers and their kids she know's through work. This was their first theater experience, so they got all dressed up, so I took pictures. Daddy and Jo had a father-daughter night together.
June 23th 2017
Last Day of School! Now we have a rising 5th grader, rising 1st Grader, and rising Pre-Schooler.
June 10th 2017
Aunt Ann passed away way too early. Marshall, Nancy, Andy and I traveled to Seattle for her service. It was great to meet a bunch of family that I had not met before, and to catch up with those I had.
June 3rd 2017
May 29th 2017
We visited the Lawson's new house over Memorial Weekend, and had a really fun time strawberry picking and cookin out on a nice holiday weekend.
May 5th 2017
Marcey turned 6!
Here's some of the fun we had in April, like Bowling & Biff's birthday. Also, Marcey learned to ride a 2 wheeler in a matter of minutes.
Mar 26th 2017
Brock had a trip to DC for a week, so we got to meet up with his group along the way (Air and space museum).
Feb 18th 2017
Here's pictures from Mary Jo's 3rd Birthday! Jill, Marshall, Nancy, and Andy visited and we had a small Frozen-themed party to celebrate Jo's big day.
Feb 4th 2017
The Herndon Father Daughter Dance!
Jan 18th 2017
Day 6: Universal Studios
Jan 18th 2017
Day 5: Hollywood Studios
Jan 18th 2017
Day 4: Magic Kingdom & a Suprise fireworks cruise
Jan 17th 2017
Day 3: Animal Kingdom
Jan 16th 2017
Day 2: Epcot
Jan 15th 2017
Day 1: Magic Kingdom
Jan 14th 2017
For Marshall and Nancy's 50th Anniversary THEY took us to Disney for a week. They drove down to our house, and we all boarded the same flight to Orlando. Our picture adventure starts at the airport curb, where we were dropped off by our super-awesome neighbors, who drove us in 2 vehicles in order to get us all there without paying for transportation....