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Back to School!

By on Sep 2, 2016 in Personal

It is that time of year again…the time that the kids have been dreading. Goodbye summer vacation, hello school year.

It really isn’t so bad. The little ones are mostly bummed about bedtime. During the summer (and weekends) they are allowed to stay up until 10pm and they get to take their tablets to bed. On school nights though, they have to hand over their tablets and get in bed at their bedtime (8pm and 9pm for the two littles).

Welcome to the Mark, Travis and Matt show!

By on Aug 16, 2016 in Personal

I spent the entire day working up the energy to make it to this show. This wasn’t just some random concert. If you don’t know me, maybe you have no idea how much I love Blink-182. They have been my favorite band since 1997 and I don’t get many chances to see them play live (because it seems like they so rarely tour in the US).

Happy Birthday, America!

By on Jul 4, 2016 in Personal

Between town festivals, parties and fireworks on the beach, there is never a shortage of fun things to do on the 4th of July. But this year, I opted for a low-key quiet day at home. We snacked on chopped veggies, fired up the grill and waited for the sun to go down to set off some fireworks. Overall, it was a definite success.

Thrills, Chills and Fun Times Ahead!

By on Jun 26, 2016 in Personal

I grew up a relatively short distance from Williamsburg, Virginia. This meant that summertime often included trips to Busch Gardens. Being a thrill seeker, these trips have left some awesome lasting memories. As an adult, I still enjoy the thrills and now I get to share them with my kids. But, over time I stopped going as often. Eventually it became a thing for the kids to do with their dad. They would take off early in the morning and come back with pictures and souvenirs and I’d enjoy the stories they would tell me about riding the little Clydesdale horses, the tea cups, and whatever awesome new coasters have been added.

On an Island in the Sun

By on Jun 23, 2016 in Personal

Here is to another great musical adventure!

To keep up with my awesome concert trend, my latest adventure was Weezer / Panic! at the Disco in Virginia Beach. This marks the second time I’ve seen P!ATD within the last year but surprisingly it was my first time seeing Weezer. I’ve been a fan since my teenage years. They definitely didn’t disappoint.

Welcome Summer!

By on Jun 16, 2016 in Personal

Summer has finally found us! After a few false starts, it looks like the warm weather is here to stay for a while. I have been looking forward to the telltale signs of the season – the smell of charcoal from the grill in the evening, the sounds of the kids laughing and running around in the yard, lightning bugs illuminating our path during evening strolls… Of course, the presence of summer also means that the kids are home from school. No more homework after dinner and 8pm bedtimes. Instead, they get to trade those in for extended playtime and staying up late (10pm – because we party like rock stars around here). This was a pretty big milestone school year. Lexxie started Kindergarten. She put on a brave face on that first day of school as she walked into her classroom and found her seat. There were no tears – a little apprehension – but she held it...

Hello Pool Season!

By on Jun 13, 2016 in Personal

Hello summer. Hello sunshine. Hello lazy evenings poolside! Summer is finally here and in full swing – that means longer hours in the sun and more time to lay by the pool. Last year I couldn’t quite find the time in my schedule to slow down and enjoy the warm moments of summer but this year I have made the time. So far it has been the perfect solution. The sun is still shining bright when my work day ends and the heat is definitely not going anywhere. By the time we get to the pool, the usual afternoon crowd has left so there is more room for the kids to throw balls, play Marco Polo, or just splash around on kick boards and pool noodles. It is nice for me too! I can take in a little Vitamin D while I enjoy a relaxing moment…and when it gets too hot…a quick dip in the water brings me right back to bliss. I am definitely loving it.

Welcome to Chapel Hill

By on Jun 11, 2016 in Professional

I spend a decent amount of time in the Triangle these days, specifically in Raleigh, but this week was a little different. Rather than visiting my office, I had the pleasure of working in beautiful Chapel Hill. We hosted a conference at the Friday Center and it was quite a success. This was my first visit to the Friday Center and I was really impressed with the venue. The accommodations were wonderful – clean and spacious – and they even had common areas for user networking. It was refreshing seeing so many people from different industries, backgrounds and locations spanning the globe coming together to learn and share their own knowledge. The weather was beautiful for the entire event. The sun was shining, but not too hot, for the pre-conference golfing and it was just warm enough to enjoy the Durham Bulls game from our private party area at the Tobacco Road Cafe. Things...