In the Mountains of West Virginia

In the Mountains of West Virginia

We decided it was high time to have a Small Family Vacation, so Jason found a cabin in the mountains nearly equi-distant from Arlington, Mount Vernon, and Pittsburgh, and we all met up there for a fun and relaxing weekend. We had such a good time and made lots of good memories–hot tubbing in a […]

Adventures in Sherwood Forest

With the Major OakOriginally uploaded by jmsmall2005. You probably have a list like mine, the one on which you keep all the things you want to do in your life? Well, today we checked one off of my list–visit Sherwood Forest in the springtime. I can hear the loud, cosmic chalk scraping a check onto […]

Oxford Bound

Christ Church PicnicOriginally uploaded by jmsmall2005. We did at least three things today that I had not done in the three months I studied in Oxford during undergrad. As we strolled around the beautiful Christ Church College meadow, I kept wondering what I did with all my time. Then we walked past the Radcliffe Camera, […]


Easter at Westminster Abbey Originally uploaded by jmsmall2005. Cheers from London! Our second day here was pretty wonderful. We started our morning at Westminster Abbey for the Easter service. It was phenomenal. Nevermind that we sat next to Chaucer’s grave and on TOP of Tennyson’s. It was really incredibly cool to sing “Christ our Lord […]

Laughing together

Laughing together Originally uploaded by jmsmall2005. I have to write a quick note because it’s been SO LONG since we blogged…and we are leaving in 13 minutes for the airport and a fun little jaunt to London (yay!). Not much time to blog anyway, since I just got back form a week in Idaho last […]

On the Point

Biking Beauty?Originally uploaded by jmsmall2005. Last weekend we loaded up our car with bikes, picnic equipment, and books and drove down to southern Maryland. Destination: St. Michael’s Manor. The bed and breakfast is 200 years old and perched right on the edge of Point Lookout State Park. Point Lookout was once a Union prisoner-of-war camp, […]

Arg, me matey!

Arg, me matey! Originally uploaded by jmsmall2005. We’re back from Jamaica, suffciently tanned/freckled and trying to get used to sleeping less than 10 hours a night. It’s a lot harder than you’d think, really. Our list of “favorite things about Jamaica” includes:* snorkeling through schools of vibrantly colored fish* reading 4 and a half books […]

A Pleasant Fiction

What does one need after a first year of marriage that included putting a condo together, finishing a kitchen renovation, and traveling worldwide and multiple trips to the Northwest (for work and not-so-work)? — Jamaica. It is a pleasant fiction. The best part is this vacation doesn’t involve much thinking or decision-making beyond determining which […]

Wed by the Lake

Dawn and BrianOriginally uploaded by jmsmall2005. In our quest to spend more time in Idaho than in Washington, DC this summer (not a bad idea, as today in DC the humidity is making it feel like 108 degrees outside), we spent a beautiful weekend in Coeur d’Alene helping Dawn and Brian celebrate their marriage. Dawn […]