The excitement of Winter Break

We have two weeks off this year for Christmas and New Year’s, and I thought I’d highlight some of the noteworthy events. We spent Christmas Eve at my parent’s house for the traditional Abbott gift exchange. Adhering to tradition, Scott and Katy were about two hours late. Since Stephen and Alex had to leave to go…

Losing at Complicated Board Games

Saturday was game day at Jim’s house, and the game of the day was A Study in Emerald. The site selling the game provides this description: The premise is simple, the year is 1881 and the ‘Old Ones’ have been ruling the earth for over seven hundred years. Although most of humanity has accepted these…

Christmas Laughs, Lines, and Weather

It’s been a busy fall, spent watching various professional and college sports teams lose, coaching basketball, and teaching the youth of America. Now that I have some time off, I can provide an update about all of the important things that have happened this Christmas season. On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, Laura and I…

Memorial Day at Belle Isle in Richmond

On Memorial Day, we headed over the bridge to Belle Isle in Richmond. The plan was to have a picnic and maybe take a walk or something. We brought food, drinks, and an extra outfit for McKenna. What did not bring was a bathing suit. Somehow we overlooked the fact that McKenna would be biologically…

Mother’s Day Weekend

Poppy Inconceivably Almost Buys Ice Cream for One Child: Uncharacteristically, the Abbott get-together for Mother’s Day was peaceful. That peace and tranquility was wrecked by the cacophonous sound of… the Ice Cream Truck. I’m not sure how the Ice Cream Truck creates a sound that combines the vibe of a satanic message from a nursery…