Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

2017 was a good year...

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018...

Happy New Year from the Skinners on this frigid New Year's day!



Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everybody!

We stayed home for Christmas this year.  While on the one hand we missed the comfort and joy of time spent with family, on the other we enjoyed staying home and enjoying a quiet Christmas here.

The kids slept in until about 9 this morning, which was a Festivus miracle!

After gifts and Catherine's pancake breakfast, I had an itch to break out the camera and get the kids' photos.

I have had this photo of Leah with a lantern in the snow in my mind since last year.  I finally got of my butt and took the photo.  Sadly, we didn't have real snow, so digital snow will have to do.

For Ian, I was thinking something along the lines of Guardians of the Galaxy (Starlord).  I don't think we did it (we don't have the right clothes/costume to make that happen), but I do think we had a nice time.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very blessed Christmas.  May your days be merry and filled with the laughter of loved ones!



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Just having fun

I switched my photo library software system recently, and while I was digging around, I thought that I hadn't taken any photos of the kids for a while.  So rather than sit at my computer, I broke out the gear.

Ian was a willing participant.  We play a game on the Playstation where some of the characters sit like this:

Ian thought it would be fun to recreate that - so voila!

I then switched lenses and went with something more traditional.

Leah didn't want to play along at first since she didn't get out of her pajamas all day (it has been COLD! - it was a great day to stay inside), but once I convinced her it was just a headshot, she came along.

Otherwise, nothing new here.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fall color

I took my camera for a spin at Great Falls National Park this afternoon, hoping beyond hope that some color was still on the trees.

I was away last week during the peak of color around here, and we had a couple of storms move through that knocked a bunch of leaves down.

Fortunately, there were still some leaves on the trees - the walk down to the river convergence was a bit bleak, but I got a bit lucky on this one.

Hopefully I can time this better next year!

Have a great day,


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Manassas National Battlefield Park and Harper's Ferry

Wednesday morning I got up early and drove out to Manassas National Battlefield Park, site of two Civil War battles.

I have never been there before, and I did absolutely no Civil War research; I was primarily interested in walking around and pointing my camera at things.  I started out at a farmhouse near the visitor center, and then walked several miles in a big loop.

The light didn't pan out, but it was a nice walk.  Thursday evening I drove to Harper's Ferry, WV to take in the site above the town.

The hike was only about a mile and half, but it was mostly up.  I wasn't the only one who thought to take in a pretty sunset while overlooking Harper's Ferry, but it wasn't crowded, either. 

Have a great day everybody!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumnal Shenadoah

I have this week off, but my prior plans have fallen through.  So I decided to make the drive this morning to Shenandoah, since a weather app was predicting a solid chance for a pretty sunrise.

Unfortunately, the rain and clouds did not lift in time for a pretty sunrise, but I still got to take in some pretty sites.

The leaf color has been bumped up for our enjoyment - the colors are somewhat lackluster this year.

All in all, it was a very nice drive and well worth the effort.  Have a great day!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Library of Congress

You may recall from last year that I took the kids to the Library of Congress.  The main reading room is closed to the general public (unless you are conducting research - get a card) except for two days.  The day finally came!

Since the reading room wouldn't open until 10, we were in no rush to get there.  Thankfully, Columbus Day meant that traffic was light, and parking was free.

We arrived just in time to hop in the queue and wait about 5 minutes for admission to the main reading room.

We walked around, checked out a couple of older books laying around.

We even delved into the card catalog room, where Ian wanted to look up Genghis Khan (no idea where that came from - but it did take us a bit further into the bowels of the card catalog room).

We finished up with a nice lunch at Bullfeathers, a local restaurant, and then made our way back home.  All in all, a nice day.  Cheers,