Archives for December 2016

Chrysler Pacifica Real Mom (and Kid) Review

After ohhing and ahhing about the cool new Chrysler Pacifica this fall, the A Parent in Silver Spring crew had the chance to test drive the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica one for one week this December. I really liked this fully-loaded minivan, but my three children LOVED it. Charlie, Eve and Alice were living in bummed out land when they came home yesterday and the ride and drive folks had taken it back to the dealership.Usually the kids are crawling into my 2015 three-row SUV, so they were Read more...

Holiday Outing for DC Families: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Adventure Theatre MTC

We are massive Adventure Theatre MTC groupies now, but back in December of 2007 we selected Adventure Theatre for our then four-year-old Charlie's first stage production ever. It was a two-person telling of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a book we had been reading to him at bedtime. We guessed that the small theater, children-centric storytelling and one-act format would be a great first foray to theatre for our preschooler.We were so right. The outing was a success, as Charlie was Read more...

Best Christmas Tree Ever: Tree Classics Snap Tree

Putting up your Christmas tree should always be joyful and easy. We learned this thanks to TreeClassics and will never go back! The first year of our marriage, Chris and I purchased a live Christmas tree from a local lot. We lugged it home atop my Jetta, scratching the car's paint and getting sap in every crevice of our one-bedroom apartment. The next year newborn Charlie had just joined our little family, so Chris took care of the tree transportation to our Silver Spring house solo. That tree Read more...

The Inn at Pocono Manor: A Wes Anderson Style Family Getaway

Last weekend my family I drove up to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and went back in time to an earlier era during our three day, two night stay at The Inn at Pocono Manor. If you have ever wanted to live on the sets of The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Royal Tenenbaums, then this is the place. We had a otherworldly, magical, family-focused time. It was awesome!The ambiance of the entire hotel is like a retro Christmas dream, with dozens of decorated trees and holiday charm everywhere.We Read more...