Winter trip to Sandpoint Idaho

What a great trip.   Here’s a collection of photos.

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Mount Rainier Day Trip

Took a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park. The boys have now been to their 6th National Park. What a great day for a trip. Crystal clear skies. We could see north to Mount Baker and south to Mount Adams. Hiked almost 3 miles round trip up to Frozen Lake. The boys did great. Olin did the first mile on his own. Great views and the wildflowers were out in force. One of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever been on.

Also had a massive breakfast at Sun Break Cafe (seriously, the plate of food they gave me was 3x what it could have been). And great ice-cream in Greenwater (Thanks for the tip Lidija)!

Great day.

London+Paris

Kim and I had the honor of getting to go on the ADP “President’s Club” trip to London this year.  This was a big surprise to us and happened on short notice.  I’m humbled to get to go along on this trip with some of the top people in the company.

Kim and I had a great time.  Lots of fun hanging out with everyone.  The two evening events were fun.  The sights we saw in London were amazing.  The history and ornate decorations of the places we saw were impressive.  We even got to visit with Leo and Annica (Sven’s sister) in london for lunch.  We were able to manage to avoid the riots happening in North London.  Great shopping, food and fun.

We then took the train (via the Channel Tunnel) to Paris.  Spent 1.5 days in Paris.  Our hotel had great views of the city.  Again, we continued our siteseeing of all many different architectural sites in Paris.  Lots of churches, monuments and squares.  Able to get some good cafe time.

So, where were the kids?  Grandma and Grandpa were kind enough to come to Seattle and watch the boys for the week we were gone.  They did an amazing job watching the boys.  Sander and Olin had a great time.  They did a ton of activities.  They miss seeing their grandparents now that they have left.

A once and a lifetime trip and experience.

Here are some pics:

2010 Year in Review

We had a very good 2010. Before we get too far into 2011, I wanted to take a moment to reflect. We had lots of fun exploring our home in Seattle. Went on trips all over the area with lots of visits to the Zoo, Aquarium and events around Western Washington. Visits from family and friends were highlights plus big trips to Indiana and California. There were many a dance party in the house … the boys liked Technotronic and Boys2Men…. Kim and I liked Bon Jovi and other 80’s hair metal (hence the music in the video).

Worked consumed both Kim and I, with her job being 24/7 (thank you so much Kim).

The boys grew up a lot this year and watching this video makes me so shocked about how big Olin has gotten. He turns 2 tomorrow. We have a big 2011 ahead of us.

Friday Harbor Vacation Part 2

On Sunday of our vacation to Friday Harbor, we found a window of sunshine and made our way to the southeast tip of the island.  We hiked out to the lighthouse and enjoyed the shore.  After grabbing some pictures and enjoying the morning, we made our way back to the hotel and relaxed through the afternoon.  Very pretty and sleepy here on San Jaun in the offseason.

I enjoyed mornings out walking around the boats and taking pictures in the harbor.  Kim enjoyed the relaxation and reading books.  Great vacation.