Troncones Mexico Trip

We had a wonderful trip to Troncones Mexico with the Steckler Family.  Walking off the airplane in Zihuatenejo, and feeling the warmth flood over us was just the beginning of a great week.  We spent a ton of time in the pool, napping (shout out to the nap zone), eating a ton of great food (favorites include Ani’s cooking at the house of fish, crepes, tortillas, guac and huevos rancheros and the food we ate out at Rufi’s and Eden), fun Eco-Tour kayak, playing video games, drinking beer in the pool and eating quac, building sand castles, making friends with Julia and Ani, listening to the waves, two boys getting eaten alive from mosquitos, and keeping a very nice slow pace throughout the whole week.  What a vacation.  Unforgettable.

Here are a big set of pictures that are just a portion of the trip.  Video will come at some point.

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Thanksgiving 2011

Great Douglas family visit. Al, Kathy (“that guy”), Sven and Nicole all came up to Seattle for the extended weekend (still here as I write this). So far it has been a great visit. I cannot think of a better way to spend the holiday. Thanksgiving continues to be my favorite holiday.

Garden Railroad In Train Video

Here are two videos we took using my iphone from Rich’s garden railroad train. Clearance was very tight, but it worked. The phone did not fall into the pond.

Which view do you prefer? left or right?

From the right side:


From the left side:

Lots of fun here in Carson.

Suncadia Trip

Earlier this month, we had a great trip to Suncadia. It is about 2 hours away up in the Cascade mountains. Snowed a lot, and was very cold, but we had a great time. Spent a lot of time at the swimming pool with to large water slides and an outdoor hot tub. Sander was brave enough to go down the water slides multiple times even though they were pitch black. Him and I had good races. The outdoor hot tub provided lots of entertainment of getting snow and watching it melt in the tub. All that in 10 degree weather. We also spent a day in Leavenworth (a bravarian town) enjoying the fun shops, food and even a trip to the National Fish Hatchery for Salmon. Great vacation for us.

Halloween Festivities Begin

Friday began with a trip to Sander’s school for the “Halloween Parade”.  All the kids dressed up and parading for the parents.  The evening ended with a big trip to Magnolia village for some trick-or-treating with Sander’s friend Henry and his family.  Lots of fun.

Summer Vacation

We were lucky to get to spend sometime in the Bay Area this summer with family and friends. We moved around a lot; we stayed in the East Bay, San Francisco and the North Bay. We started out in the East Bay with an all important Mom’s Group 4th birthday party. Perhaps much more of a celebration for us Mom’s. We were very happy that we were able to attend this year. It was a beautiful day at Aquatic Park in Berkeley to visit with all the other families.

Then we headed to Triple E & A’s house. They were very gracious hosts and the kids as always had a fabulous time. They even arranged for some construction work to go on across the street, which provided some great entertainment for the kids.

O and E tried their hand at video games.

Bring it!

Then onto Camp Castro in San Francisco. Where they had also arranged for some construction work for us to provide even more entertainment. We had great adventures including visits to see GG, where O’s toy of choice was a pill bottle (empty and clean); a trip to the California Academy of Science; playing with the big cousins (a highlight was picking them up a school); and girls night out.

Then it was up to the north bay where the boys stayed a night with Nee Nee and Uncle Sven before we all made our way to Sebastopol for the rest of the week. Chris was able to take some time off and we got to go on adventures around the area. We also had the the luxury of having a kid free day in wine country. The boys had a great time playing with Gran. We fit about 4 dates into one day, breakfast in Healdsburg and a little shopping, wine tasting, picnic lunch at Bella Winery, then a movie and dinner. We also rounded out the week with trips to the park, beach, whale watching and train town.

Enjoying the quiet (and her iphone).
What's better than digging a big hole?
A ride at Train town.

We ended the trip watching our friends Karna and Chris get married. Oh and there also was trying to get a Douglas Family picture (see below). Thanks again to all who were able to fit in seeing us and we wish we could of seen everyone.

Douglas Family.
The Real Douglas Family.