Neighborhood Camping at Silver Springs 2014

We went camping this last weekend at Silver Springs Campground outside of Mount Rainier National Park on the White River.   Great time with friends.  The boys enjoyed themselves running all over the place and going on adventures.   At one point they got too adventurous and wondered off with bigger kids to the other end of the campground leaving us to scramble.   Not fun.   But otherwise a great camping trip.

Highlights include the big trip to the river with adventures through the water, tag playing around camp, good food, the extreme fire making skills required to keep the wood lit, popcorn scavengers, bike riding around the circle, smores, relaxing with friends around the campfire, etc…

Below are the pics and video of the trip.  Looking forward to doing it again next year.’




Last Day in our House

This is the last full day in our “old house”.

I rented this house sight-unseen by Kim. A big risk. Overall the house has worked well for us. Been many good times here.

  • Four years of our life were spent here. When we moved here, Olin was a baby and Sander was 2.
  • The boys grew from being little ones to big guys. Potty training, Olin out of a crib, no more baby gates, etc…
  • The boys learned the joy of a circular main floor where they can run in circles. over and over again.
  • Dance parties in the kitchen
  • All the visitors we’ve had that shared good times.
  • Kim and I relaxing after dinner talking
  • Sledding down a hill right next to our house.
  • Massive games of tag. Kim and Chris chasing each other around the yard. It is amazing we didn’t hurt ourselves.
  • Epic birthday parties (slot car tracks and all)
  • The boys waving to me from the window as I ride by on the bus
  • Coming home each day, and seeing my wife across the room before I even get in the door. Nice to come home.
  • Having a garage
  • Olin learning how to ride his bike in the Alley. Boy boys riding like crazy back there.
  • Having 6 people come by to get candy at Halloween each year, but still buying a big bag of candy and putting out pumpkins.
  • Christmas decorations in the house
  • Seaplanes
  • Playing soccer and baseball in the backyard

Those are just some of the things. This list is long on things we won’t miss. But for now, these 5 minutes, I’m choosing to think of the fun memories we’ve had.

Olin’s 4th Birthday

We had a great 4th Birthday.  What a special day for Olin.  He woke up excited and it continued throughout the whole day.  So special to have Grandma and Grandpa there, along with Uncle Dave and Aunt Mary Lynn.   His friends were great and made it so memorable for him.   And check out the decorations Kim made!   Wow.


Minnesota Trip – Isle Royale National Park

Today we visited Isle Royale National Park. Isle Royale is an island in the middle of Lake Superior. We took a 1.5 hour boat ride from Grand Portage to the island. It was a great ride. We were met at the dock by park rangers. Ranger $ then gave the big group a nature walk through the woods. Isle Royale was very pretty. Lots of small hidden wonders. Butterflies on the dock, possibility of seeing a moose (we didn’t) gorgeous trees and water, etc.. We ate lunch next to a stream/marsh.

The boys did their junior ranger book (including a loon poem by Olin that turned into a luna moth who ate popcorn poem) and they got a ton of attention by the very nice ranger. She held a junior ranger ceremony on the dock. It was awesome.

Lots of spray and swells on the water coming back. But fun had by all. Great to share it with Lori. Great trip to an interesting and very remote national park. My 20th and Kim’s 23rd. Boys 7th. More fun to come.











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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