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.’




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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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:

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.

It’s Happenin’ in Willows

It is really hard to put into words the last five months. This has been the most challenging time of my life, and I’m pretty sure the most challenging for Kim. Today is a big day. We moved out of our house in Oakland. Lots of memories and a special place for us. It is really hard for me to talk about right now in any depth.

I will say, the first 5 minutes of our drive away from the house… was difficult.

We made it 2 hours north to wonderful Willows, Ca.  Happen to have this massive rome available.  Sander and I made the journey to get mexican food from this hole-in-the-wall across the street (picture below).  Tomorrow we continue our journey to Klamath Falls, Oregon.


Olin’s First Trip to Nevada

This post is a little overdue, but back in June we headed to my parents house for a long weekend. The two boys and I drove up together and much to my surprise we made it in one piece. Chris joined us a few days later.

Sander had a fabulous time (Olin too, but easier to gauge Sander’s reaction). We visited the pool, which was really an indoor wonderland for kids. Lots of water squirting everywhere, balls, buckets and water slides. Sander has to grow a little to go on the water slides, but I tired them out for the team. They were super fast and briefly made me feel like a teenager. I would post a picture from the pool, but I am not sure my Mom wants me to post a picture of her in her bathing suit on the web (though she looks fantastic), so I will err on the side of caution and leave the pool up to your imagination.

Sander enjoyed running around the backyard, watching my Dad’s train run around the track, climbing the hill and running along all the paths my Dad’s created. Olin just enjoyed being held all the time and some Grandparent love.



And later in the weekend to further fuel Sander’s love of trains we rode one. It gives us something else to talk about when he says at dinner, “talk about (long dramatic pause like he might ask us to talk about something else), trains!” It was a little rainy that day, but fun none-the-less.


The final shot is of the boys in Sander’s travel bed. Too cute not to post.