Oliver's first swimming lesson

We found out recently, through trips to Great Wolf Lodge and other public pools, that Oliver loves the water.  LOVES IT!  He can't wait to dive down into it with his face.  He now does the same thing in the bathtub.  The boy...
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Florida and Tennessee Trip 2012

Our big summer trip this year was going to Florida (Disney/Legoland/The Villages) and spending time with my Dad and Nancy, and then driving to Alabama/TN and spending time with the Williams family. Some highlights were...Jedi training at Disney, no lines for the rollercoasters at Legoland, riding in the golf cart at The Villages, meeting our new...
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Our first KOA stay – Willapa Bay, WA

Well, we joined something I never thought we would.  KOA campgrounds.  Yep.  We are not RVers and never plan to be.  But this year I was sleeping on the job and didn't book our labor day yurt trip to Ft. Stevens State park...
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Benson Lake 4th of July 2012

As usual, we spent the 4th of July enjoying the wonderful sunshine at Benson Lake.  Our friends, Carol and Dustin, came up for the day to eat, swim, and hang out.  We ate LOTS of good food. This year we finally decided (spontaneously) to...
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Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction 2012

Our first summer trip each year is to the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction where we dream of all the goodies we can score at this massive yard sale that covers an entire elementary school. In the past we've stayed at hotels. This year...
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Last Day of School 2012

Today was the last day of school for Orion.  Ollie finished a while ago.  It was only a half day at school so I picked Orion up.  There was no sadness or sense of loss.  He just had the attitude of "Dude, I'm outta here.  Let the summer parties commence!" Read more

Genius boy

WARNING: Shameless parental bragging moment to follow.   The school tested Orion academically and in a handful of categories he was at the COLLEGE level.  He's in 2nd grade!  How on earth am I going to keep up with this kid? ...
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