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Happily Nineteen Years After

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Clearing the Cache

Marrying Jenni in Stardew Valley

One of the kids’ favorite games, Stardew Valley, got an update that allowed 8 players to cooperate in one game. Jenni and I joined our kids’ existing farm since they are multimillionaires and toured each of their mansions.

However, when Jenni and I were caught snogging in the game, the kids decided that we needed to get married so that we could be an official in-game couple.

They orchestrated a waterfall location for the proposal, provided the wedding ring, got us a tuxedo and wedding dress, and upgraded my trailer home to a log cabin.

It was fun letting them take care of us while Jenni and I childishly flirted.

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Cherry Blossoms

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For the Family

Lewis River Dixie and Battle Ground Community Band

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Bricks Cascade 2024

Though there were some repeats from past years, there were still plenty of new creations to admire and marvel at. It seemed like more builders are incorporating lights into their builds.

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Portland Winter Light Festival 2024

I’m grateful for my city who puts on a light festival in the darkest of winter. It lights up my creativity and I love seeing the art people crafted with light.

I visited the World Trade Center hub for an hour downtown and was greeted with colorful sea creatures, pulsing interactive displays, and a cheerfully illuminated crowd to celebrate with.

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Illuminated Bike Ride

Ever since the first Portland Winter Light Festival that I learned they had an illuminated bike ride, it was on my list to do.

After years of poor weather or scheduling conflicts, I finally joined fellow wheeled enthusiasts who decorated their wheels with vivid creativity.

My bike was already strapped with multiple lights to help with winter visibility for my commute, but I added a RGB photography LED to my handlebar and strapped a bubble machine to the rear rack.

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Ping Pong vs. Jack

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A Marvelous Year in a Snap

Marvel Snap surprisingly dominated my gaming attention this year. I started in January and I have played over 300 hours. It’s a casual, competitive card game that is easy to pick up and play, but it also has nuance and variety to reward a deeper investment. More than the game and its Marvel theme, I found lessons in its game design and how they can apply to my life.

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Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas was quiet and peaceful. We gathered with friends and family to celebrate the miracle of Jesus Christ.