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Short Sands Beach

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Happy Father’s Day

Took dad to Nicholas’ for a delicious lunch. Nice to get the family together.
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Hummingbirds Hiding from the Rain

Despite being in the middle of June, we’re getting a substantial amount of rain. We’ve had at least two humming birds come to our backyard for a respite from the rain.

They move so fast, but I was able to snap a few shots when they’d perch to rest.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Rosie!

From David

You make us smile every day. We love it when you climb up your bridge and come up to get a view of the living room. Your fur is so soft and your nose is always looking for a treat in our hands.

You’re a clever one. When we hand you a stalk of millet, you skip past all of the seeds and bite off the stem so you can grab the full cluster before we can take it away.

From Violet

You are a gift from God and the most adorable little fluff ever, You wink and lick your lips and squeak, melting the hearts of all who see. Whenever you eat banana no one can keep the awws in as you devour the sweet treat.

Thank you for the joy you’ve given me band I hope you enjoyed your birthday cake (you better because I spent 10 minutes on it).

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Oregon International Air Show 2022

Otherwise known as the time Jenni got a photo with Tom Cruise (a very good lookalike).

We have heard fighter jets blast across the sky in past years, but we never got organized enough to attend the air shows in Hillsboro. With Top Gun: Maverick coming out, fighter jets were on our mind, so we attended the air show and got to see the planes that were making the roar across the skies.

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Hansel and Gretel by On Pointe

Jenni and the kids have been a part of On Pointe School of Ballet for several years now. They have an annual performance each year and it has been a blessing to showcase the art and gain performance skills.

Prior to the main story, the lyrical classes perform their dances.

This year’s show was the story of Hansel and Gretel and Bruce got a lead part. Jenni plays a candy cane and the girls are angels.

I borrowed my company’s new camera to take it for a spin and I was highly impressed by the silent shooting mode and incredible resolution. I easily filled up two 64GB SD cards because the camera shoots at 60 megapixels! In hindsight, I would’ve preferred the ability to shoot at a lower pixel count so I wouldn’t run out of space so quickly when I’m firing at 10 frames per second. I had over two thousand photos over three days to review and the final album had about six hundred photos.

Thanks to all the family and friends who came to support On Pointe and their performers!

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Happy Mother’s Day

We had a low-key Mother’s Day holiday as Violet and I have runny noses and my dad is quarantined with COVID-19. We spent the weekend relaxing to our respective hobbies but managed to take a few family portraits to celebrate Jenni.

Jenni is an amazing mom, following in the footsteps of her mother and her grandmother, by infusing so much love and fun into their children. Every day is a miracle watching her creatively take care of needs, fulfilling wants, and inspiring dreams.

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Meadow Park Spring Choir Concert

We’ve been thrilled that Violet joined her middle school choir. The love of music is something Jenni and I hope to pass to our kids. So we were proud when Violet surprised us with a solo during the final song.

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Spring Break in Seattle

For the kids’ spring break, we planned a day trip up to Seattle and revisit several 10th birthday locations. For Kadie’s 10th birthday, we explored the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. And for Bruce’s 10th birthday, we enjoyed Olympia’s Hands On Children Museum.

Bruce loved sharing the dry ice fountain with his sisters. We met up with Jenni’s uncle Todd, who lives in Olympia. The kids were disappointed that the sock skating station was no longer there, but we did discover a bench xylophone.

Then we trekked north to see the Chihuly Garden and Glass before riding the elevator up the Space Needle.

Since it had been nearly five years since Kadie and I were last here, I had flashbacks to the trip as we walked through familiar sculptures and sights. I’m grateful for the special trips I get to take my kids when they turned ten.

The Space Needle got some upgrades in the form of glass barriers at the top to reduce wind and provide clearer views. And, they added a glass floor that rotated.

We visited Jenni’s college classmate Paul and his wife Jennifer for dinner before driving home.

I enjoyed created new memories with the entire family while reminiscing the trips I took with Kadie and Bruce prior.

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Bricks Cascade 2022