Oregon Coast ⇒

The last time Christine & I had more than 2 days with no kids we went to Australia. This time we went a tad closer, to the Oregon Coast.

Christine found us a nice VRBO in Seaside and on Monday (July 27), we headed down.

First night was just a quiet walk around the town w/ dinner at Lilikoi's.

We did find a treasure that night, an amazing candy store, Schwietert's which started a great tradition...late night fudge.

Day one was strolling around Cannon Beach looking at the shops and going for a really nice walk along the beach to see Haystack Rock.

Wednesday we went on a hike that turned out to be quite challenging. It was very muddy and we had the wrong footwear & both of had foot/hip injuries that made it much harder than we had anticipated. Ended up taking us just over 4 hours to do the 8 1/4 mile hike.

Thursday was Astoria, which is the oldest settlement west of the Rockies, founded by Lewis & Clark. Met my long-time friend Clayton for lunch then off to the neat Columbia River Maritime Museum.

We only drove 1/2 back that day and stayed in Olympia and headed home the next day.

Oregon Coast is an extremely pretty trip and highly recommended.

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today... ⇒

...that a young lady showed up at my door with yummy chocolate chip cookies.

Christine

No one had ever brought me cookies before!

The week after we went on our first official date, to see The Boss Brass, and that was it, we were a couple. And have been for 20 (no, it can't have been 20 years already?????) amazing years.

This year has both of working for the first time in Daniella years (8), so that has meant many changes, both great and challenging.

We've had many, many more ups than downs and every year just seems to get better, so I can't wait for what's ahead!

Canada Day

Update: better photo

At Maker Faire

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A Decade and a Half! ⇒

15 years ago today I married a wonderful lady. I still remember how nervous I was standing up there in front of all my friends and family, my friend Loch presiding with his glorious purple hair. And the funny scene where me & Christine were huddled over a picnic table at Jericho Beach during the photos eating french fries because we hadn't eaten that day (too nervous).

And the amazing reception overlooking English Bay as the sun set in a picture-perfect way.

Then our mini-honeymoon (Savary Island) that was only a teeny precursor to our real honeymoon (3 months in Africa...I'll resurrect the trip journal later), which was the trip of a lifetime!

Since then we have travelled to fabulous places (Australia, Peru, France, Maritimes), settled down in lovely South Surrey, found some great friends and created this amazing family.

family

From a happy-go-lucky friend, to a loving mother & wonderful wife, Christine has always been there for me.

I have a wonderful life, and it's all her fault.

Here's to 15 more.

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Impromptu Trip ⇒

So we could celebrate our 11th (holy smokes!!) anniversary, my parents took the girls overnight yesterday. We hadn't made any plans but we decided, on the spur of the moment, to go to

Bumbershoot and to spend the night in Seattle. After finding an amazing deal on parking (only $10 for the day), we got in around 1:30 and sat by the fountain to figure out what we wanted to do/see/hear. The band that was playing while we were planning was called Whalebone and they were just OK…a good band to get warmed up to but nothing I would buy. After they finished we were going to just wander around for a bit but I heard a band get the crowd screaming and headed over for a quick listen. Turns out they were Mad Rad and they put on a phenomenal live show! Not sure I'd buy any of their music but I'll check it out to see if they have the same energy as they did on stage. They are a very dorky looking band, but tons of fun! Next we checked out Broken Social Scene but we didn't like them at all…too loud and not very interesting. After that we had to choose between Shakespearean Improve comedy or a British blues-rock band. Sadly, we chose the music. Turns our they aren't blues-rock, they are an extraordinarily loud (hurt our ears and we couldn't hear the music nor the lyrics) punk rock band. This meant when we raced to get to the comedy we had to wait 30 mins until we could get in and catch the last 30 mins of the show. Glad we waited though as they were very, very funny! Highly recommended. Funny thing, when we were waiting to get into the improv, I needed a snack, so I went to get some french fries. Good thing I ordered the small: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6183/6117092700_94852b8c27_m.jpg Since we were in the comedy mood after that, we checked out the Comedy Bang Bang Podcast which was very funny as well with some outrageous characters (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hotdog). Next up was the absolutely amazing Allen Stone band. Side note: people still use MySpace? This was, by far, the highlight of our trip. Great stage presence, amazing band, groovy/funky beats. Highly recommended. Will be purchasing his new album when it comes out in Oct. Last show was Carbon Leaf and they are very pleasant indie folk/alt rock band. Will probably buy one or two of their albums to use as easy listening background music. We had a wonderful day with great music, great comedy, great weather and great company. The perfect way to celebrate 11 great years. Some pics of the Allen Stone show and the view while watching Carbon Leaf: IMG_0240IMG_0237IMG_0235

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