Tuesday, October 24, 2017

11th Annual Pumpkin Cutting Party

This has been a year with a lot of changes for us. New schools for Ella, Ollie, Karli, and a new job for me. We are grateful for so many wonderful opportunities.  Thankfully somethings don't change ... and one of those things is our annual pumpkin cutting party. As the kids have aged the quality has gone through the roof and the competition was tighter than ever this year.

We flew in our judge from SanDiego and her careful eye and custom shirts are an absolute highlight.


Pics from our fun are here:



some links to throwbacks:
ten nine eight seven six five four (undocumented somehow?) Three Two One inaugural otro 



This, and every pumpkin cutting party we've ever hosted has always brought a special Brantford family to the forefront of our mind, thankful for so many wonderful memories. This year that was especially true. Love you Sasha, KOEm




Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The FINAL Single Digit Birthday ...


wow, I think that makes me old!

about six months behind ... which is pretty much on schedule.  I had a flight to and from Toronto and a flight to and from Dallas and was finally able to post some images from Ella's ninth.

a couple years ago we made the decision to not celebrate birthdays with "stuff" but instead with experiences. It has been one of the best ideas we've ever had!

For Ella's ninth, we finally took the kids to LA and had days at both Universal Studios and Disney. I will admit this was a trip I was dreading and it was actually really awesome and incredibly fun - we knew we were doing it once and DID IT we did!  So much fun.
This followed our invitation to celebrate the actual B-day with Kristy, Karl, Geoff, & Jamie in Hawaii - we continue to be so spoiled, and are so thankfully for the chance to explore this incredible part of ocean.




Saturday, March 25, 2017

this one goes to eleven ...


February is a busy time around our place, and 2017 has been no exception. We were blessed with the opportunity to return to Magical Mexico - this trip to Baja; where we feasted, danced, kitesurfed, swam, and checked off bucket list items.  For this and so much fun we remain grateful for our time on this flying rock ...


Huge thanks to:  Playa Central, Whale Shark Research Project, great buddies here in Marin, Aba & Papa Karl, and everyone who enriches our lives every day.  (tunes 9 Theroryxo

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Temagami

uh oh ... when something happens twice is it the start of a new tradition, coincidence, or just some odd thing that deserved repeating?

Only time will tell ... but July 2016 we spent ten days paddling through Temagami.  I feel so blessed for the opportunity to return with Karli to where I spent an entire summer in High School as a Junior Ranger (old habits die hard, and we left the portages and sites cleaner than when we arrived ... although I did leave my sandvik at home).  We had some amazing winds, some great storms, a lot of sun, fantastic swimming, big cliff jumping, one dumped moonlight paddle (a surviving SLR), a long night paddle, and a seven day stretch without seeing another human being - heaven.
We may have stayed a little longer than some expected, but if we had our way we may still be there ;)


(it seems that like trip one - Killarney 2015 i need until Christmas to actually organize and share these images)

We had an amazing Crown Land trip and are thankful for the support of Camp Wanakita, Neil, Erin, Emily & Beydin of Temagami Outfitters, Doug & Marg of Northland Paradise, and the Hamlin School community for making this wonderful adventure a reality - thanks so much.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ella's Eight!!

OK, so she was actually turned eight eight months and five days ago, but it (not unlike April 15, 2008) was a day that none of us would ever forget:


love you Ella

As always we could never possibly thank our family for their generosity and for making our lives extraordinary, mahalo.

Monday, December 05, 2016

a day in the big city ...

Getting geared up for the holidays we had an incredible opportunity to see the Lion King.  It was a made possible through generosity, generosity for which we are incredibly grateful - thank you.

some images are here.

Thank you for leading us into the season of by example.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Tenth Annual Pumpkin Cutting Party ...

This year was our 10th annual pumpkin cutting party and they continue to be a great highlight to one of our favorite times of the year.  Is it possible they are getting more and more fun?

We flew in a special judge from SanDiego and the custom shirts she brought as prizes had everyone doing their absolute best work work:



Here is Karli's first ever video for this blog:



some throwbacks:
nine eight seven six five four (undocumented somehow?)Three Two One inaugural otro