Thursday, March 08, 2018

Karli Kites!

13 years in the making ... but she is ripping and a full on addikt now!!

so many people to thank on this one ... but Playa Central, Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding, Nat @ Edge Kiteboarding all receive our highest recommendations

... now that she's hooked we just need some solid local wind!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Ella's Where I am From ...

There simply are not words.

if you need the password contact Karli or Mark

Friday, December 29, 2017

Introducing Wallingford Picketts

can you spot him?

For a long time i started every post here with an apology, and usually said I wouldn't do it anymore. 
This isn't really even a blog so much but more of a place where i post after each of the kid's birthdays, and usually once with Karli's Christmas present - which seems to be a six month delayed post from our summer adventures (2017).

However a new family member warrants an announcement, and with that, please meet Wallingford Picketts (aka Wally):

We are all over the moon with love for this little guy who has been a dream to hang out with to date, he can't wait to meet you.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Temagami ... Part Deux

This summer we were blessed with another week long paddle through Temagami, disconnecting is so very important and feels more so in this world that seems to go a little faster every second!  Here's some shots:

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