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


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 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

to the DECADE!

its absolutely mind blowing to imagine that Ollie has been with us ten years ... of course its even harder to imagine a life without my favorite dude.


*its important to recognize how many amazing people in Mexico, Marin, and Hawaii that should be expressedly thanked and represented in this film ... unfortunately they aren't - but we are in your debt and you have our heartfelt gratitude - you make our life so wonderful, thank you.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy 2016 ....

We rang in 2016 in style this year enjoying some of the best snow that Tahoe has seen in years - certainly since our arrival in California.  It was amazing how quickly the kids progressed, getting to stack up seven consecutive days will do that.  As usual we are spoiled and so very thankful for the generosity shown to us, it helps us enjoy incredible times.

Fun in the snow and lots of improvement: