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Garden Greeting


The idea to take mom home came to us a while ago. It was with fierce determination that we made plans, bought tickets and prepared ourselves for the task ahead. We knew that the trip wasn’t going to be easy, but also knew that it would be rewarding. We crossed our fingers and hoped for the best, unfortunately, we had some setbacks along the way and no less then 4 days before we left we decided that we would have to leave mom home. The decision was bittersweet but we consoled ourselves in it’s correctness.

And just like that, the overall tempo of the trip changed. We managed to get the airline ticket exchanged and my nephew Chris was able to join us. Twelve hours later we found ourselves in Amsterdam and our adventure began as quickly as we got there.

Karen, Brittany, Kyle and I joined Tessa and her boyfriend Menno at Paradiso where we got to see The Kooks. Even though we were a bit grubby from the flight and tired from the travel we had a great evening. Our vacation was in full swing.

Karen found us a wonderful place to stay (Vinca Minor) and we were greeted by an expansive property out in the countryside, located in what the Dutch term as their “Bible Belt”. We woke up to a scenic back yard and plenty of exploring. Brittany became fast friends with the horses on the property and the boys and I found some space where I could teach them some Limalama.

The following 11 days consisted of almost daily excursions, day trips and sightseeing. We visited many a small town, rode bikes in the northern part of the country, explored Amsterdam and hosted the Dutch half of our family to an American BBQ. I’ve never had so much ice cream in my life and I definitely miss the traditional Dutch breakfast fixings.

Karen and I had a wonderful vacation and it only made us long for the time that we would be able to move abroad and begin a new chapter in our lives together. There is so much to appreciate about Europe and The Netherlands is one of a few favorite countries that we know we would be happy in.

All too soon the trip was over but we have great memories and of course… pictures.

2 down 3 to go

Today marked a rite of passage for the reputed brain trust of my three nephews. Reputed, I would add, because he is a bit more book smart than his brother or cousin. Now, don’t get me wrong Kyle and Chris can hold their own for sure, but Mr. Kevin definitely got more than a fair share as he demonstrated by graduating Summa Cum Laude.

So now, he joins Brittany in what Karen and I deem the “salad days” – or to what most people refer to as college. Having yet to decide on his life’s calling he moves on with a determination that will serve him well in the years to come.

Part of me has a kinship towards Kevin, in both his stubborn sense of self and his occasional disinterest with the things that come easy to him. It is my hope that college will serve to temper his mettle and give him the ability to direct his own life and truly pursue the things that bring him meaning and purpose.

I’m proud of all the kids and I don’t doubt that they will succeed in the most important things in life: truth, compassion and an open heart. It is with happiness that I watch one more of them move on in their education and their life choices.

Congratulations dear nephew and remember this; “bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria!

Break away

For our anniversary I decided to get Karen out of the city and up to our favorite haunts along the 101. If there was ever a bit of heaven in our mind, it definitely has to be the rolling hills of California’s central coast. And what’s not to love? Sprawling land as far as you can see, the ocean, quaint towns and wine (lots of wine).

It was a much needed break and we enjoyed getting away and being able to shut everything out for a bit. We did our typical leisurely drive up the 101 and hit our favorite eateries on the way there and on the way back. We stayed in our favorite city up there, Cambria and from there we visited old and new sites alike.

The highlight of the trip was spending time with some friends who own a ranch that seems to go on forever. Maybe one day in the future we’ll join them and be able to enjoy the scenery on a persistent basis.

The weekend seemed all too short but it was a fun and extremely relaxing. Here are some of the pics we took while we were there.

Just hangin’

Birds of a feather, flock together” and sometimes you’re able to see this phenomena happen. Here are some great pictures that let you share in that moment.

Vintage is the new relevance

Karen and I are always fascinated with weekend projects that involve our favorite hobbies and getting our hands dirty. This project involves a discipline that is near to Karen’s heart… This is the kind of thing that gives us goosebumps in equal measure to our trepidation.

We already have a great collection of cameras from the past but this is something that we could use in the here and now. If you’re willing to cannibalize a vintage camera and work a little magic with some basic tools, this will prove to be quite fulfilling. I give to you, the Ikonette DSLR Lens Project.

Have fun…