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June 19, 2012

The Great Canadian Outdoors

Filed under: Places Visited,Special Events — Dad @ 3:30 pm

Celeste, Frederik and I decided to go golfing and the kids wanted to come along and see what it was all about. I have to say that I was very unsure how they would do. We decided to just play 9 holes and see how things went. The kids were AWESOME and behaved so well.


Cezanne and Etienne warmed up on the first tee and then helped out with the driving of the golf carts between holes.


By the eighth hole you’d think they would be bored or tired, not these two… They felt it was time for a song and dance and while we tried to focus on the important putting they were performing for us.


On to the ninth hole, the end was in sight and as you can see both kids were still happy and enjoying every minute of this outing.

After we got home we had mentioned to Cezanne that Celeste and Frederik do a little bow shooting and with the movie Brave having just come out she wanted to try it too. Celeste arranged to borrow a bow from the local range and Cezanne got to shoot box & arrow. She really enjoyed this, Frederik had a target with a deer on it and it did not seem to bother Cezanne in the least that she was shooting a deer. She really got into it and went as far as making her own target. On her first afternoon of trying and on her last arrow of the session I jokingly said to her that since it was her last arrow she should make it a good one and that she should shoot a bulls-eye. Well you guessed it, she did !!! Photographic proof below.


June 17, 2012

Canadian Vacation 2012 – Day 1

Filed under: Places Visited,Special Events — Dad @ 2:43 pm

We took a trip to visit Celeste & Frederik in Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada again this year. This time the trip was a pleasure, no issues like 2 years ago !!

After arriving and being picked up by Frederik in Edmonton we still had the 3 hour drive North, when we finally arrived at their house there was only one place we all wanted to be – in the hot tub !


June 10, 2012

Beach Baby

Filed under: Places Visited,Special Events — Dad @ 12:58 am


Cezanne loves the beach, the sandy part, far more than she loves the water. In this regard she and her brother are complete opposites. The boy loves the water while Cezanne loves the sand. She will go in the sea but really just loves to play on and in the sand.


After some morning beach time we visited a petting zoo and fed the animals. Cezanne managed to fall and roll off a grand stand seating structure and while she did not get hurt her ego was bruised because it happened in front of other people who saw her embarrassing fall. Lucky for her Grant was on hand to offer some quick comic relief.

June 9, 2012

Beach Weekend in Central California

Filed under: Places Visited — Dad @ 12:43 am


Friends from many years ago ( before kids and while we lived in the bay area ) had another baby ( #3 ) and we along with some other friends from that era decided to pay them a visit.

The Sinclair-Lee family and the Lambert family camped out at a KOA cabin/camper campground near the beach.

Day 1 of our weekend we arrived and then hung out with the Svendsen’s at their house in San Luis Obispo (http://www.slocity.org/)

Cezanne had a ball running and chasing the other kids all around her age. She and Emily Svendsen, who had met before, got reacquainted.

May 30, 2012

Ice Skating Class

Filed under: Just Everyday,Places Visited — Dad @ 12:05 pm


Cezanne had asked to do ice skating and we were able to find her a class local to us here. She did very well and took to the ice with cautious confidence. It took her a few weeks to get the “balance” and “falling” and “getting back up” skills figured out but then she was at ease and had a good time making friends almost immediately and chatting and giggling her way through two sessions before passing and moving on up to the next level.

April 22, 2012

Choo Choo

Filed under: Places Visited,Special Events — Dad @ 3:05 pm

Our new friends by way of a meeting at Gymboree, Colin & Minette who parent Liam and Kiera invited me to bring the kids along on the Niles Canyon Railroad which runs back and forth between Sunol and Niles / Fremont. The dads gave the moms a morning off taking the kids on this very neat train trip through the canyon.


Cezanne & Kiera show off their tickets, Cezanne on the train, Cezanne and Kiera look out from the open carriage.

January 8, 2012

Happy New Year

Filed under: Just Everyday,Places Visited — Dad @ 3:20 am

Welcome to 2012 !

We actually went to the beach on New Year’s day but the photos I took were over exposed and out of focus, turns out that the auto focus on my lens was on it’s last legs and finally quit on me. ๐Ÿ™ Nothing else wrong with the lens, but I have come to rely on auto focus when taking high speed action shots of the kids. So excuses out the way here are the photos from yet another trip to the beach.

We took a drive up north to Bodega Bay and found a great beach and state beach where the kids had a ball playing in the water, digging in the sand and chasing the seagulls.



December 28, 2011

Capitola Beach

Filed under: Just Everyday,Places Visited — Dad @ 3:31 am

What ? Another trip to the beach ? Do these mid-westerners ever tire of the sunny mild days here in California ? Everyday seems good enough to be called a beach day ๐Ÿ™‚

Actually the in-laws ( mother, father and sister ) went “wine tasting” so we had a day to ourselves again and wanted to get out of the house as it was really a beautiful day – mid 60s F in December !! Eat that Chicago !

We first had lunch at a place on the beach and then found a spot on the sand and released the kids. It was already quite late in the day and the sun had started setting so the light was not great for photos, but in a matter of minutes my subjects had given me over 200 images and a couple of real gems ( especially Etienne – coming soon ).

It was really tough for us to tell if Cezanne had a good time, you be the judge ๐Ÿ˜‰




To say this child enjoys the beach, the sand and just being outside would be a major understatement ! I think if she could she’d live on the beach – just don’t give her any ideas, at least not yet !

December 17, 2011

Santa at the Firehouse !

Filed under: Just Everyday,Places Visited,Special Events — Dad @ 2:45 am

As luck would have it we ran into Santa (again) at the local firehouse here in Dublin. We walked over to see the jolly fellow and take some photos. Cezanne and Etienne got helmets and badges and were thrilled to see Santa and the fire engines.



Cezanne got to see a boy friend from her class and we got to tease her about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

December 11, 2011

Baker’s Beach Again and San Francisco…

Filed under: Just Everyday,Places Visited — Dad @ 2:54 am

Lanelle’s mom & dad arrived to visit at the beginning of December and we decided to take them into the city (San Francisco) and show them the beach and bridge so we returned to Baker’s Beach on a much colder windier day. Cezanne and Etienne love the beach despite the weather and had just as much fun this time round. After some time on the beach we went to get some lunch and bumped into Santa ! What a lucky surprise ! We enjoyed our lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf and then went to see the giant Gingerbread House at the Fairmont Hotel. Cezanne got a chance to write Santa another letter and mailed it from the lobby of the Hotel.

Baker’s Beach & Golden Gate Bridge, Cezanne enjoying the sand…ย 
Cezanne on the beach in December, only in California !!ย 
Baker’s Beach & Golden Gate Bridge, with Mommy & Etienneย 
Santa in San Francisco @ Fisherman’s Wharf – lucky surprise !!
Cezanne and Etienne at the Fairmont in San Francisco
Cezanne writing and then mailing her second letter to Santa
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