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Independence Day 2015 in Photos

Independence Day 2015 started off like virtually any day off of work begins:  with a family run: DCIM120GOPRO

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But from there, it diverged from a normal day off.  We decided to spend the holiday in the small town of Wamego, Kansas — a town known for its Wizard of Oz museum (which we did not visit this day), but also known for it’s fantastic Independence Day festival.  A parade, carnival rides, and fireworks are all included.  We didn’t stick around long enough for the late-day parade or fireworks, but the carnival rides and some time in the sprawling park at the center of town were just the ticket.

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An exhausting day yielded to a 90-minute nap on the drive home which proved to be a sufficient recharge to justify some backyard time in the pool before evening fireworks in the back yard.

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Everyone was up much later than normal to take in a few of the neighborhood fireworks before bed, including Mae, with a great view right from her bedroom window:

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Spring 2015 in Photos

The strawberries came early and were a huge hit this year: 
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Keeping an eye on spring rains:
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New sweatshirts from Grandpa were a huge hit — and they came with perfect timing before a hike in the woods on a brisk Spring afternoon: 
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House-sitting in Berryton: 
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Memorial Day Road Trip: SD

Taking advantage of a three-day weekend, we decided to take a roadtrip to Yankton, SD.  The weather didn’t always cooperate, but we still had fun during the rainy days, including a trip to the Gavin’s Point Fish Hatchery and Mae’s first trip to the beach.

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Mae’s first trip to the beach!  It was a bit chilly and rainy, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm: 150525 197 150525 203 150525 209

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Easter 2015

Easter has quickly blossomed into one of the most action-packed holidays around here, from egg decorating to the baskets in the morning to an egg hunt later in the day…and every step is a blast from start to finish!

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Is this how I’m supposed to wear these new shorts?

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Christmas 2014 in Photos

Somehow, two months has passed since Christmas and we finally got around to sorting through the ~500 or so photographs that were taken over Christmas. I learned a while ago that here on WordPress, one can backdate a post — effectively, you can select the date that it will appear to have been posted…and WordPress will automatically keep them in order. For instance: I could date this post back to 12/26 or so and it’d appear in the proper sequence with the other posts. What an incredibly effective way to mask the fact it took me two months to get to this batch of photos. But instead, I’m just going to leave it right here – proudly posted on March 1, 2015 … however out of time that may appear.

Christmas 2014 took us on the ‘circuit’ as we’ve come to call it – a trek to both families in Minnesota and South Dakota. But before the bit trip, early in the month we geared up by visiting the Christmas Tree farm and cutting down our tree. It was a slightly smaller tree this year since we knew we’d be away from the house for more than half of December (first with the San Francisco trip, and then with the family Christmas trip). We also squeezed in our traditional trip to the plaza for some window shopping and dinner at Winsteads and some sugar cookie baking and decorating. They didn’t last long…

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One of our annual Christmastime traditions is a trip to the Country Club Plaza for some window shopping.
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A Christmas eve trip to the Visitor’s Center overlooking Gavin’s Point Dam: 141227 370 141227 393 141227 440 141227 448 141227 462 141227 513 A Christmas afternoon trip to Memorial Park:
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Before leaving Yankton, we took a trip down to the Meridian Bridge – one of the oldest double-decker bridges in the Plains states.  We also took this opportunity to participate in a tradition that was adopted from counterparts on a bridge in Paris, France:  affixing a lock to the bridge and tossing the key into the river — a new custom that has been embraced by the City of Yankton: 141227 545 141227 553 141227 562 141227 576 141227 578 ????????????? ????????????? ?????????????

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Snow?

It’s been a paltry ‘winter’ here in Kansas, so we’ve had to seize the day when it comes to the little snowfall events we’ve had.  We got about 1.5″ last weekend and another 1″ this past Wednesday…enough to provide some thrill.

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Goin’ to San Francisco – Photos

Earlier in 2014, I was given the opportunity to select from a few choices of out-of-state conference opportunities from my office. Among the choices was a conference in Huntsville, AL and a brief one in Utah – in August. But also offered was a week-long conference to be held in San Francisco in December. I readily admit that the possibility of having Kelly and the girls join me at whatever city I would be travelling to certainly colored the selection process. It wasn’t difficult to settle on San Francisco.

The conference was scheduled to conclude at noon on Friday, so we decided I would fly out early in the week – solo – and then Kel would join me later in the week. She was scheduled to fly out on a nonstop flight late in the day on Thursday. Just as I arrived there early in the week, forecasts were converging on a very significant storm approaching the Bay area on Thursday. Late Wednesday night, we got word that the girls’ Thursday afternoon flight had been canceled. They were rebooked on a much earlier flight — to depart KCI before sunrise Thursday. That left Kel with very little time to make last-minute packing arrangements, get a few hours of sleep, and then load the girls up for the drive to the airport around 4:30am. [When the girls get older, I’ll be reminding them of the thanks they owe their Mom…on many fronts].

I took the train (BART) down to the airport to meet up with them as they arrived on Thursday morning just as power was knocked out to a quarter of the city by the storm. We then returned via BART and a streetcar through windblown rain to a hotel without power. The hotel had a backup generator to power the elevators and a few emergency lights, but nothing more. They also lack any stairwells that open to the lobby on the first floor (all emergency stairwells only exit to the OUTSIDE via alarm-sensitive doorways). This meant we loaded up into the elevator, pushed “4”, crossed our fingers, and watched the lights in the elevator dim as it began the slow climb. I texted a coworker at the conference that taking that elevator felt like playing Russian roulette. But we made it…

Power was restored early that evening, the storm cleared, and we had an absolutely wonderful Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to explore the city before flying back home on Monday. The entire trip felt like it lasted about 15 minutes – we can’t believe it is already behind us. Here are a few snapshots of the week. I took 750 photographs along with several hundred video clips, so this is just a sampling. A video should follow within a couple of weeks.

For Mae and Lula alike, this trip comprised many firsts.  Their first flights.  First tram ride.  First subway/train ride.  First streetcar.  First boat.  First cable car.  An extraordinary trip indeed.

My Monday flight departing KCI:
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I took BART back to the airport to meet up with Kel and the girls when they arrived in town a few days later:

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After BART, it was a rainy, windy streetcar trip back to the hotel after a long day traveling:  DCIM114GOPRODCIM114GOPRO

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Waiting for the ferry to Alcatraz:
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Lombard Street.  Lula fell asleep on our hike to get to this block, but Mae was a champ in the Kelty backpack.  She was loving it:141215 258 141215 265 141215 268 141215 296

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Our last day in San Francisco was packed with sights.  First, a five-hour, 7-mile round trip hike to the Golden Gate Bridge:141215 388 141215 393 141215 408 141215 430 141215 452 141215 458 141215 467 141215 469 141215 512 141215 546 141215 552

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After a very short nap back at the hotel midday, we boarded an old cable car to take the hilly ride to Chinatown: 141215 609 141215 641 141215 658 141215 694

The late-night ride back to the hotel: 141215 712Our return flight (which was purchased as a non-stop ticket) was canceled and we were rebooked on a pair of flights (SF to Chicago to KC).  The first flight took us over the Rockies:
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Lula perched atop the BOB stroller in a gate check bag during the brief layover at O’Hare:DCIM120GOPROI wish I could say this photo was representative of all of the time in the air… but it was probably smart to not have taken many photos by that afternoon…

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