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Teen Bedroom Makeover

Teen Bedroom Makeover

HELLO and Happy New Year!  Sorry for the complete lack of posts in the last 8 months, but I finally have some time to sit and be productive at home, not to mention a New Years resolution to start this thing back up!  We are hoping to get back on the blog-wagon because we’re working … Continue reading

Don’t Worry, We’re Still Alive

Don’t Worry, We’re Still Alive

Jen and I both thought that winter would be a slow season, consisting of every weekend at home and a lot of looooong Skyrim sessions. While there’s been a little bit of both, we still managed to stay very busy since Jen’s last post about October. Please be forewarned that all pictures below were taken with … Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend 2011: Tacoma, WA

Labor Day Weekend 2011: Tacoma, WA

Since Labor Day is a holiday for workers, Shaun & I took advantage of it.  We took a few vacation days to give ourselves a 5-day weekend from work.  We flew up to Washington via SeaTac Airport and spent a nice, long, enjoyable and relaxing weekend in my hometown of Tacoma. Our flight was at 6:30am on … Continue reading

Planning for Scandinavia!

Planning for Scandinavia!

Hot off the presses and out of our mailbox yesterday: Lonely Planet‘s latest edition of their Scandinavia book, published October 2011.  This book, along with many more hours of planning, will be key to help us map out our journey across the Nordic Countries. I’m 1/4 Norwegian, thanks to my Grandpa Stan on my mom’s … Continue reading

2011-07-16: Burgson Lake Backpacking Trip Report

2011-07-16: Burgson Lake Backpacking Trip Report

Location: Burgson Lake in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest off HWY 108 (Clark Fork Rd to Fence Creek Rd to Wheat’s Meadow Trailhead). Dates Hiked:  July 16-17, 2011 Trails Hiked:  Wheat’s Meadow Trailhead to Burgson Lake Total Distance: Roundtrip about 7.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate Other Rules/Info: Wilderness permit required for all overnight trips in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Dogs on leash / … Continue reading

Where did July go?

Where did July go?

Sheesh.  July is over.  And our sad little blog has sat unattended for a month.  I have some decent excuses: 2 summer online classes, projects at work becoming more intense (plus my annual performance review), baby sister visiting for 2 weeks, still getting settled into our house, plus the normal chores of cooking, cleaning, pet care, and down … Continue reading

April 2011: Coeur d’Alene, ID

April 2011: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Since day one, my cousin has always been one of my closest friends.  Mallory Jean was born 5 months after I was.  She grew up in Montesano, WA; about an hour and a half away from Tacoma.  The highlight of every family gathering for me was when Mallory and her family arrived.  We looked nothing alike, … Continue reading

Puppy Love: a training guide.

Puppy Love: a training guide.

I have been a cat person for as long as I can remember.  My family always had at least one cat, often two.  We had a dog for a little while during my elementary school days: Buddy, a rough coated tri-color Collie.  He was wild, matted, and did not come inside.  My younger sister and I would … Continue reading