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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

End of May Snow

Marsha got a turkey for her birthday, actualy he is wild but likes his own reflection...see all that white stuff behind the turkey-10" heavy wet snow fall!
Erica can make friends no matter where she goes,
Evan found a nest cleaning up the yard,
"this is buggie, buggie...
when he says "hi"...
this is buggie buggie when a car goes by."

Awesome Bible Study I am Working On

Monday, May 24, 2010



At Lowes making a catapult,
Owen doing his torpedo dive,
Erica taught Keana how to dive this weekend,
exploring the gulch behind our development,
not yet ripe calamansi (little tiny southeast Asian orange like citrus fruit),
these plumaria look ceramic.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Post from my Dad

Bennett Place where in April, 1865 Joseph E. Johnston and William T. Sherman, met under a flag of truce to discuss a solution to the conflict. The generals and their escorts met midway between their lines on the Hillsborough road, seven miles west of Durham. Needing a place for a conference Johnston suggested a simple farmhouse a short distance away. On three separate occasions the generals met trying to achieve equitable terms for surrender at the home of James and Nancy Bennett. On April 26 the Bennett dwelling became the site of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War. The Bennett Place is a lovely place to visit, so quiet and peaceful.

Odds n Ends

Erik had taken the boys to the gun show before he left,
they had a lot of fun,
and of course Evan got to see tons of weapons,
Erica's Mother's Day bee sting,
our neighbor, Noa, came back fromVietam (I think) with these supper cool toys for the kids,
he spent hours shooting this whirly bird up in the air,
it has a light,
then the kids would run around trying to catch them,
this adorable little kitten has adopted us, the kids totally anticipate his 8 pm visit every night.

Erik's Trip Part 7-The End

Leaving all that gorgeous wilderness for the big city...
heading south for the Navy Working Diver's Conference...
spending free time at the space museum...
took loads of cool pictures for the kids...
a visit with old diver friends...
visiting with Simo was the highlight of this leg of the trek...
one last flower for me then heading home...

Zion Hike again (Erik's trip part 6)

Last day in Utah...
hanging with the greatest support crew ever...
checking out the boring Ironman awards...
as if yesterday's activities weren't enough they headed to Zion for another hike! Can you believe they were not the teeniest bit sore?! Now, that to me is an Ironman...no soreness after all that insanity.




ha ha, goofing around with Fred...






Erik's age tattoo. Thanks Fred for that great German genetic engineering and making Erik the gung-ho guy that he is!
Some last hike wildlife.

(Erik's trip part 5) Race Day

of the hardest Ironman course with the toughest conditions on record...
who let the piranhas out?
waiting for Erik to stop dancing around in his wet suit,
wonder how long it takes him to warm up...you're shakin' off the cold, you pretend it doesn't bother you, you just want to explode, you can listen to the engines moanin' out its one note song...
your thoughts will soon be wanderin' with a 112 miles to go...when your ridin' 7 hours there's nothin' much to do...
you don't feel much like ridin' you just wish the trip were through...every ounce of engery you try to give away...on the long and lonesome highway...
...here I am on the road again, here I am...wait stop that record...what the?!...enjoying yourself!?...here?!...only a Hauptmann would smile and wave in the middle of a marathon after swimming 2.4 miles for over an hour in 56 degree water while getting kicked in the face and then riding a bike 112 miles...
this race is known for people collapsing, crawling to the finish, passing out, dropping out, finishing in an ambulance, and at the very least feeling fairly miserable afterwards but here's Erik looking fresh as a daisy...wait til you see what he does tomorrow...huge cheers go to Fred too-he spent the entire day out on the race course-start (4:15 am to drop Erik at the swim) to finish (9 pm) and many stops along the way with Marsha manning the computer to provide check point up dates throughout the full 13 hour and 40 minutes...a fully coordinated operation. Top notch love and support the whole week! Thank you!!! I won't mention this to Erik...don't want to give him any new ideas but if he ever gets it in mind to do the RAAM...........