Rowen Climbing

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We took Rowen to a climbing gym yesterday. She saw someone ascending a rock wall on TV and wanted to give it a try. Rowen was nervous at first but got past her trepidation and had fun, especially jumping on the safety mats. We stayed for about an hour and tried a variety of different scramble areas, including one with a rope assisted harness. We got a pack of five passes so we'll definitely be back again soon.
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Remembering Lucy

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Today we remember a truly loving friend. I am very sad to announce that this morning we lost our cat, Lucy. Ten years ago, we met a tiny fluffy ball of energy. Amidst a flurry of other kittens, she scrambled back and forth chasing anything and everything that moved. She was never the brightest, nor the most graceful of cats. Often found hiding under, in, or behind some box, blanket, or sofa. Lucy had the biggest heart. She just wanted to be loved. She was broken, but in all the right ways. Our hearts are heavy with the sadness of…
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Hiking in Silver Falls

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This Sunday we drove down to Silver Falls State Park for a family hike. It was the perfect weather for it, not too hot and not raining! Since it was Rowen's first real hike (woohoo!) we decided to take an easy route to start and go from there. She ate up the first loop in no time, and soon we were faced with the choice of heading back up from South Falls to the lodge and being done by noon, or pushing on to Lower South Falls and facing the arduous switchback climb up Maple Ridge. Anyone who has done that…
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Vacation (kinda)

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I took a few days off between Arris and starting with CrowdCompass. Since we're already planning to travel in July and are just finishing up buying a new house, we didn't plan to go anywhere. I'm just taking the days to unwind a bit, help around the house while I can, and study up for my new position. I've got a stack of books on my desk that I'm slowly working through and I'm practicing on my Mac and Ubuntu machines to get my linux muscle memory back a bit. I've used them in the past for development, but it's that day-in-day-out twitch memory that…
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Open House Weekend Away

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We listed our house for sale on Thursday this week. In just three short days we've had a fantastic amount of activity. Our realtor, Sara Gray, has been superb in helping us through the process of getting our home ready for sale. She recommended hosting an open house on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon for which Meg, Ro, and I packed up the cats and checked into a luxury hotel in downtown Portland. While a train of people have been busily viewing our house, and hopefully preparing massive cash offers, we've been enjoying the sights and attractions in the city. The hotel have been incredibly welcoming of our two…
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Hawaii Day Five – Pineapples and Chinese Hats

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The Dole plantation was established around 65 years ago as a fruit stand. It became famous for its pineapples and as part of the ever expanding Dole empire. These days it is a popular tourist attraction on Oahu. We got an early start this morning and beat the traffic to arrive just as it opened and be first in line for Dole whip, their signature pineapple ice-cream. We sat and ate our cups and cones with spoons and licks while looking out over the plantation grounds. The day was off to a good start. As we exited the main pavilion Rowen noticed a stand offering face painting and…
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Hawaii Day Four – The Aquarium and a Walk

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We decided to have a slower day today and since the aquarium didn't open until 9 o'clock it worked out well to hang out in our suite for a couple of hours. Ro got to watch some TV and started writing notes to people at home to tell them all about the things we've done here in Hawaii. We still got out early enough to have some shade on the streets during our walk to the aquarium. It's a nice one mile trek down Kalakaua avenue with shade offered by tall shops and hotels and plenty to see along the way, including Kuhio…
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Hawaii Day Three – I could get used to this

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This morning we had intended to go to Hanauma Bay, a beautiful natural bay on the East coast of Hawaii where you can swim alongside marine life that is part of a living coral reef. We set our clocks early and arrived at the park a little after eight o'clock only to find the beach was closed due to fears of the potential tsunami sent by the recent earthquake in Chili. So we drove back to our resort and returned again to the nearby Waikiki beach instead. The water was a little choppier than usual but still very enjoyable. Our early start meant we still got a great spot…
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Hawaii Day Two – Now can we go to a beach?

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For the last fourty eight hours, Rowen has expressed only a single request "now can we go to a beach?" It must feel so strange to her that we spend all of this time in preparation and travel to get to Hawaii but then fail to run straight down to the beach immediately upon arrival. It is clear that we're doing it wrong. I took this picture as we ate breakfast and listened to pirate music. I think it says it all. We started today's adventure today with a visit to  the fountains across the street from our resort. Ro…
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Hawaii Day One – Early Mornings and Lots of Waiting

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Rowen did exceptionally well today. Considering that I woke her up in the middle of the night, 04:30 to be exact, and then proceeded to take her through the hurry-up-and-wait exercise that is air travel. She was a superstar. No tantrums, no tears, she just followed directions, held onto my hand, and charmed everyone we came into contact with. By the time we landed in Honolulu I was beaming from ear to ear as several of our fellow passengers complemented her for outstanding behavior, in some cases better behavior than some of the adults on the plane. It was still…
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