We Have Returned

I’m not going to pretend that you noticed we were gone. ;) After taking the blog offline due to a WordPress exploit a month or two ago, I’ve migrated to a different server (obligatory props to RimuHosting), upgraded to the latest and greatest versions of everything and got the place back in working order. We will now resume with the few and far between photo dumps that you’re all silently demanding.

Photos: Oahu 2013

We recently returned from the first family Hawaii trip with 90 photos on display. Will and Andrew ended up loving playing in the ocean, along with a pirate ship cruise, a visit to the Dole plantation, a wild sea turtle named Brutus and all kinds of family fun!

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Photos: October 2013

October brought us birthday parties, treasure hunts, a Craven Farms visit, Halloween and 34 new photos for your perusal. Highlights include R2-Andrew and Will’s Sonic the Hedgehog costume, copious amounts of Legos, and Sonic and Tails birthday cakes.

Andrew is R2-D2 Will is Sonic the Hedgehog Birthday Treasure Hunt 1

Matheiu, Will, Madeleine and Andrew ready for candy Group Shot 3 at Craven Farm

Will and Andrew with the built Lego City Police Station Birthday Treasure Hunt 3

Will's Sonic triple chocolate cake Andrew's Tails cherry cheesecake

Photos: Autumn Trip to California

Hot on the heels of our latest trip to California, we have 36 new photos for your viewing pleasure. Included: playing in the dirt and mud next to the hotel (with copious lens flares), the Castilleja 15 year reunion picnic, the Radian Water Polo reunion picnic and a trip to Happy Hollow.

Will with shells 2 Andrew flare 2 Andrew and Will riding the ladybugs at Happy Hollow

Castilleja 15 year reunion group photo Radian Water Polo reunion kids 1

Will, Andrew and Kate at the Castilleja 15 year reunion 1 Grandpa Allen chases Andrew with the snake

Andrew and Will riding the roller coaster at Happy Hollow 2 Andrew and Will with Nunan

Will and Andrew Take Ski Lessons – Video!

Will and Andrew have now taken a pair of two hour ski lessons up at Steven’s Pass. The first time, on Easter, they didn’t even get up the “magic carpet” onto the bunny slope. Last weekend they did much better.

Three more short clips:

Lil’ Bruisers

Lil' Bruisers

Will and Andrew are each sporting facial lacerations today. Will fell while running around at the park a few days ago and scratched up his nose and got a fat lip, and Andrew slipped while climbing up a slide and fell onto the stick he was carrying. Four year olds.

Here is a small batch of 9 photos, including their Octonauts goggles and disassembling and old computer.

Will and Andrew 1 Will and Andrew 2

Will and Andrew 4 Will and Andrew disassembling an old computer 2

Summer Photos

I’ve posted a backlog of 20 photos from July here which include a trip to Northwest Trek and daylight 4th of July celebrations on our street.

Will and Andrew with a bear at Northwest Trek Will is delighted 2 Andrew being Andrew

Will and Andrew watch a caterpillar at Northwest Trek Andrew and Will ride a slug at Northwest Trek 2

Amusingly, the same bear photo from 2011 is here.

Halloween Photos

A trip through the earthquake exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences sparked Will into wanting to be a Seismologist, to counter Andrew’s insistence on being a Paleontologist. Yeah. (=

Full set here, which includes ONE BONUS PHOTO!

Paleontologist Andrew and Seismologist Will Andrew's Paleontologist costume - back Will's Seismologist costume - back

Decorated pumpkins. Bekki MAY have done one of them.

Two October Nuggets

“Silly Sentences1 is a proud sponsor of Disney Junior!”2
- Andrew, 2012-10-30

“Mommy, I have a production push3. I am sending things to another company.”4
- Will, 2012-10-31

1. A card game they received for their birthday.
2. They are not.
3. He did not. (We’ve attempted to explain how Daddy sometimes has to work right after dinner doing production pushes… apparently at least some of it stuck.)
4. (While swinging around a glow stick in his room with the lights off.)

London 2012 Summer Olympics Photos

Here are 172 photos from our trip to the London 2012 Summer Olympics. We see the Olympic sights, witness 7 very different sports, party with the Gold Medal-winning USA Women’s Water Polo team and visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Some highlights below:

Melissa Seidemann and Bekki Tori, Alan, Jessie and Bekki in the Olympic Stadium

Melissa Seidemann's gold medal Tori, Bekki and Jessie outside the Water Polo Arena in Olympic Park Jennifer Suhr clears 4.55 meters on her first attempt at the London 2012 Olympics

Thailand's Pen-Ek Karaket kicks Egypt's Tamer Bayoumi (1) Norway celebrates a comeback 21-19 quarterfinal win over Brazil in Women's Handball (2)

USA's goalie Betsey Armstrong Lauren Wenger, Betsey Armstrong and Kelly Rulon celebrate gold

Russian Shot Putter Evgeniia Kolodko Celebrates 2 Italy vs. Brazil in Men's Volleyball (2) American Michael Tinsley celebrates his silver medal in the Men's 400m Hurdles 2

Tori and Jessie in front of the Olympic Stadium (2) Hungary's Women's Water Polo team

USA's Maggie Steffens, Elsie Windes, Jessica Steffens and Melissa Seidemann (1) Croatia's goalie Josip Pavic celebrates gold