This is Jon. Here's a rundown of some highlights in July 2013:
Jon and Brittany head to Cooper Lake. This is God's Country. It takes a while to get to, you've got to climb a bit in elevation, but if you go there on a weekday afternoon, it's pretty much all yours without sharing. Picture perfect day. Great weather, very serene and the scenery was beautiful.
Delaney ready to roll for the first family rafting trip of the summer. Brittany and I have done this many times, but had never taken the girls. This year we figured they were ready to go and were old enough and aware enough to be mature in the swift water. I like this pic of Delaney because her hair is perfectly imperfect.
My lady trio, ready to put into the water.
Daddy and Delaney fighting the current to get back to shore. Earlier I had jumped off the cliff and Delaney was ready to tackle it herself. She jumped off a shorter part of the cliff with me, but it took much strength and courage (and a life jacket!) to get back to shore. I was incredibly proud of her.
After the rafting. Our battle cry along with my severely beat up hat.
Jon and Brittany heading to Sam and Wendi's wedding. Great couple.
Best part of this photo: Sam is looking at his bride. Dude puts her on a pedestal. One of the reasons why we get along so well is because our love and respect for our wives are similar.
Their wedding was at the Point Defiance rose garden. Hundreds of different variations of roses and many other flowers. We were surrounded.
Delaney and Preston chilling on Sunday morning after spending the night at Dad and Sharon's house.
Adelyn and Preston playing with each other.
One of our trips to Speelyi Beach on Lake Cle Elum. Another place called God's Country.
This is May 2007. Zach had just won the Columbia Basin League's 3200-meter championship in 9:59 (his PR is 9:57). I had absolutely no space on our old camera, but was able to get most of the awards ceremony. Really proud of that guy. Addy Bear in the bathtub at around 9 months old or so. Both girls in the bathtub the same night. So cute. Adelyn's first birthday party, Aug. 2008, complete with balloons that she loves. The girls still love their balloons. Adelyn Blair just being cute with her sister Delaney. Just cute lil' sisters! Fall 2008.
This is Jon. It got dang cold last week with night time wind chills in the single digit negatives and day time highs of low single digits, obviously awesome tree hunting weather. We were going to go the weekend before (especially since it was in the high 20s/low 30s) but schedule's got fouled up.
The girls, frolicking in the parking lot near Blewett Pass. This is where we had gone the year before, had some success, but we decided on taking a different trail from the same parking lot. It was about 20 seconds after this picture was taken when we realized that two layers wasn't enough for Adelyn. She and Mommy stayed back in the warmth of the heated seats and a warm car.
Dee stuck with it and ventured into the great, snowy, cold unknown. We enjoyed the sled and a few hills when she realized that two layers wasn't enough for her either. So we backtracked a bit so she could enjoy the warmth of heated seats and a warm car.
The third trip out was the charm. It took me 45 lo…
Spring sports with Delaney playing volleyball for the second straight year. This year was noticeably different as her league included fifth through eighth graders.
Adelyn with her second year of softball. Again, a noticeably different level of competition.
Delaney will eat anything, just like me. Food is fun, especially when you try new things. We're at the Crab Pot along the Seattle waterfront and we got a seafeast of salmon, crab, clams, mussels, shrimp, sausage and corn. It was deee-lish.
Dee Dee and her shrimp...right before she ripped its head off to grub down.
Kittitas day at the Mariners game. 80 of our closest friends from KTown in attendance.
Took Adelyn and Brittany to Saltwater State Park. Adelyn loved the shells, crabs and the clams underneath the surface squirting water.
On our way home, we got stopped on the pass for the roadwork blasting. Took the opportunity to snap a few pics of this beauty.
Adelyn with my hat, a rain coat, pajamas, tennis shoes and…