First hike of the new year

Last weekend I managed to get the family lost on Tiger Mountain.  I blamed the lack of a good Green Trails map.  But apparently, even official trails are not mapped there.  So we ended up on a gun range instead.  There’s a good story somewhere in there, but I think I’ll just post some pictures instead.

Perhaps my designer target rainboots were not appropriate for an uphill hike?

Perhaps my designer target rainboots were not appropriate for an uphill hike?

I know I'm not supposed to climb, but I just can't help it.

I know I’m not supposed to climb, but I just can’t help it.

 

 

Gratuitous lens flare courtesy of JJ Abrams.  Perhaps looking for the Ewok planet for the next Star Wars film?

Gratuitous lens flare courtesy of JJ Abrams. Perhaps looking for the Ewok planet for the next Star Wars film?

I ate my dad's hiking boots and I'm not even sorry.

I ate my dad’s hiking boots and I’m not even sorry.

 

Dad’s Guide to Disney

Ahhh, Disneyland.  I love Disney.  We recently returned from a trip to the Magical Kingdom.  One of the things I like to do to keep the trip fresh in my memory is keep a diary (I mean journal).  I thought I’d share some of my entries with you.  I decided to not bore you with the obvious stuff.  Went on Space Mountain, Small World, blah blah blah, and just cut it down to the nitty gritty.

If any of you are planning a trip, I hope it helps with the planning.

Day One:

Dear Diary…Night flight to Disneyland.  Before we take off, Kenzie starts kicking the seat of the gentleman in front of us.  I try to buy him a beer but he’s not old enough, so I drink it for him.  An hour later, Kenzie is still kicking the seat.  I buy him another b [Read more…]

Kids, What I Mean When I Say Finish Your Dinner

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Kids, I know you don’t like chicken corn chowder, shrimp salad, green enchiladas, Eggo waffles, chicken piccata, and so on and so on. I know you do like Tillamook Mudslide, Peanut Butter M&Ms, chocolate chip cookies.

So…let’s compromise. You eat your dinner to the level I have told you every night for the last 10 years and I might let you have dessert. Clean plate.  No feeding the dog.  And yeah…I kinda do know you took the bite I asked you to eat and just kinda smooshed it around, so eat it?  And then I won’t get grumpy.

Deal?

Things My Kids Say

When Getting Up After Being Put To Bed:

  • Dad, when are you going to get Java so that we can learn how to program?
  • I’m really tired, but when I lie down, time seems to go really slow so it seems like it’s morning already
  • I’m trying to go to sleep, but my eyes keep opening up.  See? (Blink, blink, blink)
  • Dad, that scab on my leg just started bleeding.  I swear I didn’t pick it.
  • Mom, I’m really concerned about the rain forest.
  • If I wake up at 4:30 again, is it okay if I just play video games?