Strike Day

Today City of Seattle teachers went out on strike.

The Jenkins family went out and had a good time.

Our first destination — the Pompeii Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center.

Pretty cool, looking forward to seeing the movie.

From there Reese and Rhonda headed to ballet practice.  Finn and I, on the other hand, headed to some serious Seattle Center fun:

The day’s only downside — the hour-plus drive home.  From Seattle Center.

Seattle, you’re gonna have to figure that traffic thing out.

Another year, another (well-dressed) Mother’s Day.

The day started with Rhonda getting flowers in bed.

I’ll admit — I bought them this morning.

Next on the agenda — Finn’s soccer game.  He scored two goals and played stellar D.  His Scorpions team won 4-1.

Finn soccer

From there we headed to brunch with the Miksis- and Swapp families at Sand Point CC.

Excellent as always.

After that — swimming.   George took for us our first-ever underwater photo:


From there it was home where, after some backyard whiffle ball golf, we watched Rickie Fowler win the 2015 Players Championship.

Not a bad day if I do say so.

Today the Jenkins fam joined roughly 104 of our closest friends for the first-ever Laurelhurst-ish Day Out at Emerald Downs for the Kentucky Derby.  It was an outing I conceived of way back in November — and it went off mostly without a hitch.

We kicked things off with an hour-long pre-function at casa de Jenkins:

Crowd at house

Lots – and I mean LOTS — of mint juleps were on the menu.

From there we boarded two coaches for the ride out to Emerald Downs.  Our driver took a wrong turn and the 36-minute drive turned into an hour one (there’s the hitch).  We arrived at Emerald Downs at about 1 pm to perfect weather and a fantastic day of pony watching.  American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby in Louisville — the Jenkins fam had most of its money on the disappointing Dortmund.

All in all a fantastic and memorable day.

The beginning of a tradition?  We shall see.

This morning Finn, his Uncle Cole and me attended the Y-Guides Pinewood Derby at ViewRidge Elementary.  It was Finn’s first Pinewood Derby.

Sixth place out of about eleven.

Not bad for his first time, but I’m pretty certain Finn and Cole will be looking to improve on that finish in 2016.

I never thought I’d be one of those people who waited in line outside a department store for that big sale inside.

Today I was.

We all were.

The store was Target and the event was the premier of Lilly Pulitzer for Target.  Lots of buzz leading up to it.

I had no idea.

At about 6 am Rhonda awoke me in a panic: “We gotta go to Target!  Stuff is selling out on the East Coast in seconds!”

The four of us were in line at the Northgate Target by 6:45 for the 8 am opening.  Others had the same idea — we were roughly the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th people in line.  The line was eventually sixty of so deep by the 8 am opening.

Finn and I were the only dudes.

As it turned out getting up early was smart.  I hit the little girls section, Rhonda hit the women’s department, and we took home everything we wanted.

To the tune of $500+.



Spring Break 2015

The Jenkins family spent the last three days in Ocean Shores.  It was our third trip there in the last year, the second in the last three months.   Perfect weather, all in all good times.

A few pics:


The 2015 Masters

I just spent the last five days in Augusta, GA at the 2015 Masters.  21-year old Jordan Spieth won the tournament.

I was the real winner, though.


Some pics (cameras were allowed on Wednesday, and I took lots of photos outside Augusta National (check out my photo book):


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