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This morning the kids and I made the long 1/4 mile trek across the park for another freezing running of the Laurelhurst Turkey Trot.  It was Reese’s second go at it; for Finn and me, it was three in a row.

As with the Green Lake Gobble & Mash Potato Munch Off earlier this week, seven-year old Finn was the star of the show.

His 28:50 time for the neighborhood 5k was, I think, a new PR.  He finished well ahead of anyone else within three years his age.

Reese, on the other hand, took it easy with her friends Charlotte and Gracie.  Still she did it, which is a heck of a lot more than a lot of our neighbors can say.

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Our now four-month old Shiba Inu has a tough, exhausting life:

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Today the Jenkins family welcomed a new member.

Charlie Jenkins.  A 4 1/2 pound, six-week old Shiba Inu.

She will not lack for love.



Charlie Rhonda

Charlie Reese

Charlie Finn

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Yesterday was our nation’s 237th birthday.  Given our current relationship with the Otterlees (read: nonexistent) we did not make it to the Edmonds 4th of July as in years’ past.  But it was still a great day, one that culminated in our first party of the year.  A few pics:



I don't think the house has ever looked better.

I don’t think the house has ever looked better.


The kids certainly enjoyed themselves.

The kids certainly enjoyed themselves.


Ollie and me in one of my favorite-ever pics.

Ollie and me in one of my favorite-ever pics.


The Joffes.

The Joffes.



Olivia and Reese at the fireworks show.

Olivia and Reese at the fireworks show.


The fam.

The fam.





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Welcome Sally and Rio

At long last Ollie has a few new siblings. This weekend, after much ado, Sally and Rio joined the family.

Sally and Rio Jenkins.

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Credit to Ronnie 100%.

Yesterday the family Jenkins and twelve of Reese’s closest friends celebrated her fifth birthday.  The theme was “ballerina”: all the girls dressed up in pink tutus and Rhonda hired a ballet teacher to come in and teach them a few basics.

Thanks as always to Ronnie, good times were had by all.   Unfortunately I did not do a particularly good job as cameraman: lots of shots of the girls, but of the adults not so many:

A well-instructed party.

Even Ollie got in to the swing of things.

Everyone ate quite well.

Making a wish.

Cutting the very, very tasty cake.

The girls really got into playing golf in the back yard …

and running in the front yard — for no apparent reason.

A little post-party r&r before another big event later that day.

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This weekend we joined the family Richardson/Bryant and later the families Joffe and “G” (actual name withheld on request) for a two-day camping trip at Wish Poosh near Cle Elum. The trip went without a hitch until about dinner time Saturday night, when the rain came — and didn’t leave. We ended up hightailing it out of there on Sunday morning as the rain continued to fall, but not before we had a heck of a good time.

A few pics:

Ollie keeping watch in front of casa de Jenkins.

The kids kept busy with lots of arts and crafts (not pictured: the kiddie chalk graffiti).

Ollie led the gang on a Friday afternoon hike to Lake Cle Elum.

The campfire was our gathering spot.

This must have been taken on Friday night because Finn was in short sleeves.

Carrie and the ladies 'G.'

The family Jenkins at Lake Cle Elum.

Ma and Pa Jenkins.

I think Reese was tiring out at this point.

The kids climbing on the banks of a very low Lake Cle Elum.

The gang sans Ollie, who the nimwit photographer couldn't seem to fit into the pic.

I wish I could say this was the beginning of a long night's sleep, but I was awake by 12:30 am.

Reese with Stanley.

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