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Yesterday the Jenkins fam and our friend Sammie ventured south.  Our destination — the Puyallup Fair, which I think is now known as the Washington State Fair.

It was Reese’s first venture there, my first in thirty-plus years, Finn’s second this week.

A fun day out, but it sure wasn’t cheap.

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This morning the family and I ventured south to Seward Park for the kids’ third Seafair Kids Triathlon.

It was a memorable morning, but not necessarily for the best reasons.

Things got off on the wrong foot.  No sooner had we parked at Seward Park than I realized I had forgotten the kids’ bike helmets.  I raced back to Laurelhurst, found the helmets and raced back.  I got there just in the knick of time and I didn’t have the presence of mind to inspect the kids’ transition areas.

Big problem.

The kids left the water just fine.  Finn was in roughly 7th place and Reese was a few spots behind him.  But things went downhill from there — for Reese.  While Finn had a fairly slow transition, he recovered to finish 10th overall out of 99 and no. 1 among eight- and under competitors.

For Reese it was quite another story.  First she couldn’t get her shoes on properly — my mistake for not opening them wide enough to slip in.  Worse, though, was her bike.  It turns out when they laid it down they twisted the front wheel, and no one — including me — noticed.  That caused the brakes to lock, which made the bike barely rideable.   So unrideable was it that Reese went from middle of the pack after the transition (slow because of the shoes) to dead last in the entire field — by about fifteen minutes.  I was very proud of her for doing the 1/2 run in tears — quite a showing of resolve.

Lesson learned: failing to prepare is preparing to fail.  I should have packed the kids’ gear yesterday.  Had I have done so, I would likely not have forgotten the helmets, and had I not forgotten the helmets, I would have had time to properly set up their transition areas.  Instead I played golf.

Reese’s resulting disaster is on my hands.  I put golf over the kids’ preparation.

It will not happen again.

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Today I turned 48.

Happy to have made it this far.

It wasn’t as great a birthday as last year’s — the weather made sure of that.  Still, it was good fun.  Tops on the list — our first-ever trip to Queen Anne’s Melting Pot.  Service wasn’t great and it was a bit pricey, but the fondue was a memorable experience to be sure.

A few photos from the day:

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Another year, another Easter.  This year it was brunch at Sand Point CC with the Johnstons; followed by an Easter egg hunt; golf lessons for Reese at the UW; and dinner at the Gouks.  A few photos:

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The Jenkins fam spent the last three days on the very wet Oregon coast.  A few photos:

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Last night, the Jenkins family ventured downtown.  Our destination: the Space Needle.  The reason: our tenth anniversary, and we brought the kids along with us.

It was my first time up in the Needle in about thirty-plus years.  Neither the kids nor Rhonda had ever been there.

Dinner was excellent if a bit pricey.  I passed on the $99 filet.

A few photos:

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Another January 1, another Polar Bear Plunge at Alki Beach.  This one was particularly crisp — 33 degrees outside with four inches of snow about four miles away.  45 degrees in the water — it was a quick in and out.

A few photos:

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