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Another New Year’s Day, another morning at Alki for the annual polar bear plunge.  This year there were roughly 500-700 bathers and Reese got back in the water, if quickly.

A few photos:

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Rhonda is quite tough to buy for when it comes to birthdays and Christmas.  When she wants something, she just buys it.  So this year I went with a different for Christmas — an experience.  The experience was a quick trip to Vancouver, British Columbia — the family’s first if you don’t count driving through on the way to Whistler.

The trip was a good one, if a bit cold and wet.  It was so wet on Friday, in fact, that we decided to come home a night early.  We did have enough time to hit the Vancouver staples — Stanley Park, English Bay, Robson Street and Granville Island.  And, of course, the camera was always going: https://share.icloud.com/photos/04prwsgOooFKirh9gZt-8_0Dg

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Yesterday the Jenkins fam did its first-ever trip to Leavenworth.

The consensus view: nice to have done it once, but no need to do it again.

Being there for the town’s annual Christmas festivities was ok enough, although the six-or-so hours we spent there was at least three hours too many for a town that size.  The problem was getting there — and getting back.  We hopped a tour bus from a company called Tours From Seattle.  It took us over three hours to get there — roughly one of the hours on a windy country road that I highly doubt was in the driver’s plans.  (Read: I think we got lost.)  We took a shorter route home — Highway 2 over Stevens Pass — but it still took almost three hours.

That’s six hours sitting on a crowded tour bus, all for the privilege of walking around — and shopping in — a town as crowded as Time Square on New Year’s.

We did get a handful of decent photos, though:

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Finn Sets a Chin Up PR

Double digits, reached.

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Halloween 2018

A few photos:

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I saw this on Facebook and thought it so good I decided to memorialize it for Finn on the family blog.

RULES FOR SONS:

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check-out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or not at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.
12. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.
13. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.
14. You marry the girl, you marry her family.
15. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.
16. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
17. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.
18. Never turn down a breath mint.
19. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.
20. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
21. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
22. Eat lunch with the new kid.
23. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.
24. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.
25. Manners maketh the man.
26. Give credit. Take the blame.
27. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied.
28. Write down your dreams.
29. Always protect your siblings (and teammates).
30. Be confident and humble at the same time.
31. Call and visit your parents often. They miss you.
32. The healthiest relationships are those where you’re a team; where you respect, protect, and stand up for each other.

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Finn Turns Ten

Not really — his official birthday isn’t ’til next weekend.  But we did celebrate his first decade on Earth with a paintball birthday party in Snohomish.

A few photos:

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