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Photo Friday – Golfing Buddies

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Jack and Will have been really interested in golf since we took them to the US Open in June. Will is in the backyard almost daily hitting balls and putting. It is only a matter of time before we have a net, mat and maybe true putting green back there. Jim cut a green into what lawn has survived the summer weather for now.

They have participated in a Junior Play Day the last two Mondays, where they get to go and play nine holes on a local course. Today they took Daddy out to play with them.

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Photo Friday – President’s Day Hike

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Since we can’t ski this year on President’s Day and the weather was beautiful we went for a hike. The ski resorts are actually closed because they don’t have any snow, so no skiing for us. It was a fun little hike not far from our house. Luckily we got there early, because when we were leaving the parking lot was full. We got to look for a swamp monster, see the largest, oldest tree on Tiger Mountain and find a rusted out bus. Then the boys chose Five Guys for lunch. A fun morning.

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Photo Friday – Eric & Kati’s Wedding

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Last weekend my cousin Eric married his high school sweetheart on a gorgeous day at Newcastle Golf Club. It was so fun to celebrate their love story stepping into a new era. The day couldn’t have had better weather and the view couldn’t have been any better. Such a wonderful day.

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Photo Friday – Chillin’ Camping Buddies

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We kicked off camping season last weekend with a trip East of the mountains in search of warm sunny weather. The weather lived up to expectations, but it wasn’t our favorite campground. Luckily the company was wonderful, as always, and we got some good quality relaxing time in. Islay continues to prove that she will be a great camping dog. Can’t wait for the next trip this summer.

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Photo Friday – Career Day

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Jim spoke at career day this week in Jack’s class about a career in communications. Jack introduced Jim and was so proud to have his dad there. The kids asked great questions. Jim did a great job, but was unfortunately sandwiched between a baker and a woman who rolled in a candy cart. It is hard to compete with cupcakes and candy.

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Photo Friday – Big White

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We have been skiing at Big White this week for winter break. It was a fun week with great snow and finally better ski weather at the end of the week. Will went to ski school and did great as an Eager Elephant. Jack skied with us all week for the first time and skied all over the mountain with us. The boys got matching helmet covers. We love this mountain and will definitely be back.

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Photo Friday – Getting Up For GameDay

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ESPN College GameDay is coming to the University of Washington tomorrow for the first time ever as the preshow to the game verses the Oregon Ducks. There was much debate over what time we were going to go, since the show starts at 6am our time, and what our sign would be. We finally landed on a two sided sign that reads, “Left kids with Cougs, Call the Cops!” on one side and “I’m in a glass case of emotion” on the other. The second is Jim’s favorite quote from his favorite movie Anchorman. So look for us on Saturday morning bright and early, maybe Jack will even get on TV.

Celebrating 500–Guest Post By Jim

jimandi michelles weddingThis is an article from Jim DeNike, my partner in life, business, parenting and all things family. He is a communications professional working in the biotechnology industry and insisted that he write a guest post this week. So here it is.

This week marked a significant milestone for my wife, Sarah, author and founder of The Will to See – her 500th post. And I couldn’t be more proud of her and what she has accomplished.

While the blog has evolved and transformed over the years, her vision was clear from the start – provide an outlet and a resource for issues affecting our family that, in turn, could provide perspective and guidance to others.

Sarah didn’t become a social media expert, advocate and writer overnight. Only after thousands of hours of research, a lot of creative thought, and endless amounts of unwavering passion was she able to reach this milestone. She did so by forcing herself to step well outside her comfort zone, only to realize it is a place where she always belonged.

The result is place where moms, parents, patients, geeks, dogs and many others can come to relate, learn and find comfort knowing that someone is advocating for them. The result is an informed resource on vision and GI issues. The result is, at times, heart-breaking or comical or enlightening. But the result is always Sarah.

The result is The Will to See.

Congratulations, Sarah. Here’s to your next 500.

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Photo Friday – Canyonlands
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This is from the Grand View Point Overlook in the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park. Those are the Colorado and Green rivers down below. This was as close as Jim would get to the edge.

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Photo Friday – New Wheels

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Jim has new wheels. We traded in the Mazda for a Ford F-150 FX4 truck today. We need something to pull the trailer more easily and take the wear off the Expedition. This is not your father’s truck; it has leather, navigation, huge backseat and more bells and whistles than we could ever hope for. Jim’s favorite feature is the backup camera that zooms in on the hitch and makes it a breeze to hitch up the trailer. Jack said this morning, “we are a Ford family.” Yes we are.

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