Monday, April 16, 2012

Bouldering The Tree

Got rock shoes?  We gotta pad! 

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Jeanie and I scouted Joshua Tree last Sunday for fun boulder climbs in the 5.6-V0 range.  First we hit Cap Rock - The Hatrack, French Roast, White Crack, Four Corners, and then we paid homage at the Graham Parsons Memorial Traverse.  From there we hit the Manx/Asteroid Belt area, which features The Womb, Manx Boulders (including the freaky topout at Thingamajig), The Asteroid (Jeanie sent Ceres, I sent Retro), and Interceptor Boulder, where we chilled with some young gym climbers who were both hyped and humbled by the challenges of J-Tree monzogranite just like us.  We proceeded to show each other a few things on the wall!  From there Jeanie and I were compelled to cap off the day by visiting the House of Horrors, where we found The Real House, a peaceful hidden spot which is comprised of a 6-foot wide vertical crack between two granite mountains.  In there we tested ourselves on Walking Mexican Down The Hall, and scampered up between the walls to peer deeper into the mysterious natural enclosure.  We came out of the day transformed - eager to share the natural wonder of Joshua Tree to anyone who will listen!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Grace's First Karate Competition - The JKO National Karate-Do Championships

Congratulations Grace for competiting in your first karate competition - The 39th Annual JKO National Shito Ryu Karate-Do Championships!

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Congratulations to Grace's friend Gabby for medaling in Kata,

and to Tabitha and Michael for their great efforts!

Special thanks to Hanshi Minobu Miki for his mentorship and encouragement.

Grace is very happy to be part of the Japan Karate Do Carlsbad Dojo.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tropical Paradise - North Shore, Oahu

Our Big Family Vacation 2011 was to the North Shore of Oahu, and we had an unforgetable time!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Grace at Del Mar Beach Sep 2010 - Princess Idol

Great and gutsy performance by Grace at the Wildcat Nation Friday Night Princess Idol Throwdown at Del Mar Beach. 

Yeah Gracie!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

ECDS Jog-a-thon 2011

Grace ran 19 laps in the 2011 Encinitas Country Day School Jog-a-thon, First Grade edition!

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Proceeds for this year's Jog-a-thon will go to help Etheopian children receive life-saving surgeries.  Grace raised over $300 for this worthy cause.  Thank you for all of you who supported her - Grandpa Booth, Aunt Susan, Auntie Evy, Ian, and Valeire, Granny Fanny, Jorge, Auntie Beaner, Aunt Jeni, Aunt Kristen, Aunt Kelly, and several awesome Heron Circle neighbors)!  We are quite proud of her and the ECDS effort!

Air Grace!
Way to go!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our 10th Wedding Anniversary!

As a part of the celebration, I've posted a slide show that focuses first on Grace as a baby.  Everyone comments on how Annika looks like her big sister as a baby, so now you can decide for yourself! The rest of the slide show focuses on pictures from 2005 and 2006 with an emphasis on our beach walks and trips.  Below are some clips from our Sequoia trip when Grace was two...

Greg's Top 10 Memorable Times Together
Our Wedding / Honeymoon
Our Engagement Weekend
Our Big Night Out - Kane
Camping Ostrander Lake - Yosemite
Moving into Portage House
Grace's Birth and Taking Her Home
Buying / Designing / Moving into Heron House
India / Amsterdam
Thailand / Cambodia / Korea
Annika's Birth

We have always loved the beach!

One last image - Grace and Cousin Zach jumping on the bed, 2006

Dear V,

Thank you for the most wonderful 10 years of marriage. 

I treasure our relationship and I affirm our vows. 

Let's dream our greatest dreams, 
and with conscious attention and love, 
our dreams will come true.

Love, Greg

Friday, July 16, 2010

Announcing Annika Kaylee Porter!

We are so blessed to share the news of the arrival of Annika Kaylee to this world July 3, 2010, 8:04am. Ask us the story because we love telling about it!

Coming Soon: Her First Days Slideshow!

The Beginning of a Love Story!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Grace's 6th Birthday Celebration at Encinitas Country Day

For a girl who always wanted to be five, Grace sure did enjoy her 6th Birthday celebration with her kindergarten friends at ECDS. Mrs. Maggie and Ms. Gaby were truly wonderful teachers for Grace and her class is such a great group of kids. It just feels that Grace has some friends for life in this bunch.

Credit V for the excellent outdoor photos. Grace, you can scarcely fathom what a wonderful year this will be for you.  (Click on the Slideshow then Click "Full Screen" so you can see the shots close up.)

Our Winter Trip

After Christmas we visited the Stricklands at their new home in Texas...highlights involved telling them about the Pea in Vivi's Pod, and a trip to freeze with the Grinch who Stole Christmas....

then headed east to visit Evelyn and Susan's families!