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  August 24, 2013
  EZPayseno Fun
  Payseno Gary Picture
  Last Saturday Heidi, Paige, Allie & Ron came over for a backyard picnic followed by some Lake Stevens boating.
  Of course they insisted on having their picture taken with 'The Gary Picture'
   
  3 Ladies Boating
  Paige, Allie & Lex as we prepare for an afternoon of boating and wake surfing.
   
  Lake Stevens Ducks
  Here ducky, ducky, ducky
   
   
  August 17, 2013
  EZSeaside Beach Volleyball Tournament
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  Overall, Lex & Audrey finished the tournament with a 4-3 record.
   
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  The view from our balcony.
   
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  Center Court was a happening place to be.
   
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  Panoramic view of the beach.
   
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  From our balcony we had a panoramic view of half of the 142 courts that were set up for over 1300 teams that participated in the tournament.
   
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  Panoramic view from the water's edge...if you look close you can see our hotel in the center (where all the action took place).
   
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  An early morning view from the water's edge.
   
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  Here he is...The MAN responsible for getting us into the Center Court VIP area. Woo!!!
   
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  Here is the MAN who enjoyed drinking Bud Light Lime in the Center Court VIP area.
   
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  Center Court just before the Men's Open finals.
   
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  Mom had the best seat on the beach for the Men's & Women's Open finals.  And Yvonne had the 2nd best seat.
   
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  That's Christal ( Morrison) Engle talking strategy with her teammate.
   
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  Audrey & Lex were in the Bob Uecker seats for the Men's Open Final.
   
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  Dad & Yvonne had the best seats in the house for the Men's Open Semi-finals.
   
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  Dad celebrating a win with one of the Duncan brother's.
   
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  Dad with the 2013 Men's Open Final winners (insert names here).
   
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  Watching beach volleyball all day in the VIP section wears you out, right Dad?
   
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  Alexis serving.
   
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  Audrey passing.
   
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  Alexis serve receiving.
   
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  With perfect form and with Survivor's 'Eye of the Tiger' playing on The Beats Pill, Dad cranked out 15 perfect pushups for the Go Army recruiters, besting last year's 12 push-ups and thus earning a t-shirt & water bottle.  Woo!!!
   
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  Dad & his good friend Alexis Alexander poolside at the Worldmark Seaside Resort.
   
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  In addition to the volleyball tournament, there was also a 'Gun Show' in town.
   
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  The pre-sunset couple picture.
   
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  Sunset in Seaside
   
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  More sunset in Seaside.
   
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  Is that Audrey & Alexis practicing just before sunset?
   
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  Blue skies, great seats, free food, free beer, beach volleyball...does it get any better than this?
   
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  Dad & the Seaside Bud Light Girls.
   
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  It was definitely a 'thumbs-up' extended weekend in Seaside.  Woo!!!
   
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  Madeline, Poppa, Audrey & Alexis getting their picture taken with 'The Gary' picture.  Woo!!!
   
   
  August 6, 2013
  EZBlake Videos
  Blake Summersault Video #1
 

This video is Blake's version of a summersault (Click here or the image above).

   
  Blake Summersault Video #2
  And this video is Uncle Gary's version of a Blake summersault  (Click here or the image above).
   
  Blake's Hot Cross Buns
  Ladies & Gentlemen, for the first time in a public forum, I present to you...drum roll please...Blake Stevenson performing the nursery rhyme song, 'Hot Cross Buns' (Click here or the image above).
   
   
  EZFun Fact: When Chuck Norris was 5 years old, he threw a paper airplane.  It landed yesterday.
   
   
  August 5, 2013
  EZStevensons
  Stevenson Laundry
  It's laundry time with Blake & Violet.
   
  Violet Dinner Time
  Here's a picture of Violet "eating" mangoes. And by eating, I mean spilling it all over herself.
   
  Violet Sleeping
  And after "eating" mangos and battling Blake's cold...Violet is down for the count.
   
   
  EZFun Fact: Chuck Norris doesn't call the wrong number, you just answer the wrong phone.
   
   
  August 4, 2013: 8:30pm
  EZBreaking News!!!
  Gary is a Mole Catching Machine
  A new personal record...Less than 24 hours after setting 2 mole traps...I've caught another mole.  Woo!!!
  Click the image above or click here to watch a video that puts a big smile on my face.
  <<<how many special effects do you see in this short video?>>>
   
   
  EZFun Fact: Chuck Norris invented RAP music when his heart started beating.
   
   
  August 4, 2013
  EZPick-It, Fix-It, Pump-It, Trim-It & Set-It Day
  Lots of Blueberries
  It may not look like it, but that's a big tub of blueberries from our garden.
   
  Broken Sink
  Jan's kitchen faucet has been making squeaking noises for a few weeks and has been getting harder and harder to rotate from one sink bin to the other.
   
  New Sink in a Box
  A trip to Home Depot...then 10 minutes later...
   
  New Sink is Good To Go
  ...and Darlene has no more excuses for not doing the dishes and cleaning up the kitchen.
   
  Darlene's Bike
  And while I was over there I added more air to Darlene's bike tires.
   
  Wisteria Trimming 1     Wisteria Trimming 2     Wisteria Trimming 3
  It was time for the semi-annual Wisteria trellis trimming yesterday.
   
  Mole Trap 1      Mole Trap 2
  And the mole(s) having been rummaging around in the garden, so the traps have been set (again).
   
   
  August 3, 2013
  EZTTHQ & Western Oregon Volleyball Camp Pictures
   
  ...coming soon: TTHQ Squirrel Feeding & Karaoke Videos
   
   
  Audrey & Alexis Relax Before Camp
  Audrey & Alexis relaxing the day before Western Oregon Volleyball Camp at Shane buddy's house.
   
  Gary Hardly Working & Shane Working Hard
  Shane is working hard while I am hardly working at Jeff & Alice's house.
   
  Madeline's New Car
  If Madeline had her way, this car would be her sweet 16 birthday present.
   
  TTHQ Deck
  TTHQ's Panoramic Deck.
   
  TTHQ's Lot 400
  The Deck View of TTHQ's Panoramic Lot 400.
   
  Lots of Wood
  Dad has been busy restocking the wood piles since Team Thompson 4th of July Weekend.
   
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  More wood.
   
  Kyle on Lot 400
  "Kyle...you call that a fire?"
   
  Baggo Deck View
  Let the Baggo games begin.
   
  Baggo Fire Pit View
  Fire pit view of Baggo game with Mom mid-toss...and who's head is that sticking out of the hammock?
   
  More Fire Pit View of Baggo
  Another fire pit view of Baggo game with Dad mid-toss.
   
  Fire Pit View of Croquet
  And now a fire pit view of some red hot croquet action.
   
  More Croquet Action
  Kyle T mid swing on the extended croquet field.
   
  Lot 400 Trail
  I think I see TTHQ's Lot 400.
   
  Kyle T Squirrel Feeding
  Kyle T is a squirrel feeder...and a ramp feeding squirrel trainer spoiler!
   
  More Squirrel Feeding
  Kyle T is happy to feed to squirrels on his lap, but Madeline is not very impressed.
   
  Madeline Squirrel Feeding
  Madeline begins to lure the squirrel off of Kyle T's lap...
   
  Squirrel Ramp Feeding
  ...and onto the specially crafted squirrel ramp/basket which made Grandpa Gary very happy.
   
  Hammock Swinging
  Madeline is all smiles when Grandpa Gary goes into his ride operator routine.
   
  Shane Earning His Keep
  Shane goes high to hang the latest piece of memorabilia on Art's Place Wall of Fame - a USA Volleyball banner...under the close supervision of Grandpa Gary.
   
  Guitar Stinging
  Kyle T gives Madeline a lesson in guitar stinging.
   
  Maraca Pool Playing
  It takes more that the double team of Dad & Kyle T and their double dose of maracas to distract Shane from making an important pool shot.
   
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  TTHQ's new swing is seeing lots of action this summer.  Great job on the painting Dad.
   
  TTHQ Fire Pit 1
  Enjoying the TTHQ fire pit with Dad...Woo!
   
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  Shane & Dad.
   
  Go Big or Go Home
  Roasting marshmallows TTHQ style...6 feet high in the sky.
   
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  Enjoying life.
   
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  Enjoying a beer.
   
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  Contemplating enjoying life with another beer.
   
  To The Beach 1
  Biking to the beach.
   
  To The Beach 2
  It's been awhile since I rode on TTHQ's bicycle built for two.
   
  To The Beach 3
  Faster Kyle, faster.
   
  Look at all the Rock Stacks
  Zoom in to see all the rock stacks.
   
  Mom's Chi
  Grandma Sue asks, "Who stacked the rocks?"
   
  Kyle's Chi
  Kyle's Chi is enhanced by all the stacked rocks.
   
  Madeline's Chi
  Madeline's Rock Chi gave her the strength of Hulk Hogan, Sergeant Slaughter, Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka & The Fabulous Moola combined.
   
  Shane's Chi
  Shane's is all Chi smiles.
   
  Gary's Pretend Chi
  Me pretending my Chi is enhanced...when everyone knows that my real Chi can only be found...
   
  Gary's Real Chi
  ...next to a nearly depleted wood pile (see the before picture near the top of this post).
   
  The end of volleyball camp
  We all drove in to Monmouth to see the last few hours of Alexis & Audrey at Western Oregon's Volleyball Camp.
  Alexis & Audrey ended up on the same team for the camp's tournament play and finished on the top court.  Woo!!!
   
  Frodo...we miss you
  Dad's eagle eyes picked out Frodo's name in a sea of names scratched into the cement outside Western's Oregon's stadium.
   
  Melissa & Frodo
  Melissa & Frodo in 2005.
   
   
  August 1, 2013
  EZBike Ridin'
  Yvonne Bikin'
  Last Saturday Yvonne & I took a ride along the Centennial Trail which led us past Todd & Kelly's Ace Acme.
   
  Centennial Trail Biking
  Heading north on the Centennial Trail to Arlington.
   
  Who wants blueberries
  After 3 years (per Jan's prediction), our 3 blueberry bushes our starting to produce.  Woo!!!
   
   
  ...2013 Archive Page Links (New tab coming soon)
  August 2013:
  Biking The Centennial Trail / Who Likes Blueberries? / TTHQ With Shane & Madeline / Western Oregon Volleyball Camp / Frodo / Blueberries / Fixin' Jan's Sink / Darlene's Bike / Wisteria Trimming / Mole Traps / Gary is a Mole Catching Machine / Blake & Violet Pictures / Blake Summersault & Hot Cross Buns Videos / Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament / Payseno Backyard Picnic & Boating /
   
  July 2013:
  TTHQ...Where Did All The Firewood Go? / TTHQ...Panoramic Pictures / Team Thompson Baggo / Kyle T's World Famous Thumbs / Lake Goodwin Boating / Frolich's & The Gary Picture / Mom & Dad Thank You / Lake Washington Boating / Team Thompson 4th of July Beach Picture & Link / TTHQ 4th of July Pictures / TTHQ 4th of July Videos too / LSHS Volleyball Schedule / Promiscuous Girl on Lake Goodwin / Walk(er) Violet / Florida Fusion U17 / Misc. Orlando Pictures / Bo & Daisey / Ben, Diane, Julia & Danny's TTHQ 4th of July Weekend Pictures / WAkesurfing on Lake Washington With Mt. Rainier Background /
   
  June 2013:
  Blake Pictures / Violet Pictures / Al & Emily Wedding Pictures / Alexis YouTube Channel Link / TTHQ Sunset / Rear View Boat View / Bryce & Gary Pic / Greenbelt Buffer / 3 New Libero Lex Highlight Videos From The Emerald City Classic Tournament / VW Tiguan Photoshoping / Kayak Point Yurt & Campfire / Lake Stevens High School Volleyball Preseason Champions / TTHQ Pictures & Videos From Years Gone Bye /
   
  May 2013:
  Seattle was the Hottest City Day / Picking up the Boat / Boat In The Driveway / RV TV Watching / Bronze Bracket Champions / Kayak Point Mother's Day / Backyard Garden: Raspberries, Blueberries & Tomatoes / Mother's Day Brunch at Kayak Point / Marysville Backyard Gardening / Dad & Cousin Clifford / 3 Pretty Ladies / Emerald City Classic Fusion Volleyball Internet Streaming: Court 1 / Libero Lex Highlight Videos From The Far Western-No Dinx Reno, NV Tournament / More Internet Streaming Volleyball: Court 2 / Bo & Daisey Jump The Skagit River / Emerald City Classic: #2 Seed in the Gold Bracket / RV TV/DVD Watching / Alexis Loves Grandma Jan's Dinner Rolls / Alexis' Academic Achievement Awards / Alexis & her Fusion U17 Team Finish 3rd at The Emerald City Classic /
   
  April 2013:
  Ben Thompson Is WrestleMania Bound / Blake & Violet Pictures / Fusion U17 Pinking It Up / Mania #5 T-shirt / Mark & Debbie's Teardrop Camper / Marysville House / Shane, Madeline & Gary at Spokane Convention Center / Danny & Julia Easter Eggs & Cake / PNQ Volleyball Pictures & Videos with Shank DeBall / Gary's Cables in Individual Boxes / #GaryIsTheNewPredictionChampion / Libero Lex Volleyball Pictures / Darlene's Note / Bo & Daisy / Kyle Alexis Halloween 1996 / Alexis Power League #4 Highlights Video / Shane Wins Again at Pool / Alexis Puget Sound Regional Highlight Video / Yvonne & Alexis at El Rinconcito / Reno, NV Pictures / Gary & Shane with The Most Interesting Man In the World / Fusion Volleyball Highlights: All 9 Matches / Link To TheLiberoLex YouTube Channel / Ben's WrestleMania Pictures
   
  March 2013:
  Alexis The Birthday Girl / Gary VMware Training Walk / Blake & Violet: Rockin' & Rollin' / Hunter's Agenda / Bo Watches A Cat On A Treadmill Video / Mom & Dad: Hawaii Cruise Emails / Libero Lex Power League #3 Highlight Video / TheLiberoLex YouTube Channel is Born / Alexis is Student of the Month / Gary's Root Canal / Burlington Tournament Champion Pictures / "Hammer Time" Video / Shane, Audrey & Lex with "The Gary" Picture / Audrey Highlights / Shane 8 & Gary 4 Pool Results / Everett Springtime Snow / Bo & Daisy Are Lap Cats / Drummer Boy Blake / Dad Atop Aloha Tower / Mom & Hope For Haiti
   
  February 2013:
  Libero Lex Highlight Video / Libero Lex Links / Welcome Violet Lorene / Melissa 1 Day Before Birth / Alki Beach, Lex's Letterman Jacket & RV Touring Video / Family Cousin Dinner / 60K Miles on the Truck / Seahawks Celebrating (before losing) / New Truck Stereo / Grandma Sue & Violet / Blake & Violet / Power League #2 Tournament Pictures / Dad & Gary Jr. at Applebees / The Silver Bullet Shoot Some Stick / Grandpa Gary's OC Reunion With Skaggit Basketballer / Alexis & Fusion U17 at Senor Frogs In Las Vegas / Las Vegas Volleyball Tournament Pictures / Dad in Marysville / Blake & The Letter "D" / Visit With Sean & Brenda / Cookie Dough / Blueberry Bush Bloom / VMware Training Lunchtime Lake Washington Walking /
   
  January 2013:
  EZthompson Video are now HD / Darlene's Sock Monkey Pajamas / Kaloeb & A Puppy / Sick Bay Gary / EZlogo's: EZSpinning Globe & EZWaves / Volleyball In Tumwater, WA / Power League Seeding Tournament Pictures / Gary's Old & New Phones / Gary's New Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Picture & Video / Alexis' Cookie Dough / Melissa Pregnant Pictures With Blake / Sleeping Daisy / AKA & AKK MLK Highlight Video / Mini Cooper Cup Holder Upgrade / Grandpa Gary Lawn Bowling / Grandpa Gary Book Review / New Kitchen Table & Chairs / Alexis Recruiting Web site Webinar / Yvonne & Daisy Chillin' / Picture of 3/4 of AKA & AKK / Libero Lex Power League #1 Highlights Video / AKA & AKK Power League #1 Highlights Video / Power League #1 Highlight Pictures
   
   
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  May 2012 (the return of EZthompson)
  June 2012
  July 2012
  August 2012
  September 2012
 

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  2013 Boating Log.
  Pre-Entry One: Picked up the boat from Shane & Teresa's house
  May 2, 2013 - Marysville, WA: Gary
  Picked up the boat at Shane & Teresa's.
   
  Entry One: Lake Stevens, WA
  May 4, 2013 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary & Yvonne on the "official" opening day of boating season.
  Afternoon Sunning & Boating
  Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: 60°
  Notes: Yvonne worked from home while Gary got the boat ready for it's inaugural launch of the year. We launched around 4pm and docked at Dan & Jenni Kelliher's house for half an hour for a quick "hello".
   
  Entry Two: Lake Stevens, WA
  June 6, 2013 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary & Bryce on the "official" opening day of boating season.
  Late Afternoon/Early Evening Wake Surfing
  Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: Did Not Record
  Notes: Gary had 3 wake surf sessions and Bryce had 2 wakesurf sessions.  We picked up Dan Kelliher for Gary's last surf run and gave him a 15 minute break from his landscaping chores. Yvonne & Alexis did not go as they had hair appointments followed by volleyball practice in preparation for the Florida tournament in 2 weeks.
   
  Entry Three: Lake Goodwin, WA
  July 14, 2013 - Lake Goodwin, WA: Gary, Yvonne & Alexis.
  Late Morning / Afternoon Cruising & Wake Surfing.  I surfed behind Shane & Teresa's boat and ended up getting hit in the head with my surfboard.  "If you're not bleeding...you're not trying."  Trailering the boat took 45 minutes due to the comedy of errors of people launching & trailering ahead of us.
  Air Temp: 84° / Water Temp: 77°
  Notes: We launched in Renton at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.  Boat traffic in and around the boat launch was unusually light for a sunny Saturday afternoon.  The parking lot has really tight spaces with little room for wide turns.  NG!
   
  Entry Four: Lake Washington, WA
  July 20, 2013 - Lake Washington, WA: Gary, Yvonne & Sabina.
  Afternoon/Early Evening Lap around Mercer Island with Wake Surfing sessions with Seahawks training facility & with Mt. Rainier backdrops (pictures coming soon)
  Air Temp: 84° / Water Temp: 77°
  Notes: We launched in Renton at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.  Boat traffic in and around the boat launch was unusually light for a sunny Saturday afternoon.  The parking lot has really tight spaces with little room for wide turns.  NG!
   
  Entry Five: Lake Stevens, WA
  August 17, 2013 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis with Ron, Allie & Paige Payseno.
  Wake Surfing with the Payseno's...Woo!!!
  Air Temp: 76° / Water Temp: 76°
  Notes: Mostly overcast skies with some sun breaks. The least crowded August day on the lake I've ever seen even thought the temperature was perfect.
   
  Entry Six: Lake Stevens, WA
  August 18, 2013 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary & Yvonne,
  Afternoon lunch & cruising.
  Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: 76°
  Notes: A little windier than usual this afternoon.
   
   
   
   
   
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