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  September 30, 2013
  EZHot Tub: The Return
  Our hot tub has been out of order for the better part of a year and a half.  But that's about to change.  I've been working on fixing the leaks and my latest order of parts should arrive by Fed Ex tomorrow afternoon.
  If all goes according to my plan, Yvonne and I will be enjoying all 80 jets again for the first time in a long time this weekend.
  2008 Hot Tub Celebration
  Look what I found in the EZthompson archives.  Click here or on the image above to check out some stylin' & profilin' in the hot tubin'.  Woo!!!
  Robin Leech...come on over and bring the camera crew.
   
   
  September 27, 2013
  EZBoat Winterizing
  WAlmart Boat Winterizing
  I had to buy some boat winterizing supplies which gave me an opportunity to visit for the first time the recently opened WalMart a mile from our house yesterday.
   
  Alexis Pre-Game Picture
  Last night Alexis and her Lady Viking teammates defeated Edmonds-Woodway in 3 sets.  This picture was taken just prior to the pregame warm ups.
  Let's Goooo Laaaaake!!!
   
   
  Dad sent out a nice email yesterday:
  Team:
  You all are such a pleasure to work with on surrendering and taking delivery of your lease cars.
  Hats off to you all. It streamlines the procedure for me and makes it so easy for VW corporate to process.
  I am so very happy that VW gives us this privilege of leasing their vehicles.
  Currently Ben drives a Beetle, Gary Jr. drives a Tiguan, Melissa has a CC on order to replace her A6, and I have a Passat TDI on order to replace my Jetta TDI.
  Keep up the good work and I am so glad I can share this phenomenal retirement benefit with all of you.
  Love, Dad
  Thank you Dad for providing this benefit to us...Woo!!!
   
   
  Old Everett Fire Truck
  The other day at work I had to visit all of the Everett Fire Stations. This historical Everett fire truck sits in a windowed garage outside of Everett Fire Station #4.
   
  Old Everett Fire Truck #2
  And this historical Everett fire truck sits in a windowed garage outside of Everett Fire Station #5.
   
  Current Everett Ladder Fire Truck
  This is one of Everett's Ladder Engines outside of Fire Station #1.
   
   
  September 26, 2013
  EZLibero Lex High School Highlights...Volumes 2 & 1
 
  The Lake Stevens Lady Vikings went 2-2 in preseason volleyball action.  Tonight at 7pm is the season opener at home vs. Edmonds-Woodway.  I'm sure it'll provide lots of footage for Alexis' next highlight video.  It'll be a head-to-head battle of last year's All Area liberos. Woo!!!
   
 
  Go Vikings!
   
   
  September 21, 2013
  EZUno Prodigy Blake
  Blake Is An Uno Prodigy
  Click here or on the picture above to watch Team Thompson's very own 2 Year Old Uno Champion in action.
   
  EZFun Fact: Look at the Uno Cards packaging closely and you'll see that Blake is playing a game for 7+ year olds.
  Uno Cards   Uno Cards
   
   
  The Lake Stevens Varsity Volleyball Team is 2-1 thus far in preseason play.
  Lake Stevens High Volleyball Banner
  I am the (un)official videographer for the team.  Click here or on the banner above to go to the Team's Video page.
   
   
  Coming soon...Garage Remodeling pictures.
   
   
   
  September 15, 2013
  EZNew Jersey Pictures
  Ben & Julia
  I talked to Ben on the phone yesterday and when he told me there was a gun show in NJ, I told him to prove it.
  Here's the proof.  Woo!!!
   
  Danny
  Danny relaxing Saturday afternoon with a bowl of Chez-Its.
   
   
  Julia with her loom kit
  Julia is a bracelet making machine.  Here she is hard at work organizing her loom kit.
   
  Julia's Bracelet
  Here is a close-up of her handiwork.
   
   
  September 14, 2013
  EZFisherman Danny
  Fisherman Danny
  Last Saturday Ben & Danny caught a nice large mouth bass.
   
   
  September 13, 2013
  EZAnother Mole Bites The Dust
  Gary & Another Dead Mole
  I've said it once and I'm sure I'll say it again, "The only good mole is a dead mole."
   
  Ugly Mole
  How is their fur so soft?
   
   
  Lake Stevens Volleyball
  The preseason got underway last night at Newport High in Bellevue, WA.
  Captain Alexis & The Lady Vikings fell to #6 ranked Newport in 5 games.
  If you look closely at the scoreboard you'll see that this picture was taken just before the start of the final game.
   
   
  September 10, 2013
  EZDowntown Everett Sunset
  COE Sunday Sunset
  Last Sunday, I had to go in to work and upgrade the memory in a few of my servers.  While I was there and just after the sun went down, I took a moment to enjoy all the colors in the sky.
   
  Another mole has been rummaging around in the garden.
  More Mole Traps
  Con you spot the traps I've set?
   
  Bo with Grasshopper
  While I was setting the mole traps, Bo played off and on, mostly off, with a grasshopper (in foreground).
   
   
  September 9, 2013
  EZTeam Thompson Headquarters Karaoke.  Dateline: July 23, 2013
  TTHQ Karaoke
  Click here or click on the image above to view the exclusive & official Team Thompson Karaoke Summer 2013 video.
   
   
  September 8, 2013
  EZSquirrel Feeding Frenzy
  Madeline is a Squirrel Feeder
  Click on the above image or click here to watch the Team Thompson Squirrel Feeding Frenzy at Devil's Punchbowl Video
   
   
  September 7, 2013
  EZAlexis' Last, First Day of School Picture
  Alexis' 1st Day of School
  She's a senior now and the newly crowned captain of the Lady Vikings Volleyball team.  Woo!!!
   
  Alexis & Carrie - Mini Time!
  Alexis & her friend Carrie on their way to day one of their senior year.
   
  Danny & Julia 1st day of school
  Danny & Julia are looking good on their first day of school.
   
  EZDisney Cruise
  Mickey Mouse
  Dad writes, "'Disney Dream' family Bahamian cruise…….Son-in-law Bill Stevenson (blue shirt) arranged Mickey Mouse 'meet and greet' 08/27. L to R: Nephew Matt Shaff, Bill, grandson Blake, grand nephew Owen Shaff, grand nephew Mason Shaff, me and Sue. What a highlight! Woooooo!"
   
  Mom writes, "Missing from picture is Katie, Bill, Susan, Melissa and Violet, still a great memory and wonderful trip. Mickey was so sweet, later held Violet for a picture."
   
  Blake & Mickey Mouse
  Blake & Mickey Mouse.
   
   
  September 3, 2013
  EZLast Call At The Pool
  Dad Pool Pic
  Every Team Thompson member knows that the Coronado Shores pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each and every year.
   
  Dad Pool Pic
  Yesterday, Grandpa Gary went Survivor on all 400 Coronado Shore lot members and their families.
   
  Dad Pool Pic
  He outwit, outplayed & outlasted everyone by being the last one in the pool for the year 2013.
   
  Dad Pool Pic
  Chalk another one up in the win column for Team Thompson.
   
   
  EZBlake's Birthday Wishes
  Blake Writes
  My desk has accumulated quite a few piles of various notes, books and Amazon.com purchases over the summer.  Since I've got the day off today, I'm cleaning up and came across Blake's birthday wishes in a card from June.  Thanks again Blake!!!
   
   
  I don't know why, but this Seaside note from Dad reminds me that I still need to create a TTHQ Squirrel Feeding video...coming soon!!!
  Seaside Thank You
  Our vacation to Seaside in August was awesome (thanks in part to Yvonne's online lodging/booking skills).  That old real estate axiom is true: location, location, location is everything, especially when you're in visiting Seaside for their annual Beach Volleyball Tournament.
  We can't wait to do it again next year.
   
   
  ...2013 Archive Page Links (New tab coming soon)
  September 2013:
  Grandpa Gary Closes Down the Coronado Shores Pool / Blake Writes 'Dada' & 'Momma'/ Seaside Thank You / First Day of School Pictures / Disney Cruise / TTHQ Squirrel Feeding Frenzy Video / TTHQ Garyoke Video / COE Sunset / Mole Traps / Bo & A Grasshopper / Gary Catches Another Mole / LSHS vs. Newport / Ben, Julia & Danny Pictures / Uno Champion Blake / www.LakeVolleyball.com / Libero Lex YouTube Highlights Volumes 2 & 1 / Walmart Boat Winterizing Supplies / Alexis Pre Game Picture / Dad's Lease Vehicle Email / Everett Fire Trucks / 2008 Hot Tub Video /
   
  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.
   
  Entry Seven: Lake Stevens, WA
  September 1, 2013 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Scott (w/ Jenny & Gabby) & Audrey (picked up at Kahlia's dock).
  Afternoon wakesurfing, wakeboarding, lunch, tanning & cruising.
  Air Temp: 80° / Water Temp: 76°
  Notes: After boating, we went to the outlet mall and unsuccessfully found board shorts for me (inspired by Scott), then we ate dinner at Olive Garden with Audrey.
   
   
   
   
   
   
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