|December 29, 2012|
|EZMemories: For all of you EZManiacs, you know who you are, here is the 2012 year-end photo slideshow. That's right, all of the 2012 homepage pictures (displayed alphabetically). Granted, the content is a little light due to the fact that pictures didn't begin re-appearing until May of this year (also known as the resurrection of EZthompson). Enjoy, don't blink, and remember, "It's Alright."|
|For those of you keeping score at home, that's 207 pictures in 2 minutes 36 seconds.|
|December 28, 2012|
|EZLibero: Alexis has her own domain now. Can you guess what it is? Think about it for a minute or two before clicking here to see the birth of Lex's volleyball recruiting web site.|
|EZTech: Could this be the future of user authentication?|
|Your Tell Tale Heartbeat Might Soon Be Your Password: Passwords are the most widely used means to keep your information secure, but there is a new alternative: securing your information with a user's unique heartbeat.|
|The following will be the last pictures you'll see posted for 2012.|
|Stay tuned . . . a 2012 slideshow of all the 2012 home page pictures is coming soon.|
|Alexis & Tia's homemade gingerbread castle (retro photo filter courtesy of Instagram).|
|Jackson took this picture from his iPhone of Scott & Gary playing pool. Is there anything better than eating homemade pizza, shooting stick and watching the Seahawks earn a playoff spot by dominating the 49ers on Sunday Night football? I think not.|
|Hunter's bed of snow.|
|December 22, 2012|
|EZInsiders: I finally got around to making 3 highlight videos from the videos taken during Mania #10 weekend. Actually, I just pointed PowerDirector to the video files and let it do the heavy lifting while I sat back, drank coffee and pet Bo.|
|Click here to go to the Mania page and watch all 3 Mania Highlight videos.|
|EZLap Cat: Bo is the best!|
|It may not look like it, but there is a lot going on in this picture (Gary wearing his bathrobe - a 2002 Christmas present from Mom & Dad, Yvonne working from home in the distant background, a well worn Hulkamania t-shirt, EZthompson updating on the LCD monitor, Bo looking relaxed but actually planning when, where and how often he'll chase Daisy around the house today, Gary's paper and pencil with Mania #10 Video highlight notes, blue sticky note of NAS hardware to research and the headphone cord under Bo's paws with Gary listening to Joe Walsh's 'Life of Illusion').|
|It's probably too late to put this on my Christmas list, but it's not too early to put this on my birthday or next year's Christmas Wish List. Click here to see what Gary really wants.|
|Hunter's Early Christmas Present|
Greg writes, "Christmas came early for Hunter in the form of a 7 week old golden retriever/black lab mix. You'd never believe this pup's mom is as golden as golden gets!"
|December 17, 2012|
|EZMania Video: I uncovered another Mania #9 video gem (see yesterday's post). This one documents Mom & Dad "hittin' the bricks" as they head south after another memorable 2011 weekend. Enjoy.|
|I edited the end of this video in an effort to help Blake learn how to count to 10. Stay tuned for his reaction video.|
|December 16, 2012|
|EZMania Video: I upgraded to PowerDirector v11 and needed some 'fresh' video footage to test out the new software. That's when I found this gem of a video of Dad driving the RV off the blocks that were setup in our driveway for Mania #9.|
|Thank goodness for video editing, otherwise this video would be 20 minutes long. Ha. . . Ha . . . Ha.|
|Why do we kid? Because we love.|
|EZShopping: It was 50% off weekend at the Adidas Outlet Store this weekend, so why wouldn't you come home with 2 big bags worth of shoes and apparel.|
|Today's haul: 4 pairs of shoes, 4 shirts and 1 sweat pants later. . . I saved over $142 according to the receipt. You've got to spend to save, right? Woo!|
|December 15, 2012|
|EZParty Time: We hosted the annual Family Christmas Party this year. Lots of good food, catching up with the 'Grants' and another Christmas gift exchange. Since no one can ever seem to remember what present they got 'stuck' with from years past, I decided to document the presents with the following pictures. Enjoy!|
|The Christmas Party Gift Exchange Group Picture|
|Yvonne ended up with a can of almond rocha.|
|Lee ended up with a coffee mug set.|
|Darcy ended up with a screwdriver set.|
|Billy's ended up with a Scotty McCreety Christmas CD.|
|Darlene ended up with a knife & a Boris Karloff DVD|
|Jan ended up with some Starbucks coffee mugs.|
|Dick ended up with a 'smart' screwdriver.|
|Alexis ended up with a Christmas blanket.|
|Rob ended up with a miniature crock pot.|
|Gary ended up with an LCD alarm clock.|
|Mason ended up with a very small cactus pin.|
|Karen ended up with a Charlie Brown Christmas tree (complete with one ornament).|
|Let's do it all again next year! Woo!|
|December 14, 2012|
|Congratulations Alexis! She and her partner Jared won 3rd place in the regional DECA competition today, which qualifies her for the State Championships. Woo!!!|
|Alexis & Jared went in to this morning's event knowing that they only had 30-minutes to prepare a 15-minute Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Presentation.|
|The event took place at Everett Community College where they presented a marketing solution for the NFL's Pro Bowl.|
|Out of 50 teams, they came in 3rd, which qualifies them for the state tournament (dates have yet to be announced).|
|For all of you hard core DECA fans, click here to read all about the events details: Purpose, Knowledge & Skills Assessed, Definitions, Procedure & Judging.|
|EZReminder: Melissa's due date is February 4, 2013.|
|December 13, 2012|
|The Marysville Christmas decorations went up today (inside). Here are a few pictures.|
|It's a MINI Christmas Tree, the Kids' Santa Picture & Santa's Sleigh.|
|This picture was taken with a flash.|
|This picture was taken without a flash.|
|Personally, between these two pictures, I like the one with the flash better.|
|December 9, 2012|
|I'm dreaming of a wet Christmas.|
|The kind where there is a surfboard under your feet.|
|And how about a few more pictures from our Coeur d' Alene vacation earlier this year.|
|Heidi & Yvonne taking a swim break.|
|Paige, Alexis & Ron dock jumping.|
|One down. . .Two to go.|
|Two Down. . .One to go.|
|Two and a half Down. . .|
December 8, 2012
|We woke up this morning to a dusting of snow.|
|EZNo-Duh Fun Fact: Reindeer like snow.|
|We had dinner last night at the Frolic's|
|Shane makes and cooks great pizza.|
|That's how I would describe this stray eyebrow hair . . . Thanks goes to Lex for noticing it and subsequently plucking it.|
|December 4, 2012|
|When I got home from work today, I had a guest waiting for me.|
|Flat Hunter stopped by for a quick hello and a photo with the Team Thompson Mania Championship Belt before he had to leave. When asked why he couldn't stay overnight, he said something about having an appointment he had to get to over 500 miles away.|
|Who wants to see a 'Brawny' Hunter?|
|Paper towels have got nothing on this kid.|
|December 2, 2012|
|Yvonne & I went and saw the University of Washington vs. University of Hawaii playoff volleyball match last night.|
|With the win, The Lady Huskies advance to the sweet 16 in the end of season tournament. Go Huskies.|
|December 1, 2012|
|Fusion, aka Snohomish Valley Volleyball Club is Alexis' new club volleyball team. Here is this year's tournament schedule:|
|with a National Florida Tournament in late June. Woo!!!|
|Archive Page Links|
Alexis Academic Achievements / 2009 Lake Shasta 'Drive-By Tubing' / 2007 Lake Chelan Wipeout Lowlights / 2010 Coeur d' Alene Picture Slideshow / 2008 Lake Stevens Wakesurfing Highlights / Front Yard Fence / Volleyball Play of the Day
Amazon Gift Card Shopping / 'New' Garage Pool Table Setup / Darlene's New Ceiling Fan / Mom & Dad in Yellowstone / Gary's EZvideo on How To Wakesurf / Boat Winter Cover Removal / Mom & Dad in Montana / Mom & Dad Beebe Bridge Campground / Mom & Dad's 24.5' SunSeeker RV in Marysville
Lake Stevens Boating with Mike & Kerri Fischer / New Boating Tube / New Trailer Connector / Daisy Card Player / Jetty Island Volleyball / Alexis Driving Manual Mini / Darlene Boat Proclamation / Daisy is a Sink Drinker / Anniversary Roses / Blake Talks / Hershey Park Roller Coaster / Jetty Island Panorama / Alexis' Old & New Mini Cooper / Team Thompson in Hershey, PA / Darlene's Tricycle Pictures & Videos / Mason's Birthday / Pool Table is Ready / Team Thompson at Yankees Game / Morton's Dinner
Boat Cover Repair / Gary's Knee MRI / Cousin Sharon Visits TTHQ / Coeur d' Alene Vacation Videos / CCP's / Art's Wall / TTHQ RV Parking / Alexis Varsity Volleyball / Alki Volleyball / TTHQ Master Bedroom Makeover / Seaside Volleyball / TTHQ Senior Handrail / Gary Wakesurfs Under A Bridge / Coeur d' Alene Dock Jumpers / Coeur Bird Whisperers / Hunter The Tree Climber / TTHQ North Bedroom Makeover / Alexis & Cristal Morrison / Fishing with Dick Payseno / Blake Predicts a Brother / TTHQ South Bedroom Removal / Ron Payseno Rope Removal / Blake's First In 'N Out Burger
Bryce "Big Sexy" Pool Shark / F-150 Smog Check / Pre-House Paint / Fresh House Paint / TTHQ Summer End / TTHQ Pastor / Ron, Bryce & Gary Wakesurf / 4 Rigs / Scott Painting / Jackson Ladder Golf / Gary Pre & Post Knee Surgery / Alexis First Day of School / Convalescent Bo / Mom & Dad at Lassen Volcanic National Park / Gary's Knee 3 Days Post Surgery / Viking Volleyball Herald Links / Raspberry Jam Toast / Another Mole Bites The Dust Video / Ron Payseno Wakesurf Video / Alexis & Daisy / Bo Ice Pack Headrest / Bill, Melissa & Blake's New Home / Bo The Ice Pack Licker / Lake Stevens Volleyball Update / Bo The Pool Table Walker / Pool Table Light Build Stop-Motion Video / Lake Stevens Volleyball Update / And Another Mole Bites The Dust / Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish Volleyball Highlights / Lake Stevens Pre-Game Entrance Video / Gary Pressure Washing the Fence / Bowl of Raspberries / Gary & Yvonne on Lake Union & Jim & Simone on Lake Washington
|Lake Stevens vs. Lynnwood Volleyball Highlights / Lake Stevens vs. Kamiak Volleyball Highlights / Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish Volleyball Highlights / EZthompson Links & Tech Page Updates / Lake Stevens vs. Eastlake Volleyball Highlights (w/ 80's videos) / Gary's WIAA Volleyball Playoffs Ticket Stub / Lake Stevens vs. Bellarmine Prep Highlights / Alexis in All-Wesco Volleyball First Team / The Everett Herald's All-Area Volleyball Voting / U Dub Volleyball Ticket Stub / Gary's Cisco Course Certificate / Blake Bangs A Gong / Blake's Wishes You A Happy Thanksgiving / Blake Goes To Work / Bo & Daisy Backyard Dreamers / Gary's Garage Electrical Wiring Stop Motion Video / 2012 Passat is 'old' & 2013 Tiguan is 'new' / New EZthompson logo / Grandma Sue's Hall of Fame Videos posted to Mania page / Irvine Christmas Lights / Marysville Christmas Lights / The World's Most Interesting Phone Talker|
|U17 Fusion Logo & Schedule / U Dub Ticket Stub / Flat Hunter / Marysville Snow Dusting / Frolic Pizzas / Gary's Eyebrow Goes Rogue / Coeur d' Alene Pictures / Marysville Inside Christmas Decorations / Alexis' DECA 3rd Place Finish / Melissa's Feb. 4, 2013 Due Date / Family Christmas Party & Gifts / Gary's Adidas Shopping Haul / Mania #9: RV Brick Driving / Mania #9: Mom & Dad "Hittin' The Bricks" / 3 x Mania #10 Highlight Videos / Bo the Lap Cat / Hunter's Early Christmas Present / Liberolex.com Lives! / Lex & Tia's Gingerbread Castle / Scott & Gary Playing Pool / Hunter Buried In Snow / 2012 Picture Slideshow|
|2012 Boating Log.|
|June 11, 2011 - Marysville, WA: Gary|
|I picked up the boat at Shane & Teresa's place after work today.|
|Boating Log: Entry One|
|June 15, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi & Jackson|
|Evening Wakeboarding & Swimming|
|Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 68°|
|Notes: Gary took the day off from work today to summerize the boat. Scott wakeboarded (naturally he landed his one and only back flip) & Gary waksurfed with no knee pain.
While we were out on the South side of the lake, we picked up a 6' x 2" x 8" board with nails sticking out of it. It appeared to be from someone's dock.
The late afternoon/evening boating was cut short as Jodi had to go to the Emergency Room with what appears to be a kidney stone. Jackson may be staying the night with us, depending upon how things turn out with Jodi. Get well soon Jodi!
|Boating Log: Entry Two|
|July 7, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis & Lindsey (aka 'Mas o Menos')|
|Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: 70°|
|Notes: Lots of boat lounging followed by wakesurfing. If anyone asks if Lindsey is a wake surfer, I can honestly say, "Mas o Menos"
BTW - Today is the day we picked up Lex's 'new' 2004 6-Speed Mini Cooper, aka 'Bradley Cooper'
|Boating Log: Entry Three|
|July 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Jan & Darlene|
|Afternoon Cruising & Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 77° / Water Temp: 77°|
|Notes: Lots of boat lounging followed by wakesurfing. We saw Mike & Kerry in their AR230 and they ended up taking video of Gary & Yvonne wakesurfing from their boat. Cool!|
|Boating Log: Entry Four|
|July 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi, Colton & Jackson|
|Evening Tubing & Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 75° / Water Temp: 77°|
|Notes: Before jumping onto the superman tube, Colton bragged to everyone and (especially Gary) about his tubing skills and that he has yet to be bounced off a tube. Gary took that as a challenge and decided to give Colton a real tube experience. 25 seconds into his first ride of the day, Colton was no longer on the tube. For those of you keeping score at home, that's Gary 1, Colton 0.|
|Boating Log:Entry Five|
|July 28, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron|
|Afternoon Boat Launch, Test Drive & Evening Mechanical Fixing|
|Air Temp: 81° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: We launched the boat and drove to '16 to 1 Bay' (next bay over) and back. While on the phone with Yvonne trying to identify the rental house from the lake, the front line (3/8" double-braided nylon) got sucked up the jet intake and wrapped itself around the port impeller. We spent 45 minutes of troubleshooting in the water and eventually trailered the boat. From the boat launch, with help from a nameless Mr. Handyman and his tools, we were able to free the line from the impeller shaft.|
|Boating Log:Entry Six|
|July 29, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Our First 'Official' Day On The Water|
|Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 73°|
|Notes: The boat problems of yesterday are in the rear view mirror. Yvonne was the first one to wakesurf, followed by Alexis, then Paige, Ron & Gary. Paige got up, but then fell shortly thereafter. Ron was a surfing machine and had a good run on just his second attempt.
We had lunch on the water in Rockford Cove, followed by tubing by Paige and Alexis on one and two tubes. Alexis and Paige switched tubes on one run.
After tubing, we stopped at the Rockford Cove Marina for ice cream.
|Boating Log: Entry Seven|
|July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Ron & Paige|
|Late Morning Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 80° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: Each of us had two wakesurf sessions. Paige is officially a wakesurfer now. Ron keeps getting better every time out. Ron is a natural jet boat driver.|
|Boating Log: Entry Eight|
|July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi, Paige, Allie & Jordan.|
|Afternoon Wakesurfing, Wakeboarding & Tubing.|
|Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: Allie & Jordan left Monroe this morning at 7am and arrived shortly after 2pm (delayed due to road construction in Rockford, ID).
Yvonne, Alexis, Allie, Paige, Ron & Gary wakesurfed (Gary's knee is N.G.).
Allie, Jordan, Paige & Alexis tubed in various combinations on the 2 tubes.
|Boating Log: Entry Nine|
|July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Morning & Afternoon Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding.|
|Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 79°|
|Notes: Gassed up at the Rockford Bay Marina in the morning (39 gallons).
Yvonne, Alexis, Paige, Ron & Gary wakesurfed in and around Powderhorn Bay (Gary's knee was okay today). Paige demonstrated that she is an ambidextrous wakeboarder.
Yvonne, Ron & Alexis wakeboarded.
Another beautiful day on the lake.
|Boating Log: Entry Ten|
|August 1, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Boat ride to Coeur d' alene, Fishing and Spokane River Cruising & Wakeboarding|
|Air Temp: 90° / Water Temp: 77°|
|Notes: Boated to Coeur d' alene where the girls were dropped off for some downtown shopping. While they were in town, Gary & Ron went fishing along the shoreline of the Coeur d' alene Resort Golf Course.
Cruised the Spokane River and admired the homes, landscapes and docks.
Gary & Ron wakesurfed on the Spokane River and under the I-95 bridge...Woo!!!
Yet another beautiful day on the lake.
|Boating Log: Entry Eleven|
|August 2, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Afternoon Wakeboarding & Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 76° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: Woke up to clouds this morning with overcast sky. Paige is now a wakeboarder. She got up on her 2nd attempt. Ron, Alexis, Paige & Gary wakeboarded.
Gassed up at the Rockford Bay Marina (42 gallons) after everyone was done wakesurfing and ate ice cream sandwiches.
Moored at 4pm due to threatening skies of rain.
|Boating Log: Entry Twelve|
|August 2, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron|
|Evening Wakesurfing Session|
|Air Temp: 74° / Water Temp: 76°|
|Notes: The threatening skies of rain from earlier disappeared. We wakesurfed in 2 different glassy-water locations to avoid all the fishing boats. It was the best wakesurfing conditions of the vacation.|
|Boating Log: Entry Thirteen|
|August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Ron & Heidi|
|Morning Wakesurfing Session|
|Air Temp: 74° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: Ron & Gary wakesurfed while Heidi flagged and captured all the red-hot action on video.|
|Boating Log: Entry Fourteen|
|August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige|
|Early Afternoon Coeur d' alene River Cruising & Wakesurfing Session|
|Air Temp: 82° / Water Temp: 75° (River Temp)|
|Notes: Ron & Gary wakesurfed in the Coeur d' alene River next to the boat launch near Thompson's Lake. Gary got to surf under another bridge...Woo!!!
Paige wasn't feeling well so she and Heidi went back to the house.
|Boating Log: Entry Fifteen|
|August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis & Ron|
|Afternoon Cruising, Swimming & Fishing|
|Air Temp: 86° / Water Temp: 78°|
|Notes: We got 2 bags of ice and ice cream sandwiches at the Harrison Marina. We ate lunch in a cove off the shore of the Coeur d' alene Indian Reservation.
Cruised to the south end of the lake and ended up fishing in the St. Joe River. We didn't catch anything, but enjoyed the scenery nonetheless.
Moored at 4:30pm.
|Boating Log: Entry Sixteen|
|August 4, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron|
|Pre-Checkout, Early Morning Wakesurfing|
|Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 76°|
|Notes: Ron & I each had 2 sessions to bring our Coeur d' alene vacation to and end.|
|Boating Log: Entry Seventeen|
|August 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi & Jackson.|
|Afternoon Swimming & Scott Wakeboarding|
|Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: 76°|
|Notes: Jackson is officially unafraid of the water now. He couldn't stop jumping off the bow and stern of the boat. Next year, he should be ready to wakeboard. Scott bravely wakeboarded in rough water. Afterwards, we had a late dinner at the Locke's and ate pasta (Sabina's famous recipe).|
|Boating Log: Entry Eighteen|
|September 2, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Ron & Bryce.|
|Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 75°|
|Notes: Gary had one wakesurf session. He had to ride 'goofy' as his right knee is very NG. Surgery is in 2 days. Ron & Bryce each had 2 good surf sessions. Between rides, we drove to wakeboard cove and showed Bryce the house with the big 'R'.|
|Boating Log: Entry Nineteen|
|September 30, 2012 - Lake Union & Lake Washington, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Jim & Simone.|
|A day on the water|
|Air Temp: 67° / Water Temp: 69°|
|Notes: We launched at the 14th St. boat launch in Seattle (plenty of trailer parking today). We cruised Lake Union and explored lots a marinas with big yachts. Gary swam a lap around the boat just outside of Sam & Mary Lou's houseboat (not sure if they still live there). Opened the boat up on Lake Washington and moored briefly at Marina Park in Kirkland for a bathroom break (next to Anthony's Homeport). EZmental Note: Mooring at the marina is free for 3 hours. We wrapped up our lake Washington excursion by cruising by all the construction going on next to the 520 bridge.|
|Misc Travel Distances|
|Marysville Driveway - to - TTHQ = 325 miles|
|Marysville Driveway - to - Lake Coeur d' Alene, ID (Cave Bay/Worley, ID) = 344 miles|
|Marysville Driveway - to - Crescent Bar, WA = 188 miles|
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