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  July 27, 2012
  Yesterday at Lake Stevens we saw Mike & Kerri Fischer out and about on their boat. After 10 minutes of catch up boat talk, they volunteered to record some video of Yvonne & Gary wakesurfing...but from a different perspective - Their Boat!
Enjoy the fruits of their labor.
 

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  Stunt Driver Mike & Videographer Kerri Rock!  Woo!
   
  July 26, 2012
  After 5 hours of being on the boat at Lake Stevens, there is no better food to eat than a Contos pizza pie.
  Yvonne walking to Contos Pizza & Pasta
  Gary took this picture of Yvonne walking to Contos as he was wiping down the boat.
   
  July 25, 2012
  Breaking News: We have a new tube to pull behind the boat.
  New Tube
  Stay tuned for action pictures. BTW...The company that makes Big Mable no longer sells replacement tubes and that is why we now have the Body Glove Torque.
  Note the handles at the bottom which will make it easier to climb back on from the water. Nice!
   
  Gary installed a new trailer connector today.
  Replacement Trailer Connector
  That should keep the brake lights and right-turn signal working properly for a few years.
   
  Alexis and her Mini.
  Aleixs & Her New Mini
 

Alexis is a manual transmission driving machine.  Woo!

   
  July 23, 2012
  Everyone loves pictures of cats on the interweb, so say hello to Daisy...our card playing feline.
  Daisey wants a hit
  We were playing cards last night and Daisy wanted in on the action, so of course we dealt her in.
   
  July 22, 2012
  Yesterday Alexis & Audrey teamed up for a beach volleyball tournament on Jetty Island. The record books will show that they made it to the championship round.  It looked like they were going to win it all when they overcame a 7 point deficit to win game 1 by a score of 21-19.  Unfortunately they lost the next two games and finished in 2nd place.  But considering it was only their second time playing together as a team, I'd say they did pretty good.  Congratulations girls!
   
  While the girls were playing volleyball, Gary ran in the 1st Annual Jetty Island Mud Run and finished 7th overall and 1st in his age bracket (Old Geezer's 45+ Division).  For his efforts Gary won a pound of Starbuck's Three Blend coffee.  Woo!
   
  The following pictures were taken with Gary's blue phone.
   
  Alexis Serving
  Alexis and her patented jump serve.
   
  Alexis & Audrey Jetty Island Volleyball Tournament
  Alexis prepares to pass to Audrey.
   
  Alexis & Audrey
  Alexis & Audrey prepare to receive serve with kite surfers in the distant background.
   
  July 20, 2012
  Time to play a little catch up on the EZposts.  Check out the latest videos.
   
  Here's Alexis driving her new Mini with Grandma Jan riding shotgun.
 

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  It didn't take Lex long to learn how to drive a manual transmission.  She was driving solo after 3 driving lessons with Gary.  Either Lex is a quick learner or Gary is an excellent instructor. Woo!!!
   
  Earlier this year, Darlene made a daring proclamation.
 

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  Once we get some decent weather, we'll get Darlene out on the boat tubing.
   
  Daisy is a multitasking cat.
 

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  She loves drinking out of the faucet and washing her hair at the same time.
   
  July 9, 2012
  Yvonne's Anniversary roses are holding up very nicely.
  Yvonne's 10 Year Anniversary Roses
   
  July 8, 2012
  It's nice to know that Bill & Melissa are teaching Blake the most important words in the English language.
 

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  Blake is definitely a Team Thompson player.
   
  Here are a few Thompson's enjoying one of the "mellow" roller coasters at Hershey Park.
 

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  Please remember to keep your hands inside and on the handlebars at all times.
   
  Earlier this week Alexis had beach volleyball practice on Jetty Island.  While she worked on her sand skills, I walked to the easternmost part of the island and took the following panoramic pictures.  Enjoy.
 
   
 
   
 
   
   
  July 7, 2012
  Alexis' new 2004 Mini Cooper S.
  Alexis' 2004 Mini Cooper
  Say hello to Lex's new wheels, aka 'Bradley' Cooper. Now it's time for Lex to learn how to drive a 6-speed stick.
   
  July 6, 2012
  Alexis says goodbye to this Mini Cooper
  Aleixs & 2003 Mini Cooper
  We've learned that 2003 Mini Coopers with CVT transmissions are N.G.
   
  It's even better than a rickshaw ride...it's tricycle rides.  Woo!!!
 

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  Yvonne enjoys the ride.
   
 

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  Alexis takes Gary for a ride amongst all the 'little boxes'
   
  Mom, Dad, Ben, Diane, Julia & Danny are currently RV'ing in Hershey, PA.  Here are a few pictures of them at the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
  Hershey Chocolate Tour Family
  What is everyone looking at?...probably a giant Hershey chocolate bar.  Mm mm.
   
  Diane & Julia
  According to Julia, Hershey ice cream is the best.
   
  Ben & Danny
  The Hershey chocolate factory, ice cream, sleeping in the crow's nest of the RV...if i were Danny I'd have a big smile on my face too.
   
  July 5, 2012
  Yesterday we celebrated Mason's 20 birthday 4 days early at Grandma Jan's house.  We ate mid-afternoon tacos (Mason's favorite) and chased it down with red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.  Mmm, mmm, mmm.
Happy Birthday Mason.
  Mason with his Birthday Cake
  Mason threatens to cut the cake with his fingers.
   
  Mason with his Birthday Gifts
  Mason showing off his birthday (shoulder pad) jeans, belt around his neck & cash in hand.
   
  After we ate all of the good birthday food, we went outside and Gary enjoyed getting biked around the neighborhood on Darlene's tricycle.
  Alexis Takes Gary For A Ride
  Alexis took Gary around the block (get those feet up Gary).
   
  Darlene Takes Gary For A Ride
  Getting rode around the block by Darlene on  her tricycle bike gets 2 thumbs up from Gary.
   
  Happy 4th of July
  The pool table is ready for action. Who next?
  Yvonne says, "Anyone want to play some pool?"
  EZfun fact: Yvonne can shoot stick with the best of 'em.
   
  July 2, 2012
  Yesterday, Dad, Mom, Ben, Diane, Julia & Danny went to Yankee Stadium for a hot (100 degree) ball game.  It was Julia & Danny's first ever Yankee game. They got to watch an old-timer's game and also enjoyed a 4-2 New York win over the Chicago White Sox.
  Ben, Diane, Julia & Danny at Yankee Stadium
  EZfun Fact: Julia's favorite player is Derek Jeter.
   
  Mom & Dad, The EZPower Couple at Yankee Stadium
  Mom's shirt says "Been There, Won That!"
   
  July 1, 2012
  Yvonne & I celebrated our 10th Anniversary two days early last night at Morton's (The Steakhouse) in downtown Seattle, WA.  Here is the complimentary picture they took.
  Gary & Yvonne Celebrate Their 10th Anniversary at Morton's
  I love me some Yvonne...and Morton's signature molten lava cake.  Woo!!!
   
   
  Archive Links
  June 2012
  May 2012
   
  2012 Boating Log.
  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 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 Two
  July 7, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis & Lindsey (aka 'Mas o Menos')
  Afternoon Wakesurfing
  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 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!
   
  Pre-Entry One
  June 11, 2011 - Marysville, WA: Gary
  I picked up the boat at Shane & Teresa's place after work today.
   
  Misc Travel Distances
  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
  Glendale, AZ - to - Euphrada, WA - to - Marysville Driveway = ???
   
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