Summer fun

Dear Ronin, I must have blinked. Suddenly, you have transformed into a toddler. No longer a helpless, lump of meat – you now walk, and talk, and play, and sing. This adds up to a whole lot of fun, but … Continue reading

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Backpacking – Day 3

Dear Ronin, We all arose with the sun on Sunday morning. There were no clouds above us, but below us they covered¬† everything like an ocean. Little peaks of trees appeared as tiny islands. You played in your pajamas and … Continue reading

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Backpacking – Day 2

Dear Ronin, After a cold night, we woke up to clear skies. Out of camp we passed the remnants of the old stone shelter and soon arrived at the open meadows of Paradise Park. There was no one else around, … Continue reading

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Backpacking – Day 1

Dear Ronin, We headed up to Mt. Hood for a few days of backpacking. This was your first overnighter, so we decided to go somewhere familiar, but memorable. Paradise Park is a section of extremely beautiful alpine meadows on the … Continue reading

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Catching some z’s

Dear Ronin, The bicycle that was built for your birthday has been getting a lot of use. Just this weekend, we – ran errands, went grocery shopping, went to a concert at Fernhill Park and visited the Mississippi Street fair … Continue reading

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I can’t believe that you are one

Dear Wee One, I can not believe how fast the past year has gone since your arrival nor could I imagine life without you. You had a wonderful first birthday celebration attended by your cousins, Ben and Joseph and a … Continue reading

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Happy 1st birthday

Dear Ronin, We plan to have a party in a few days, but your mother wanted to bake you something a little special for your official birthday. Your father, Gabriel

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World naked bike ride

Dear Ronin, Portland is a strange and wonderful place. Each spring, there are several weeks of bicycle events for a local festival called Pedalpalooza. Many of the events are great, but the crown jewel has to be WNBR – the … Continue reading

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You very own bicycle

Dear Ronin, In just a few days you will be a one-year-old. To celebrate, we have been working on something a bit special: your very own bicycle. Sure, you can’t even walk yet… let alone ride a bicycle by yourself. … Continue reading

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Playing with chalk

Dear Ronin, We have a tub of sidewalk chalk that the neighborhood kids sometimes play with. A few days ago you discovered the chalk. After crawling over,¬† you opened the container and started to draw on the ground. You also … Continue reading

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