Dave and Cathy's Family Blog

August 31, 2018

A Magical Trip to Portugal and Spain

Filed under: 2018 Portugal & Spain — dave9169 @ 6:16 pm

The Plan

All trips begin with an idea or catalyst of some sort. For me, it is my old high school friend Derek. I have not seen him in years — 9 to be exact. The last time I saw him was in Sweden where he was trying to adjust to the life of an expat living abroad with his family. This time, Derek is alone in Spain, a country I visited twice in my twenties. He is there to do his penance, as he likes to call it, living the life of an artist, painting, sculpting, and going through his own personal process of recovering and reclaiming his identity. There is more to it than this, but that is his story to tell.     

May 31, 2018

May 2018 – Family Updates

Filed under: 2018 Lake Tahoe,Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad,Uncategorized — dave9169 @ 6:55 pm

May Highlights:

Lilah Shines at Senior Awards Ceremony

Lilah confessed to me that she doesn’t like praise because it feels like bragging. So what a conundrum she found herself in when she was invited to attend the senior awards ceremony along with us. At the ceremony, we figured Lilah would be recognized for two scholarships she had won so it wouldn’t be too bad. Well, good thing the school has these ceremonies, because there we found out that Lilah had not only won the two scholarships we already knew about, but had also won two more scholarships, a top 10 scholar award, and had been selected as one of the school’s valedictorians. This meant that Lilah was repeatedly called up to the stage to receive her multiple prizes. 

August 31, 2017

August 2017 – Family Updates

Filed under: 2017 Hawaii,Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 12:09 am

August Highlights:

We Take a Trip to the Big Island of Hawaii

Compared to the rest of it’s brethren, the Big Island lives up to its name. You could take all the other islands in the chain, put them inside of the big island and there would still be plenty of room to spare. After doing a little research, my triathlete coach, Scott, convinced me we should stay at theNa Hale O Keauhou condo complex off of Alii Drive, in the town of Kona.  Initially, I had booked a VRBO place that was right on the beach, but the one drawback to that place was no that it did not have air conditioning. Scott assured me that after being out in the heat of the day, AC is a luxury well worth paying for.  


July 31, 2016

July 2016 – Family Updates

Filed under: 2016 Lake Tahoe,Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 10:17 pm

This month’s blog post includes 2 pages of pictures — click on the numbers above to see all pages.

July Highlights:

  • We return to our beloved Lake Tahoe
  • Luke starts to come of age in the ocean, paddling out for the big ones
  • We celebrate Nicholas’ birthday
  • Kids give in to the Pokemon Go craze and we help enable it 😉
  • We take a side excursion to Reno, Nevada
  • Attend Brandon and Kevin’s beautiful wedding in Corona Del Mar
  • This one is not a highlight but a low light — my sister’s family lost their beloved 13.5 year-old dog Buddy to illness. We will all miss the sound of his feet on the hardwood floor, his rascally ways of stealing food off the counter, and his loving, gentle demeanor.

Lake Tahoe 2016

Writing about vacations is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s cool to see the pictures and reflect back fondly on the new memories we made in Lake Tahoe; on the other hand it’s tough to not still be there having more good times with the kids. But that’s just how it is and little by little all of us have gotten back to our familiar routines.


August 31, 2015

August 2015 – Family Updates

Filed under: 2015 Denmark,Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 3:45 pm

August Highlights (lots more pictures this month from Denmark trip — click on numbers above to see them all):


Two years ago, Ruben, an old friend of mine, came out to vacation in California with his family. While he was here we had a chance to catch up and do a lot of things together. In the course of one of the many conversations we had, we talked about me coming out to Denmark to visit him and his crew one day. That’s how Lilah and I found ourselves on a plane bound to Denmark two years later.


July 31, 2015

July 2015 – Family Updates

Filed under: 2015 Lake Tahoe,Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 9:32 pm

July Highlights:

We Return to Lake Tahoe

This year marked our seventh trip to Lake Tahoe with Lilah and Luke. As is usually the case we were blessed with some great weather and decent water temperatures — even Cathy made it out deep into the lake which is very unusual for her. When we visit the lake we always try to make a point of taking part in new activities. This year we chose water skiing and mountain biking on the Flume Trail.


July 31, 2014

July 2014 – Family Updates

Filed under: 2014 Lake Tahoe,Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 2:48 am

This month’s blog post includes 3 pages of pictures — click on the numbers above to see all pages.

July Highlights:

Returning to Lake Tahoe

Last year, we went to Vegas for our family vacation, but with temperatures consistently in the 112+ degree range, we weren’t able to do a lot of the “outdoorsy” stuff we would normally do. This led to a lot of hanging out around the pool with kids who quickly grew bored and wondered when we would be going back home again. So after a three year absence, we returned to our happy place: Lake Tahoe. Cathy and I have been coming here on and off, on our own, then later with the kids, for the past 20 years. We’ve built many memories here and this year we added a few more to the stockpile. (more…)

October 31, 2013

Chile 2013 – Places I Saw

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Chile 2013 – People I Visited in Chile

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Chile 2013 – Food I Ate in Chile

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