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Mt. Pilckuck Hike and Sunset

Sunday, July 2, 2006

The Summer Solstice (longest day of the year) never seemed very special to me when I was growing up in Cincinnati Ohio, but, living in the Pacific Northwest the Summer Solstice marks a sunset that is five hours later than in the winter! For example for the year 2006 in Seattle the sunsets at 4:18 PM between December 6th and 16th. However, between June 20th and July 1st the sun doesn't set until 9:11 PM! I wanted to see that late sunset so we hiked to the peak of Mt. Pilchuck. I knew that the Sunset time was based on the Earth being flat and I hadn't though much about how the height of Mt. Pilchuck would change the sunset time, but, when we got to the top we discovered that 5,324 foot peak ... [There is more. Click on the title above.]

Nick and Julie's Wedding Reception

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Party time! I didn't take any pictures during Nick and Julie's wedding. All of these pictures were taken at the reception. Some of the highlights are Nick's performance retrieving Julie's garter, Julie smashing cake in Nick's face and the chase that followed, and some wild dance moves. Save a horse, ride a cowboy!! Aside from holidays this was the first major event where we did not have Grandma Lonnemann with us. Grandpa held up well and Nick's parents and siblings gave a toast to Grandma outside the hall. We miss you Grandma.

Family Pictures, Post Wedding

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I stayed in the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky area for a few days after Nick and Julie's wedding to visit with family and friends. This photo album consists of various pictures from my trip after the wedding. Note that the picture of Nate, Molly, Mom, Dad, and Grandpa with out me and Midas is a flash animation of several pictures that were taken close together of my family acting goofy.

A Wedding Prayer for Nick and Julie

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Julie asked me to say a prayer, but, before I do that I want to reflect a bit on what a prayer before their vows symbolizes.On Friday as I was thinking about Nick and Julie's wedding two thoughts dominated my thinking. The first was their choice to invite God to their wedding. The second was their choice to invite all of us. These choices may seem like obvious conclusions to reach when planning a wedding, but, I challenge all of us to consider for a moment how their decisions will change the rest of their lives from this day forward. By inviting God today, Nick and Julie are acknowledging Matthew's Gospel where it is written, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there ... [There is more. Click on the title above.][more]

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Sunday, January 29, 2006

I've lived in Seattle for 7 years and have never taken the trip to Victoria Canada. On January 21st, 2006 that changed when I took the Victoria Clipper from Seattle to Victoria for an overnight trip. It is about a 2 hour ride on the Clipper up to Victoria which is a water-jet propelled catamaran. Victoria itself is a beautiful city both in terms of its layout and scenic beauty. There is no need to rent a car when visiting Victoria as the city is very walkable or try renting a bike. As you would expect at any tourist destination Victoria has plenty of shopping, but, don't miss other sits such as the Parliament Buildings and the Royal British Columbia Museum. Then of course there is the ... [There is more. Click on the title above.]

Christmas in Kentucky

Sunday, January 1, 2006

This year the weather for Christmas in Kentucky felt more like Seattle. The temperatures were in the 40's with occasional rain. Much better than the ice storm of 2004. For me this Christmas was very good. I had the opportunity to spend lots of time with my sisters, niece, nephew, and extended family as well as friends in the region. The pictures in this photo album speak for them selves. I hope you enjoy them!

A Celebration of Grandma's Life

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Visitation, funeral, burial, reception, party the Lonnemann way to celebrate a life. We were all caught by surprise when Grandma Lonnemann passed way on November 29th, 2005. She had just finished her first round of chemotherapy and radiation for lung cancer. The side effects had been minimal and Grandma was feeling pretty good. Thanksgiving was only a few days behind us and we were all looking forward to Christmas. Click the title above for this photo album.

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