We had an amazing time in Sunriver for our anniversary last year. I recorded several video clips to commemorate the weekend, but it took me several tries to get a finished video put together due to technical difficulties.

Our stay last year was the first—and last—time we enjoyed Dave and Christine Vernier’s Sunriver condo with just the two of us. We’ve stayed there five times and it’s bittersweet that the condo is going up for sale. It’s been an amazing benefit to Vernier employees for over twenty years.


Bricks Cascade 2018


Rivendale Park


LEGO Window Shopping

For every Fred Meyer, Target, Toys R Us, and Barnes and Noble I visit, I must browse to toy aisle—specifically for LEGOs. You never know when you could run into a deal on these expensive sets.

Song credit to REBRICKULOUS


Happy Chinese New Year


Whole30: Breaking Routines with Routine Breaks

Our family finished the Whole30 challenge for the second time and I reflected on its benefits. I also think about why it’s healthy to break our routines regularly so that we can consider whether our routines are still relevant to our lives.

Techniques and tricks I tried in this video for my vlog experiment:

  1. Recording a story about my morning routine at work
  2. Continue experimenting with in-camera transitions
  3. Adding hyperlapses for b-roll
  4. Done is better than perfect: There are some time-space continuum inconsistencies, but it helps tell the overall story

Picture This

Creative Campfire

Paper Campfire 003

The creativity of children continues to remind me of how simple fun and joy can be.


How We Do Laundry

It’s the small things that lead to big things. We started teaching our kids how to do laundry when they were four. Partially out of desperation because of the amount of laundry with three kids and two adults.

Laundry is a game each week. We bury them in all the clean laundry, they have a blast sorting, making jokes about underwear, folding it, then putting it away.

The cherry on top was exploring a new indoor playground: Out of this World Pizza. We thought about going to Safari Sam’s, but it was no longer in business.


Portland Winter Light Festival

You could say it was an “illuminating” experience.

Dad jokes aside, after I put the kids to bed, I drove out to OMSI to see the 2018 Portland Winter Light Festival. My adventure was inspired by three things: trying tips from Peter McKinnon’s video about night photography, missing the festival last year, and recording content for my vlog experiment.

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The Super Safe, Non-Harming, Child-Friendly LEGO Zoo