Posts Tagged ‘ski’

AWESOME Fall Day

Monday, October 18th, 2010
Blue Berry

Blue Berry at 6000'

We dashed off to White Pass to hike to the new lodge on Saturday. We spent 6 hours wandering around the new expansion area between 5500′ and 6500′. The weather was glorious. Not too cold, not too hot, it had recently frosted at that elevation so there were no bugs, no mud, even found a few blue berries. And I do mean a few.

Scarlet

Scarlet

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The girls really enjoy seeing the ski area during the summer. There are questions about terrain, topology, and landmarks being in the middle of what is supposed to be a smooth white slope. It’s satisfying to see their eyes light up and the wheels start to turn about how they will approach the hill the next time they ski it. There were more questions about direction and orienteering, weather, snow level and temperature. At one point they were even questioning the route down the mountain. All good in my book.

Isabel

Isabel

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Maleah found a wedge of wood that she became infatuated with. She was determined to haul it out, all the way to the car. She slipped a couple of times. I asked her if she really wanted to risk falling while carrying the wood, and she steadfastly refused to give it up. Of course, the farther down the hill we went, the more determined she became to haul it all the way to the car.

Maleah

Maleah

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The colors were awesome. Lots of red at 6000′. At home (750′) there is a bit of red, but mostly yellow and brown. At 6000′ it seems that the red is mostly at ground level, while the other colors are more-so in the trees, up off the ground. (I’m probably making it up ;^) Either way, the colors were awe inspiring. I had forgotten what the hills look like when you take the time to walk among the flora and not see it from a speeding car.

White Pass Fall Colors

White Pass Fall Colors

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We stumbled onto and over creek beds that were full, but not flowing and small lakes. These lakes would be called puddles if they were in an urban environment. They were from 10-50 feet across and 5″ to 24″ deep. Absolutely crystal clear water with luscious mosses and beautiful colors.

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Reflection, both physical and mental, made for a fine day.

Creek

White Pass Creek

Adult Ski Day, April Fools Prep, Growing up.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Had a great adult ski day today. Adam and I were on the lift by 8:40. It’s snowed about 20 inches over the past two days. We got the tail end of it this morning. First tracks on most of the runs and plenty of untracked on each run, and were home by 12:30, in time to take the kids to a geology activity at the local Salkum library.

April 1 is right around the corner. The kids are already prepping. Almost prepping to tears. It’s fun and painful. M can’t seem to understand that an April fools prank is supposed to be a surprise. She is busy setting up tricks and asking me to do things, “Dad, will you please brush your teeth now.”  As my eyebrows raise, I ask what’s up, and she is forthright and says, “It’s an April fools trick.” Now I don’t know if I should be looking over my shoulder or throwing away my toothbrush.

If you are a regular reader,  you know that there are kids in our family. They grow fast and get smarter and sassier every day. You all know what I’m talking about. From the kind and gentle moments with people like the librarians, the grocery clerk, or other parents, to wild and crazy moments with their friends and each other, and playing and joking with me.

Sassy ISassy MSassy S

The expressions they display, and exhaultations they emit are truly wondrous and, at times, frustrating. The highs and lows are exhilarating. During the frustrating outbursts, I find myself getting caught up in the energy and, despite knowing better, I sometimes don’t help them gently back down but rather I end up being stern, unforgiving and frustrated. During the peaceful, quiet times, I sometime watch from across the room. I see, not the growing, sassy child, but a beautiful young person. A calm, serene human in a moment of peace.

Quiet IQuiet MQuiet S

I wonder what they will look like when they are older. Which Reiter-Nixon features will dominate and which Birks-Klein features will dominate? I can see both sides in all of our kids. Parenthood is a fascinating journey. I would never have guessed it when I was young.

Later, Brad

Herbs of Grace

Recent Photo Shoot, New Piano, Perfect Ski Day, Website Ranking

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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My buddy Adam from Adam Angel Photography, gave us a studio session and some prints for a Christmas present. We spent an hour or so on a Saturday at the studio and had a blast schmoozing for the camera. Each kid got a few minutes alone, then the family and finally, Vanessa and me. Ah, the quality of a professional photograph…..

Dogpile

Dogpile

Vanessa and Brad
Vanessa and Brad

Adam Angel’s background is climbing and guiding climbs all over the world. He’s been to Africa, South America, Tibet, Alaska and of course, Mt. Rainier (about 65 times). The Angels settled in Morton, WA because it’s close to Mt. Rainier, White Pass, lots of rivers and lakes, it’s quiet and the air is really clean. Much the same reasons that we ended up in east Lewis county. Great minds…..

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We inherited a piano maybe three years ago. It had been in our beach house for about 10 years. Wasn’t much to look at, nor did it hold a tune, but the girls all learned to play and they really enjoyed the piano and learning. Back in January, we spotted a piano on FreeCycle (check out Yahoo groups for your location). We made a plea and ended up with a new piano. Better quality, nicer looking and it holds a tune. So before we sent the old one away, Maleah played a final tune.

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For those of you who follow us, you know we love to ski. The kids have really progressed this year. We started this year on the beginner lifts, and are now on the big lifts. Their speed is up, they are learning to parallel turn, and they have met friends on the hill that they look forward to seeing. When Scarlet does something new, or difficult, she puts her poles on top of her head, like antlers, and wiggles her butt as she ski’s along. It’s a crack up. I’ll have to post a video.

Scarlet at White Pass

Scarlet at White Pass

Maleah at White Pass

Maleah at White Pass

Isabel at White Pass

Isabel at White Pass

Below is a pic of the ELCAGSC and coach Adam Angel. (East Lewis County All Girls Ski Club.)

East Lewis Couty All Girls Ski Club

East Lewis County All Girls Ski Club

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I did some work on the Herbs of Grace website the other day. We keep drifting lower and lower in google ranking and I just couldn’t figure it out. I stumbled upon an article about losing your ranking and found a couple of great tips. I adjusted a few things and rebounded nicely. But we are still stuck in the mid 30’s. If any of you know how to break us into the top 20, please let me know.

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Later, Brad

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Sick Kid, Skiing, Weather, March Sale

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Woke up to a meek voice last night, around 2:00, saying the 7 worst words a parent wants to hear at 2:00am,  “I think I’m going to throw up.” Maleah got the bug that’s been going around. She and Vanessa were up and down last night, then Maleah stayed home today, hanging out in bed, not having fun. If it’s the same bug that got a hold of the neighbor girl, M could be in for a ride for a few days. I’m keeping my fingers washed and crossed.

Had a couple of GREAT ski days in February. We had a stretch of unbelievably nice weather this past week. These pics are from a few weeks ago when Joel Attaway (40 Below) and I went to the back country, soon to be part of the ski area, at White Pass. We hiked to Goat Rock summit, then had a nice leisurely ski through the new area, checking out the new lifts and lodge and eventually landed back at the ski area. A big shout out to Laura, Joels wife, and our friend Adam, who skied with their kids and mine, so Joel and I could play.

Fresh pow.

Fresh pow.

New ski run at White Pass.

New ski run at White Pass.

Lift towers for new lift at White Pass.

Lift towers for new lift at White Pass.

The kids even got in on the ski action, they just DIG IT! When we get our regular computer back, I’ll edit and post some video of the kids.

The weather has been so nice here the past 10 days, all the wild things are throwing off their winter wraps, and starting to spring forth. I even mowed parts of the lawn. I’ve never mowed in February before. Luckily the snow pack at 6000′ is at average, because at 4000′ it’s getting thin. Could be an early end to the ski season this year.

We’re offering a killer deal on lip balms during March, 50% off! Get ’em while they last.

More later,

Brad

Herbs of Grace, Inc.

6 Year Old in the House!, Skiing, Recent Graduate & New Blog at HoG

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I can’t believe it, another birthday. Is turned 6!

Isabel's Birthday

Isabel's Birthday

I just don’t know where the time is going. I try to pay attention, really I do. Every time I turn around, some major milestone is being passed. I barely see them coming.

We went skiing with our pals, Adam and Asia last weekend. We drove up in their RV and spent Friday night. We skied both Friday and Saturday, ALL day. We ran into our friends the Attaways, from Forty Below. Joel and I skiied to the top of the Hogs Back and had a great cruise through the soon to be new expansion area at White Pass. Weather was great and everybody had a great time. We were all worn out when we got home. (pics coming soon)

A “Hip, Hip, Hurrah!” to Vanessa Nixon Klein! Vanessa recently received her Homeopathic credentials and is now, officially, Vanessa Nixon Klein, DiHom, (Homeopathic Practitioner). Please check out her website for more info.

SkiPig, Parties, Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

The license plate on my rig says SKIPIG. I went skiing today and last Sunday with a couple of buddies. The kids and I went skiing last Thursday. My buddies and I go when there is lots of new snow. We all have passes so we ski the morning and are home by 1:00. I take the kids skiing when it’s nice and sunny. They love it, I love it. It’s a win/win for everybody. Managed to go head over toes and post hole straight into a snow drift. Nothing to see but my butt, legs and skis. Got some great hoots from the chair. It was funny. Rolled out of the hole, covered in snow, giggling, laughing and shaking my head.

We went to a birthday party for Finn this afternoon. We all met a the local bowling alley. Everyone had a great time. We haven’t been bowling for years. The Kids thought bowling was “FUN!” and can’t wait to do it again.

We had a retirement party for Gramma Joyce a couple of weeks ago in Vancouver. The girls wrote a poem and read it to the crowd. Scarlet was a bit intimidated by the situation and held her hands over her eyes the entire reading.

Poem for Gramma

Poem for Gramma

Poem, page 1

Poem, page 1

Poem page 2

Poem, page 2

Herbs of Grace has a few events coming up:

March 25, 2009, 10:00-4:00, Whole Foods Holiday Show
Hotel Deca, 4705 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105, 888-818-1831

March 27, 2009, 4:00-6:00, Spring Fling
Country Lunch Box, Mossyrock, WA 98564, 888-818-1831

March 29, 2009, 11:00-2:00, In Store Product Demo and Makeovers
New Seasons Markets, Orenco Station, 1453 NE 61st Ave., Hillsboro, OR 97124, 503-648-6968 call for an appointment.

March 29, 2009, 3:00-6:00, In Store Product Demo and Makeovers
Food Front Southwest, 6344 SW Capitol Highway, Hillsdale Shopping Center, Portland, Oregon 97239, 503.546.6559

We are also keeping our fingers crossed in hopes that Whole Foods, Inc. accepts our product line for a holiday show coming up on March 18, 2009. We’ll keep you posted. – UPDATE: Got word from WF that we have been invited to attend the show! See above for details.

You can see more on our events page.

Later, Brad

Herbs of Grace

SNOW!, Rabbits, New Display

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

April 19, 2008. Woke up to SNOW flurries this morning. Not too bad really, a slight dusting of snow across the yard. Although, as morning progressed, the snow has increased. At 11:00am there was an inch of snow on the picnic table outside the office window. Our breathable house is in need of a heat fix. The pass is reporting 18 degrees with 7″ of new over night. The girls wanted to ski today, but with 18 degrees, I vetoed. We were hoping for a sunny spring day. The ski area closes next Sunday, so we gotta do it next weekend.

Last ski day of the season.

1:00 Update: 3″ of snow on the picnic table, but now we see some blue sky.

We have two female rabbits. They live in their cages, quite happily, along the edge of the garden. Recently, there has been a large white rabbit that has been visiting. We don’t know where it comes from, nor where it goes to when it leaves. It used to arrive around dusk, although it has become quite bold over the past few weeks and makes appearances often, during the day, now. The other day, V came home from teaching her belly dance class, around 7:30. She noticed that Jessica, one of the females, and this new rabbit were frolicing in the yard together. Apparently, the large white rabbit has figured out how to open the latch on Jessicas cage. Anyway, V put Jessica back in the cage and all was safe at Three Girls Grove again. About 15 minutes later, I yells, “Hey, Jessica is in the yard with the white rabbit!” So with a flurry of activity, the three kids dash out the door, round up Jessica and put her back in the cage a second time. This time, adjusting the latch. A few days later, a good friend of ours tells us that rabbits ovulate ON DEMAND, UPON INSERTION! We don’t know if the visiting rabbit is male or female. Time will tell if Three Girls Grove is safe for rabbits. Stay tuned, we may have free bunnys available.

Our new display prototype will be arriving later this week. We have three displays. The Sequoia is our flagship display, that holds our entire product line. The Cedar holds half of our product line, and the new Madrone display will hold about a third of our product line. I’ll post some pictures when it arrives.

Later, Brad

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Spring skiing, ExpoWest2007, New look for website

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

The kids and I went skiing today. I think it was the closest thing to a perfect ski day that we could have asked for. We had a great trip up and back. While we were there, ALL four of us rode the platter pull. It’s the next step up from the magic carpet in the lift system at White Pass. The older girls are all over it. There is a subtle challenge between them to see who can get to the bottom first. The youngest is a bit uncertain about the bigger hill. At three years old, she’s doing great so I don’t want to scare her off. But I have to tell you, I had a tear in my eye this afternoon. All of us were at the bottom of the lift, and one by one, they got on the lift, and off they went. I brought up the rear watching my three kids ahead of me, on the platter pull! It was super cool.

We got back from ExpoWest2007 Natural Products trade show in LA, on Monday afternoon. We had a great show. Met LOTS of retailers interested in mineral makeup. We came home to a bunch of back orders, which we have just now gotten on top of. Tomorrow we will start the follow-up on the leads from the show. Hopefully some of them will pan out so that we can get more retail stores carrying our line. Perhaps one of them will be near you.

We will be overhauling our website soon, hopefully by this weekend. Nothing drastic, but the homepage will have a new look and finding products will be a bit easier. We are still the same company, with the same great products, that you have come to know and we hope you like our new look.

Later, Brad

Skiing.

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I took the girls skiing yesterday. The sun was out, the sky was blue, we got an 11:00 start, it was a wonderful day. We have tried early starts in the past, but the mornings seem so hectic. Since we only ski for a couple of hours, it doesn’t matter if we get to the slopes by 9:00 or 12:00. We pulled into the parking lot, put on our gear, ate lunch and then off we went. It was great! I am now a firm believer in sunny days and late starts for small childeren.

We got lucky with ski gear. A college buddy has kids about 8 years older then mine. He still had some gear in his basement that he was looking for an excuse to give away. It pays to tell your friends what you are up to.

White Pass has a childs lift called “The Magic Carpet”. It is a large conveyor belt that the kids can ski onto at the bottom, and it spits them out at the top. It’s only about 75 feet long, but the girls absolutely love it. AND, it’s free. I love it, too. Nothing but sunny smiles all around. I loaded my pockets with a water bottle, bag of carrots and crackers. The kids would ski past me, hold out their hand or open their mouth for a quick treat, without hardly stopping. Maybe one of them will become a racer after all.

Later, Brad

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Careful What You Wish For.

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

OK. The COLD weather has arrived. As much as I’d like the ponds to freeze, I would prefer to be able to keep the house warm. The sub freezing weather makes if very difficult to keep our “breathing” house warm. The stove is cranking and we are wearing extra layers, indoors. It’s not as bad as I’m making it sound, but it’s different than our old house in Vancouver.

V did a demo at the Poulsbo Central Market on Saturday. We stayed with my folks Saturday night. Half the island was without power for over 48 hours. Yes, my folks were on the outage side. Dad kept the wood stove burning and also has a generator that helps keep the furnace and refridgerator running. Inconvenient, yes, but I think still better than trying to heat a drafty old house with only a wood stove. Actually, we have some in-wall heat units, but I hate running them. They are so inefficient and the give me the creeps regarding fire hazard. Although we did run them tonight, when we got home the interior temperature was 44F. =8^O

Picked up some ski gear from a college buddy of mine this afternoon. Now each of the girls have skis, and two of them have boots. We’re almost ready to hit the slopes. The girls really enjoyed skiing last year, and they have been talking about it this year. Hopefully, we’ll ski this week. One more pair of boots….

No matter how many times I do the math, it just seems like the business isn’t growing fast enough. Some of the vetern business owners, at the last trade show we attended, said that we need to be able to hang in there for about three years. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, and hustling alot. I used to be the wage earner and it’s definitely a different mind set for me, staying home with the kids and all. Maybe my mind set will change once I get the kids geared up for skiing and we start skiing once a week. If any of you have any thoughts on this, I’d love to hear them.

Later,

Brad