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We support Ron Paul for President 2012.  

I think the founding fathers would be very disappointed in what has become of the American government and its leaders; we now have a corrupt empire that largely ignores its own constitution and tramples on individuals' liberties.  The founding fathers would like Ron Paul, however.  Congressman Paul consistently votes no on issues that are unconstitutional. If elected Ron Paul will end our wars, close our hundreds of military bases across the globe and end our unsustainable, financially irresponsible empire.  Ron Paul has more support from US troops than all other presidential candidates combined!  Dr. Paul is critical of government corruption and believes in protecting whistleblowers.  As a congressman, Paul does not participate in the congressional pension, has never voted to raise congressional pay and as President he would draw a salary of just $39,336, which is the median salary of the American worker.  Paul believes the War on Drugs is not working, is a waste of money, and violates citizen's personal freedoms.  Congressman Paul has never voted for: raising taxes, an unbalanced budget, a federal restriction on gun ownership or an increase in the power of the executive branch.  Paul is the only presidential candidate proposing a viable balanced budget.  He voted against: the Patriot Act, the TARP bailouts, regulating the Internet and the Iraq war.  Search YouTube for " Ron Paul predicts " to see how Paul has predicted many of our current major problems and crises years or decades before they happened.  Please do not waste your vote on the status-quo; elect Ron Paul for US President in 2012.  - David & Joan Hall


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Brigitta's Harry Potter Birthday Party


This Saturday we gave Brigitta a super Harry Potter themed party.  By "we" I really mean mild mannered Joan slipped into a phone booth and emerged as Supermom creating: games, crafts, food and magic that the girls and their friends will never forget.  I took over 1,000 photos and put the best 56 photos on this page about her party.




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Father's Day Paddle

I had a great Father's Day.  The highlight was kayaking with the family on Mogador Reservoir.  Joan paddled two kids in the three hole kayak; Svea and Brigitta took turns in the Kiddiyak.  Each girl paddled a mile.  I figure Joan paddled six person/miles.  Brigitta overcame much of her fear of the boat and capsizing and is getting the hang of the rudder.






We had a bit of dry ice left over from Brigitta's Harry Potter Birthday Party.  It would have all evaporated soon anyway so we brought it to the lake to see what would happen.  It bubbled, gurgled and sank as dry ice does.






Annika Chillin'






Annika takes a little turn.




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Happy Birthday Joan!

Yesterday was Joan's birthday; no I wouldn't trade her in on two twenty one year-olds.  We went on a family paddle and row and then out to a family dinner at Hibachi Japan. 



On Friday we invited a few friends over for a Luau.


Annika passed out leis.



The bubble pool is a big hit at every party.




Everyone looks their best in Hawaiian clothes.




Good Hawaiian style summer food.



Fifteen years and three months after we met on a beach in Hawaii.



A big gust of wind is always exciting when the pool has a big head of foam.




And then a Piaggio P.180 Avanti flew overhead.  This is a nine seat Italian canard-ish, 450 mph turboprop pusher plane.


The climbing wall was a hit for exactly two minutes.



Jennifer baked Joan a very cool beach birthday cake.




The kids


The dads


The moms




Dan entertained us by bouncing up and down on an exercise ball


Until Svea kicked it out from underneath him.


Paddle and Row

   Yesterday we celebrated Joan's birthday with our first family row/paddle of the year.  Svea paddled the Kiddiyak, Joan paddled the Sprinter and I rowed Brigitta and Annika in the rowboat.  Svea finally has the knack of the Kiddiyak rudder and can make it go where she wants.  The Kiddiyak and Sprinter are both very efficient and fast boats and I could could not keep up in the boxy rowboat.  We made it to June 26th Island (the island I made on June 26th, 2007), took a few pictures and headed back since the clouds looked thunderous.  Brigitta is the bravest of all the neighborhood girls when it comes to everything except paddling the Kiddiyak.  Her one capsize is always fresh on her mind when she gets near that boat.  She took a little confidence building paddle near the launch.  Then Annika took a turn.  She paddled in it once at age three when we first tested the boat in the thawed back yard ice rink.  Yesterday she also paddled it along the shore at the launch.









Chinese Fortune Cookies "In Your Underwear"

   Years ago my family adopted the common joke of adding "... between the sheets" or "... in bed" to the end of fortune cookie readings.  It's funny, but not something that is appropriate while dining with children.  Last summer in Alaska we had dinner in a Japanese restaurant with my parents and Uncle Mark.  I came up with children-appropriate alternative to "... between the sheets"; we now add: "... in your underwear" at the end of our fortune cookie readings.  To celebrate Joan's birthday last night Papa treated the family to dinner at Hibachi Japan.  Some of our fortunes read: "Encourage me, and I will not forget you... in your underwear.", "Take a vacation, you will have unexpected gains... in your underwear.", and "Efficiency is doing better what is already been done...  in your underwear.". 


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Maca Park Opens

 After much begging from the girls and clear, warm weather, we finally went to Maca Park today.



IHM's DVD Yearbook is Out!

   Over the past month I've been immersed into grading, fixing and compiling files for the DVD Yearbook.  This year the yearbook required two disks.  Disk one contained all of the student personal pages and slideshows, we were able to get it out before the last day of school.   Disk 1 has 206 videos/slideshows totaling 12 hours and 437 web pages.  Disk 2 contains slideshows, movies and pages about major school: events, shows, clubs, holidays, graduations, etc.  It has 110 videos/slideshows totally 13 hours plus 44 pages.  I received the last files for Disk 2 on Sunday and finished burning all 250 copies on Monday.  My summer vacation really didn't begin until I dropped off the disks for pick-up on Tuesday.  If you are an IHM student or parent, pick up your copy at the church rectory. 


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