Posts tagged: family

March 2013 – March Snow, Children’s Museum, Spring Break, Easter

By , June 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm


March 2013 Photos – March Snow, Children’s Museum, Spring Break, Easter

March brought along more snow, a mountain of it.  Michael’s first grade class was featured in the local Rochester Magazine.  He was quite proud of his cool artwork that he designed and colored.  Dan was adventurous and tried to replicate fried tofu balls with mixed success.  We entertained the family at the Rochester Children’s Museum which is a nice little off shoot of the Minneapolis Children’s Museum with basically room for a single rotating exhibit.   Spring Break we skipped town to Minneapolis and had some good food and swam in a hotel pool and hit up Mall of America for Nickelodeon Universe.

Merry Christmas!

By , December 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm


Merry Christmas!

With Love,

Dan & Carolyn, David, Michael, & Douglas Chan

Snorkeling at Xelha, Mexico

By , October 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Greetings from the Riviera Maya, Mexico where we just spent a whole day in the sunny Caribbean Sea snorkeling as a family.  While the biodegradable sunscreen helped keep the Parrot fish alive, it made most of us look like lobsters by the end of the day.  But it was a fun 6 hours of snorkeling and seeing a whole bunch of fish at Xelha where we explored a sea cave, numerous cenotes, followed a whole bunch of fish around (photos some other day), and even swam with manta rays.  Here’s the commercial photos that we got scalped, but worth sharing!

September 2012 – Niagara Cave, Fall Colors at Whitewater State Park

By , October 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

09 – Niagra Cave, Whitewater Fall Colors Photo Gallery

We enjoyed the scenery of southeastern Minnesota at its best this year by taking advantage of the prime fall colors at Whitewater State Park, MN.  Earlier this month we took an excruciating 34 mile / 5 hour bike ride with the entire family from Preston to Niagara Cave near Harmony, MN where we took the family on the tour of the large limestone cave near the Iowa border.  No one mentioned that its actually about five miles away from Harmony all on gravel roads which wasn’t the most pleasant by bike, but finally our mountain bikes came in handy.  Our photos from these trips have been added to our September 2012 Gallery as linked above.  With this leg this completes my full circuit of the Root River and Harmony trails by bike.  We camped one night at Whitewater to celebrate the end of my 20’s and celebrate my 30th birthday on the 30th.  Above is the best birthday present I could ask for, a beautiful day with the beautiful family in the burning fall colors of Minnesota at its finest!

Christmas Morning 2011

By , December 26, 2011 at 10:09 am

Season’s greetings to all, wishing you happy holidays!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

By , December 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm

What? Dec. 3 and we are just getting snow?  Unheard of around here.  The boys can’t get enough of it!!  I forgot to take pictures of their bigger snowman and the 2 snow forts we made the next day.  They are melted now.  Yes.  All the snow has melted (another unheard of) and the weather has been in the 40s lately.  But…

tonight right after dinner snow started to fall.  Beautiful, slow falling snow.  Perfect to add to our evening of seeing A Christmas Carol.  Mikey, right before bed said, “I can’t wait until I wake up, Mom.  I can play in the new-fallen snow.  My snow fort will be THIS high” (raising his hand above his head).  When I told him a few weeks ago that new snow would help his fort, that was before I realized the fort would have completely melted.  :)

Douglas loves the snow too- his reaction to seeing it the first time is memorable.  Dan posted a video of it here (also found on the sidebar or under our videos tab).  Not sure how many inches we’ll get tonight… we’ll see in the morning.



By , December 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

We had a beautiful Thanksgiving spent with friends (thank you, Arthur family). We relaxed, ate, played, took a walk, ate and relaxed some more. The boys had a wonderful time just hanging out. Wish Dan could’ve been there- he was busy saving lives at work.  We each contributed our thankful thoughts for the beautiful scrapbook layout Alison created.  Mikey’s picture is of his brothers.  Davey’s is sliding down a slide (illustrated with help from Michael).  My thoughts are on the middle “joy” tag.

Here’s some artwork from the boys.




Turkey by David made at preschool.



Sunset at Sage Creek Overlook, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Two panoramas taken from Sage Creek  overlook at Badlands National Park, South Dakota taken a few minutes apart at sunset and dusk.  These are HDR bracketed photos that are fused and then stitched such that there are actually 5 photos with 3 exposures (15) per panorama taken with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens at wide-angle.  Big thunderstorm seen in the horizon and a nice view of the basin with the Badlands seen towards the far left.

Sage Creek Sunset, Badlands Panorama

Sage Creek Dusk, Badlands Panorama

Sheep Mountain Table, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

After a grueling off-road trip through treacherous terrain we arrived at Sheep Mountain Table, Badlands, South Dakota a vista off the beaten path of the southern Badlands where these pictures were taken.  We got the whole family plopped on the edge of one of the drop offs to get some of the scenic background from our trip onto our kitchen wall.  Enjoy the view.


Sunset on the Beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts Panorama

By , June 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Perhaps one of the prettiest sunsets that I’ve seen and experienced, this panorama of the beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts shows the boys and nephews playing in the sand, and towards the sun you can make out the large sand maze that Uncle Dan drew.  This is also the same night that we had taken the family picture on the beach.

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