So Long Sweet Summer

And what a summer it was! Its hard to believe this August marks 3 years in Ohio, but to make up for it, we had to go almost everywhere else!

We continued our annual Family Camp tradition, saw dear friends and much missed family in Ontario — including a parent’s weekend away in Niagara Falls, flew to Calgary, then drove through the Rockies to Lake Moyie, BC where the whole Wise clan reunited for the first time in years, and we got to visit with more good friends who live on the West coast. Nic and the kids got more time in Ontario, while I went to Vegas for work. And we attended 3 separate, but equally special weddings of young people we’ve known…since we were young! All that pretty much filled up our July, so with school starting early here, we stayed around home for a few weeks, where we’d invested in a membership at a private pool club for the summer.

Once the kids were settled back into school, and with much thanks to Nana and Papa for babysitting for a week, Nic and I took advantage of a work trip to Australia — scratching one big destination off our bucket list.

I spent the work days helping out, and speaking at an event, and we spent most evenings, and a good chunk of our last day exploring the amazing city of Sydney, and a nearby national park. Driving on the wrong side of the road in big city traffic was scary, and it was “winter” there (lows in the mid-60s) — plus that 23 hour trip is not to be taken lightly — but it was totally worth it. We even got lucky and spotted some wild kangaroos!

On an organizational note, the Internet has changed a lot since this site was first created, so I’ve re-arranged some functions to take better advantage of free services that are available (and reduce our need for other services that are no longer free/safe.) All of our pictures from this summer can be found via a link on the new home page of www.jonandnic.com — the clue to figuring out the password is there, too, and should be easy enough for anyone we know!

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