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5 October 2013

Shawano 2013

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Photo Gallery

Once again the Stuenkel family descended on Whispering Pines Retreat on Shawano Lake, Wisconsin, for a week of family visiting, lake swimming, mini golf, and air conditioning.

8 July 2013

Spring Break in San Diego

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Photo Gallery

For spring break this year we left behind cold, rainy Oregon and headed to warm, mostly-sunny San Diego for a week of fun and exploring. Trips included the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla shores, an aircraft carrier, the Anza-Borrego desert, and (of course) Legoland.

30 May 2013

Winter Wanderings

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Photo Gallery

This winter saw its share of birthday celebrations, trips to the beach and the Oregon Garden, and even a Valentine’s Day kayak outing. Making a starring appearance is Captain America (aka: Drew) – he is our little superhero.

9 February 2013

Christmas 2012

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Photo Gallery

In this tenth edition (10 years!) of our family Christmas photos, we go though some familiar routines (cutting down the tree; Magic at the Mill), tea with Grandma in Portland, sledding in the Cascades, and a somewhat-sunny long weekend on the coast with the Hoelters.

31 July 2012

The Summer So Far

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Photo Gallery

Pictures from our adventures during the first half of summer, including hiking, biking, a birthday celebration, backyard BBQs, two parades, three concerts, and a quick family trip to Sunriver.

(Note: For those paying attention, I’m skipping the first six months of the year but will try to post them at some undetermined time in the future. For those who missed it, I did post photos from Christmas 2012, but never announced it).

2 February 2012

Fall Photo Round-Up

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Adventures, Beach, Holidays, Photo Gallery

Well, it happened again — I got way behind in sorting and posting photos. So the time has come for another catch-up post. Presented for your enjoyment are three galleries from the Fall of 2011.

Christmas photos are next on my list — perhaps before Valentine’s Day?

School Daze

Fall brings with it the familiarity of back-to-school events: Photos on the front porch, a trip to the beach with Dad, visits to the pumpkin patch, soccer games, fun runs, and more.


Thanks to a purchase at a wine-fueled charity auction earlier in the year, in late October we headed down to California for two days of magic at Disneyland, with a bonus day at Legoland. Grandpa Mark and Grandma Miriam joined in on the fun. Needless to say, it was an amazing trip!

Things That Happen Around This Time of Year

Trick-or-Treating, fall leaves, birthdays, outdoor adventures, and Thanksgiving with family – it was an active Fall for us. This gallery begins with three little Angry Birds, and ends with a sunny hike along the Santiam River.

17 November 2011


Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Photo Gallery

A busy month of travelling, with excursions to Pamelia Lake near Mt. Jefferson, Sunriver with the Hoelters, Union and the Cove Cherry Festival, and the Silver Falls Star Party. Before all of that, we kicked off the month with a memerable canoe camping trip on the Willamette river with friends.

8 August 2011

Getting Caught Up

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Activities, Hoelters, Photo Gallery, Wings

Thanks to an extra-busy spring, I got way behind on sorting and posting photos to our site. With over 2,000 photos to go through across many events and months, the task seemed best suited for the lazy days of Summer. Plus, with Jenny blogging about most major events, you, our faithful reader, probably have the gist of what we’ve been up to.

Well, here we are in the Dog Days, and I’m officially caught up. I’ve posted not one but four galleries, dating from mid-March to mid-July.

So, sit back for a spell and enjoy a window into the last four months of our lives.

Spring Break
We gathered up the troops for a Spring Break adventure to Spokane, Washington, Wallace, Idaho, and Union, Oregon. One reoccurring theme: Getting wet-either in form of swimming (water park!) or the constant rain and/or snow falling from the sky. Good times!
Rites of Spring
Spring brought with it familiar experiences (Awesome 3000!), but also some special events, including Grandma and Grandpa’s 40th anniversary, the birth of cousin Carson, and the acquisition of three cute little backyard chickens.
Scenes from Two Days on the Coast
Over Memorial Day weekend we escaped to the Oregon Coast, visiting the beautiful stretch between Lincoln City and Florence. We were greeted by sunshine, blue skies, and Moe’s clam chowder.
June and July
Ah, summertime – a chance to get outside and do all of the things you dreamed about doing during the damp of winter. Our adventures so far include a Marsh/Wing trip to Medford (with side trip to Ashland), Owen’s first backpacking trip, Sara’s 4th birthday party, 4th of July celebrations, and a few (short) hikes.

30 July 2011

Northern California Camping Trip

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Photo Gallery

After a last-minute decision based on the weather forcast, we packed the car with kids and gear for a week of camping in Northern California. Stops included an extended stay at Redwoods National Park, a weekend at Lassen Volcanic National Park, and warm shower at the Resort in Sunriver.

21 April 2011

Hazy Shade of Winter

Posted by Peter Hoelter | File under Photo Gallery

Winter really is a blur for our family. With both of us busy at work, and the rain clouds omnipresent, we tried to make the most of that rare time when sunshine and free time collide. Special events include two birthdays, and trips to the beach and Evergreen Aviation Museum.