Alex frolicking on the beach in Maui
The year started
with the Ohlson family keeping busy with many activities, trips and projects.
A February trip to Hawaii started off our adventures in 2004. We
spent 8 days in Maui, swimming, driving the road to Hana, and visiting
jungle trails, streams and waterfalls. We took a submarine ride to
the coral reef, and took in at least one timeshare presentation.
One of the oddest things we
encountered were piles of rocks, stacked in gravity-defying piles, (see
photo on right) one on top of another. We saw similar rock stacks
in Port Townsend later in the year.
Megan, Heather and Alex with a Darth Vader made of Legos at
The family went on
several camping trips, including a visit to the Naches River near Chinook Pass, Belfair State Park
in August with the Cub Scouts, and Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend.
Boulder Cave and the kids played in the river near Chinook Pass over
Memorial Day. June found us in Anaheim for the AFSCME
International Convention for John's Union. Being an election
year, the convention featured a visit from John Kerry, Jesse Jackson
and President Clinton.
After the convention wrapped up, we did 5
theme parks in 5 days, including three days at Disneyland, and one
day each at Knott's Berry Farm, and LegoLand.
Labor Day weekend
was spent at Fort Flagler and Fort Worden State Parks, where we rolled into the most
popular campground in Washington state on Sunday night of a
three-day weekend, and found there was one last campsite available!
We toured the old gun emplacements and tunnels of Fort Worden, and
enjoyed the views ships passing by in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A rainy day at Boulder Cave,
John's job duties changed significantly as
Business Systems Improvement Project wound down a year ago, and the
City formed a new department to maintain the new SAP software
system. In January, he joined the Business Information Systems
Department, and is now maintaining the technical
aspects of various modules of the system.
He spends his days working on SAP, and his nights
working on websites, for his newly formed corporation:
Design LLC. The business is growing rapidly, with over 30
clients ranging from Belly Dancers to Nurse Practitioners, Realtors,
community organizations, eCommerce businesses and Biometric Security
He also spearheaded a
fund raising drive among Fox Island residents, raising over
$37,000.00 to help purchase a five acre wetland wildlife preserve on
Lise''s Browine Troop on a recent field trip
Through her work with documenting our family tree,
a long lost relative of the Hansen family from Norway. Through
emails and the
Kirk-Ohlson family tree website, Helen Petterson discovered we
were distant cousins, and flew to Washington for a visit with family
This school year, Lise' has been volunteering several days a week
in the Voyager classrooms. She is the official "Thursday
Folder Goddess" for 45 student, which carry the kid's schoolwork home with them.
Lise' also manages the Fox Island
Community Center, and organized the community Easter Egg Hunt, and
Christmas Tree Lighting event.
The rest of her spare time has been spent selling
things on eBay. From clothing to knick-knacks to movies, books and
magazines, nearly anything will sell if you put it on eBay!
The 'cat contingent' is now down to only 5 cats.
Kit Kat, Tripod, Salem, and Junior Mint join Sophie the calico in
warding off mice, raccoons and other various menaces that come our
turned 18 this September, and moved out on her own.
She has a nice apartment in Tacoma, and is working
at the local
KFC outlet. She is attending manager training
classes, and hopes to be promoted to day manager
Balancing the responsibility of her apartment, a
car, her job and other activities is proving to be a
challenge, but so far, she is keeping ahead, and
still finds time to be with her
The entire family
participated in campaigning in the 2004 election,
waving signs and wearing buttons for various
candidates in the local, state and Presidential
All in all, the busy year went well, and we send you a happy, safe
and healthy new year!
Happy 2005, from the Ohlsons!
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