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because we love it so, it deserves a special category all to itself.
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photo and video gallery

View our family photo gallery. Each thumbnail below takes you to the full album! If a video or blog post is available, you can access that here too!

 
Santa photos
In Progress
12.10.11
Thanksgiving in Indianapolis
In Progress
11.25.11
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Seasons Greetings! 2011 Holiday Letter

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Getting Ready for Santa
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends and family! Here's all the major happenings! Enjoy.
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The Great Manca Train Trip West

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The Ottawa Mancas embarked on a great journey on the old Canadian National railway to return to the West coast.

Click each photo to read our journal across this amazing trip

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travel log

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View Jessica, Mark and Milo's travels by clicking the links below.

Our goal is to continue to see the globe and beat 2006 as the best travel year yet. Oh, and Mark wants to go to all 7 continents. He's been to 5 already.

2011
Indianapolis, IN November
Ottawa, ON to Vancouver BC Train Trip

2010
San Jose CA, Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA

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Packing for a plane trip with Milo

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Milo and I are very excited to be joining Mark for a work trip to San Jose. We are leaving in less than two weeks! We're going to do a big loop from San Jose to Portland to Seattle to visit all our friends and family. So many still have yet to meet little Milo.

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Penguin puzzles, Burritos and Badass Crabbing at the Oregon Coast - Holiday Part 2

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2008 New Years Oregon Coast & Seattle Click photo to see slideshow

December 27 - Our second part of the trip landed us in Seattle to see the Mancas! We had Christmas while in Seattle before we headed to cottage at the Oregon Coast. We thought this would save on the amount of stuff to haul to the Coast. Only our main gift to the family was some "Badass Crabbing" logo shirts for everyone.

Later that Saturday, we hung our with our favorites - Scott and Julie. We ate at Spuds, grabbed a Tullys and then played Wii at their place. It was so much fun. The guys rocked it out on guitar hero!

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Cookies, Tamales & South Padre Island! Holiday 2008 Part 1

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2008 Christmas in Harlingen Texas Click photo to see slideshow

December 19, 2008 - Mark and I try to leave Ottawa airport for a US tour: Harlingen Texas to Seattle to Portland and back to Ottawa. Only the weather this year had different plans for us. Our flight was cancelled when we arrived to the airport. We planned on flying Newark > Houston > HRL.

Instead, in a brave effort by Lovu, we drove to Detroit. Yes, we drove through the snowstorms in Toronto which were coming towards Ottawa in the next 48 hrs! The drive is supposed to take 9 hrs. It took us 12. Had we not drove, we would have missed the entire leg of the tour. NWA was planning on rebooking us 3 days later. With Ottawa expected to get over 25cm, we took our chances!

New Year's 2009 at the Oregon Coast

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New Year's Eve and retreat at the Oregon Coast with Mark's family!

Small stop in Portland and in Seattle to see Jackie and Scott & Julie!

Christmas in Texas!

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Christmas in Texas with Jessica's family, Wheetie, Uncle and Cousins!

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Chapter :: mini retirements

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While in Chapters bookstore a few months ago, this book that I've heard so much about became mine. It's called "The 4-Hour Workweek," and it is just as glorious as the name implies.

Not only does it speak to the things that hold each of us back with our passions, our work and our aspirations for retirement, but it forces the reader to break his/her molds of thinking.

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