It’s taken me a long time to get to writing this, but it’s finally here! Liz and I took a trip to Sweden in July of 2017, were graciously hosted by our friends Rob and Annrika, and we had a blast!


This is the word I’d use to describe our trip in general. I found Sweden to be friendly, safe, similar to “home” in many ways, and easy to get around. Granted, we had our guides for the whole trip, but it wouldn’t have been hard to get around otherwise for someone who spoke little to no Swedish. Continue reading “Sweden”

El Camino Updates 2

elky004I’ve actually made some good progress on the El Camino since my last update. It was my daily driver for two years, so I’d say the updates went well.

I had plenty of minor electrical issues, rebuilt the carb with Rob, worked on fixing the brakes at least five different times until I realized it was the combination valve, had the hardest time finding a large vacuum leak on a temperature control valve on the air intake, and overall had tons of small issues that took plenty of troubleshooting.

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Welcome to Ada Jane!

Goalposts ... if her arms aren't in front of her face, they're still nearby.
Goalposts … if her arms aren’t in front of her face, they’re still nearby.

In early July, we had a little girl: Ada Jane McLauthlin. She weighed in at 7 lbs 7 oz and measured 19 1/2 inches, and everyone is healthy. As of a few days ago (just over 4 weeks old), she was up to 8 lbs 10 oz and starting to outgrow the newborn clothes!

I wanted to have somewhere to share some pictures with folks that wasn’t Facebook, so here we are: Continue reading “Welcome to Ada Jane!”


Yep, Thailand! We both wanted to take a big vacation, but not anything too expensive, and it just so happened that Ravi and Katie were currently stationed in Thailand and available when we were. This also coincided with our first anniversary, making it a little more special.

We did so many little things each day on our trip, and people have been asking for all kinds of different details, so I think I’ll try to describe the trip day by day and cover all those questions at once. That will make this post¬†really long, so maybe just scan through the pictures if you want ;). Continue reading “Thailand”