in a perfect world of yancies

03 August 2015

I Don't Care if I Never Get Back

We had an awesome time at the Mariners game last weekend with Franklin and eight of his friends from daycare.
Tod 2 Mariners Game
(Click the arrow to see all the photos. Or take a look at the full album here.)

Took a lot of planning, but I'm so glad it all worked out!

We even got to see a strange and rare triple play. And the Mariners won with a walk-off home run in the tenth inning by Franklin (!) Gutiérrez.

Game highlights here:

Speaking of highlights, this summer has been so full I just can't keep up on the blog... but here are some places to look for more photos:


Emily's Instagram:

Yancy's Instagram:

Can't resist re-posting a little from there. Awesome running into Franklin's friend Beckham at the wading pool:

Best place to run into friends! #splash #ilovesummer

A video posted by Yancy Hughes Dominick (@yancy9) on

And here's something I haven't posted anywhere else yet:
Pizza Lollipop!
Post haircut treat... pizza-flavored lollipop! (!?!?)

22 July 2015

Summer Cycling

Not sure if you noticed this photo, but the West Seattle 4th of July Children's Parade really changed Franklin's life. He's had a bike for a few months now, but was never especially interested in it... until his friend Pax rode the same kind of bike in the parade. Now this is an almost daily site in our Alaska Junction neighborhood:

In fact, here he is getting started later in the day on July 4th:

Happy 4th of July, happy bike ride!

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It's a balance bike, apparently the new cool way to learn to ride. And he really is learning—here he is just one week after the 4th, touring through the West Seattle Summerfest:

All right reader, ride on!

22 June 2015

Great Start to Our Summer

Hot Dogs!
Hooray—it's summer! That means time for camping, hiking... and enough free time to write a blog post!

It's been a while, so let me just say that there's a lot we're skipping: Emily got a new job! Woo! And we've had all kinds of sports fun: mini-golf, another Sounders game, even a super fun Mariners game with some of Franklin's friends from school.

But now... camping! Made sure the new tent was ready to go:
Well, the new tent works! Mt. Rainier here we come! #firstcampingtripoftheyear #firstweekendofsummer #thisthingbarelyfitsinourlivingroom

Stayed in Ohanapecosh, in Mt. Rainier National Park. Great area, beautiful river, and all kinds of trails:
Hot Springs Trail
On the Ohanapecosh Hot Springs Trail.

Set up camp in the Ohanapecosh campground:
Ohanapecosh Campsite

I loved how excited Franklin was about going, and about being there. "Dad, I love camping!" :)

Also made a point of telling his teachers and friends at school.

You know what, speaking of his school, let me also just mention that his school is the subject of a documentary that's raising money for editing, etc. (trailer here: Somehow that story made it to an ABC News blog post, and then from there it was off. The Today Show even came to the school to film a segment! Very cool.


Did the 3-mile loop hike up to Silver Falls:
Silver Falls Selfie
I just want to add that according to my pedometer I walked like eight miles on Saturday, and Franklin must have walked close to five. Quite a kid.

He was pretty ready to get back to camp, though, and can you blame him?
Roasting Hot Dogs
(Veggie dogs, because my ethics class has pretty much ruined meat for me...)

Roasting Giant Marshmallows

Next day we enjoyed a beautiful hike on the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail:
Under Trees, Grove of the Patriarchs Trail

Fun bridge too:
Bridge, Grove of the Patriarchs Trail
Closeup here:

Speaking of, there are even more pictures from the weekend trip in this album: And all kinds of pictures of things I've skipped online. Other stuff on the Flickr feed:
And of course there's also Emily's Instagram feed:, and Yancy's Instagram feed:

Meanwhile, Franklin's almost too busy to photograph:
Fast Franklin & Twin Douglas Firs

Though he liked the way the steps made a little stage, so he had us sit down and tell stories for Emily:
Story Time by the Twin Douglas Firs
(Yes, if you're wondering, Franklin wore the same outfit both days...)

Beautiful Light on the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail

Little rest before we check out the views of the mountaintop and wildflowers at Paradise:

Okay, on to the flowers and peaks:
Mt. Rainier June 2015 2

We didn't see any elk on this trip, but Franklin picked out this stuffed animal at the gift shop:
Mt. Rainier Selfie 2
"Dad, I love my elk!"

One last hike, the Nisqually Vista Loop . Like I said, we didn't see any elk, but we did share the trail with this cutie for a minute or two:
The excellently named hoary marmot.

Emily & Mt. Rainier

All right reader, hope your summer's off to a great start too!
Franklin & Emily on the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail

17 May 2015

Spring Training

Beautiful spring weather lately; great time for getting outside.

In town, Franklin has been enjoying t-ball lately:

Alas, I'm in class during his practices, but thankfully Emily's been great about photos and videos:

Baseball practice!

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Tagging out at 1st

A video posted by Emily Hughes Dominick (@emily.dominick) on

Yesterday, we extended our outside fun to include a hike to Barclay Lake. About four miles round trip, and Franklin must have hiked nearly half of it. Few things make me happier than watching him walk eagerly down a trail :)


Found a pretty nice lunch spot at the lake too:

Hey, not to get too distracted, but do you like having a planet with stuff like this? Are you worried that all the money spent on fossil fuels might not be such a great investment? Me too! I didn't have a lot to do with the letter they're asking about, but I was happy to be interviewed on the subject for the Seattle U student paper: take a look, and let me know what you think.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, right—lunch by the lake!

Okay, we're off down the trail...
Until next time, reader.