It’s almost the end of the year so I thought I’d put together a little summary of some of the things our family has been up to this year.
Our little one started the year attending daycare, but as of September is in school full time in Junior Kindergarten. She catches the bus each day at our house with a couple of the neighbour kids, and she is loving her time in school. She loves doing crafts, practicing her spelling and numbers, reading books, going to the library, making music – generally keeping very busy like most 4 year olds! She has also been taking swimming lessons and is getting more and more confident in the water all the time.
Krista has had a really busy year with work at Algoma University. Krista is responsible for the university archives as well as the Shingwauk Residential School Centre (SRSC) archives. The SRSC also keeps her very busy providing tours of the site and its history to visitors. This year Krista is also teaching a brand new archives course and enjoying that a lot as well. Krista has lots of history related accomplishments and you can read more about them all here! In addition to all that Krista has really delved into a newly discovered passion for embroidery. Our spare bedroom is becoming a embroidery display room, complete with swear words and Doctor Who themed projects.
I continue to work for the Canadian Wildlife Federation doing web programming. Recently I reduced my schedule there down to 4 days a week with the hope that I will be able to dedicate some more time to other projects, especially art related work. I also completed Reiki level 2 this summer and am looking forward to completing the master level (3) course this spring. I continue to enjoy completing projects around the house as well.
Krista and I had the chance to travel on our own a couple of times in 2018 — we made a trip to Vegas for the National Council on Public History conference and some personal travel. We also had a weekend away in Michigan, exploring the region around the painted rocks.
We love to do things together as a family as well. This summer we were able to get away for some camping in our little trailer, including a trip to Manitoulin Island for MISHI, as well as to Mississaugi Provincial Park to meet up with Alicia and Kyler for a couple days. We also got to spend a few days in the summer with Stew, Jenny, Alex & Christina at the cottage they rented in Crystal Beach ON, and had lots of great time at the beach! We like to spend lots of weekends and sunny days out at Basswood Lake, with Little Miss really enjoying the water and playing with her cousins. We also try to make good use of our family memberships to the Bushplane Museum and the Art Gallery of Algoma.
All the best to you in 2019!