As the new year approaches I look back upon the past twelve months and am amazed at the sheer variety of experiences our little family had. Here’s just a few of them.
In January we were cycling along the foothills of the Andes. Each time we went up and over a pass, there was a small shrine where people asked the virgin for safe travels. It seemed like we passed at least one every day.
In February we passed through the enormous flat pampas of Patagonia. Guanacos kept us entertained as they leapt over the fence as we approached.
Rather than using the same photo of the end of the world that we always use, I figured I'd represent this month with the awe-inspiring valley we cycled through shortly before reaching Ushuaia.
Spring in Boise meant the birth of hundreds of baby geese. We loved cycling and walking through the city parks watching all the birds.
One of the best parts of being back home was being able to play on a soccer team. The boys had missed that tremendously while on the road!
In June we were thrilled to spend time with Grandma and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. The whole family gathered together in Leetes Island in Connecticut and had a blast.
After being nomadic for so many years, we were excited to move into a house and put down roots. In July, we purchased this little house and started remodeling it to make it home.
Who can resist a good fair? And fair food? As I was growing up we always spent my birthday at the Western Idaho State Fair. We did the same this year.
Most of September was spent frantically trying to get the house ready to move into, but every once in a while we took some time to head down to the Boise River.
We figured as soon as that toilet moved from the back patio into the house we could move in. In the meantime, the house was little more than a construction zone.
By the end of November we were happily settled into our house and could start paying attention to the rest of the world. We spent some time at the Occupy Boise settlement trying to learn more about the movement.
Both Davy and Daryl have long been fascinated by robots. They've joined a robotics team and will start building a BIG robot next week, but in the meantime they've been learning all they can from a small Mindstorms Lego robot.