While at the cottage this year, we finally made it to the observatory. we’ve talked about going for ages but never made it happen. But this was the year.
The day before we left, Andi, Brie, her friend Sarah and I drove down a very dark County Road 507 and had an amazing time. This guy John has a huge telescope on his property and a love for space so he set up an observatory on his property for everyone to enjoy. It was a bit cloudy when we first got there but the clouds blew away shortly and we had an amazing view of Saturn, a dead star and even the International Space Station.
I would love to go again, we should get a big group of us to go next year.
For our Family Home Evening this past week we reviewed the year and talked about what we were looking forward to this year.
Here, in no particular order, is our list of things that were noteworthy in 2008:
Andrew ate lots of Nanna’s hospital food
Andrew got 2 trophies from bowling in the summer
Lisa got a new calling (released as Primary Music Leader and called as Enrichment Leader)
We got a new van
Andrew got his own room
Matthew got his own room (because Andrew got his own room)
Matthew got out of Nursery and started Sunbeams
We got some of the bathroom redone
Christine kept getting cuter
Graham kept his calling
Matthew learned how to write his name
Andrew learned to tie his shoe laces
Christine learned to walk (it was a Christmas miracle)
Andrew passed a swimming course
Matthew passed a swimming course (Sea Turtle)
We put in new tiles in the kitchen
Andrew really got into LEGO
Christine says “Hi” to everyone
We spent a lot of time at the hospital visiting Nanny, Mom, and other people
Andrew spent the March Break at Grandma and Grandpa’s house
Graham started a monthly father/son night
Andrew started grade 1
Matthew started JK
Christine turned 1
Matthew turned 4
Andrew turned 6
Andrew was the student of the month in SK
Lisa went in her first craft sale
We went to Buckhorn
Here are some things were are looking forward to in 2009, or things we would like to change (quasi-resolutions):
Andrew will start grade 2 and turn 7
Matthew will start SK and turn 5
Christine will turn 2
We will go to Florida in February
Julia will get married in March
Both boys want to pass another swimming course
Matthew would like to whine less (honestly, he said this himself)
Andrew will listen better
Lisa will be more fun (when she said this, the boys yelled out, “Yay!”)
Lisa will exercise more regularly
Graham will be less of a “junker” (this is the boys nickname for Graham because he always gives them junk food)
Graham will keep working on the house
As a family, we’d like to do monthly service for someone
Lisa and Graham want to get to the temple every month.
In case you were wondering, Graham and Andrew stayed up till midnight on New Year’s Eve. Matthew was allowed to, but was too tired to stay up so he went to bed. Lisa was obviously allowed to stay up, but slept on the couch for a couple of hours. Lisa, Graham, and Matthew were up for the actual date change at midnight.
One of the highlights of the summer is going up to Buckhorn. Some of the family are lucky enough to be there for the full two weeks. We were able to be there for parts of 6 or 7 days (essentially 4 days the first weekend, 2 days the last weekend). Every year I comment how beautiful it is and how I wish I could stay longer. The weather wasn’t as nice as years past, but there was still lots to do.
The first trip up, the boys “swam”, we walked, and we relaxed. We went to the Whetung Ojibwa Art and Crafts Gallery. We also had an adventure at the Lakefield Fair. The second trip up, we went into Peterborough, went mini-putting, and excavated pieces of the Canadian shield for Lisa’s parents (thanks for your help Dad and Jason). Whether it was the first or second trip, Christine insisted on staying up late and waking up early. I guess cottage life was just too exciting for her.
I took loads of pictures. As is usually the case, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and see the rest of the thumbnails and larger versions in the Buckhorn in Summer 2008 gallery.
It seems like it is tradition now that we have a party each year. Two years ago we had a shower for Alisa. Last year we had a shower for Lisa. This year we decided to have a party on Andrew’s birthday. Lisa parents (Andrew’s Grandma and Grandpa) came up for the afternoon and we had a party in the “party room”. You can see pictures specifically from the party in the 20080727 Andrew’s Family Birthday Party in Buckhorn gallery.
Note: There are now 4,100 images in 175 categories
Brian Wing married Marsha Roberts on June 21, 1968. This year was their 40th Anniversary. Unfortunately, Mom was in the hospital during that time, so they didn’t have much of a chance to celebrate. Dad picked up some food from Kelsey’s and they ate together at the hospital.
While we were up at the cottage, we noticed a painting that the Buckhorn tourist association was selling as a fundraiser. It was a beautiful painting of a heron. I contacted the all of the siblings and spouses, and we all went together and bought it for them. On Sunday, August 17, 2008 we told Mom and Dad we were going to have a family dinner while Julia was visiting. When they showed up, we had some decorations (red for the “ruby” anniversary), and had a bit of a party. Mom and Dad had no idea and were happily surprised. After dinner, we gathered in the living room and we gave Mom and Dad a card. Once that was opened, I gave them the painting. They loved it! Dad teared up (he always says he is pulling a Poppa), and they both were very thankful.