A lot has been said about how crappy 2016 was and how many are looking forward to putting this year behind us, but upon further reflection I realized that despite some high profile losses – chief among them for me Prince & George Michael and other horrible events in the world – I’ve had a wonderful year.
I’m thankful for the time spent with my family and friends, the new friends Sergio and I made along the way this year and some really wonderful events / happenings including but not limited to the following:
Caitlin was born on July 26 and Summer was born on March 18
I’m an uncle six times over now that I have Summer and Caitlin in my life. Although Caitlin (above left) is as big – if not bigger, Summer (above right) is actually four months older. The photo was taken this fall when Caitlin was about 4 months old and Summer was 8 months old.
Mom and Dad both celebrated milestone birthdays in good health
My parents celebrated really big birthdays with friends and family this year. They both remain in good health and with their new home in Portsmouth, NH I hope I will be able to see more of them in 2017.
We had a blast visiting Portugal. Here we are in Sintra – an easy day trip from Lisbon.
Sergio and I took two international trips this year, visiting Portugal for the first time this past September (FYI – we loved it) and returning to family in Brazil in November / December. In addition to those trips I was able to visit friends in the following cities: Austin, TX in March; San Francisco and New York City. Sergio and I also escaped what turned out to be an incredibly mild winter by spending several days in San Juan, P.R. in February.
There is more to be thankful for as well including my aunt’s fight with cancer, a new job for my brother-in-law, a growing business for my other brother-in-law, we met several special people this year who we are lucky to have as friends and lest I forget, while I’m sad to see Obama leave office he concluded his 8 years in office in 2016 with a level of class and grace that I think will be left wanting in the years to come.
I wish and hope everyone has as wonderful a 2017 as Sergio and I had in 2016.
I can’t believe that my father is turning 70 today. The older I get the more I appreciate and love my parents. I’m happy to say that my parents are healthy and enjoying life to its fullest spending time traveling, golfing and with family.
Sergio and I will be spending the afternoon up in Portsmouth, NH with family celebrating the milestone birthday today.
Happy Birthday Dad
Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, but Sergio and I are in Brazil visiting his family. We will actually celebrate the holiday tomorrow when his family can come together since today is not a holiday in Brazil. His Mom’s thoughtful gesture, cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for Sergio and me, strikes me as a lovely example of living the ideals of what the holiday represents.
Sergio Kayaking on Lake Winnipesaukee
It is Saturday and Sergio and I are up on Lake Winnipesaukee near Wolfboro’s bustling center, spending time with the family. We arrived on Friday after spending Thursday evening in Portsmouth, NH (more on that later). Even during the busy vacation season life here moves at a much slower pace. We spend our days down at the cove or out on a kayak and at night we go out for walks (you can actually see the stars here) and overeat while watching TV.
Not much to share other than the fact that we are having a nice time and I hope you are enjoying your weekend no matter how or where you are spending it.
I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge my father (shown above) on this special day and say a word of thanks to my brother, Timothy, and brother-in-law, Travis, for being such amazing fathers to their children. My brother-in-law, Brett, will soon experience fatherhood as well and will be a great dad too.
This post is really dedicated to all the fathers who understand how much their children need them in their lives and for the sacrifices they make to ensure their children always feel loved and supported. It is a job with few holidays and that requires an infinite amount of patience and understanding.
Can’t believe I have a little brother who is turning 40 years old today. Happy birthday; don’t worry you don’t look a day over 40.
I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, my sister Elizabeth, my sister Susan who is pregnant with her first child, my sister-in-law Ashley and to all the other wonderful women I know who have taken on the toughest job I can think of, motherhood.
It doesn’t seem right that you only get one day out of the year to be recognized for all you do for your children.