Saturday, December 31, 2011

Recap of 2011

Last blog was in April - hmmm, new year's resolution - to become more consistent??

We made the decision to spend Easter weekend in Fredericton with our two eldest daughters who live there. It was a wonderful weekend and Heather came along with us - the only person missing was Ryan (Heather's husband). It was relaxing and so much fun spending time with the granddaughters. Thanks to Kathryn who organized the Easter egg hunt and treasure hunt.

Our beautiful daughter, Heather with Kathryn's little girl, Eden.

Charlotte collecting her eggs with help from Mama.

My sweet family - Easter 2011.

Our summer was fun, fast and full of great memories. It started with Sarah attending Camp Courage in Halifax. It was an incredible week of learning, 'hands on', the careers of policing, firefighting and paramedics. Sarah has a desire to one day be a police officer and this camp really made her aware that this is something she can do. It is a camp dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue these vocations which are still very much male dominated.

Sarah (far left) in her paramedic gear helping at a mock accident, the final day of Camp Courage.

Sarah with her graduating class from Camp Courage. The end of an exhausting but amazing week!

Anna started her summer with a Leadership in Training Camp at Malagash Bible Camp. This then developed into spending 3 awesome weeks as a volunteer at the camp. Malagash has been a significant part of Anna's summer experience and was able to give her time back to the camp volunteering in the kitchen as well as being a junior counsellor. She also had a week at the end of the summer as a camper which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Anna (third from right) and her 'buddies' at Malagash.

Anna and a very special camper.

Every three years the Nickerson clan has a family reunion. At the beginning of August we took over Upper Clements Park cottages and reconnected with each other. It was a fantastic weekend of playing in the park, eating together and relaxing in each other's company. The effort we make to do this every three years is well worth it and helps our children have an awareness of the extended family they are a part of.

Sarah, Anna, Tim C. and Tim N. on the flume - bonding with their 'big brothers'.
The Jamieson crew with 'Grampie' Nickerson.

We spent 2 weeks at our cottage on Harvey Lake in New Brunswick - the weather wasn't the greatest, but we sure enjoyed the time to relax and catch up on our reading lists.
September began full on, Sarah beginning her final year of high school and Anna starting grade 10. Sarah made the high school soccer team and after some cold, hard games they ended up with a bronze medal. Sarah is playing on the girl's hockey team and Anna plays basketball with the girl's senior team. Schedules are full and they keep us running, but it is so much fun to watch them play and cheer them on.

It has been a full year and I look forward to what 2012 holds for us.
Christmas 2011 update and pictures will be posted this weekend.