Our 2009 began the way it ended…cold. But that’s Maine and we love to be Mainers. The bookends of white wintry cold are separated by an equally magnificent spring, summer and autumn filled with road trips, lazy days at the beach and coastal adventures with and without lighthouses. Any day in Maine–whether cold and white, warm and green or filled with brilliant colors of autumn–is better than any other day just about anywhere else.
2008 was probably our most challenging financially and, therefore, the most stressful for me since Kirsten and I started this family. In April I was hired by Olan Mills to be a traveling portrait photographer. I purchased a 2004 Malibu Maxx in which I haul my photography studio. I’ve leaned heavily on Kirsten and the girls for emotional support to get through the difficult times. It hasn’t all been gloomy, though. Far from it. We have each other and we love being together here in Maine.
We were fortunate to have several of our friends and relatives visit this year. Patsy visited for a week to help us while Kirsten worked out child care while she pursued her CNA certificate. She returned later in the year with my dad. The Safsten’s also visited for a couple days.
In 2008 I went on several meetups with the Maine Flickr Meetup Group. We hiked in the woods and drove to multiple lighthouses. It’s a great group of talented and interesting people who are all into photography.
My baby, Hayley, started kindergarten. She, like her two older sisters, is doing very well in school and enjoys it immensely. The house is much quieter without her home during the day. I miss wrestling with her but am excited to see her have her own adventures and make new friends.
I took the girls on several adventures last year. Occasionally they were able to stay with me at my hotel when I’ve been away for work, which is always nice. In November I used some of my accumulated points to get us a hotel at a beach resort south of Boston. We rode the subway into Boston and walked all over the city. Earlier in the year Kirsten brought the girls to a location where I was shooting in Vermont. We were able to visit the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory which was a cool treat for the girls.
Whenever we were both free Kirsten and I took the opportunity to spend time together. We had long discussions at the coffee shop and library or just sat and enjoyed the view together at the coast. Kirsten is my best friend and the light of my life. I look forward to many more dates with her in 2009.
One of my favorite activities last year was Festibond. We’ve recently decided to have weekly family meetings. Between them and Festibond(s) 2009 we should continue to grow in love and affection towards one another.
In 2009 I’d like to get a web development consulting business off the ground. I also look forward to seeing my best mate, Steven Pam, when he visits the United States.