I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year. My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list. That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list a top twenty every year since.
The most memorable event this year by far is the birth of my baby girl and second child Kay on November 19th. Everything else pales in comparison. Here’s a photo of Kay with my son Peter. The rest of the list follows in chronological order.
- Snow -We had an interesting winter with several heavy snowstorms in a short period of time. I even got to go up on the roof of our house to shovel some off. The snow was fun, especially seeing it through the eyes of a three year old, but it got very tiresome when it wouldn’t melt away.
- Salem – a fun day trip North of Boston by train featuring the Peabody Essex Museum and candy!
- Boston Breakers Game / Red Sox Game – I took Peter to a Breakers’ soccer game and was surprised that he was actively engaged in the game. So by his request I took him to Fenway for his first Sox game as well. Looking forward to more sporting events in 2012.
- JP Children’s Soccer – Peter started playing children’s soccer in the Spring. It looked like so much fun that I pushed my personal comfort boundaries and signed up to coach in the Fall. I was surprisingly successful coaching 3-4 year olds to at the very least get some experience with the ball at their feet. Of course, the players’ favorite game was Chase the Coach.
- Drawing Class – I took a drawing class at the Eliot School in JP, hoping to learn perspective and found I could draw a pretty good tea pot.
- Wake Up the Earth - One of JP’s great annual events. Peter & I dropped by to watch the parade after soccer practice and ended up participating in the procession by bike.
- Bike Rides – Peter & I participated in three organized biking events: JP Spring Roll, Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon, & Hub On Wheels. All were fun, but the BNB event was the most memorable for taking us through parts of Boston I’d never seen and for the vibrant post-ride festival.
- New York in June – Peter & I spent 72 hours together in the city that never sleeps visiting the Central Park Zoo, the Staten Island Ferry, Citi Field for a Mets game, the Intrepid Museum, the High Line, and lots of playgrounds.
- Visit to Harvard Depository – kind of geeky, but I enjoyed a special tour of Harvard Library’s offsite book and records storage warehouse and wanted to take home a Raymond order picker of my very own.
- Wicwas Lake Lodge – Our magnanimous friend Craig invited us to spend a long weekend at a lake house in New Hampshire with another family. There was much running and giggling and splashing in the lake. The kids had fun too.
- Visit from a friend – Our friend Sara and her family passed throw town and spent the night on a sultry evening. Peter and her daughter broke the ice with stomp rockets and then jumped on the bed together. It was a good sign that Peter was ready for a sibling.
- Two Parties in One Day – In the morning we went to a third birthday party featuring a performance by Wayne Potash. In the afternoon, our downstairs neighbors hosted a bbq in our backyard. Nice to have a party so close and not have to set up.
- Davis Square Tours – This walking tour had to contend first with Hurricane Irene and then with the street bands of HONK! Fest, but it turned to be one of the best tours I’ve ever lead in an exciting neighborhood. This Boston By Foot will return on July 29, 2012.
- Trapp Family Lodge – The hills were alive with the sounds of Peter as Susan’s parents treated us to a long weekend at this rustic mountain retreat in Vermont.
- Old Sturbridge Village – Peter kept asking about life in the “olden days” so I did what any history geek would do: I took him to a living history museum. And he loved it.
- Occupy Movement – This is an odd choice as I never spent a night in a camp but was inspired by the people who did and tried to share the best articles, stories, and opinions on my Delicious, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds. More thoughts on Occupy here
- High School Reunion – In 1991 I graduated from a small Catholic high school in Connecticut, the last class to graduate before the school closed. 20 years later we got back together with spouses and children for a play date, a dinner, and a tour of the old school (now an elementary school). It turned out better than I imagined, and I had positive thoughts going in.
- Promotion to Processing Archivist – In November, I started a new position at my library adding archival processing responsibilities to some of my earlier duties and moving from assistant to professional. Oddly, this is the type of job I thought I’d like when I started library school, but I took an interesting, circuitous route to get there.
- Holiday Week – The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is always eventful and we took advantage of visiting the Museum of Science, Boston Common, The Children’s Museum, The New England Aquarium, The Christmas Revels, The Larz Anderson Auto Museum and Park, and Edaville USA.