I apologize for lengthy lapse in posts. In the 1.5 years since the last post, we have had our second child! No kidding! Another beautiful girl…Chris and I will have our work cut out for us in 15 years. Maeve Julia Smyczek was born February 12, 2017 and we couldn’t be happier. Ruby is in love with her little sister, often she casually walks by and plants a gentle kiss on Maeve’s forehead.
We still live in VT, the NorthEast Kingdom (region) they call it. About 30 minutes from the Canadian border. I continue to work as the on-site microbiologist for a farmstead cheese producer and am taking an EMT course to get certified. Chris works part-time as a guide for a local adventure outfitter. He can be found guiding small group and large groups of people on snowshoe, sledding and dogsledding trips. He has also been taking courses in Archaeology, Anthropology and anything National Park Service related.
With the toddler and my pregnancy, we weren’t as active as we normally are this past year, but we did manage a fun camping trip in our pop-up last summer, many trips to the lakes nearby for swimming, and a few smaller hikes (Mt. Abraham for Ruby’s first birthday). There was also quite a bit of traveling: San Diego/LA last February, Texas in April, Colorado in June, Maine in October, and a wonderful family trip to Quebec City for Thanksgiving and a few visits to the Grandparents in Ohio and CT.
Chris has remained healthy and we are very grateful for that. He sees his VT doctor (not the original out in San Diego) 1x/yr now for blood work. No more scans or MRI’s. His new hips feel “normal”- a little sore after a long day of work or hard hike. There does not seem to be any lingering side effects from the illness and treatment, at least none that he complains of.
He has been in remission for 6 years!
This upcoming summer looks to be an exciting one for our family of four. We are looking forward to the warm weather allowing more opportunities to camp, travel, hike and explore.
Thank you for your continued support and we wish you all health and happiness.