Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!!! Greetings from Laura, Dan, Theo and Grace

We had a great 2016 full of new adventures! Dan started independent contracting with Best Buy at the beginning of the winter after working for the first half of the year at Quantum Retail. Laura has continued her organization development, training, and facilitation consulting, with a nice mix of long-term contracts with Xperitas and MNToP, as well as independent contracting with businesses and with a sustainable fisheries project through U.S. AID in Ghana. Gracie started 9th grade in the fall at Washburn High School, and was on the 9th grade soccer team and is doing band. Theo is in his last year at Barton and he plays the trumpet, and does debate and soccer.

Skiing weekend at Itasca State Park, MN.

Spring Break 2016: We hiked at Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks in Utah, and then backpacked for three days in Zion National Park, also in Utah

Mom visited Belgian friends Trui and Martin after a trip to Ghana.

We went on a week-long Boundary Waters canoe trip with our friends from New York that we met in Chile: Becky, Keith, Stefan and Jules. This is in Grand Marais, MN, after our voyage. Below, Dan's unfortunate staph infection following our trip, which fortunately resulted in a full recovery after a couple days in the hospital. 

"Chicas reunion" at Ottertail. (Laura and two of her college friends, Annie and Sara)

Laura with colleagues in Ghana.

Dan's Carleton friends and their families came to Ottertail and then went to their 25th reunion in Northfield.
This yearly gathering is known as "Larryfest".
Gracie graduated from 8th grade at Barton Open School in June. She was honored by her fellow students and teachers with the Samantha Hastings Humanitarian Award. (her parents couldn't be prouder!)
State Fair in August with Grandma Jackie and Grandma Mary. (The best state fair ever!!!)
Gracie, Laura, Mary, and Jackie went to South Pacific at the Guthrie. (It was AWESOME!)

MLK weekend in AZ with our friends EB, Tanner, and Zach. Laura  met up with us after attending a work conference and visiting a Hopi community in Northern Arizona.