Here’s a quick look back at
Sprinter Life – 2012
1) The birth of our beautiful daughter, Soleil – remember here
2) Getting legally married – We actually got married a couple years ago on a beach in El Salvador (remember here), but since we hardly ever make it back to the US, we hadn’t gotten our actual marriage certificate, which meant that Stevie hasn’t been able to legally change her name, etc, etc. Well, on this trip we made it happen. I was going to write a separate post titled, “A Little Bastard No More”, but my brother-in-law was the only person who thought it was funny. My humor is so misunderstood. Oh well.
Getting hitched at the LA Courthouse, officiated by Alexis…
1) The death of Mongo – remember here
2) Finding out Kiki is sick – remember here (note: if you haven’t read this post, you should. It’s an amazing piece of writing by my beautiful wife)
Most Stressful Moment:
1) Trying to find prenatal care and a hospital where we could safely deliver in Peru – remember here
Most Painful Moments:
1) Stevie – 36 hour labor – remember here
1) All the time we spent with Mongo. There were countless hours of laughter with that little rascal. Stevie’s highlight is the time he tried to nurse on my nipple. She still cracks up at the thought of it.
Most Grateful Moments:
1) Having a healthy baby
2) Having Noni there for the first 2 months of Sol’s life – remember here
Most Accomplished Moment:
1) Starting Huanchaco In Action, our non-profit NGO school for kid’s in Peru – remember here
Favorite Place visited:
1) Stevie – The WAY Inn, Huaraz – remember here
2) Tree – Hatun Machay – remember here
“Go ahead and drink as much as you want babe, we got formula!” – Tree
Swinging with Pancho Sanchez at Jazz Alley, Seattle WA
Note: Since Sol was born I approximate that she’s had around 630 feedings. Of those 630, we’ve used formula twice, or 0.317% of the time. Once was the day after 14 hour travel day from Peru to LA when Stevie couldn’t produce enough milk to keep up with Sol’s appetite, and once last night when we went out for the first time without her, and Stevie wasn’t able to pump enough for the entire evening. The other 628 feedings have been all natural super-mama breast milk.
My wife = best Mom in the world
Overall we had a great year, and now we’re looking forward to 2013.
New Years Resolutions:
1) Eat less meat. Goal of 80% vegan diet
2) Write every day
1) Eat less meat. Goal of 80% vegan diet
2) Workout daily
1) Poop less
Tree - Grow Outdoorplay.com 10%
Stevie - Get published
Soleil – Say first word in both spanish and english
Check out what Santa brought Sol for her first christmas…
A reoccurring question we’ve received lately is “What’s next?” Things are always subject to change, but here is a rough outline of our plans for 2013.
January- Hang in Lima, pack up, and get ready for the road
February – On the road exploring the southern coast of Peru and Northern Chile
March – Back into Arequipa, Peru for the whitewater kayak season
April – Hang in the Sacred Valley and Cusco for Machu Picchu and the whitewater kayak season
May/June/July – Travel through Bolivia, top to bottom
August – Travel back to the USA
Sept/Oct/Nov – Post up in Mendoza Valley, Argentina, drinking mad amounts of wine
December – Christmas in Cuba or perhaps fly to Easter Island.
WOW, this year is going to be stacked!
End of the year family moments
Stevie, Alexis, and Joey getting all Italian in the kitchen…
Cyndi and Sol making eye contact…
Nica taking care of her cousin Soleil…
Our close friend Corrin meeting Sol for the first time…
The girls out having fun…
Having dinner at our favorite restaurant in Seattle with our favorite waitress in the USA, Eri Bajrami!
“Everybody knows the Shinpaughs!”
Three beauties – Emma, Payton, and Stevie.
The boys out on the town…
Uncle Adam loving on Soleil…
Four of the most important women in my life! Indra Mariah (sister), Nica (niece), Angela (Mom/Noni), and my Soleil Mariah…
Best family in the world…
Brothers and Sister…
Stevie with Noni…
We’ve had a great year. Thank you to everyone who made it amazing!