Happy New Year! Looking back on 2015, I think it's safe to say this year was one that went to the dogs. Late in 2014 I started an instagram for Derry, and have since built up the page to over 10,000 followers. The best part however was meeting the great people behind the instagram community, and Derry has gained tons of new two-legged and four-legged friends (okay, so it's also a great excuse for me to play with other people's dogs). With some of our new friends, we participated in fundraising for the BC SPCA Paws for a Cause in September, and our team raised just over $6,000!
Mike and I started online studies toward obtaining our MBAs, which of course meant that I felt it was an appropriate time to pick up a dozen hobbies. For instance, I learned to knit, I made a mug, I participated in some painting, I did a mini photo project, and I bought a bike.
In June, Mike and I went to Japan and explored Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, where we had tons of great food. We took Japanese lessons earlier in the year, but it's pretty safe to say I have forgotten most of it (sorry, sensei!). I won't forget the great memories though, like visiting a bunny cafe, dressing up as a maiko, and hiking to the Monkey Park Iwatayama. In the summer, we also went on a few small side trips to Leavenworth with the Crew, a beautiful log cabin near Merritt, and I went on a girl's weekend trip to Kelowna with Megan.
As a joint Christmas present to ourselves, we started sponsoring a kid through World Vision. Her name is Leyli, and she is my motivation toward learning more Spanish through Duolingo.
Over Christmas, we visited Mike's mom, who moved to Kelowna, and it was a great time with family. We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store!