Mitchell is our first born son, now turned 16yo with his learner’s driving license. He spent the winter 2014/15 away from home, some of it in Portland at Rauchelle’s place when she was expecting her 2nd born, then spent time back at the Hamilton Hobby Farm on Vancouver Island, then more time at his sisters interspersed with work time with his dad. Finally in February 2015 he joined us back in Mexico….since we had decided to stay up in the mountains where it is much cooler and more to his liking (but missing the ocean).
Mitchell has always had a very prominent right-brain creative side to him where he needs to keep his hands busy. He’s now been helping out immensely at the hotel we’re staying at, transplanting palm trees, taking care of the pool, organizing water usage (its a bit complicated), doing whatever needs doing. He seems happy always to help out.
We’ve been traveling a lot since Mitchell was 9 years old, the first time we left BC for Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. This is Mitchell in a nutshell over the years….
10 Years Old: Busy with K’Nex, whittling, drawing blueprints and bringing them to fruition.
11 Years Old: Began second year in Cape Breton. Building more boats.
12 Years Old: Headed back across Canada (E to W) for the 2nd time. Such a pleasant and helpful young man.
13 Years Old: He works late nights with his Dad for DrySteam Team, and spends days in the garage where he’s set up a table for his many crafts. He has begun to get the upper hand over dyslexia and Irlen’s Syndrome, and building personal confidence at the same time as his world opens up due to his new ability to read.
14 Years Old:
15 Years Old: He is our Right-hand Man, to both Everette and I. He is reliable, has a cheerful disposition and a willingness to learn. He absolutely LOVED the Baja, loves the simplistic lifestyle of camping but doesn’t like the un/packing of camp as its a lot of work. I don’t blame him!
16 Years Old: We spent summer 2014 back in BC, Canada where the kids volunteered the summer away at a Hobby Farm. Mitchell realized he LOVED farm life, learning to operate different machinery, learn some mechanics/sandblasting/welding, animal husbandry, and all the little/big things that make a farm run. Fixing fences, stacking hay, etc. He donned a cowboy hat and fell in love with the whole role.
When about 16.5yo I posed a few questions and here’s his response: