A Year in Pictures: Our Instagram Memories from 2022!

A Year in Pictures: Our Instagram Memories from 2022!
29 Dec 2022

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2022 has come and gone and I must say, it’s been a pretty interesting year.

Rachel graduated from high school, and we are so proud of her. She returned to high school for a gap year to take a co-op course in the field she wishes to go into. She is really enjoying it, and looking forward to attending university next Fall.

Lauren continued to excel in rep volleyball. She enjoyed beach volleyball in the summer, but saw that there were going to be some coaching changes in the Fall, so she tried out for another organization and was presented with an offer, which she gladly accepted. She is now playing at a higher level and is enjoying herself. As well, she alos made the junior girls volleyball team at her highschool, and has been enjoying her time with the team!

I got to travel to some amazing places. A bucket list trip to Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, and Lafayette Louisiana.

Wendy and I travelled to Halifax and spent a week together for our 20th anniversary. After she flew home, I attended the Travel Media Association of Canada conference in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia which had very interesting pre and post tours. I then continued my trip in the East Coast by spending some time in New Brunswick, where I visited 23 of the provinces 58 covered bridges. When I got back, Wendy and I took a weekend escape to experience The Tunnel in Niagara Falls.

After these amazing press trips, I got prepared for a cornea transplant and subsequent recovery process. This has been tough on me, both physically and mentally. The road to recovery is going to be a long one.

I also travelled to Waterloo Region, Thousand Islands, and Ottawa, as well as a road trip to Hamilton with TMAC’s Ontario Chapter.

While I did travel to quite a few places this year, it was also the first year ever I have spent both Father’s Day and my birthday away from my family. We did celebrate when I got home!

There were also some very special moments in 2022. We continued to spend a lot of quality time together as a family, and had quite a few awesome Rock Band nights!

Here are some select Instagram photos from a wonderful year!

Our 2022 Instagram Memories

Hung out in the saltwater pool at Casino Rama Resort

Cleared the snow on our driveway

Celebrated Lauren’s 15th birthday

Watched Lauren compete in track and field

Saw Lauren receive her Canada Cord


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Saw Lauren rise to new heights

Travelled internationally for the first time in 3 years

Attended the Baton Rouge Blues Festival

Ate beignets at Café Du Monde in New Orleans


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Watched Lauren try new sports

Saw Rachel attend her high school prom

Celebrated Father’s Day

Saw Rachel graduate from high school

Sailed on the Tall Ship Silva

Traveled with amazing fellow travel media

Took a tour on a lobster boat

Shucked freshly caught Digby Scallops

Stepped onto the Bluenose II in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Visited amazing lighthouses in Nova Scotia


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Saw Lauren receive the Most Improved Player and the Heart Award

Celebrated my birthday in the East Coast

Checked out the new Tunnel in Niagara Falls

Took the Voyage to the Falls boat tour

Had cornea transplant surgery

Celebrated 20 amazing years of marriage

Took a boat tour of the Thousand Islands

Got back to our home away from home

Celebrated Wendy’s birthday

Enjoyed amazing experiences in Niagara Falls

Ate some delicious food in St. Jacobs

Attended a private screening of “Tulsa King” with Sylvester Stallone

Tired food from Laos for the first time

Put up and decorated the Silva Family Christmas Tree

Checked out the Winter Village in Toronto’s Distillery District

Cooked in Monica and Rachel’s kitchen at The FRIENDS Experience in Toronto

Celebrated Rachel’s 18th birthday

Saw Rachel become a fully licenced driver

Lighting the advent candles for a pre-recorded Christmas Eve service

Celebrated Christmas together

So Grateful

There is so much to be grateful for. For my family, friends, and for all of you who regularly visit my site to read the articles I post. I am grateful.

See you all in 2023!

While I try my best to bring in the highlights of our year, the best way to see our content is to follow us on Instagram. Follow Craig, Wendy, Rachel, Lauren, and Storm for all of their updated content. And be sure to check out her year in review as well!

Wishing you all love, laughter, happiness, success, good health, and prosperity in 2023. From our family to yours, Happy New Year!

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, travel and food writer, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and social media strategist. Craig likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space.


  1. Chris Boismier : December 29, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Wow, what an amazing year!! Incredible photos & adventures… a couple of bucket lists for me!! Happy New Years to all of you!!

    • Thanks, Chris! It was a year filled with new friendships, bucket list travel, amazing experiences, awesome food, and a lot of fun times! Happy New Year to you and Nancy!

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