In June, Brian and I went to Memphis for a long weekend. We had a blast. Toured Graceland and had a lot of fun on Beale Street. Our neice Cassie had her baby Avany Rayne. She is so beautiful and makes me anxious for our little one to make her arrival!
July was a crazy month. I went to New York City for the first time with Mom, Hermina, Lisa and Judy. We had so much fun, saw some GREAT broadway plays and just enjoyed ourselves immensely! Our favorite restaurant in Joplin, Isadora’s closed it’s doors and we were sad to see that happen, but understood. My cousin Kathryn got married and it was good to see all the family and she made a beautiful bride. Then our world collapsed. Brian was in a motorcycle accident on the 31st. August was spent with Brian in the hospital for 10 days, several surgeries and then recovering at home. It was hard learning to take care of him, it was hard on him being in a wheelchair and us not really knowing what the future would bring. This month also brought us Miss Madelyn. She is just perfect. Just ask us, we’ll tell you!! Brian and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. He surprised me with a beautiful ring. I was so shocked, I was spending every moment with him and couldn’t imagine how he pulled this one off, but many thanks to Meredith for helping him!!
September is my birthday month. Mom and Dad, Devin and Dalton came for the weekend, not because it was my birthday, but to see the new baby! LOL! It’s okay, I completely understand… It was nice to have something else to focus on. Brian was able to get around more and we started venturing out amongst the people again.
In October Brian got on crutches. No more wheelchair – YAY! Still not able to put any weight on his left leg, but things are progressing. Lauren has her birthday in Ocotober and we celebrated! The baby is still perfect and beautiful and was a pretty pink poodle for Halloween. Nick got his new puppy and he was a hot dog for Halloween.
November is here and Brian is still recovering and not able to walk yet. Physical therapy is plugging along and we are getting out more and more. I was brave and left Brian for an overnight trip to OKC with the girls. We went to a raw food restaurant and the Celtic Woman concert. Had a great time! Brian survived without me – go figure. Brian and I went to Dallas for a Beachbody seminar and had a great time visiting friends. Thanksgiving was extra special this year. We have a lot to be thankful for and we had our 5 generation photo taken since June was able to come!
December brought us good news, Brian can start walking again! He’s still in quite a bit of pain and has a ways to go. May need another surgery on his right leg, but the left leg is healed! December is also a month of family for us. I don’t get to see my family near enough, but I love it when we all can get together! Christmas was wonderful and we had a big snow and ice storm, but we all braved the weather and made time to get together!
So, it’s been a year of ups and downs. Both the ups and downs were big this year! I’m looking forward to a better 2010 filled with family, friends and fun!
I wish each and every one of you a new year of health, prosperity and good times!!