Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Tears and Cheers of 2009

This was going to be the year that sucked. I knew last December that I faced a major surgery in 2009. I knew there would be some rehab. I knew I'd have some limitations. It turned out I really had no idea at all what I was in for.

I said goodbye to both of my old cats this Spring, and part of me is still crying. I think having them put down was the hardest thing I've ever done.

But months later, we adopted a couple of tiny scruffy kittens who filled our hearts with new love and gave the whole family something sweet to bond with.

Look how beautiful they are now!

My surgery took place in March, and I was completely laid up. Just getting up to make a sandwich was impossible, and I had to let everyone else run the household while I was stuck on my torture machine for weeks.

But lo and behold, my family rose to the occasion. Thank heavens my husband was willing to cook, even if he did blow up my stove just before Thanksgiving. And when I graduated from crutches to a cane and got redecorating delusions, my twins were right there to do the heavy lifting.

We couldn't take real vacations, since I couldn't walk, but we managed to have a lot of wonderful family time close to home.

I couldn't get to my sewing machine much this year, but I worked around that and ended up getting a lot of creative projects done, including my epic embroidered quilt "Hocuspocusville."

Drama Girl played a man in Fiddler on the Roof and perfected her skills at the bottle dance,

While Jungle Boy took his first professional bows with a ballet company in The Nutcracker.

Obviously we don't typecast around here.

Wasabi Girl continued on her path to becoming a great chef.

And our elf returned to supervise another Christmas season.

So while this has been a challenging, painful year, it has also been a completely wonderful year and I am grateful for my fabulous family and our collective sense of humor. I'm also grateful for every single comment that someone took the time to post on my blog. Your good thoughts and encouragement have meant the world to me.

2010 is going to be even better. Happy New Year to you and yours; I wish for you more literature and less laundry in the months ahead!

9 people stopped folding laundry to write:

Jaime @ Just Add Laughter said... did make me cry a little. I'm sorry I didn't keep up with your blog this year. I didn't keep up with mine. That's my new year's resolution.

We missed you at the LP meet. Let's try and meet up in 2010!!! I think my girls would LOVE your girls!!!

M said...

What a great post. I'm constantly inspired by your positive attitude.

For us, 2010 is looking to be another year of big changes for us. As for literature? I would absolutely love to have a day to myself to just read ... but I don't ask for it because I know I don't want to spend a day with out my kids.

Happy New Year !!

Lisa said...

I think you summed up "life" about as well in words and photos as someone can. It was a wonderful year wasn't it?


Thank you for being so gracious to share your lives with us. My kids have so many wonderful family memories because you took the time to document your experiences for the world. You are an inspiration to me and have encouraged me to do stuff I never might have done without your example. You are like my big bloggy sister. Thanks!

Cheryl Lage said...

ThreeUnder, I loved this post, and I daresay I love you. :)

Thank you for your candor and your inspiration. Like you, our year had unexpected (and unwanted) challenge, but the camaraderie, encouragement and support I've felt from and for you has been bolstering beyond compare.

Let's keep 'er up in 2010...wishing us all abundant happiness and HEALTH in the new year. Peace, dear friend. :)

Rosemary said...

Happy New Year to you and all your wonderful family.

I discovered your blog in 2009 and that was one of the good things that happened to me this year. Thank you for creating such a enjoyable spot on the internet for me to visit daily.


concretenprimroses said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your kitties, and I admire your positive attitude through your troubles of this past year!
By the way, are doing Finished for Friday tomorrow?
Happy New year!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is good to take stock. The kitties and the kids are so cute. 2009 was not easy for us as a family. I'm hoping this year will be better.

Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch Fiddler On The Roof, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.

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