Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in Review

Looking back at 2009, it had it's good times and it's bad times, but all in all it wasn't a bad year. We all (David, Cathy, Janice and Chad) still have are jobs and aren't worried about their future.

In January, Janice, Kyleigh and I got to attend my nephew's wedding in Arcata, CA and visit with David's family.

In March, we celebrated Kyleigh's first birthday--we've watched her learn to walk, take swimming lessons, learn to communicate and use lots of words (some of which we can understand). We've had opportunities to spend time with her both with and without mommy and daddy and she even spent the night several times.

We celebrated Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas with Chad's family, always with good food and great company.

In August, I had my right knee replaced and my recovery went better than anyone anticipated. I'm looking forward to having the left one replaced in February, 2010. I also started using insulin to control my diabetes.

In November/December I helped with the sign ups, collection and sorting of gifts for the Giving Tree at our church.

We moved into the 21st century and got wifi and new cell phones (which I'm still learning to use). I also got a Wii and Wii Fit Plus for Christmas.

We had to get rid of our cat because she had a bad habit of lashing out at people with her claws and got Kyleigh in the face.

David got a 1993 Chevy G20 van to replace the 1977 Chevy G20 van that's been sitting in our driveway for years waiting for him to repair it. He's had to do a lot of work on the new one and has been moving parts from one van to the other, but hopefully we'll be able to get rid of the old one soon.

Unfortunately, there were a lot of things that didn't get done. I didn't lose all the weight I wanted. My blood pressure and sugars still aren't in good control. The house still needs a lot of TLC and my office/craft room still looks like a bomb went off in it and I have a lot of "deskwork" that still needs to be completed.

I have done a lot of stitching this year, most of it for charity, but after joining the yahoo group, Fellowship Crossings, I've started to stitch several projects for me and have plans to do more. I also blogged more than the year before, but there were still long periods of time without an entry.

So the year was mostly good, but there are still areas where it could have been better. As it comes to a close, I'm looking forward to 2010. and really hope that at the end of next year, I can "brag" about all I've accomplished rather than lamenting about what I haven't.

2009 in Pictures

March - Kyleigh celebrated her first birthday with a cupcake!

This ride on Pooh train is one of her favorite toys. It was given to us by a neighbor, but it was in really bad shape so grandpa spent several hours cleaning/repairing it.

April - Kyleigh participated in her first Easter Egg Hunt.

May - We celebrated Mother's Day by having brunch at Goofy's Kitchen.

July - We celebrated July 4th at Chad's grandparents house. Here Kyleigh is excited by Amber's dog's antics.

August - Kyleigh started swimming lessons. She loves the water, but hates to float on her back.

Janice and Kyleigh particpated in the Light the Night walk at Angels Stadium. I joined them for the pre-walk party.
October - Kyleigh was a very cute Tinkerbell for Halloween. Here she is showing daddy her costume.

November -We spent Thanksgiving at Chad's grandparents. Kyleigh is multitasking--drinking some milk and talking on the "phone" (in reality it's the remote control for the chair she's sitting in).

December - We exchanged presents on Christmas Eve and spent Christmas Day with Chad's family. This is the picture on the Christmas card Janice sent to friends and relatives.