I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by. With most years, there has been good and there has been the not so good. With one very big exception, 2010 has been a very good year for us.
The Best Bits of 2010:
The arrival of our beautiful Clara in February and our subsequent visit to meet her in October:
- Although it was a very difficult time, being able to be with my mother and family during her surgery and recovery was probably the best thing I've done this year.
- Alex getting his driving license in July, and subsequently a car (although in some ways this has been a catch 22 - worry and fear, need I say more?)
- Alex also began the first stage of his education/apprenticeship in his quest to become an Electrical Engineer.
- Andy and I managed two short breaks away this year, to Sheffield last January for my birthday (a great surprise) and a road trip to Northumberland and the Scottish borders with Molly last spring.
- The safe arrival of another beautiful daughter for my dear friend Catherine in September.
- Andy and I being in such a good place as a couple - it's probably been one of our best years yet.
- We finally paid off our car in September. No car payments - yay!
- Andy and the mother of his children have managed to reach an armistice and can now communicate with each other, a big relief to all of us, especially the children.
- I completed the 30 Day Shred in November and although I didn't lose a lot of weight, I lost inches, toned up and feel much healthier for it.
- Andy woke up with his children in the house on Christmas morning - the first time this has happened in nine years. It was truly a wonderful Christmas.
- This year I learned to accept a personal situation I cannot change and have actually made peace with it. For that I am probably the most thankful of all as it has been the hardest reality I have had to accept in my 30-something years.
- My beautiful baby sister has managed to lose 38 lbs. I cannot wait to see how fabulous she looks and kick some ass with her at the gym when we are next together.
- All those I love have survived to see out another Christmas and ring in 2011. For some of you I know it's been a different story and I hope you have the strength, peace and support to see you through.
Here's to a great New Year!
Well naturally, I'm hoping that by this time next year my mother will be cancer free and we will have many more years to look forward to.
To celebrate how well she has done and how far she has come, I will be boarding a plane to spend two weeks with her at the end of January. When your mother comes down with such a scary illness it's not a time to delay visits, even if she is doing amazingly well. Its time to go home and be with her and my family; to re-affirm how grateful I am to have them in my life. I think a celebration with mom and my sister is well in order. 10 months is a long time to wait for a hug.
I had to time my visit home carefully, as my sister in law is due to have her baby around the middle of February and they have already asked me to be on standby to help with the baby after its arrival.. I cannot thank them enough for how involved they have already made me feel with this unborn niece/nephew of ours.
Because my husband has been so stellar this year with family visits, etc. I've told him its his pick this spring and we are in the process of planning a week's holiday to somewhere sunny and hot.
There are a multitude of momentous birthday's this year - my niece turns one, my brother turns 30, two dear friends turn 40 and 50 respectively, both of my in-law's turn seventy and my dad turns 60. And that's only getting started. Hmmmm I'm realising that in saluting these milestones, it will prove to be an expensive year. But what price can you put on celebrating the lives of loved ones?
Tonight I will raise my glass, hug the ones I'm with and welcome the start of another year; I hope 2011 brings us all good tidings, however if there are to be bad times ahead, that we (this includes all of you) at least have the comfort of loved ones to bring us peace and help us through the hard times.
Happy New Year Everyone.