Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 in review

Well, December mostly sucked--between the three of us we were sick for three weeks, leaving little time for blogging--or cooking & cleaning for that matter. So I'm working on getting back on track this week, but the good news is that I'm energized and optimistic. Today is the Day of Massive Laundry. Tomorrow shall perhaps be the Day of Kitchen Cleansing and Organization. Oh, I get little frissons of ennui and horror just thinking about it!

2010 has been, for the most part, a great year in our little family. There have been challenges and stresses, but we've overcome them. R had a fabulous year at work, where he still loves what he does and respects and likes his co-workers. We know from experience what a huge difference this makes in quality of life, and I am so grateful for his job. We were lucky enough to be able to see ALL our family this year, including meeting my sweet little niece for the very first time, and making a visit out to see both sides of the family in California.

We realized Sam has some speech delay and articulation issues, and while this was not fun or easy to come to terms with, we are so grateful that his delays are relatively minor and don't impact his health in any way. He is making great strides in speech therapy and loves his teacher. He continues to amaze his parents in ways both good and bad--he's exhibiting a flair for art and engineering, not to mention breaking toilets.

The hardest part of the year was without question losing my grandfather. It still seems impossible to believe he is gone, but he went out at the top of his game. I am so grateful he didn't suffer the indignity and pain of a long decline. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to get to know him as an adult, and  seeing him get to know his great-grandson was amazing. In fact, the last time we saw him he gave Sam one of his most prized possessions--his New York Yankees hat. It is going to mean so much to Sam when he is old enough to understand.

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