2009 has been year of ups and downs for me. The beginning of the year began with the agonizing fight and loss of Tuesday Whitt. I met Tuesday in 2007 with her sister and Mom. We knew each other through our twin group, and they are a great family. Very funny, real, and alcoholics like me. We got along great.
Another big loss for my family and me this year was the loss of my grandmother June Bills in February and her husband of 50+ years and my grandfather, Howard Bills, in June. Charlotte and I went on our third flight together (in utero) for June's funeral, and she accompanied me to Howard's funeral when she was only 3 weeks old. She would have loved to meet them both; and likewise.
The highlight of our year was the addition of our beautiful Charbaby! She is a light in my life when I am frustrated, spent, or sad.
The other lights in my life are the boys, of course! They make me laugh at least once a day and say the craziest things. I can't imagine my life without them. We had a lot of adventures this year - a fun summer at the pool and the beach, endless playdates with friends, birthday parties, temper tantrums, hospital visits, countless works of art, and millions of hugs, kisses, high fives, and peaces.
Favorite quotes of this year? Oh, so many choices....this one, from the Inauguration. Anything that made me laugh said by Sarah Palin, Tiger Wood's "coming out," and mostly everything said by Obama. Oh, and everything on "Family Guy" and "30 Rock."
There are those that make resolutions each year, and inevitably break them. I know I am guilty of it. Every year I plan to exercise more, eat healthier, be nicer, work harder....and January 3rd or 4th rolls around and I have given up already.
This year my goal is to be happier by making others happy.
Let's see if I can do it.