Dec 26, 2011

Tis The Season

According to The Artist I am now officially, "Dork mom"

It's been a while since I was able to sit down and post. The past two months have been a whirlwind. Starting with the November 22nd orthopedic surgery and subsequent Frankenfoot and ending with The Teenagers hospitalization after she plunged into respiratory distress last Monday, it seems like I haven't slept or sat down for ages. Throw in Christmas shopping, attempts at working for a living, school plays and vacation, housework, canning for the holidays etc., and I find myself in major need of a re-boot.

Thank God for organic coffee and wonderful friends.

Haggie Maggie and dork mom on Christmas Morning
BFF for 48 years

My dear friend Haggie Maggie was diagnosed with cancer recently and I spent as much time at the hospital with her as Frankenfoot would allow and once I was cleared to drive. I am amazed at how tough this woman is and how well she is doing. Radiation, chemo and radical surgery and she still keeps ticking. Strong enough to spend Christmas morning with the Pepper Posse which is a decades long tradition and in itself enough to bring the strongest person-alive to their knees.

*Please note the scarf from Island Rider in the above photo and note that it was also 80 degrees on Christmas morning. It keeps the air conditioning off of my neck and I love it!

The golden girl at Christmas

The Teenager has had a rocky December. When she aspirated at breakfast on December 7th it triggered a series of episodes which left her with left lower lobe pneumonia and a respiratory crash a week later that landed her in the hospital. The teenager has NEVER been in the hospital for an illness.

She loved the cable tv channel surfing, room service and spending the night with her big sister, The Genius who never left her side.

The Baby was a joy to watch at Christmas. She is the epitome of the Christmas spirit and truly loved every gift she was given. As Island Rider pointed out, however, The Baby is no longer a baby. I'm thinking we should have a contest to officially change her name.

I vote for Sassafras. Why? She has developed serious attitude which I suppose, is necessary for survival in this household.

The Boy is ...well...the Boy.

The Genius and The Boy.
Don't forget to brush your teeth before you burglarize the neighborhood, sweetie...

The Artist is here with The Boyfriend Every Mother In The Universe Would Love. I've stolen a recent photo of him taken by The Artist because I only managed to capture his foot on Christmas Day.

TBEMITUWL with Abby my grand-daugher

The Artist is spending a little extra time with us this year and I've loved having her here.

The Artist loves her brothers artwork which featured prominently in this years gift exchange

I am thankful for each and every one of my blogging buddies and am blessed to have met you! Praying you all have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012.

Onward to a new year!


Island Rider said...

Oooh, I knew that scarf would look good on you! I vote for Sassafrass, Sassy Girl for short. Cause she ain't a baby no more. So glad the Teenager was home for Christmas and feeling better. Don't ya just love it when your children find someone just right for them? (And you?)

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to all of you!!PS I think "The Baby" should remain the baby. I am still "The Baby" in my family and I will be 50 soon!
Mrs. M
(AKA The Baby)

Anonymous said...

I got all your comments, they were wonderful to read. I was thinking the Baby should be renamed the Goddess but then I scrolled down and saw the photo of you with all your kids and realized that you are the Goddess. Merry Christmas woman, you rock.

BDDW said...

Have a wonderful New Years eve & day. Sit relax and have a bit of Apple Pie then pat yourself on the back you deserve it your awesome.

Laura said...

What a wonderful surprise to find the comments you left on my so badly neglected blog. I am so very inspired by you, to be doing something that truly is important with your life has to be challenging yet immensly rewarding. So happy to have made a new friend. Thank you for sharing your amazing family. Your love of children, animals and life shines through in your posts.