Happy New Year!

1 Jan

I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Years Eve celebration! We went to my parents house and spent the time with our family, it was a nice quiet evening! I used to want so much more out of New Years than quiet and rest, but this was nice. Kaeden hasn’t been feeling good and I am exhausted! I’ve spent some time reflecting on the year, it wasn’t such a bad one! But a lot happened!

2008 was a year of snow, I think that is how I will remember it. We had freak snow in April and then so much snow in December that it set records and trapped people at home! We had a white Christmas thanks to it, but it would have been nice if it weren’t so excessive! We also elected a new President of the United States this year! It was a crazy race both for the democratic nomination down to the election itself!

Kaeden had a good year! He is 2! He spent this year learning to use his imagination and figuring out new words. His vocabulary is now too long to list here! He is a talker, like his mommy! All of his checkups this year went good! He has seen his Orthopedist (Dr. White)  and Geneticist (Dawn Earl), his Nephrologist (Dr. Okamura), his Cardiologist (Dr. Stamm)  and of course his pediatrician (Dr Susan Carter). All check ups went well, his pediatrician is impressed with his humor and whit. He wowed her by taking her stethoscope and listing to her heart! His heart is continuing to heal, I pray that some day it will close and we will no longer have to sit in the office while interns file in to listen to his mummer. It is a learning experience for them, but I would rather he not have one to listen to! His kidney is doing great! He layed on the table for his ultrasound and this was probably the only time this year he wasn’t all wiggly. The tech was very impressed with him and his patience for her pushing on his belly. The Geneticist helped me make sure he made it to all of his appointments this year, although I have yet to reschedule his hearing appointment. He remembered all of her tools from last year and once again took her hammer and started banging on everyone’s knees! He ran around the room in his diaper and showed off how well he is moving, giving the limitations he has in his cervical spine. His orthopedist reviewed his newest films and told us that he has a floating bone at the top of his cervical spine, on top of all the “gobble-de-gook” that is his neck. So, Kaeden can’t do somersaults or tumbling (which eliminates him being a gymnist!) He recommended he see a Neurologist to follow up on that little floater, which may need to be removed some day. Which brings us to the exciting part 🙂 Kaeden finally had the cyst on the back of his head removed! It was nerve wracking for Neil and I, but turned out very well! I wont go into depth, but I wrote about it in October if you want a recap! Dr. Avellino is the Neurosurgeon that assisted in his surgery and the one that followed up with the floater. He said that everything looks good and that we will keep an eye on it…that is the story of our lives! Other than that, Kaeden strengthened his love of Dinosaurs this year, played with friends, rides his trike, goes to daycare a couple hours a week, swings and slides at the park and throws the classic 2 year old tantrum. I would say that this year was full of fun and laughter for Kaeden and his parents!

Neil is back in school, which is working out well! He is working on computer aided drafting which, combined with his A&P, will help him get a great job in several exciting industries! I have been working this year, someone has to! I started the year at Superpages.com/Idearc Media and recently started at Premera Blue Cross in their Nasco Provider Relations group. I am really enjoying my time there.

As a family we spent a lot of good times together this year! As well as spending quality time with our friends and family. Neil’s brother Cameron came up from Missouri for a while and crashed on our couch for a week, that was great! (there’s an earlier posting about that too!) We helped welcome 2 new people to the world when our friends Shawna and Rob had TWIN boys in June! AND….we will be welcoming our own new person in 2009! Thank you for keeping up with my blog this year, when I updated it! I will try to keep the updates coming! At least in May,  can promise that there will be updates 🙂 Thanks to all our friends and family for being in our lives and helping us make it day to day!

My resolution this year is very similar to every year. I resolve to wake up every morning and focus on being the Best LesaI can be. The best mommy to our kids, the best companion to Neil, the best daugher/sister/grandaughter/niece/cousin, friend, Christian and member of society that I can be! I will not be perfect this year, not even near to perfect, but I will be the best I can be.

My wish for my loved ones this year is a happy, healthy, prosperous year. I pray that 2009 will be the best year yet for everyone! Thank you for being…..well, just thank you for being 🙂 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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