2008 Year in Review...

Wow, seems like forever since the last time I posted, and I want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to email me to make sure I was still among the living. :)

2008 turned out to be a very busy year for us. Days turned to weeks, and weeks turned to months, and before you knew it, it'd been almost 10 months since my last post. I'd love to say that I will be back to posting daily, but I can't promise that... I will try harder though to keep my blog updated!
My year in review...

My "baby" turned 3 in May... I can't believe how fast the time has gone! She is a feisty little thing! LOL, you know it's bad when a friend gives you a book called "the strong willed child" and you didn't ask to borrow it in the first place! :P Yes, she is very stubborn, very busy, very unfocused, very impulsive, and wants things to be her idea before she'll cooperate, but it's not simply a case of bad parenting... LOL, well, I hope not anyway! Linds has some things going on neurologically, but we aren't really sure quite yet the extent of it. We saw a pediatric neurologist back in May because there was talk of her possibly being on the Autism Spectrum. He felt that her issues are more related to her speech delay than anything else, so lets wait and see and reevalute at a later date. Okay, fine. She goes to pre-school and receives services for her speech delay, and she's making great progress... LOL, but something new has cropped up. I have the neurologist telling me it's a speech issue, and the school telling me that they think she might be sensory defensive. Really? The same kid who loves lotion, chapstick, coloring on herself, and playing with paint?? If you say so... I think it's just one of those things where we'd love to have an answer, but most likely it'll be a while before it's obvious what's going on... Me personally, I think she could be a poster child for ADHD, but what do I know? I'm just the mom...

My oldest kitty, Onyx, died in September. He wasn't super old (14), but had been sick for a while... I wasn't surprised that it happened, but I sure do miss him! He was definitely the best. cat. ever. :( Shhhh, don't tell our other cats I said that...

This is our newest baby, Heston... He's a smoke-colored blue merle Australian Shepherd. My husband finally decided that was ready for a puppy (after much persuading), and after a lot of hemming and hawing between getting a lab or an aussie, we finally made a choice! :) My husband's never had an inside dog, so it's been a bit of an adjustment process for him... LOL I don't really think it's all that different around here, but I handle change better... Haha.

My grandparents (my mom's parents) came down from Michigan and were here in the area for two weeks surrounding Christmas. It was wonderful to get to see them again... It's been too long! Hopefully we'll get to see them again before too much time has passed... Love them!

My other grandma, Erma (my dad's mom), passed away earlier in 2008... I wish I had a picture on the computer of her... She was such a beautiful, sweet lady! She lived in California, so I didn't get to see her as much growing up as I did my grandparents in Michigan because of the distance, but I have a lot of fond memories of her and the time we spent out there over the years. When I think about her, the image that always pops into my head first is her sitting at the kitchen table, smoking a cigarette, drinking her afternoon Budweiser and listening to the radio... LOL She was a hoot!

For those of you who are still out there... a big THANKS!


  1. WELCOME BACK!! It's so good to have you back in blogland again, although it DOES sound like you've been icredibly busy! My daughter has a card on her blog that I think it was made for you...http://carlys-crafts.blogspot.com/2009/01/take-time-to-relax.html

    =) Anyway, I have a good friend of mine with an autistic boy who's about 9 now, so I'm a little familiar with all that. I also have neice who's ADHD, but is 19 now and doing very well. Anyway, your FAMILY obviously comes first, but if you ever wanna chat about whatver, I'm here for ya! :) Big Hugsxx

  2. It's great to have you back Heather. Sorry to hear last year was not the best and hope that 2009 is better for you all.

    Having a child with special needs is not easy but getting the right diagnosis is half the battle, once they figure out what the problem is your daughter can then get the help she needs. My son is on the Autistic Spectrum and goes to main stream school with 1 to 1 help and is doing really well. It is hard to diagnose when they are so little - I think Josh was 5 or 6 before they were able to make a formal diagnosis although all the signs were there from a very young age. He's very challenging sometimes but I wouldn't have him any other way. He's a great kid and he's taught me a lot about tolerence and acceptance and not judging too quickly among many other things! :-)

    Thinking of you and sending you all big hugs.

    Fe x


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