Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Readers!

As we say goodbye to 2011, I want to take a moment to thank you all for sticking with me through what was a CRAZY yet, incredibly exciting year.
Not only were we matched with a baby, but the fact that we were able to get through the entire legal process and make everything 'official' within the same year, is beyond the comprehension of not only Jim and I, but everyone who we have dealt with since day one. We have been one lucky family.

While my work situation has remained a thorn in my side (grrrrr), I have to be thankful for the fact that I have a job.  No, I'm not thrilled with what I'm currently doing, but I am grateful that Jim and I aren't dealing with unemployment, like so many people are at this time.

So - what will 2012 bring?!?!?  Who the hell knows?  Maybe a better job?  Maybe more blogging?
One can only hope.

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2012!!!
See you next year. ;-)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

To all my blogreaders: I would like to take a moment to wish you all a very merry Christmas - or whatever holiday/event you may be celebrating at this time of year. 
As 2011 winds down, Jim and I certainly have a lot to be grateful for, and even though my blogging has suffered because of all the crazy changes going on in my life, I certainly wouldn't have it any other way!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

PS - Here are those pictures I promised.....better late than never?  :-)


Friday, December 9, 2011

If you write it, they will read.

I realize it's only been a couple of weeks since I last posted, but with all that's been going on, I feel like it's been MONTHS.

Not keeping up with my blog (remember when I used to write every day?!?) has really made me sad. 
Not only because I really enjoy writing (and reading) posts, but my lack of blogging makes me that much more aware of the fact that there's so much other 'crap' going on which is keeping me from blogging.
Does that make sense? 

Since I last wrote, Jim and I went with friends on our yearly excursion to the Yankee Candle flagship store out in South Deerfield MA and (as always) we all had an amazing time.  We go with friends of mine from UNH, who I also consider great friends of Jim's as well.  This year, we 'allowed' one couple's daughter (and her boyfriend) to join us.  There's always been a strict 'no kids' rule, which allows us to shop at our leisure, without having to deal with meltdowns, naps, etc....but now that she is a senior in high school we figured that it was safe to let her join us.  ;-)
Anyway, it was a LOT of fun, filled with tons of stories, and trips down memory lane.  Oh, and candles....lots and lots of candles - as well as plenty of Christmas-y stuff to decorate our houses with!

Speaking of, Jim and I have completed the decorating for this year.  We've put up the Christmas Village, the tree (which is BEAUTIFUL), brought out all the decorations, and yes, once again, Jim did a bang-up job with the outside lights.
I will post some pictures of the aforementioned decor so you don't have to just read about it here.
I PROMISE. I'm writing myself a note right now, so I don't forget to do it.....

Other than that, I've really just been busy with work, and trying my damnedest to enjoy the holiday season and our first Christmas with Zachary, as best as I can. 
I'm not gonna lie, it's been challenging.  Work is really getting me down (as you're all aware) and the couple of 'lights at the end of the tunnel' regarding other options have recently faded, so more than ever I feel like I'm trapped here with no way out.  (cheery, ain't it?)
Add to that the fact that this time of year is pretty difficult anyway, because the anniversary of my mom's death is quickly approaching (it'll be 26 years on 12/22).  I can't help but think about the fact that she never got to meet Zachary (or Jim, for that matter) and that she never got the chance to see me be a dad.
Yes, I know...she's "watching over me from above" and all that, but it's not the same as her being here for real.  :-)

BUT - as Patti LuPone says (or at least I'm pretty sure that's what she was saying - yeesh, that DICTION!) 
'Life Goes On' - right?!?!?!? 

Have a great Friday....and keep your eye out for those pictures....they'll be posted soon.