All in all, 2007 has been a good year.
My mom went through open heart surgery in late January, having her aortic valve replaced. Although she had a little trouble coming out of the anesthesia, she has completely recovered! A lot of prayers were said for her, and they were all answered just how we hoped they would be. My dad got through that 2 week hospital stay better than I thought he would too. My parents never cease to amaze me!
Our family welcomed a new member in March. Our great nephew Michael was born 2 months premature, but is doing just fine! He's a strong, healthy, adorable little guy, but I'm not in the least bit prejudiced!
We expanded our immediate family again in May by adopting another kitten from the local cat shelter. Pepina did NOT care for Marina too much at first, but adjusted. Now Marina is almost as big as Pepina and they get along just fine. They've both been fabulous additions to our family!
Ted made it through arthroscopic knee surgery in mid April (a torn meniscus in the right knee) and recovered pretty well. He went back to work just as I was finishing up the school year, so our time off didn't overlap. At first I thought that it might not go well if we were off at the same time, but now I think it would have been just fine.
In late May, more or less on a whim, I clicked on "Create Blog" at the top of a blog I follow. Who would have known that I would stick with it?!?! I enjoy it tremendously, and view it as a way to talk without being interrupted, hahaha!
We opted NOT to go on vacation this year as we had an inground pool put in instead. I probably got more use out of it than anyone else, but we all enjoyed it this past summer.
It was also a year of friends. Ironically the tragedy at Virginia Tech was the key to being able to get back in touch with a friend from the past...and Terre, it's been wonderful to find out that you have become the strong, confident, loving, caring, fantastic woman that I knew you'd become! We also got to spend some time with Ron and Nora, our good friends from Texas (I just love those accents! Ron, no matter what you say, you've definitely picked up the twang!)
Alex got his driver's license and has made our lives immensely easier! He loves going out to run errands or pick up a pizza. He was also able to drive to school, and that solved a major problem as our school district eliminated bussing for high school students this year. His grades have stayed good, so we're thrilled with that too. And he worked again all summer long...can you ask for more???
Joey made the Dean's List yet again and is doing well in college. He also worked again this past summer, and continued to prove to us that he has a strong work ethic. We're so proud of both of our sons for their accomplishments.
We celebrated both Thanksgiving and Christmas with both of our extended families and that was very nice. The older I get, the more I realize how important family is to all of us.
I'm sure I'm missing some highlights of the year, but for the most part, it was a very good year.
It's my sincerest hope that you enjoyed 2007, and that 2008 will be a great year for you!