"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Monday, January 3, 2011

2010: The Year in Review

2010 was a very busy, very exciting year for our little family. It was full of many life-changing events. Here's a recap, in pictures:

January: Hunkering down from the cold and getting sweet kisses.

February: A visit from Uncle Brian and Aunt Julia, just in time for Uncle's 30th B-Day!

March: Rissa Roo turned three years old!

And, she had an unfortunate accident resulting in a broken wrist.

April: Rissa added pneumonia to her broken wrist. :-( Luckily, we caught it right in the beginning so it did not hit her as hard as in the past.

May: Hung out with friends and enjoyed the warmer weather.

June: Rissa had her big surgery to reconstruct her airway. Just a step along the way to getting her trach out!

July: Getting dressed in her 4th of July best and hanging out with two Aunties and an Uncle!

August: Sleep study, complete with goopy hair and marker on her face. Yet another step toward decannulation.

September: This was a huge, exciting month! It started out with a visit from Grandma. She stayed for a week and she and Rissa loved on each other lots!

Then, I started taking care of my friend's baby boy when she went back to work during the weekdays. Now, Marissa has a "little brother" to boss around!

Then of course, the biggest and most exciting part of the whole year: Rissa had her trach taken out for good! So awesome!!

October: Showing off her naked neck and being Minnie Mouse for Halloween.

November: Another huge milestone: Rissa started school! She absolutely loves it!

December: One last milestone for the year: Rissa's first haircut. We only took about two inches off but it looks great!

Finally, a wonderful Christmas spent in Grand Junction, at Nana & Papa's farm with our awesome family!
Whew! Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for us! Happy New Year, Friends!


Colleen said...

It sounds like an awesome year, especially the decan part!
Here's to a happy and healthy 2011!

Anonymous said...

Great post Alicia! Love all the sweet pictures!!!

lortsa said...

Love your post!

Lacey said...

Lots of fantastic things last year! Here's to a great 2011! I bet she is loving school, she is so playful, she probably loves having other kids around!

Michelle and Sean said...

The year seemed to have ended great!! Love the pics!!

Hope this year brings even better things for you and your family!!

Nana and PaPa said...

2010 was definately a year of milestones. I just know that 2011 is going to be even better. Happy New Year 2011 to everyone!!
Nana & PaPa
P.S. Love the Christmas pics...wow...love the Christmas morning sunrise....beautiful!

The Marini's said...

What a great year for you guys. Woohoo! Hope you have another good one. Thinking of you!

DevonLeah said...

Gotta say I think I loved the naked neck the most!! ;o) Awesome pictures. For some reason when November hit, she looked so much older! Thanks for sharing...