So, where did we leave off? Oh yes, I do believe it was February. Where oh where do I start. Well, it's been a VERY busy year. I'll do my best to catch up and not bore anyone to tears.
The most exciting thing that has happened all year is that my beautiful oldest daughter, known here as "Bear" got married in April. Crazy, isn't it? I'm WAY too young to have a daughter of marrying age, right? Hardly! Bear got married to her fiance Barry (I did NOT make that up.) and it was a lovely, perfect wedding.
We were all thrilled that everything came together beautifully. It was both exhilarating and a huge relief at the same time.
After the wedding, we slid into a very warm summer. Sometime in mid May, Kona managed to tear his CCL (the dog equivalent to our ACL) He had to have knee surgery on July 9th. Not fun, not fun at all!
We are extremely lucky to have a huge support system, many of them coming from Kona's FaceBook page. If you are on FaceBook, be sure to like his page. He goes by Kona the Love Sponge. I may have been gone from here for a while, but I've been busy on his page just about everyday. Priorities, right? Haha!
Back in July I also did something that some people might have thought was a bit odd. I shaved my head. One of my dearest friends is battling breast cancer, and I shaved it in her honor and to share the experience with her. My hair has pretty much grown back now, but she is still fighting, and if I had my way, I'd still be bald.
Kona's rehab took quite a while, but in the long run it was totally worth all the work we did with him. He had weekly cold laser therapy sessions and underwater treadmill sessions. We were so thankful to find a fantastic place to take him. Here is a little bit of what he went through.
Kona wasn't the only one who surgery this summer. The Boy managed to do a heck of a job messing up his knee and also had ACL surgery...He also had a summer of physical therapy and work to get back on his feet.
As they say, if it's not one thing, it's 15 others, right?
So now, here we are, staring the holidays in the face. I know I've said it before, but it's amazing how the time flies. The Boy is back at school at Purdue University for his final year. It was just yesterday that he was leaving and I was a sobbing mess. Bear is married, and Pickle, my baby, is out and about, enjoying her independence and spreading her wings. She turns 21 in less than a month. I swear I was just taking her to kindergarten...
Hubby and I celebrated out 24th anniversary in Oct. No Halloween party this year - the wedding was enough to take care of this year. We are kicking around the idea of another Halloween blow-out next year, but that is still to be determined.
The dogs keep us busy - Harley will be 12 in April, Jill tunrs 10 next month, Kona turned 7 last week, and our puppy, Lucas (aka Squirt) is already 18 months old! Remember when he was just a little guy? Yup - time flies indeed.