Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy New Year!

As I sit here looking out my window watching the heavy snow fall from the branches. I see them spring back, one at a time, unburdened by winter's calling card. We have had a year of many changes, some came at a price. We still count our many blessings, springing forward, embracing each change as it comes knocking at our door. This Christmas was a beautiful start to wonderful new year.

My brother Patrick and his girlfriend Sara spent Christmas with us this year. Sara is finishing up her PHD in Utah and flew out for Christmas. It was fun to spend most of the holiday with adults. We ate, played Cranium Wow, the boys fished and we girls talked. Relaxing and very nice.
TK did arrive for Christmas dinner and although he is too young to get the Christmas thing, he loved the new toys. Sara works with 0-3 year old kids like a "Supernanny" and was amazing with TK. He followed her like a puppy. She will work with disabled children and their mental health when her dissertation is done. She brought us Utah treats, including Marie Osmond's new Christmas CD. ;) Did you know Utah is the beehive state?

TK was very well behaved, allowing us adults to play games. We got our first snow the day everyone left so no snow for TK. Saturday TK will turn two, Happy Birthday angel boy! Dave's new grandson, Warrick, tried to make an appearance Wed. but the doctors stopped the labor. He is due Jan. 21st but mom is so ready. Dimitri and Ethan (Dave's grandsons) had a wonderful white Christmas in Washington.

The sugar did not keep him up late due to all the excitement. Dave took this because he thought TK looked like a frog.

This January is my 17th year with ALS and I had never landed in the ER, until last week. I took a tumble on soft carpet and thought it would feel better, like always, in a few days. 5 hours in the ER and yet no brake to be found. Turns out I tore my rotator cuff and needed an Orthopedist and an MRI. The Ortho guy said surgery on very weak muscles is probably not an option but I might regain some of the use of my arm with physical therapy. The MRI will tell us more next Saturday. I can't use my walker right now due to pain with pressure, but in time I will again. My right arm must step it up since it is not in full working order and does not have the help of my left arm now. If I had to find a bright spot to my gimpy left shoulder it would be showering with Dave. ;)
The new year is already a challenge but I'm thinking it will all work out and thank goodness I can still blog! Have a safe and Happy New Year! XXOO


Star said...

I'm glad you had an enjoyable "grownup" Christmas. TK looks adorable as usual.

You look beautiful in front of the tree (and all those painstakingly applied single strands of tinsel). I hope you'll experience a quick and full recovery from your injured shoulder--and maybe you can keep the side benefits ;)

tinker said...

TK looks adorable even when he's sleeping like a froggy prince - and you look beautiful as ever, even with a sling - you wear it with style! I was getting a little worried, and missed you. Sending you healing thoughts my friend - heal quickly!
p.s. Had to lock up my site for a little bit - I'll send you an e-mail about it soon though.

Anonymous said...


Oops, careful of the arm. I really hope you have a great year and that your health is stable. I'm glad you had a good Christmas spent with family and I had a chuckle with the 'frog' picture.

pepektheassassin said...

Thank goodness you can still blog! Yes! (I knew that Utah is the beehive state, I did). Glad you had such a good Christmas--except for, well, tearing up your shoulder....

Sara sounds like a great girl. My middle son has a degree in psychology from the U of U, and got his Master's at Loyola in Chicago. He and his wife both work as counselors for psychologically bent people--he with children, she with adults. Also, my fourth son works with mentally challenged folks. They are so good, so caring, as I'm sure she is.

Have a Happy New Year, girlfriend. I look forward to your company next year!

Kimberley (at Red Moon) said...

Sounds like a lovely Christmas full of love, fun and games. Ours was a bit quieter with lots of snuggling and good food.

Ouch! The shoulder injury sure doesn't sound like good fun. Sending lots of healing love your way.

I have been out of blogging routine for a little while. I have been doing so much. It's not just the being able to go outside - but there so many day to day things like talking on the phone with my daughter and not having to cut it short because the room is spinning. All the little things mean so much. I have worn myself out a bit, like a little kid falling asleep in their dinner! I'll be back in Cyber world this coming week. Just wanted to peek in on you - hugs, Kimberley

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fantastic time honey, and TK is fast resembling a little man now. Hope the arm picks up soon, althogh the shower idea sounds good.
anyway have a fantastic new year and come and see me in my new place. Check your mail



Pam said...

I have great faith in your healing powers and believe that you will be pushing that walker around in no time.

Little TK is growing up fast and cute... love the froggy pose.

Love your house, too, and am working on an out of body experience so that I can come to visit.

Amber said...

Looks like Christmas was good, but I am so sorry you got hurt! Oh boy. That stinks. So go easy with the partying next time! I say, toss out those four inch heels. ;)


Just Jen said...

Thanks for reminding me to post my Christmas pics, I forgot!
I can't believe this is the first time in ER after 17 years of ALS! That is awesome! Sad you broke the record but still, I've been in and out lots of times with the
Your grandson looks absolutely adorable and I love his sleeping picture! Those were the days when we could sleep anywhere!
Hope you feel better soon!

Liza's Eyeview said...

Yep - thank goodness you can still blog. And showers together with your loved one is always good :)

Happy New Year

Jessie said...

well, thank god you can still blog! but OUCH! i hope you are feeling better very, very soon!

oh, and TK is soooooo cute! i love how he rests his hands on his cute little froggie belly as he sleeps. what a sweetie he is.

lots of love to you, tammy. and happy belated christmas! but hey, at least i'm still in time to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

kate said...

Happy New Year Tammy! I loved seeing the pictures of TK - little kids are so much fun to be around at Christmas. It must have been good to have Patrick and Sara with you as well.

As Batman says, you will be pushing your walker about soon... heal fast and well!

You are an inspiration ... I am so glad that you blog!! Keep those posts coming ...

Kate ox

Sky said...

you are so beautiful standing there in front of that tree, tammy.

i wish i had your positive outlook. i have so much to learn from you. i am such a whiner!

here is hoping for an easy and expedient healing of the shoulder muscles and increased strength in your arms.

happy new year wishes to you and dave. i hope we all have better health in the coming year and that the year is filled with wonderfully joyous surprises!

Gill said...

It sounds like you had a truly lovely Christmas :-)

I'm so sorry about your shoulder injury. As always I stand amazed at the graceful way you handle these setbacks, you are one incredibly special lady!

All the very best for the new year :-)

Bella said...

TK is so adorable! I hope you're feeling ok.. keep us posted on your arm! Wishing you and Dave a safe and happy new Year!! xo Bella

paris parfait said...

TK is just the most precious little boy - even when he's sleeping! Hope all goes well w/ Warrick's arrival! And wishing your injury heals well and you are feeling much better soon! So glad you've had a lovely Christmas with family. Wishing for better days ahead for you, dear Tammy. I know you can meet any challenge, but I hope you won't need to meet too many challenges and can just enjoy your life in your beautiful new home! xoxox

Tabor said...

Both you and TK are so cute in the photos. I don't know how you can look so sweet in a photo with your arm in a sling...but you do! And TK is so kissable sleeping so peacefully. I am so happy that your holidays were full of adventure and yet so normal.

Nancy said...

Wow...I missed this post and just found it. So you DID need to get some help there after all..sorry about it not getting better. Are you going to try PT?
TK is growing more and more adorable...if that's even possible.

Let's talk soon.

Love you,

Derek said...

Have a Happy and blessed New Year!

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures! Everyone looks so happy, the way Christmas is suppose to me. TK is the cutest child on this earth. He just gets cuter each picture.
I am so very sorry to hear about your fall. Rotator Cuff injuries are so painful, my husband struggles with his on and off. I hope it heals quickly and that you are not in too much pain. Thank God you can still blog.

I don't tell you enough how much happiness your blog brings me!!
Happy New Year!

Jana B said...

Ouuuuchhhhhh!!! Hope your shoulder is starting to feel better. And of course, glad you get to shower with Dave! *giggle*

Just think... in five days... I'll be able to shower with James!!! *happy*

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Sara said...

Happy New Year's Eve Tammy! Thank you again for all of the wonderful pics from was one of my favorite Christmases as well. Patrick is still giving me some guff about the Cranium answers I insisted on, especially the infamous "toothsome." :o) I look forward to our next visit and more girl talk!

Inland Empire Girl said...

What a nice reflective piece on your last year. I love how you always find blessings even when things get tough. I love the tree picture... keep getting healed. Happy New Year.

turquoise cro said...

HAPPY,HAPPY NEW YEAR SWEETIE TO YOU AND YOURS!!!!!!! GET WELL LIL DARLIN!!!! Love and prayers, Cinda (((((((Tammy))))))tenderly ps. showering with Dave, how YOU make me chuckle!!! WOOT! WOOOOOOOT!

GreenishLady said...

Oh, I hope that shoulder will heal up quickly for you, but what a positive spin you manage to put on it! You are a wonder!

Happy New year to all of you.

Remiman said...

I wish and pray for 2008 to be a happy and productive year for you!
You've made 2007 memorable for me as well as hundreds of others.
God bless you!

daisies said...

heal fast beautiful you ... happy new year!! hoping 2008 is full of life and love and wonderful peace, xoxox

emmapeelDallas said...

Happy New Year, Tammy! Here's to that shoulder healing quickly.

(And I loved the bright spot to having the gimpy crack me up!).


p.s. - TK is adorable!

Colorsonmymind said...

Oh babe-that sucks. I love how you found a bright spot-showering with Dave. Made me smile huge.

Your grandson is gorgeous-I can't believe how grown up he looks.

Happy New Year!


AnnieElf said...

OK!! I could have said many things in reply to this post but the closer of showering with Dave is the capper. Reminded me of when I broke my ankle several years ago. Hummmm, the showers were fun. Definite bright spots. LOL Happy New Year to you Tammy. All my best,

Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Showering with Dave...I love how you find the silver lining!! Peace, blessings and happiest new year wishes to you dear Tammy. xx, JP/deb

p.s. I love TK's sleeping pose ... I remember my children doing that very thing when they were little!

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