I had a blog post typed up and was within a sentence or two of being ready to post when I decided to click “YES” on a request to reboot to complete a security update installation. Wow! That was not very smart because just as you probably guessed, the post was lost. This should be common sense and I must be lacking any. Well to sum up the post that was lost, it was just a year in review post. I was telling how 2009 was a year of milestones in our family. Many things happened that made it a very memorable year. For example my wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. I graduate the University of Oklahoma. I completed ten years of service at my current employer. My oldest son turned 18 years old. My family and I was able to visit my mom’s side of the family in New Mexico for the first time since 1989. My wife and kids had never met them and so this was a huge moment for us. I lost my mom in 2005 and as much as I miss her, I do not want to lose touch with her side of the family. Also my sister moved back to Oklahoma for the first time in 31 years. This was a rough transition but things are going very well for her as well. On a sad note, I lost my grandmother in March when she died at 90 years old. This was the last grandparent that I had.
Two of these events, namely my graduation and our trip to New Mexico was a little tainted because I was suffering from the worst case of poison ivy that I have ever had. I helped my dad clean up some vines and brush that was growing on his fence line and three days later I found myself itching out of control. Five weeks, three trips to my doctor and one visit to the emergency room later and I finally overcame this breakout. My doctor gave me some medication that I was allergic to that made it even worse eventually resulting in my going to the emergency room in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This was in May and June when this happened and to this day I still have some discoloration on my legs. For this reason my wife ordered me to never go into my dad’s backyard again . My graduation was supposed to be a glorious event though I could not enjoy it at the moment.
The National Weather Service reported that we had 14.1 inches of snow, later revised to 13.5 inches on Christmas eve. Even after the estimated snow fall was scaled back it was the most snow we have ever recorded in Oklahoma City. Here it is eight days later and we still have some snow on the ground. This year has been very eventful and happy for the most part. This year we have decided that we want to move away from my childhood neighborhood because the crime has reached a point that we want to have a restart. We will not be moving until 2011 but we are currently restoring the house to make it sellable. We are trying to go the extra mile so that we can get the most from our home when the time comes. We are hopeful for 2010 to be a wonderful year for our family. It will be difficult to match 2009 as far as impacting our family in a dramatic way. I will keep you up to date and see if it lives up to the previous year. I would like to thank all of you for your making my blog a place to stop. I really enjoy sharing our lives with the rest of you. I wish you all a very happy 2010.