Happy New Years to everyone!! I hope you all rang in the New Year in a safe fashion, yet just the way you wanted, surrounded by those you love. In lieu of posting the normal resolutions (aka goals) that I usually make each year, today I’ve decided to share a brief review of the last decade of my life. It’s been a big one– lots of firsts. Lots of heartache. But even more importantly, lots and lots of love!
2000: I rang in this new year with a small party at the apartment I shared with my college friend Erica. I remember lots of party hats, poppers, and dressing up like Britney Spears and performing “Hit Me Baby” for my friends. Wow…how my celebrations have changed:) In March of this year, I lost my best friend. But in August of this same year, I began to hang out with my current best friend. God certainly knew I needed some strong friends in my life!
2001: In January of 2001, I almost lost my dad. Long story short, his doctor had put him on two types of medication that were apparently fatal when combined. His kidneys and liver shut down, and the doctors said that he would have died within 24 hours if we hadn’t gotten him to this hospital, because his heart was beginning to shut down also. Without a doubt, the scariest time of my life. While my dad was in the hospital, his father passed away. My dad obviously couldn’t be with him as he was passing, but thankfully, with the use of a cane, he was able to attend the funeral service, which my sister and I sang at. In April of this year, I met Darrell, although we didn’t actual begin “dating” until September. I remember him calling and asking me on our first date on September 11th (I had already left town to go stay with my family during the days following the terrorist attacks). This was pre-caller-ID days for me, and he didn’t leave his phone number, LOL. How was I supposed to call and accept his offer?? :0) This was a VERY tumultous year in my life. I’m not embarassed to admit that I spent a large part of it intoxicated. Also in April of this year though, I met another of my very best friends (although I didn’t like her at first, LOL!).
2002: Still drank a lot, but that quit when I became pregnant. I vividly remember crying on the 4th of July because I didn’t have any pants that fit. I thought I was getting so fat (alcohol does bloat you, ya know!), but apparently, I was almost three months pregnant. When I was seven months pregnant, I was also laid off from my job for the first time in my life.
2003: February- I competed in a local contest, and was named Oklahoma Country Idol. Too bad the sponsoring radio station went under and I never did get any of my prizes. March 27, 2003- birth of my precious son, Jaxen. Life was never the same after that. Especially when I began to suspect I was pregnant again about seven weeks after giving birth. I was in such denial that I wouldn’t even take a test until August— sometimes you just know! I began working at a local bank during this time, and although I loved the job, I hated the people I worked with. I’ve never been surrounded by so much negativity in my life!
2004: March 15, 2004- birth of my beautiful daughter, Jalyn. My life suddenly became VERY busy with two kids in diapers & still on bottles. I still found time to sing, and this was FINALLY the year that I was named Best Female Country Singer at the national Talentquest Singing Competition in Laughlin, NV. $3500, a big ass trophy, and still one of the proudest moments of my life! In October of this year, I began working at the law firm that I’m currently still with. And if I recall correctly, this is the year I met my favorite gay at our annual A.S.S. Christmas show. He was worried I was going to upstage him:) (Maybe it was ’05???)
2005: Busy, busy with the kiddos, but got a promotion at work– woot woot! AND, my sister-in-law had her first baby, I became an auntie for the first time (although technically I was already by marriage) , and became engaged to Darrell! Darrell began his electrician apprenticeship program, and in May, we bought our first house. It was a good year.
2006: My little sister had her baby in September. Almost as exciting as having my own children, I cried & cried because I was just so happy for her. Young– yes, but she stepped up to that motherhood job like nothing I’ve ever seen, and became an immediately amazing mom.
2007: In April, I became an auntie again! (My sis-in-law is a baby making machine!!). On the same exact day, my car blew up, and I had to face the situation of purchasing my very first car by myself. Scary, but exciting, and definitely monumental. I also lost my beloved grandmother this year.
2008: Guess what?? I became an auntie again! (I told you she was a baby making machine, LOL!). And a mere few weeks later, I became Mrs. Darrell Hall. Other than the birth of my children (obviously), the BEST day of my life. One of the highlights: watching Darrell’s brother try to make his best man speech, and crying so hard he couldn’t speak. Darrell worked a lot this summer, driving to and from Lawton almost every day for two months, so the kids and I spent the summer making lots of fun outside memories–and Mom read a LOT of books! J-Bo and Sister Bear started school this year, and yes, I cried. In January of this year, I also began at my current position at work. Scary, scary, scary–but thankfully they were patient with me, and forgave me the huge learning curve that I had yet to obtain. Ohhh….and the Overflowing Bookshelf began this year as well.
2009: Still at the Firm. Kids busy busy with school. Jaxen started soccer this year, and lost his first tooth the day after Christmas. Both kids learned to read this year, but especially Jalyn– she’s my little bookworm. Closed out the decade by falling asleep at 9:30, kids falling asleep shortly thereafter, and missing the ball drop for the first time in my life. Amazing what a difference a decade can make.
I’m glad that I’m no longer who I was at the beginning of this decade. I’m a content, happy mom of two, with a wonderful husband, and the best friends a girl could ever ask for. Obviously, I couldn’t touch on every single milestone that occurred in our lives. The above-mentioned ones were just the biggies that popped in my head first. And also, there are apparently many stories I could tell that include events in my friends lives as well, but hey—I’ll let them use them on their blogs:)
Here’s to 2010–may it be blessed with even more wonderful memories! In closing– here is my favorite photo of the decade.