The Year of Change Continues

Back at the first of the year, Rob predicted that .

Well, sure enough, 2010 has been eventful!  If you’ve been following our blog, you know our family has been through some doozies this year.  First was a new car, a new house, then a new job and even our blog platform changed.  Those were all good, although stressful, changes.

But I suppose you can’t expect all changes to be good ones though…  My brother Bob (a.k.a. James, Jim, Rio) passed away suddenly, unexpectedly in June.  Here’s a picture that was taken just days before he passed away:

Bob - June 2010

Bob - 1955-2010

Bob lived in Seattle and had taken our Mom to live up there with him back in January ’09. At that time, she was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and we felt she was nearing the point where she could no longer live alone. After my brother’s death, I had to quickly get to Seattle and relocate my mother home. Unfortunately, her Alzheimer’s has progressed rapidly and she no longer recognizes me or knows where she is.

It’s been a tough couple of months getting things finalized with my brother and getting Mom settled into a nursing home here. It’s tough seeing her this way but the one good thing about the Alzheimer’s is that it has spared her knowing about, and going through the pain of, losing another son.

Hopefully, whatever changes the second half of this year brings will all be positive ones!

Karen’s Quarterly Commute

It’s been awhile since my last "Liam" post so I thought I better get something out here before everyone gives up on me altogether.

Liam’s Nanny Karen (a.k.a. my best friend since elementary school) came down from Kansas City last weekend to spend a few days with us.   She has made quarterly visits to see Liam since we brought him home.   She loves spending time with him and the feeling is mutual.   For me & Rob, her visits give us us a rare chance to sneak out for a movie.   For those of you who have have built-in babysitters, you have no idea how big a deal this is!   We love Liam beyond words, but still it’s sure nice for just the two of us to be able to go out to dinner & a movie every once in awhile without worrying if he is okay.   In the pre-Liam days, we were such big movie watchers that we sometimes had trouble finding enough films we hadn’t already seen to keep our Netflix queue stocked up.   We certainly don’t have that problem anymore!   By the way, our movie selection for last week was Gran Torino and I highly recommend it if you haven’t already seen it!

It’s always nice to have Karen with us, she just seems like part of the family.   We love to reminisce about the "good old days" and we laughed when we were out shopping last week and a saleslady asked if we are sisters.   We’ve been answering that question since we were ten years old.   We don’t see the resemblance but apparently everyone else does.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of Nanny Karen with Liam that I can publish to the blog.   I promised Karen final approval on all photos of her that go on here and none made the approval list.   Next time I need to start taking pictures from day one so there will be more to choose from and hopefully some get approved.   If you’re really curious, here is a post that features a photo taken when she was here for Easter last year.

We know it’s tough for her to steal time away from her own family to come spend time with us but we’re already looking forward to her next visit!