You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stopped laughing

New Year ~ New Day. Moving forward, never stopping, always growing. Tomorrow begins my 46th year. I don’t do well with the unknown, but that is really all there is right? My path is curving and confusing, but I push ahead.

Two more weeks until my job ends. I haven’t had any calls back on jobs I have applied for. The economy seems to be at a standstill. We received notice from SSDI that Mr. Vixen’s third appeal will be heard by an administrative law judge on the 7th. I wish I could do more than just hope, wish and cross my fingers. He recovered pretty well from his surgery on the 19th, until a few days ago when it started doing the same thing it did before the surgery. So possibly he tore his meniscus again. We have a call in to the doctor since Tuesday, but he hasn’t called back yet.

We had a wonderful visit with my mom and step-dad over Christmas. There were many wonderful moments. I finished the girls pajamas just an hour before we were set to read the Night Before Christmas.

Ladybug got her cast off on New Year’s Eve. They were able to see the break clearly now that it has healed. It was very close to her growth plate though, so they will take x-rays every six months to make sure it has no further effect.

It was a very Wii Christmas. The big hits were Guitar Hero World Tour (I am the world’s greatest ‘easy’ fake drummer EVER.) Watching Bear, Fishboy and Ladybug do Dance, Dance Revolution was highly entertaining. And Wii Fit, well, that stuff is just hard! I had fun playing Monopoly on it also. We have a stack of more Wii games that we haven’t even gotten to yet.

For now just a few pictures from Christmas Eve, opening of the pajamas and reading of the book…



We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day


When the student is ready, the master appears


  1. I love the collage of Christmas photos … everyone looks festive and happy. I’m holding positive thoughts for you and your family in the new year and praying for you too.
    Hugs and blessings,

    happilyretired’s last blog post..Haiku Sky Watch Friday – New Year’s Day Skies

  2. Lee

    You are correct about the unknown, Vixen. I’ll say a prayer that your husband’s hearing goes in your favor, you get a job offer soon, and everything else works out in your favor. I can relate to what you’re feeling pretty easily.

    In February, I begin my 57th year, and I will be very lucky if I don’t lose my job this year. The economy is playing havoc with the IT industry, and there’s not a lot of good signs right now.

    Anyway, all we can do is take it one day at a time and hope for the best.

    Lee’s last blog post..Happy New Year and Another Milestone

  3. Beautiful collage. Wishing you the best in 2009. Lots of unpredictable variables for lots of folks.

    Maggie’s Mind’s last blog post..Haiku Friday 1/2/09

  4. Happy birthday to you…..I wish a great year! and love the pics by the way! Wish I could say I felt any better about the economy…but…no….

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  5. Those nightgowns are so cute, Vixen :o)
    Hope it will all work out for you, your hubby and Ladybug, too.

  6. What happy pictures! The pajamas are adorable!

    Happy Birthday!

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  7. Happy New Year! This is my 30th! Here’s to a much better 2009 for you! I will keep my fingers crossed for Mr. Vixen’s hearing! And I hope you hear good things back from the jobs you’ve applied to soon!!!

    Lesley’s last blog post..Happy New Year!!!!

  8. Happy New Year. Gosh, it’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? You’ve overcome so very much! I just know that things will workout well.

    In the meantime, you are in my thoughts and prayers

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  9. Happy birthday mum!!!

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  10. We love Wii! Loved the pJ’s!!!

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  11. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday! This year is going to be a challenge for us too. I may not have a job after April… so we’ll see how that goes. Best of luck to you in your search!

    I really need to get a Wii! :o)

  12. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday ( a few days late) … Jupiter, the planet of good luck and good fortune is supposed to be in Capricorn’s house of earned income … all year!!!! I am hoping that holds true for both of us! Keep moving forward – keep your heart open to all possibilities … something good will happen! Love the PJ’s!!!

    Lisa – Life is Like a Box of Legos’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – "Anticipation"

  13. DJ

    What terrific Christmas Eve photos! Glad to hear the cast is off and her leg has healed. The future has many questions here as well but I try to see each day through my son’s eyes, as an adventure. Nothing like a 4yr old to give you hope!

  14. the nightgowns you made are adorable. What a fun tradition you have.

  15. It’s definately important to take time each day for humor. Cute photos…quick to bring a smile

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  16. great post, i think you’re on to something too many people take life way to seriously. great photos by the way, i love seeing the light in children’s eyes when they open up presents.

  17. It’s that time of year where it is a little bittersweet. It is Christmas and you are with family and having a great time, but the economy and the job market are always concerns when your current job is about to be terminated. I wish you the best in your job search. It sounds like you had a great holiday season and the pictures of your family are great, looks like a nice family.

  18. Great common sense here. Wish I’d thhguot of that.

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