No not really, I'm a bit early. It's only 9 here and I can almost guarantee you that I will be asleep before midnight--what can I say, I am definitely a party animal. I am so excited about 2010 starting, there are so many fabulous things that are "supposed" to happen during this new year.
Anyways, I am going to do a (quick) 2009 recap:
I really have no idea what happened, I was in school.
Clearly it was so really exciting stuff based on my expansive recap (told you it'd be quick!)
Oh, in April, Phillip's parent's home in TN was done. It's beautiful, we are all so thankful that they were able to enjoy sometime in it together.
We went to Tennessee to visit his parents, we had a really nice time. We went white water rafting together, that was a freaking blast! (No pictures though, because my camera...my beautiful camera, wasn't going white water rafting and we weren't paying $40 or something like that for one image).
Here is his parent's beautiful house (in the middle of no where):
Here is beautiful Roman Noodle, posing outside their beautiful home:
Our family friend, sweet little Madison was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor--it was a kidney tumor. She went and had her right kidney removed, and then underwent 22 or 23 rounds of chemo, here she is pre-treatment:
Nothing that I can remember. Very exciting, I know! You're all jealous of my adventurous life. :)
July was a great month. We started the month down in South Florida--we spent the 4th with my parents, I love the 4th because I love fireworks. We had a great trip. Here are some pictures from then:
THEN...JULY 25, rolled around. Phillip caught me completely off guard (which, mind you, is quite difficult to do) when he asked me to marry him at his sister's house. We ate dinner as a family and then all gathered into the family room and his parents told us the story of their relationship, from when they started dating, to their engagement, marriage, etc. When their story was over he got down on one knee and asked! He had already called my Dad and asked for his blessing...sneaky sneaky boy!
The first weekend in August we threw Phillip's Mom a surprise 60th birthday and holy crap, she was surprised!! Think we got a bit carried away with the silly string, nah!
This is my favorite (probably of all the pictures I've seen of them, maybe I am a bit biased because I was the photographer) and probably last good picture of Wilson and Sherry:
Just a cute family picture to remember this day:
This month I went home and found a wedding venue with my Mom (who rocks BTW)! We also picked a date. Phillip and I will become Mr. and Mrs. Nesom on 12-11-10 at the Dove Creek Lodge in Key Largo, FL!
Then Phillip and I (and I what I mean by Phillip and I, I mean I picked and got the go ahead from his best man Andrew) picked our Photographer. We are using the fabulous Katie of Katie Beyer Photography and we started working with her on August 29 by getting our engagement pictures done. I couldn't have been happier with them! Whenever I look at them, even now, 3+ months after getting them back, I still melt. :)
I can't really remember anything from this month. It was a bit of a blur. Phillip's parents had moved back to Florida and resigned in the fact that they would not be going back to Tennessee as a couple, so we spent every weekend with them. I spent a night in the hospital with Wilson, where he told me a very funny joke when he was high as a kite (I'll close 2009 with a Wilson joke in his memory)!
Phillip turned 25, a quarter century of excellent!
Wilson got admitted into the hospital for the last time before he moved into inpatient hospice.
Sorry for the not so happy recap of September.
Unfortunately, October was not good and possibly a bit worse than September. Phillip's Dad passed away on October 11, we had all spent the night before (Oct 10-11) in hospice with him, he waited until everyone but Jessica had gone home and passed with his oldest daughter by his side. It was sad, but honestly, we were so relieved for the suffering to have ended that none of us actually cried when we found out, (not at all saying that we didn't cry a tone during this last 10 months, but when we found out at 1225pm on Oct 11, we went to be with his mom and went about our day).
We then went up to Tennessee the next weekend and spread his ashes on their property and had a big bon fire with their closet family and friends. It was definitely Wilson's way to go out.
Then on Halloween we were up in Michigan to have a memorial service where they had lived when he was diagnosed. This was where he had been working, there was a great turn out, Phillip wrote and read a very sweet eulogy in his Dad's name. We were ecstatic to go home after this knowing that all this death, dying, memorial stuff was DONE!
I was still busting my rear in school. It was incredibly hard for me to have dealt with all this with Wilson while keeping up my grades and trying to keep my head above water in the semester in nursing school where majority of student fail out. No worries, I did and I was quite proud of myself!
We found out my friend Meghan was pregnant. She is so excited, I am so excited for her. She and her husband, Graham, have been married for 2 years and then she went off her BC in June to prepare her body to start trying--needless to say, it worked. She has a bun in the oven and is due July 6!
We spent Thanksgiving at home with my family, it was nice, it had been the first major holiday we spent with my parents in a while. We were only there for 2 days, but I met with my dermatologist to get started on a new med for my psoriasis--hopefully, it'll work (I should get my first delivery of it on Jan 7, I'll keep you all up to date with that).
We kicked FSU's ass on Thanksgiving Saturday--I was watching 5 kids, Phillip was at the Swamp loving his Gators (as it should be)! Madison had finished her last round of chemo a week or so before this, I was just relieved to be able to leave the house with the kids again.
On Saturday evening following the game, we went and got our first real tree together (he WAS a fake tree person, I've converted him), and then we decorated it on Sunday. Here is our Gator pimping tree, it has orange, blue and white lights and that is Albert on the top if you look closely enough!
I spent the first weekend of the month at Shelley and Bill's, I was watching Robbie, Cooper, Jackson, Madison and Fenn! It was a ton of fun, I was tired when they got home two days after they left but I had a great time with them. I miss the boys, I miss seeing them everyday.
I also took a couple of pictures for Ashley and Chip (Shelley's sister and brother in law, a.k.a. Madison and Fenn's parents) of baby Fenn:
Finals sucked, but ended the semester which was incredible! I just hung out--it was incredible. I cleaned my house (long, long...LONG overdue!), read some books, did some Christmas shopping, took care of some sick kids when the boys had a stomach bug and their nanny was also sick--stomach bug=always a blast!
Then we went home to South Florida, I went wedding dress shopping!! It was fantastic, I had such a great day with my Mom! Then we celebrated Christmas, were at my parent's place for Christmas Eve and did presents with them then left Fort Lauderdale at 11:30 pm and drove to Orlando--we woke up Christmas Day morning and drove to Phillip's sister's house and did Christmas Day with them. It was fine, I was just excited on the 26th to head home to my house, I'm a homebody, I love my bed, I love my house...I just love being home.
On a quick sad note, my little sister, Caitlin, lost one of her best friends on the 26th. Her friend Shawn, her boyfriend Oscar and their friend Hayes went out for a motorcycle ride, he took a turn too quickly coming off the interstate and lost his life. He was pronounced at the scene--mind you, these kids (Shawn was 20) wear all the gear, the padded jacket, pants, gloves, SPINE PROTECTOR, HELMET, etc--it was/is terribly sad. They laid him to rest yesterday with a full military ceremony, I forgot to mention, he was a solider.
As far as the end of the year, Phillip got up to GVille yesterday, we fixed one of my toilets which was leaking, went and saw the boys, went to Chili's for dinner and came home.
Then today, New Years Eve, we fixed my dryer which apparently decided it just wasn't going to produce heat anymore--crappy decision on it's part. We made cinnamon rolls, watched a bit of Wedding Crashers, I spent $110 on groceries (it is a new years resolution for me to start eating at home...here is to good starts!), then we made frozen pizza, popped some bubbly and enjoyed the Wii! Oh and I forgot to mention today, Phillip and I have been dating 3 years! Happy Anniversary my love, here is a picture from exactly 3 years ago when we were going on our first real date (I consider it a real date since he worked up the nerve to kiss me, we had gone out a few times before this night):
2009 had it's ups and lows, but more importantly it's ups. :)
Happy happy new years, to you and yours. I hope you have a healthy and safe night bringing in 2010.
Oh yeah, I promised to close with Wilson's joke. Wilson was high as a kite, it was a bit past midnight and I was sleeping in the hospital with him--he had just gotten his every 3 hour basal dose of 100mg of morphine and as I was falling asleep he said "If you float right side up," I was obviously a bit confused replied with "huh" (I didn't even know he was awake), he said, "listen now," I said "um, ok." He continues with "if you float right side up, do you drown wrong side down?" I just sat there...what the hell?!?!...I then replied like 30 seconds later with "I don't know, do you?" he just looked at me pondering for a few seconds and said "I'm still figuring that one out, think about it."
RIP Wilson Nesom, we all miss you. Last picture, I promise (well for tonight), here is Phillip and his Dad about a year ago.
Good night everyone!
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