Comments: Bou's Decade in Review

Your post got me to thinking about my past 10 years. Ten years ago my boys were the same ages your boys are now. It's hard to believe that they are grown men now (ages 24, 22, and 20). Savor the moments good and bad. The years slip away in a "blink".

Posted by Sticks at December 31, 2009 09:40 PM

What a wonderful recap. It has been one heck of a decade, hasn't it. And one of the highlights, for me anyway, was you talking me through my first hurricane and then getting to spend an evening with you and the boys.

And just so you know, sitting on my desk at work, is my favorite picture - you and I at Eric's that first get together. I love that.

Happy New Year Bou.

Posted by Tammi at December 31, 2009 11:18 PM

Wow, you started blogging in 2004, I remember when you blogged on the old site, so that must mean I've been lurking (very occasionally commenting) for at least 5 years, where does the time go! No matter how crazy busy my life gets, yours is one of the only blogs that I make sure I still read.

Hope one day we can meet, till then,



Posted by Amanda at January 1, 2010 06:35 AM

Happy New Year! I'm glad our paths crossed, and I look forward to more launches, fires, and conversation.

You are the Czar of Juggle.

Posted by Yabu at January 1, 2010 08:51 AM

hmmm... should i try to do a decade recap? don't know if i can do it.

so honored to call you a friend.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at January 1, 2010 10:26 AM

Wow, wotta post. With colander, yet!

Thanks for sharing this with us - not easy with all the personal travails. And I'm glad you decided to post the photographs... seeing how the boys have grown over the past ten years is... awesome.

May the next ten years be the best ever!

Posted by Elisson at January 1, 2010 11:15 AM

Happy new decade to you - the next will have major changes as well, college will be here in about a week and a half so hold on to that colander...

Posted by patti at January 1, 2010 11:27 AM

Happy New Year and New Decade to you and your family. Like the pictures, amazing how much kids can grow in ten years. And like you, took my inspiration from Shannon and did my own quasi-review of the decade at my place, though I consider it inferior material compared to yours & Shannon's.

Posted by diamond dave at January 1, 2010 01:16 PM

Wow Bou! Wonderful recap... and great job with the pictures.

Posted by GaMongrel at January 1, 2010 01:19 PM

Wow! Wonderful post Bou - and fabulous pictures!! Here's to the next 10 years! :)

Posted by Richmond at January 1, 2010 04:18 PM

Holy smokes. I wonder if I can remember much of the last decade. I think I'll have to try or not. There is much I don't want to remember. I'm not one for looking back. Never have been.

I love your pics of your boys though. I think the last one is the very best. Can't wait to see what you look like with short hair. LOL

Posted by Teresa at January 1, 2010 08:34 PM

Awesome retrospective. I love it. And you and your boys are gorgeous! I am so very glad to know you.

Posted by oddybobo at January 1, 2010 11:02 PM

Sticks- That is funny as I was just thinking that this is the decade of my children leaving. What a different phase... I suspect I'm going to be very ready, but my husband will not be.

Tammi- I was going through photos and found the one of you and me sitting in your kitchen at my first blogmeet... at your big girl table! It fit you perfect... I felt kind of hobbitish!

Amanda- It has absolutely been that long! It's been half a decade... and sometimes it doesn't feel that long and other times it does. The last few days as I created that post, it felt pretty long!

Yabu- I am laughing! The czar of juggle! I may steal that...

Writerblock- When I saw Shannon do it I really wondered if I could. But after a bit of thinking about it... all that happened, I realized, 'Yup... I can." Without the blogs, we'd not have met each other!

Elisson- I had to put the colander picture up. :) I think what shocked me when I started to think... was exactly where my kids were in 2000. I just hadn't thought about how they were just babies. And my oldest will be starting to drive in 3 months...

Patti- Good Lord, ain't that the truth. I'm going to blink and they'll be in college and blink again and I'll be a grandmother.

Dave- I loved your post! There was nothing inferior about it.

GaMongrel- I am the master of the scanner as of now. It was kind of fun going through all those pictures. I spent hours sifting... and remembering. I don't do that often! I don't have time!

Richmond- I have HIGH hopes with this next 10!

Teresa- I don't live in the past much. It doesn't help me get through. I am the type that mostly moves on. So this exercise was really kind of fun!

Posted by Bou at January 1, 2010 11:10 PM

That was, quite simply, a wonderful post.

Posted by Jim - PRS at January 2, 2010 02:44 AM

Wow, just realized that this was the mom decade. My mother started the decade being found to have frontial lobe dementia and ending the decade dying (pick's disease as it turns out). I was the primary caregiver through it all. Maybe soon I will come out of the fog.

Sorry, but my point is that I have been a lurker here for years and you have (and I am sure will) be an inspiration.

PS Do you boys beat each other up as mine?! :)

Posted by Jilly at January 2, 2010 08:31 PM

Oddy- It is we who are lucky to know you. Thanks for being such a good friend to both me and Ringo.

Jimbo- Thank you!

Jilly- Fight? They either love each other or are trying to beat the ever living snot out of each other. As I type, I can hear the arguing in the background. I have retreated to my lair to escape the noise. I only come out should I suspect blood shed or I hear crying. They stop short of making anyone cry now... they don't want to risk it with me. Deep down inside, they wonder if I am insane. ;-)

As for your Mom, good Lord. Caregiving is a tough tough gig. My MIL was my FIL's caregiver for their entire marriage, but the last 10 years being so very hard as he's a real b*stard and he had myriad health issues. We think that is ultimately what took her so early. My heart goes out to you.

Posted by Bou at January 2, 2010 09:57 PM

What a fantastic post...with photos! You are doing a fine job raising those boys. You are such a great Mom and friend. I'm glad we met. You are what my Dad would call "a good egg".

Posted by Jerry in Indiana at January 2, 2010 10:04 PM

Bou - I am so glad that I met you and I am honored that I am one of your friends.

Posted by Denny at January 3, 2010 09:22 PM

What I loved about your post was the fact that it practically sung "Happy" all over it, in the photos, in the writing, and in its ending. Well done, babes. Well done.

Posted by Shannon at January 4, 2010 03:25 AM