Happy Holidays! We did not get a Christmas card out this year so we hope you will understand and settle for the next best thing. The second paragraph is Mason’s update and the rest is just a bunch of stuff you can skip if you would like! I am warning you it is pretty long…sorry about that!
Well as you know this Christmas was like no other that we have experienced. Do not get me wrong, not in a bad way, just different.
But to start, after I wrote last Mason got pretty sick with fevers among other symptoms stemming from an infection he got. It is never good when they talk about having a full body scan to find where the problem is stemming from- especially when you are as paranoid about every little and big thing that comes along. At one point they talked about removing his central line, which would have been horrible with the number of times he would have needed poking for IVs, mediations, etc.. Of course we were worried and really disappointed to hear that. I cannot tell you how hard it is to see your 20 month old who is normally so full of life… so sick. Armstong came and Mason wanted him there, but didn’t feel good enough to play with him. For some reason it really hit us hard this time. Armstong just sat by him and at one point he went to give Mason kisses. Mason loved it! What a great dog! But as you know our Mason is a trooper and kicked it with the help of prayers of so many! We are happy to report that we are really starting to see his personality emerge. The last few days, especially Wednesday, have been a blast!
Like I said before, Christmas was…different. Here are some examples…
Instead of getting all dressed up – we dressed down into our pajamas early (great tradition by the way!)
Instead of going to a big fancy family dinner – we hooked ourselves up with some fine cuisine at the Rainbow Café (the hospital cafeteria)!
Instead of reading the nativity and singing carols – we cleaned up Mason’s dinner…after it came back up all over himself…and Mom!
Instead of putting the Mason down and having a cup of hot chocolate – I did laundry while Chris tried to put Mason down after a tantrum for the record books! (I also tried the hot chocolate thing…turned out pretty bad and I poured it down the sink!)
Instead of dreaming of sugar plum fairies – we dreamt of Mason’s machines not beeping every 20 minutes!
Instead of just one Santa visit…try four! That’s right! Santa came four times to our room! Mason was spoiled by the real Santa and many Santas from the community! (That was a really great experience actually!)
Instead of sleeping in our nice, warm bed…they hooked us up with matching chairs/beds to sleep in side by side. (I must say that we were grateful they let us bend the rules for one night!)
However, even with all of the “bright sides” I was still not in the “Christmas Spirit.” As I started to wallow in self pity and think of every reason this was the WORST CHRISTMAS EVER… I started thinking about my long lost friend from high school that sought me out after the news of Mason, and just a few weeks ago emailed to tell me that her husband’s cancer was back. And I thought about the night when they pulled Chris and me into another room in the PICU to tell us that they had exhausted all efforts didn’t think Mason was going to make it…
So as you can imagine, as Christmas Day progressed – it didn’t feel like Christmas, but it was a great day! Although I cannot believe it is over – let alone December at all – I cannot help but think of how blessed our little family was to spend it together!
We always talk about the true meaning of Christmas and how the “things” that we receive do not matter. And although I will be the first to admit that the “things” are fun and nice, they do not compare to what really matters! You have to cherish the moments instead of the gifts because you never know what your next July could be like! Cancer didn’t happen to people like us before July. It was always someone else on those commercials or Extreme Home Makeover stories. Last Christmas I would have never thought that there would be a chance that Mason might not experience another one. It is our reality and I do not want to be faced with any regrets of what I did or did not do again! I am more and more thankful each day for this experience. We were given us a second chance that so many of our friends up here have not gotten and we do not plan on wasting it!
I personally am looking forward to what 2008 has in store for us and will say goodbye to 2007 with many mixed emotions.
You all know what happened from the end of July on, but here are some highlights from January to July of 2007…
Chris was given “The Most Improved” Award in the NAI Utah company and was also a nominee for “Rookie of the Year”! That is a really great accomplishment as you can imagine! He is the best husband in history and an even better Dad! We went to Disneyworld with my drill team in March and had a blast together!
Mason turned ONE and we had a fun party for him! We went to Red Fish Lake and he had a blast playing in the water and hanging out with the Falk Family! Mason also got some sweet moves he picked up at Cardinelle practice with me! He is quite the dancer!
I ended a very fun and successful year with my drill team as Region Champs and National Champions in 3 different categories, and then started another year with a new team! I have loved working with them and am grateful I have had dance that going on during all of this. I love being a Mom and have certainly kept busy.
Here are some other pictures I promised to post earlier. Mason waling with his sweet backpack carrying his meds and picts of walking with Mom and Dad.
We hope everyone has a great remainder of the holiday vacation! We love you! Thanks for checking in on Mason!