Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas Card & A Happy New Year to All

Here is our Christmas card for 2008! I attempted to send some out and I am sure they were late. (And when our hard drive crashed this summer, I lost a lot of addresses!) It's the effort that counts right?

We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. We were sure glad to have Mason at home with us this Christmas, rather than in the PICU like last year. His sweet smile brightens up our home everyday! Mason's biggest present was a molar that came through and one more molar swollen trying to come through on Christmas Eve,(that would be a 2 year old molar along with just his bottom two teeth, not quite the right order, but Mason likes to take the unexpected route). That made for a long night, especially mixed in with how busy that night already is.

All of our kiddos had a wonderful Christmas and a fun holiday break. They spent lots of time with cousins and friends sledding, playing roller hockey, riding rip-sticks and scooters in the basement (too snowy outside), and playing Rock Band (that's what Santa brought). It was difficult to visit with all the family and friends this year as I would have liked to, but Mason's health is still delicate and because it is RSV season I have to be so careful. My main concern are large crowds, especially indoors, and lots of children. We have about 50 nieces & nephews who all love Mason and I hope they understand he's just not ready for all the germs yet. (When will he be is my question???)

Besides trying to balance out extended family time and Mason's health which can be stressful, Christmas was wonderful. It was a special time for our family to think about Jesus' birth and His exemplary life. As a family we know we felt His helping hand in our lives this last year. He gave us hope and lifted us up during our saddest, most difficult moments. We hope this new year brings a healthy year for Mason as well as a very happy year for all our dear friends and family.

Here are some cute pictures from the Sunday
before Christmas and Christmas day:

(Notice Mason's Christmas jammies.
They say "I'm one tough cookie"
and that he certainly is!!!)

During the holidays we also went
to see the Christmas lights at Temple Square.
It was very cold, but absolutely beautiful!

A small update:

The day after Cristmas Mason had a checkup (he was almost 13 months). He weighed 15 lbs 6 oz and his lungs were clearer than they had ever been! Yay! He also has a new trick. He's not crawling, but scooting on his bum. Usually he just scoots him self in a circle and leans over as far as he can to reach toys. I am trying to teach him to crawl (I learned that back when Ammon was in therapy), but he doesn't really like it yet. As I already know, every kid comes with his own agenda.

Happy New Year!

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