Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Landon Turns 5!!!

The weekend before Landons 5th Birthday he started to get sick.  We went to the doctor the day before his birthday and found out Landon, Lucas and I had the the flu.  It knocked us all out of commission for the first week and by the end of two weeks we were finally getting rid of all symptoms.  Needless to say it was not the greatest birthday for my baby boy.  We decided to combine his birthday celebration with Lucas' and hopefully we will get to do something super fun.

 Sick boys + Sick mom = Very few pictures and little fun.

January 2013

We got to enjoy Christmas in January with Grandma Judy, Papa, Uncle Chris, Aunt Ang and Aunt Erin.
Taby is the newest addition to the McCormack Household.  She is a 10 year old shih tzu that we inherited from my mom.  The boys have been asking for a dog for some time now and love having her around.  We enjoy taking her on walks and she has brought such joy to our home and has been very therapeutic for me during such a sad and difficult time.

Taby does not stray too far from my side and will follow me from room to room.  She watches out the window when we leave and doesn't move too far until we return home.  Plus she is already trained!!  Right off the bat we got to see how expensive owning an animal can be when Taby got an ear infection and then had 8 teeth pulled.  She is worth every penny though. 
Lucas loves playing basketball but my camera hates the lighting in gymnasiums.  There must be something I am doing wrong but instead I will just hope for a new camera.  :)
Lucas and Landon still love dressing up and it's much more fun when friends are here to join us.  This night we had a big Nerf Gun War with the Whetman family. 

A late night snack of cereal that hims was too tired to finish..... 

A couple of weeks ago Lucas would not have an impromptu sleep over because he did not have Momma White Dog with him.
Snow, snow and more snow...... 

Landon insisted we buy Taby this coat so she would not get cold.  She sure is cute!! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Christmas 2012

Lucas and Landon playing with their new puppies, Boo, in Laramie.

We all enjoyed our indoor snowball fight with cotton balls at Aunt Tonia's house on Christmas Eve.  I wouldn't be surprised if she was still finding cotton balls in odd little places.  ;)

What a mess!!  I sure hope Aunt Tonia lets us come back to stay at her house again after the chaos we caused.

Christmas morning in our new pajama's.

Lucas says his great cousin A.J. is the funniest little kid ever.  He is definitely a cutie and keeps everyone on their toes, including his grandma.
2012 NFL Football game for Wii.....YES!!!

Nintendo DS.....YES!!!

The smile of a child can bring such joy.

Of course Kathy girl and I had to go shopping on Christmas Day, unfortunately the only place that was open was the grocery store.  Good thing all we really needed was food.  ;)

Janice L. McDermott - Our Mother

Four days before Christmas Steve and I loaded up the truck with the boys, our luggage & Christmas presents and headed for Laramie, Wyoming to visit my mom who was in the hospital. She was admitted to the hospital the day before, due to a blood infection called sepsis and was in very critical condition. The doctors believe the infection started in her bowls which were blocked and then spread to the blood. Even in the hospital getting the treatment she needed, her organs began shutting down due to the infection and at some point she suffered a heart attack. I was told by my siblings that they were pretty much just keeping my mom on life support until my family arrived. I could not imagine that she could be so sick since the day before she went into the hospital she was up and about making her infamous peanut butter fudge. 
Once we arrived at the hospital and I saw for myself how sick she was I was in utter disbelief. Was that really my mom laying there with a central IV in her neck, a breathing tube in her nose and another tube in her mouth draining her stomach? How could this be happening to my family and me? Why was this happening to us? We all know the cycle of life but is anybody ever really prepared to get a phone call telling them that a loved one is not going to make it?  I know I was not ready for that phone call and hope to never get another one.
After spending some time with my mother we were faced with the difficult task of deciding whether to try surgery or to remove her from life support.  After weighting the pros and cons and taking into consideration my mothers wishes, we decided against surgery.  The doctor told us he did not expect her to make it beyond a couple of hours after removing the life support.  It was not until the next day, after we brought her dog Taby in to see her, that she took her last breath; some 15 hours later.  My mom was always such a fighter and such a strong woman, there were times within those 15 hours that I thought well maybe she will just get better on her own.  Unfortunately that was not the case and now my three sisters, my brother and I were faced with planning a memorial service for our mother who had just passed away three days before Christmas.
God saw you were getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you
And whispered come with me.
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands were laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
After meeting with the funeral director on Christmas Eve, Steve & I took the boys and my brother Robert and drove to Cheyenne to spend the holiday at my sister Tonia's house.  We did not know how we were going to make it through the holiday but knew that no matter what, we had to try and make the best of the situation for Lucas and Landon.  Through it all Steve has been my rock and I am so thankful to have him by my side.  By pulling together as a family and being there for each other, we did make it through the holidays, the memorial planning, the service and so many other difficult times.
My life will never be the same and my heart feels like it has a hole in it.  Some days are better than others and I try to take it one day at a time.  I miss my mom so much and wish that I could pick up the phone and call her just to hear her voice.  I have been keeping a journal since her passing and it seems to help me get my feelings out.  Each relationship with my siblings has changed and I feel closer with Tonia and Tina than I ever have.  I know the relationship I have with my brother will improve because I want it to.  We all have only the family we were givin and I cherish the time we spend together.  You never know when your loved ones will be taken away.     

December 2012

Landon and Deja were troopers during the Holiday Season when Angi and I took them shopping all over the valley.  Landon actually talked to Santa this particular day at the new outlet mall south of us.  All he wanted for Christmas was a Nintindo DS.

Lucas started playing Junior Jazz Basketball and is one of the star players on his team.  His team, The Kings, have had a lot of fun and Lucas absolutely loves basketball. 

Nothing beats Wii night on the weekends.... 

Landon and I went with Angi and Deja to Gardner Village to find Santa's Elfs.  Afterwards  we got to enjoy a yummy cookie for all our hard work.  

Lucas is not a big fan of school concerts and singing, so he was not too happy with me when I signed him up to sing with his school mates at a local bank for their tree trimming tradition. 
Landon and I met the Williamson girls again for more shopping and fun at the new Schells Sporting Goods Store.  We enjoyed the Ferris Wheel, a game of miniature bowling for the kids and a game of target shooting before treating ourselves to some lunch and yummy fudge. 

Our elf Doby enjoyed playing with some of the toys the boys have laying around the house....  

More sledding.....

My little kitchen helpers making Christmas Goodies..... 
Because Lucas is always one of the tallest kids in class, he ends up in the back row during programs but I am still able to see that he is not singing.  ;)