Uncle Jared and Bennett...
Soon to be Aunt Erinn and Elise...(Erinn was supposed to be in St. Louis with her family, but due to all of the weather, she wasn't able to get there. We know she probably missed her family, but we were so happy that she was here with us to celebrate!)
A rare picture of me and Elise!
Su Su and Lila (with her mischievous grin)...
Phillip, David, and Bennett playing cars...
Elise kicking back with Uncle Jared...
Lila loves playing rough with her Daddy...
Just a few pics from our fun family filled day! I need to get some of the other one's from Mo to add to this...We were so thankful to all be together for Christmas!
Christmas Eve we went to a really neat church service at my parent's church that was completely centered around the children. They took volunteers from the audience and acted out the nativity scene...When it started, Elise said, "I'm only going up there if I can be the Angel!" Well, she got her way, and she did a great job...she was definitely the youngest, but did so well! Mo took pictures, so I will have to put those up later. I just really enjoyed that she was able to really pay attention in church and learn...
Hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the Holiday with family and friends. I can't tell you how overwhelmed with gratitude I am for the fact that we are able to share this special time with my Grandparents, parents, Aunt, Uncle, cousins, and siblings...I know not everyone gets to have their whole family together, and I feel so blessed. To have my babies both being rocked by their Great-Grandfather on Christmas Day is really just about as good as it gets!
Merry Merry everyone!
Elise opening one of many Cinderella gifts. You can see Emmy smiling in the background...I wish I had taken more pictures, but I got distracted with putting together toys, etc...At least I caught a few things! We are so thankful for their generous gifts and for the time we spent together.
I think Elise is feeling pretty confident because she has had a lot of face time with Santa this year. SuSu treated us to breakfast with Santa at the country club this morning. It was so much fun. We were so sad that Lila and Bennett weren't able to come (still on RSV quarantine) and they were definitely missed. But, we did have a great time hanging out with Jacob, Suzanne, and Nana (Su's Mom), as well as Aimee and Mitchell. We are already looking forward to going back next year with all of the kids!
David found out Wednesday night that he made partner at his law firm! We are so thankful that they acknowledge and appreciate all of his hard work! We are so proud of him!
In other Parnell news, I made my first trip to the ER this morning with one of my children. Actually, I think that is pretty impressive considering I have three kids and two of them climb everything in sight!! Bennett has been struggling with a cold and early this morning we could not get his wheezing controlled, even with the nebulizer we have. So, I talked to the nurse and she told me to go on in. He was a real trooper, and after 5 hours there he was diagnosed with RSV. They gave him a couple of more breathing treatments and some oral steroids and he already seems much better. In fact, I think he is on a steroid high because I saw him a minute ago trying to throw a soccer ball through one of our Christmas wreaths as if it were a basketball goal.
When I was sitting in the ER room with plenty of time to think, my mind keep wandering back to parents who have really sick kids and who have to watch them be poked and prodded like he was (for just a few hours) all of the time. I can't imagine! It actually helped me keep our little visit in perspective...just a little bump in the road, and he'll be fine!
Can't believe only 7 more days until Christmas!
I'm back! Santa came early this year and brought me (well, us, technically) a new computer!!!! I can't tell you how excited I am, as the old one has been the cause of much stress (especially in the "two you" area) over the last several months...It is something that we had been discussing, but something I didn't think we could do at this time. David came home Friday and surprised me! This will definitely allow me to get back to enjoying my hobby, and I should have no excuses about keeping up with my blogging as well! Thanks so much to the best husband ever (although the intangible gifts he gives are even better)!!
Good thing about this time of year is that it helps keep it all in perspective...hasn't been the best week, but it could be much worse..we have so much to be thankful for!
I'll be back soon!
Elise actually ate some pancakes as well!
Tonight, after dinner, David took the kids upstairs to read some books before bed, and I stayed down to vacuum (and listen to my new CD--OF COURSE!!)....After he put Lila and Bennett to bed, he and Elise came back down. She loves to come down, drink some milk, and watch a little of the adorable Goodnight Show on Sprout- it is her "big-girl" routine...Anyway, I was still jammin out to my ipod and kind of clueless to the fact that they had come down. I saw Elise staring at me (and actually kind of making fun of my dancing - to be honest) and so I took my ear buds out. (I forgot to mention that today was one of those days where I still had my work out clothes on from this morning.)
She looked at me, and said, "Mom...........are you about to just open the door and run?"
David and I just looked at each other and laughed.
I thought to myself, and then said out loud to David, "Sometimes I think about doing that..but, not tonight sweetie."
She wasn't even trying to be funny this time, but she just is. At least to us. Her timing is priceless.
On another note, the best husband in the world is already trying to figure out how he can get me tickets to go see Brit when she opens her tour in New Orleans in March. How fun would that be?? Glad he is willing to indulge my guilty pleasure....
Bennett and Lila were super excited about their Thanksgiving cookies!