Playing catch up once again on our blog and wanted to post a few of the pics I took during our "hunkering down" for hurricane Isaac. We decided to stay put, although I am not sure we would make that same decision again. Thankfully, we were safe and sound and had no real damage. Many others were not so blessed.
This is all of our "Isaac art". The kids went through lots of paper, crayons, and markers during those days were trapped inside. It was seriously the longest hurricane ever!!
We camped out on the first floor all together on pallets and away from windows just in case one of the pines on our heavily wooded lot came down on the house. Our lot and its wooded feel is one of the things we love most about where we live--- except during hurricanes.
Water from the Tchufuncte river began coming into our backyard. Many other people had the "river" in their homes!
We lost two big trees, but thankfully in the way back of the property (which technically isn't even our property) and so for that we are grateful. Could have been much worse. We were also amazed that we someone managed to have power throughout the storm. So, between art projects, eating, and movie-watching we stayed pretty busy!
Lila and Bennett have been waiting and waiting and waiting...probably the longest 3 weeks of their lives (HA!) for school to finally start! Well, it was finally their turn on Monday the 27th. Lila was extra excited about her first day of school dress, which she picked out (and I LOVE!) and, as usual, Bennett was a great sport about matching his sister for me. Lila was even specific about her "side braid", and I did my best!
Last year without uniforms, so they might as well look super spiffy for their first day!!!
In addition, Lila lost ANOTHER tooth the night before school and the tooth fairy brought her a charm bracelet, just like Elise's, but with a little tooth charm. So, she wanted to wear that as well.
They walked right in and sat down (at different tables, by choice) and got right to their coloring!
Unfortunately, their first day was also their last day for another week because of a nasty little interruption named Isaac...more to come on that!
I am the proud wife of David and Mom to three wonderful blessings- Elise, Lila, and Bennett. I am thankful every single day that I have the opportunity and gift of spending the majority of my time with my children- who I love to pieces, and who challenge, inspire, frustrate, and teach me things every single day.
This is my online journal, which I am hoping the kids will see as a perfect substitute for a scrapbook or baby book--because I don't see those happening any time soon!!
Elise Laurent was born at 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2005. We did not find out her sex during my pregnancy and we were thrilled to tears (and slightly shocked) to meet our beautiful baby girl. She was a big baby at 8lbs, 8oz, and David and I couldn't take our eyes off of her. Elise is an old French name that David and I have always loved. Laurent is both my paternal Grandfather's name and my Dad's middle name. We always dreamed of having a daughter and were so thankful and overwhelmed to be given such a blessing.
Elise is a true first born. She likes structure, likes to fully understand everything, likes her questions answered to her satisfaction. She loves to be challenged and to challenge. She is also highly sensitive and independent.
She is a wonderful big sister to Lila and Bennett....
Lila and Bennett
It would be an understatement to say that we were shocked to learn on November 11, 2006 that we were not expecting baby #2, but baby #2 and #3!! In just shy of two years we would have created quite a family!
But, on June 1st, 2007, at 36 weeks exactly, we were thrilled and completely overcome with joy and gratitude as we welcomed two big, healthy babies into our family. First, Lila Sue, named after my Mom at 7lbs 0.6oz, and secondly, Bennett Raymond, named after David, David's Dad, and my maternal Grandfather, at 7lbs 10.4oz.
Lila has been the vocal one from the start and to this day is still pretty much running the show. She is the life of the party, the entertainer. But she is also the most compassionate, most giving of our children.
Bennett is a true boy. He is active and rough and loves to tackle and throw. He also adores his sisters and his Dad and gives the best hugs around. His big baby blues get me every time.
Boss is the newest member of our family. He was born on June 15, 2010, and he came home to us on September 9th. His full name is Boss Brees Parnell. He is half maltese and half poodle, and 100% love. We are so thrilled to have him!