Elise really wanted a sleepover for her 8th birthday- and we so agreed that if she kept it small we could do it. I had a lot of fun planning out the night for them. Like most 8 year olds, Elise likes anything neon and funky with peace signs. I found these fun shirts on clearance for less than $4 at Old Navy and so that was the theme we went with!!!
We had the playroom all ready and waiting for the girls to arrive.
As soon as they got here they all got changed into their shirts and ate pizza.
How cute are they???
A sweet friend of mine personalized the cups for them.
I ordered some of Elise's favorite cookies.
Then the girls got to work decorating pillow cases.
After they were finished with their project we took a "field trip" to Elise's favorite spot- Just Chillin'- for snoballs and ice cream.
Here we sang Happy Birthday to our big eight year old!
And then played some super fun rounds of hang man. The girls each had a turn thinking of the phrase, while the others guessed.
Madeleine spelled Pontchartrain Rules!! They love their school!
Sweet Constance- "I love my friends"
Natalie - "Happy Birthday Elise"
And then with their bodies....ELISE.....
In the morning the ate breakfast and then spent a little time goofing around on the trampoline!
We more than survived our first slumber party- we actually enjoyed it!!
Thrilled that our girl had such a fun time celebrating with her friends.
All three kids, but especially Elise, LOVE the Zoo2U camp.
This is her third year and the twins' second. They spend a week out on a beautiful farm about 30 minutes away (not sleep away) and are able to explore the grounds, take care of animals, and ride horses and even a camel!
Some of our very best friends, the Barrois, are moving this summer, but thankfully only about 2 hours away.
I met Kimberly when Elise and Ella were both 9 months old- they are 8 days apart and actually looked a lot a like at that point. I was still adjusting to being a stay at home Mom, which although it was what I always wanted, was a little lonelier than I imagined- especially since I didn't really have any friends in the same boat at the time. We hit it off immediately- and our "playdates" when the girls were so little hold such a special place in my heart. As our families grew- so did our friendship- Camille and the twins were due two weeks apart and ended up being 6 weeks apart. I will forever be grateful for their family and our special bond.
We made sure to let the girls get some special time together before the move.
Elise and Ella had a special sleepover to celebrate their birthdays together...
And Camille and Lila did as well.
Kimberly took the girls for special dinner and sno balls another night.
And as they were pulling out of Mandeville we joined them and the Kitchens for old times' sake at Chik fil-a.
We plan to stop by and visit on our way home from the beach at the end of the month. Looking forward to it already!!!
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!