Yesterday was a day packed full of activities for the Ferrell chillins. We started the morning at Abby's "snow day" at school. Living in the deep south, snow is pretty much a novelty the children see on movies and in pictures of the northern regions. A "snow day" is completely foreign to them...they may have a hurricane day every few years that shut down the schools, but snow...not so much.
This is where Abby's amazing teacher comes into play (have I mentioned how much we love her??). She created a "snow day" for the kids by transforming the classroom into a make-shift winter wonderland, complete with hanging snowflakes, a construction paper fireplace, and a place to make snow angels in craft snow.
The entire day was built around the snowy theme. They had snowball fights with crumpled paper, ate their very own snowballs (powdered donuts and marshmallows), made hot chocolate, ate snow cream (shaved ice, condensed milk, and vanilla), and constructed their very own ice sculptures (from marshmallows and toothpicks). It was a day that I know all the kids will remember for a very long time.
Directly after helping out with Abby's snow day, I met Jay and Nate down the skreet a little for Emma's preschool Christmas production. It was absolutely adorable seeing all the pre-k kiddos sing their songs.
We then joined the rest of the parents in the room for some cake while our little munchkins gave us bags of gifts they have been creating the past few weeks. It was such a special time, and Emma was beyond excited to finally be able to show us what she has been trying so hard to keep secret lately. My favorite was a special little bread cloth that showcased her handprints...I just love those things to look back on as they grow bigger.
A few hours later, we let the kids open their Christmas gifts from us. Since we are leaving Saturday morning, we decided to let them open their presents a bit early so they can have some play time with them before our big trip. This was the first year that everyone was old enough to "get it" when it came to opening presents, and it was a blast seeing their faces as they opened each gift.
Thank you so much for your prayers and sweet messages regarding my last post. I received a call from one of the residents in the ENT clinic today. If she was reading the path report right, it looks like they did not receive enough lymph tissue for testing. The tissue they did receive showed quite a bit of inflammation, but there was no testing done on lymph tissue. The resident said that she needed to talk to the doctor I see so we can make the next plans, which will include scheduling an additional surgery to remove one of the other enlarged lymphnodes. I should receive more concrete plans sometime tomorrow, but I am guessing that the surgery will take place when we return home from the holidays. I'll update when I know more.