Thursday, December 16, 2010

'tis the craziness of the season

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.


Heidi on December 17, 2010 at 4:28 AM said...

Amber, Ive been away from blogging for awhile since my Dads recent Lymphoma diagnoses...then here I read your last blog entry, sorry I didnt see it sooner, Im keeping you in my prayers and hoping this is nothing youll have to worry about. I went with my Dad to his appt today, it was an emotional day for sure. Just wanted to mention that Lymphoma is one of the most treatable cancers, thats the good news and something we're all holding onto.
ALSO, loving all the pics of your kiddos and medical update on Nathan. Jack is having some real uncontrollable behavior lately and the whole ammonia thing comes to mind. It will come out of no where and then he goes back to his ol' self...just strange. BUT these episodes do remind me much of his younger years and those awful sensory overload episodes he used to have (screaming for up an hour for no apparent reason) So who could be that he's just a BRAT! lol...well thats what my sisters would tell me anyway.
As always, hugs and prayers to you and your family-praying you all have a wonderful Holiday!
Heidi & Jack.

Tara on December 17, 2010 at 6:18 PM said...

It looks like the kiddos had a great christmas. I love Nate's recliner!

Anonymous said...

Sorry you didn't find out one way or the other and will have to have surgery. But now go have a great Christmas with yalls familes and put this up on the alter for now and enjoy yourself surronded by the love of families and freinds (b/c love comes from God). I will keep holding you up in prayers!!
Loved the girls party pictures, opening of the gifts were great shots too. love Jolees Granna

Michelle on December 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM said...

sending you prayers! You have so much on your plate already but I trust God is in control and only gives you what you can handle and He will lead you through! Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your family!

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