Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An overdue Christmas update!

Thank you to everyone who replied to the post below, or has offered support on Facebook recently, or emailed us. It's always overwhelming how much love I feel from people I've only met online. You guys who "get it" are awesome. Thank you for being my friends!! :)
This spinning top toy is Emily's favorite Christmas present. She loves it! The music and animal sounds are so easy to activate, by just touching the animals around the edge. She plays with it non-stop.

Sitting on Daddy's lap, watching Jacob open Christmas presents.

Okay, so my pictures are not in order. LOL This was the Christmas tree, before the opening started!

Christmas Eve afternoon, Daddy putting together Emily's new bike. This was a HUGE success, it fits her perfectly! Now we just need to figure out some straps to keep her feet on the pedals. She loves it!
Jacob, making his giant gingerbread man cookie from Trader Joe's. This is the first year we haven't made a gingerbread house. He says that this was NOT a suitable exchange. ;)

Jacob really wanted this Lego Harry Potter set, but I had convinced him he wasn't going to get it. He was so surprised!

The weekend before Christmas, my sister and her husband brought over fresh crabs for dinner. Jacob had a blast cracking the shells open and digging out the crab meat. It was a lot of fun. :)

What would Christmas time be without a future blackmail picture? I came to the living room from the kitchen and this is how I found Emily. These pants are a little too big, evidently!

That was our Christmas! Everyone came over for breakfast at our house, I made a make-ahead breakfast casserole and creme brulee french toast. We opened presents and had fun. Everyone went home for a while, and then we met up at a Chinese restaurant for dinner. We have had dinner at this restaurant every Christmas day for years and years now. It's a yummy tradition!

Emily has an appointment today to get her seizure helmet. I am not excited about this, although I know it's necessary. I don't think she will need it at home, our carpet is thick enough. She doesn't stand up, which this time is a blessing. Her drop seizures happen a lot, but she's so close to the ground already. She falls over, but since our carpet is soft she doesn't hurt herself. School is another thing though - the floors are not soft. She will wear the helmet anytime she is sitting on the floor at school, so I guess I better make her wear it at home sometimes to get her used to it. I do not think she is going to like this at all! I will update again soon on the rest of her medical junk. I am going to sign off on this update while it's still happy. :)


Becca said...

I love hearing about people's different Christmas traditions - the Chinese restaurant is a fun one! I have cousins that make pizza every Christmas for dinner. LOL

Love the pic of Emily smiling - just beautiful! And she and Jacob look SO much alike! Glad you had a good holiday. Good luck with the helmet - I'm willing to bet that the peace of mind that it gives you will be worth it.

Zoey's mom said...

The pictures are wonderful.The seizure beast,not so much.Hating Emily has to endure this.Really hate it.Praying for relief so she can enjoy that super new bike!Wow ... what a find!

We did the same gingerbread men ... not a huge hit here either.Bought a house from TJ's too but still in the box ... it will keep till next year ... don't you think????

Jake and Joe got Harry Potter sets too.Joe,Hagrid's hut and Jake the Castle... 6 hours straight of putting that sucker together.Not a peep out of him ... the kid has serious lego obsession!!

Happy New Year my near by friend ... I sure know what I will be hoping and praying for in the new year for you guys,for Emily.

Amanda said...

The chinese restaraunt tradition is a good one to have!! Hmm...I think I'm going to steal that! Thanks for the idea, now I won't have to cook Christmas dinner!! Glad to see that she's happy and loving Christmas. It's always fun to see our children smiling and enjoying life, isn't it?!

Lacey said...

Mondo got the Harry Potter lego train. Had it put together in about 15 minutes! He would love to come over and help Jake!

Elizabeth said...

I'm interested to hear about the helmet, since we've only ordered them online and never had a custom one.

Your Christmas looks like a whole lot of fun -- I think you can rig up some small blocks of wood with velcro straps for the bike for Emily -- we did that when Sophie was little.

I LOVE the idea of eating at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas day!

The VW's said...

Looks like a great Christmas.....minus the seizures! Hope the helmet works for her and she gets used to it...poor girl! My boys love crab as well...if we ever get together someday, we'll have to have a crab dinner together! :) Love and Hugs!

Alison said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas. I hope the helmet thing turns out OK.

Junior said...

Looks like you had a really nice Christmas. Will be praying that the seizures will give sweet Emily a break. Hope she does well with the helmet We HATE seizures.

Debbie said...

fun christmas for you pictures...I am so glad you were able to enjoy in spite of the darn seizures!

Rebecca Jackson said...

Sounds like a fun Christmas. Our family ALWAYS has crab for Christmas Dinner. So yummy!

Buttercup said...

Looks like a wonderful day. Prayers for Emily, especially with the seizure issue and wishes to all for a blessed new year. So enjoy your Christmas card!


Sounds like a great Christmas! The crabs...oh I am so envious. The Chinese meal...yum! Good one on the Harry Potter lego set! Glad he was surprised. Love the bike photo!

Donna said...

I LOVE the picture of her underneath Jacob and the gingerbread man. That smile.....! :)
Happy New Year to you and's to less seizures in 2011 :(

Cathy said...

Thank you for sharing your Christmas via pictures with us. But for some reason I am now craving crabs...hummmm wonder why. They look tasty.
Can you tell me the brand of the toy that spins that is in the first few pics. It has the animals you said she can activate so easily. That is what we need easy. I would like to look for it if I know the brand. Happy New year and praying for some answers.

Becky said...

What a FABULOUS DAY!!! Love that last funny!