Heartfelt Hope for Ty

Heartfelt Hope for Ty
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, has been prenatally diagnosed with complex heart defects that will require a minimum of two heart surgeries and two lengthy (weeks-long) hospital stays. In order to balance his care and the care of our other two children, we will be losing income during his hospital stays for time off of work. In addition, we are already experiencing added expense from the frequent doctors and specialists visits for prenatal care. We are a bit overwhelmed at the financial consequences of his diagnoses, but comforted in knowing that God is in control and will provide. We are asking anyone who feels led to pray for Ty and our family and to donate (see button below) to help offset these unexpected expenses. Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Santa Clause is Coming to Town...

...but before he arrives, come the elves!

The day after Thanksgiving, Lily's elf Amy came for her annual vacation time in our home!  Amy brings more joy to Lily than anything I have ever seen.  She gets more excited about Amy than she did about our trip to Disney! lol.

Amy didn't waste any time getting around to her elfcapades!  The night she came she left a trail of toilet paper through the whole house, colored our milk red and green, got into the treat bucket of candy in the pantry, ate chocolate chip pecan pie, and played with Ava Grace's Cheerios! 

Amy wan't the only little one making messes!  We made lots of messes because it was time to decorate for Christmas!

Grandmommy and Papaw came up for part of the weekend to spend time with us and especially Lily since they haven't seen her in a while!  They helped us put up our tree and then Papaw held Lily up so she could put the star on the tree!  Ava Grace loved all the boxes and decorations and she was absolutely determined to eat everything "help" us!

Other than decorating, we just did lots of relaxing together!  Usually when Grandmommy and Papaw come we have a big agenda, but not this visit!  We reheated our Thanksgiving dinner and had it again with Lily and Mom and Dad and just spent some quality time together!  It was SO nice!

We got some playing in while they visited as well!  Lily always includes Ava Grace in her games and it is just so precious to us!  The picture above shows Grandmommy, Lily, and Ava Grace (who Lily grabbed and hauled up to join them) on the love seat "boat" with toys!

My mom got Lily the Little People nativity years ago and we got it out and set it up for Ava Grace.  She LOVES it!

It was so much fun having Mom and Dad with us for the weekend.  I know the girls enjoyed it almost as much as I did!

After Grandmommy and Papaw left, we did some more decorating and relaxing.

Lily toted Amy everywhere we went.

Lily also wrote a note to Amy and asked her to bring Ava Grace an elf.  And look what we came home to one day...

Amy went to the North Pole and brought back Mindy!!  Double Trouble for sure!  I can't imagine the elfcapades we are going to have this year with TWO elves under our roof!

Ava Grace LOVES Mindy and Lily is teaching her how to be gentle with her.

With all the mischief going on, even Lily started elfing around...

I do believe I will enjoy every moment of this Christmas season!  We are only a few days in and it has already been so much fun!

{Our elves are little different than the "elf on the shelf."  To find out more about our magical elves please visit: http://www.elf-magic.com.  If you don't have an elf in your home and are thinking about it, I urge you to consider a magic elf!!}


Allyson said...

LOVE!!! Love the ideas--red and green milk (genius), Double Trouble in flour!!! I did flour angel last year but didn't think to write in flour. So great. You're giving me ideas! Can you believe i haven't even started yet this year!?!?! This weekend our elf mischief begins!