A month or so after we told the family we were pregnant with Connor, Adam's sister, Beth announced she was pregnant, too. (Actually, I found out Beth was pregnant when one of her boys asked if the baby in her belly wanted a snack in church.) We soon found out that we would be having a boy, and after two boys, Beth's family would now be having a girl.
As well as being his cousin, Elsie is one of Connor's very favorite friends. Any day that involves Elsie is happier, and anything Elsie does makes that thing that much cooler. When Connor saw Elsie wearing a necklace, he insisted on putting everything he could find around his neck. And when he actually did find a sparkly, purple, beaded necklace in an old hatbox he demanded he be able to wear it to Wal-mart. Unfortunately, we somehow "lost" it in the van before we got there.
Connor also thinks everything Elsie says is "cool." He had been calling Elmo "Jo-Jo"(with a very cute high-pitched voice) for as long as I could remember, until one day he went and played with an Elmo toy at Elsie's house. Then the next day all of the sudden it was "Elmo" and "Jo-Jo" was no more. (I was pretty sad about that one.)
And most recently, I had been trying (please don't ask me why because I don't know why it is important) to get Connor to say the "sss" sound at the end of"ice" for a month or two, but he just wouldn't do it. So Elsie came over to play and said "ice" once and then of course Connor was perfect at it from then on.
Family is always a blessing and we feel grateful to have so much family so close to us who love and support us. But we feel especially blessed that we have family that we can truly call our friends.