Meet the McNeil Family

Meet the McNeil Family

Friday, November 30, 2007

Shake - Shake - Shake

Oliver LOVES maracas!! He was playing on the floor this afternoon while I was packing, and having a grand time shaking them. It cracks us up. He just loves that sound. Our next photos will be from our time in Germany and Austria. Hopefully we can find lederhosen for the boy and whatever the Bavarian dress is for the girl. Matt is excited about the pretzels - I am excited for the saurkraut.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


I was not the best picture taker when my family was in last week. I was so excited to have them here, I always forgot to take out my camera. We were so busy and I have been so tired since they left, that I have neglected my blog. We are back....for a bit. We are heading to Germany and Austria for a much needed week long vacation!! Here are a few photos I snapped of the kids last week. They had SO much fun with Nanna and Grandma. Matt and I did too - it was amazing having 2 extra sets of hands to help with the kids. Plus, we were able to go out sans kiddos twice. What a treat!! We miss you Grandma & Nanna!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

4 Generations!!

We took this photo today at the famous Abbey Road crossing. It is just in front of Abbey Road Studios where The Beatles recorded their albums. Here are 4 generations of Wendling women - Nanna Fern, my mom, me and Waverly.
We have had a wonderful week. Matt and I were able to go out 2 nights - without the kids. What a treat!! Plus, it was so much fun showing our city of London off to our family. It is going to be difficult to say goodbye tomorrow morning....

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Grandma & Nana at the Tower of London

My mom and Nana arrived yesterday morning with much fanfare, but alas no luggage. We spent most of the day here - Waverly was VERY excited to have her Grandma visit. Then we ventured down to Oxford Street for some shopping and dinner. Today we braved the cold and visited the Tower of London. We had a great time, with some of the best hot chocolate in the world. Unfortunately, still no luggage.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Waverly's Birthday Party

Here is a photo of Waverly before all of the kids arrived. We had 9 friends over and their moms for a play time and lunch. We had a lot of fun!! Waverly kept singing "Happy Birthday Wavey" to everyone - very cute. I can't believe my little girl is 4!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Happy Birthday, Waverly!!!

Our little girl turns 4 today. Here are her last 3 birthdays - my how she's grown! We are going to have a little family celebration here tonight. Tomorrow we are having her friends over for a birthday lunch.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


We had such a wonderful trip to Disneyland Paris. We were just able to sit back and enjoy the kids, not once thinking that Waverly was anything less than a little girl loving Disney. She was able to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and (her favorites!) Pooh & Tigger. She cried when she had to say goodbye to them. I think Waverly's highlights were watching the live Pooh & Friends show - she was mesmerized by the characters, the tea cup ride, flying Dumbo and the carousel. Oliver enjoyed the rides and his stuffed Mickey Mouse - he also loved eating! I was happy just watching Waverly. She had so much fun and smiled for most of our time there. Matt would probably say his highlight was breaking up a fist fight between 2 mothers - really, he did! I will let him post about that himself later. It was a wonderful get away for us.
Now to prepare for Waverly's birthday party. Plus, my Mom and Nana arrive early Saturday morning. We can't wait for their arrival!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Vive le Disney!!!

We had a wonderful time at Disneyland Paris. I will write up some stories tomorrow, but I am exhausted and in dire need of sleep. Here are a few photos from our trip. Enjoy!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Another Stamp for the Passport

We are off to Disneyland Paris this morning. It was a rough night sleep - due to excitement and a little girl who was ready to go before 3am. I will have loads of photos and stories to share when we return. Au Revoir!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Our Anthem

The song "Miracle Drug" by U2 has been our anthem since the day Oliver was born. I had hoped that I could shelve the song when Oliver was out of the NICU, but things just kept coming up, causing that song to become more and more relevant to our situation. Here are the lyrics:

I want to trip inside your head, spend the day there. To hear the things you haven't said, and see what you might see. I want to hear you when you call. Do you feel anything at all? I want to see your thoughts take shape, and walk right out. Freedom has a scent like the top of a new born baby's head. The songs are in your eyes. I see them when you smile. I've had enough I'm not giving up on a miracle drug. Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. There is no failure here sweetheart, just when you quit. I am you and you are mine, love makes no sense of space and time... will disappear love and logic keep us clear. Reason is on our side, love. The songs are in your eyes, I see them when you smile. I've had enough of romantic love, I'd give it up, yeah, I'd give it up. For a miracle, a miracle drug. God I need your help tonight. Beneath the noise, below the din, I hear Your voice, it's whispering. In science and in medicine "I was a stranger You took me in". The songs are in your eyes. I see them when you smile. I've had enough of romantic love, I'd give it up, yeah, I'd give it up. For a miracle, a miracle drug.

I love that song! I often think about all of the things Waverly wants to say, but just can't. I would give anything to help her.

I'm another year older today.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Total Pumpkin

Today was an incredibly long day for the kids & I. We spent almost 6 hours at the audiologist's office for hearing tests and hearing aid evaluations. No change to any of their hearing tests - YEAH!! Their hearing has stayed stable, which (hopefully) means their loss is not progressive. Some good news for us!! Our doctors were great today and they are going to give Oliver an MRI and do some blood tests, similar to Waverly's. I am so thankful that they are being proactive. Let the waiting begin.....again.....and continue on.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Catching Up

Sorry about our absence, but we are back. Here is a photo from Halloween - I think the kids look so cute in their costumes. I just had to post one more. All is well in London. Last week we had the movers come to take away the Embassy furniture from our living room. We are now 4 sofas & chairs lighter. The room looks much nicer and finally feels like home. This weekend the Brits are celebrating Guy Fawkes Day. We were worried when we heard what sounded like gun fire, then relief set in when we remembered it was only fireworks. We think we have finally settled into a church and this morning we found 2 other families that I know from playgroup who also attend. We ended up walking to a local park together and letting the kids play. It was wonderful!! Birthday season is upon our household. Waverly, Matt and I all celebrate our birthdays within the next 10 days. We will also be taking a trip to Disneyland Paris soon to celebrate Waverly's 4th birthday. We are SO excited to watch her while she takes in everything - she is going to be amazed.