Meet the McNeil Family

Meet the McNeil Family

Sunday, January 27, 2008


This has been a long week for the family. It was Wavey's first full week of school - she did great and really likes it. We are so proud of her. Matt had a speech Friday morning at a women's organization. He wrote a great speech on the women's suffrage movement. This weekend Oliver was still sick. Today Matt took Waverly to the Natural History Museum for some Daddy/Daughter bonding. Wavey especially loved the "baby elephant". We have been preoccupied waiting for some test results for Waverly. This has kept us busy. I hate waiting!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hello, My Name Is...

Waverly started at her new school yesterday. She went right into her new nursery beautifully and ended up comforting some of the other kids she knew, who were uneasy with the new location. Yesterday was a bit bumpy - she was a bit overly excited. Today she did great. She spent most of her day with her assistant interacting with the mainstream kids. They said she had a great day. She was really excited to see me and just kept repeating "I Waverly" the entire walk and bus ride home. I think they had her introducing herself to the other kids a lot today. It was wonderful. I am so proud of her.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Healthy & Happy

The past few days have been hectic in our household. Waverly and Oliver both have ear infections. Lucky for us, Waverly was pulling out her hearing aids at school on Wednesday - this is very unlike her. So first thing Thursday I took them to the doctor and found out they both had ear infections. They are feeling better now - we caught it early enough for too much sickness. Today was our first day out of the house for a few days. Matt took Wavey to the London Transport Museum (highly recommend!), while I walked around Covent Garden with Oliver. Here is a photo of Wavey - she was able to pretend to drive buses and subway cars. She loved it! Tonight we are going to be staying up late watching football. It stinks when the late game doesn't start until 11pm!! Tomorrow is a holiday for Matt, so he gets to spend the morning doing our usual routine. We are also heading over to Waverly's new school, so he can meet her teachers and see the place. She starts on Tuesday!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


The photos are back! Oliver is scooting all over the house now. He has also figured out how to make his ride-on lion work. He stopped rolling to take in a little Goldilocks tonight. He is changing so much right now. I feel like everyday brings a new "trick".

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Thousand Words

I am sorry that the blog has been picture-less the past few days. A friend is borrowing our camera and we have yet to get it back. Hopefully tomorrow I will have some new photos to share with all of you. Waverly had "school" this morning and her favorite friend, Sophie, was there. Sophie is 4 and has Down Syndrome. The 2 girls play beautifully together - it is really cute to watch. Oliver is semi-crawling now. He crawls with one leg up, like a crab. He doesn't move too fast, but he is able to get around more. It shouldn't be long before he is all over the house. A few of you have asked about my Grandfather. He is still in ICU after suffering a stroke last week. The prognosis is not good, but we are still praying for recovery. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Cheap...Even With The Conversion

We discovered a great, cheap find here in London. There is a movie theatre that shows kids movies over the weekend. The four of us went to see Ratatouille today for 3 pounds - that is 6 dollars. Wavey loved the movie, as did Matt and I. Oliver slept for most of it. It was a fun way to spend a wintry day.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sunshine & Rain

I took Oliver to the therapist today for an evaluation. Due to his hearing impairment he will likely need speech therapy. We thought it best to have him evaluated at around a year to see what we need to do. We received wonderful news. Thanks to his very early diagnosis (7 weeks old he had his hearing aids), he is only slightly delayed on his speech. The therapist gave me some additional pointers to help him begin to copy speech sounds and said we could come back in about 5-6 months to have another evaluation. She was really pleased with his attention, focus, fine motor skills and sociability. It was wonderful to get some good news.
Update: My grandfather has had a stroke and is in the hospital in Florida. We are still waiting for a prognosis from the doctors. Please continue to pray for him, my Nana, my Dad and the rest of my family. Thanks.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Prayer For PapPap

Hi everyone. Please say a prayer for my Grandfather. He is currently in the hosptial in Florida and we are waiting for an update. It is so difficult being so far away at times like these.

Monday, January 7, 2008

We Are Coming Home!!

We are coming back to the US for a visit in a few months!!! We just bought the tickets and I am busy arranging doctor appointments and scheduling visits. We hope to see as many of you as possible during our trip home.

Don't Visit The Aquarium

Yesterday we decided to spend the afternoon at the London Aquarium. We were really looking forward it to and our trusty tour book for kids recommended it. We spent only 33 minutes (and over $50!) there - not worth the money in the slightest. It was a total rip off. So it will NOT be on any visitor's itinerary. Matt did snap this (not so lovely) photo during our afternoon. Our batteries ran out so we had one chance. We needed more.

Saturday, January 5, 2008


I love this photo of Oliver because his toy looks like a small green donut. Nothing new to report. Just having a relaxing day at home. Have a great Saturday!

Friday, January 4, 2008

A New Year

Sorry I haven't posted anything in a week. Honestly, there just hasn't been much going on here. Waverly's school doesn't start up until next week and we are just taking some time to relax before the busy schedule begins again. We took a trip to the base and loaded up on some American favorites. We spent New Year's Day out with Matt's co-worker. We went out for lunch and then to the Tate Modern museum. The rest of the week has been mostly staying in - it's been cold here the past few days. Oliver had his one year check-up. He is a BIG boy - off the charts in every way possible - healthy and happy. Waverly is excited to see her school friends. She talks about them every morning, hoping this is the day she will see them again. We miss you all.