Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fall = Football, Futbol and Fun!

We are now fully immersed into the Fall Sports season.

This year, Charlie has decided to play Football instead of Futbol (aka Soccer).  As a second grader, he still plays flag, and he is having a great time!  This being his first year to play football, he is still learning about the game and what he is supposed to be doing -- but he is getting it.  And, did I mention that he is having a blast?  His team is now 2-0 - Go Tigers!




Goofing around with teammates! 



Now that Paige is in Kindergarten - she is old enough to play Soccer (aka Futbol).  You may remember my post about how entertaining Kindergarten soccer can be.  Well, it is still very entertaining. =)
Paige, being the social butterfly that she is, is thrilled to have so many friends playing soccer with her.  We only hope her poor coach can handle this group of girls. (I know I can't!)  



Paige and friend

Paige and more friends

Paige and even more friends and Coach

It is going to be a busy, but fun, fall season!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Buddy Walk with Anna!!

It is Time.....

Time to sign up for the 2011 Buddy Walk, that is!


We are inviting all our family and friends to join us in supporting Anna, and all individuals with Down syndrome,  on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

The online registration is now up and running.    Click here, or on the Buddy Walk logo on right sidebar to go to the Anna's Banana Pants Team Page.


Please let me know if you have any questions about the registration/donation forms - they are not exactly intuitive.  This is our 4th year doing this and I still mess up! =)

**** Updated to add:
Check-in/Registration for the walk begins at 12:00 noon.  The actual walk is at 1:30 pm.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It Is Going to Be a GREAT Year!!

First Day of School!

Waiting for Anna's bus

It is a soggy one here, so things were a little chaotic, but everyone made it to their first day of school with a smile on his/her face. =)
backpacks all ready to go!


Paige started Kindergarten this year.  She has the same teacher that Charlie had in Kindergarten =)  I am so excited for Paige to start school.  I think she is going to do great - if she can keep her mouth shut! (Please pray for her teacher.)




Charlie is in the 2nd grade.  Last night at dinner he was telling Paige all about how things run at the school -- because,  you know, he has been there for two years now.   Charlie is extra-excited to have his best buddy in his class again this year. (Please pray for his teacher).


This will be Anna's first full year of pre-school.  No pictures of her getting on the bus this morning because the bus never came - at least not on time.  And, no pictures of her walking into school because I had the camera with the other kids at the other school.  But, she looked like a big girl ready for school and her teacher reported that she had a great first day!   (You can pray for her teacher also -- I am sure she is the one who will need the prayers the most!)

We are looking forward to it being a GREAT year at school!!

(Picturefest!!!)






Thursday, September 1, 2011

Save The Date!! 2011 Buddy Walk

It is hard to believe that it is already September -- which means that it is almost October which is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

What an amazing year Anna has had!  She learned to walk.  She is going to pre-school.  She tells me to "Stop Mommy! No! No!" all the time =)  Our little girl is growing so fast!

On Saturday, October 22, we will be walking in the Northwest New Jersey Buddy Walk to show our support for Anna, and the more than 350,000 individuals with Down syndrome in the United States.

We are asking you to Buddy Walk with Anna to make a difference for people with Down syndrome in our community and help the National Down Syndrome Society create change nationwide.

NOTE: I do not have registration information at this time -- but will post it and send an email as soon as I do!!

The walk is less than a mile – so anyone can do it! Last year, the Anna’s Banana Pants team raised over $2500 and had over 50 people who came out to show their support and to to walk with Anna. What a blessing it would be to exceed both of those numbers this year!



Last year, Anna got to walk in the Buddy Walk for the first time by herself.  This year we are fully expecting her to run the whole way! =)  We would love to have you there to help cheer her on.

So, put Saturday, October 22 on your calendar, and I will send registration information to you as soon as I have it!