Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Well, this has got to be one of the craziest Halloween's ever!

We had a major snow storm on Saturday (12+ inches) that downed trees and knocked out power all around us. Halloween festivities were canceled all around, including the event that we were excited to attend.  I was completely bummed because I worked hard to make our costumes this year...and even Jonathan and I were planning on wearing costumes.

School was canceled today because the schools were still without power -- meaning no Halloween party or parade.

But, fortunately,  Trick-or-Treating was still ON!!!

So, we donned our Angry Bird costumes (that I made, all by myself, by hand)  and hit the streets =)

It was a crazy Halloween - and definitely one we will remember! =)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Buddy Walk 2011 - What a Great Day!!

On Saturday, we laced up our sneakers and enjoyed the DSGNWNJ Buddy Walk!  What a great day it was!!

Anna's Banana Pants team had over 40 people turn out for the walk and raised almost $2500!! (not all funds raised were reflected on the website because it didn't take into account day-of registrations and donations as well as a couple of mail-in donations.) 

To say we are blessed is an understatement.  When Anna was first born and we were learning about her having Down syndrome and what it all meant, I remember thinking and wondering what had I done so horrible that God was punishing me.  And now, 3.5 years later, I sit and think and wonder what I have done so great that God is showering us with such blessings.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To everyone who came out and walked, donated, prayed for us on Saturday, and throughout the year.  Your support and encouragement mean the world to us.

PS - check out the new glasses =)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Some Pig

I am not so sure Charlotte would spin us such a web, but I think she is pretty cute!

Anna as King Pig

My kids decided that they want to be Angry Birds for Halloween.  Charlie wants to be the black bird, Paige the blue bird, and we decided that Anna should be the King Pig =)

There is no way I was going to buy them Angry Birds costumes...they are at least $40+  and not in stock anywhere.

So - I decided to try my NOT CRAFTY hand at making them.  (Insert snide remarks here)  I do not own a sewing machine, barely own needle and thread, but I can manage to get two pieces of material to stay together - if pretty doesn't count.

Anna's is the first one I did.  It is a little small, and you definitely don't want to see it up close, but not too bad for a first try.  I definitely learned a lot for when I make Charlie and Paige's.  And, I may go back to the fabric store to get more fabric to redo Anna's. At $4/yd, it is a bargain compared to buying the costume!

Why do I get myself into these things? =)

Monday, October 3, 2011

School Pictures Fall 2011

Love my beauties!!

Anna - 3-yr. old Pre-school

Charlie - 2nd grade

Paige - Kindergarten

I think we actually did pretty well this year!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Like Any Other

Today is the first day of October!!

Once again, it is Fall.  For many, this is their favorite time of year.  The cool air has moved in to give us a break from the sweaty summer, but doesn't freeze us like the looming winter months.  The hills are ablaze with color from the leaves.   Everywhere you go you can get pumpkin flavored goodies (muffins, coffee, ice-cream, etc.), and Halloween candy is out in the stores.

Yes - there are a lot of reasons to love October.  But, allow me to add one more!

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

In case you didn't know...
...we have a beautiful daughter, Anna (Banana Pants), who has Down syndrome.

We like to spread awareness about Down syndrome, in hopes of increasing acceptance in society.  We want to let others know that having a child/sibling with Ds is not a life sentence, nor does Anna "suffer" because she has Ds.  Anna is a much-loved (probably the most-loved) member of our family.  We would not trade her for anything!  She is valued and accepted - like any other.

Are there things I would like to change about Anna?  Of course! I would love for her to stop flipping her plate over when she is done eating.  And, I would like for her 5-yr. old typical sister to stop sucking her thumb, and for her 7-yr. old typical brother to hit the toilet.  She is a child - like any other.

Anna is just like you and me.  She has thoughts and preferences. She throws a fit when she doesn't get her way.  She goes to school and has friends.  She likes to watch cartoons. She loves to dance and sing. She loves her babies and her stuffed dog.  She is a person. She has feelings - like any other.

Anna was perfectly made by God.  Her life (and ours, for being the given the responsibility of raising her) is not one to be pitied, but rather, one to be enjoyed and celebrated like any other's