February 12, 2017

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Valentine's Dance 2017

This weekend was our annual F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Valentine's Day Dance.  Our local down syndrome group has been such a source of information and support to us these last three (almost four!) years and we always enjoy the time we can get together and catch up with the other families.  Unfortunately, with so many family and work commitments it is a challenge for us to be involved in many events but we are always blessed when we can slip out and see how the little ones have grown and hear what the older members are up to.  The Valentine's Day Dance is one of our favorites because unlike most of the gatherings which are typically mostly members from our group this is a community wide event.  Last night's celebration even included two baseball teams and part of a local boy scout troop.  Another reason we really enjoy this event is because many of the events are during particularly busy seasons such as Christmas and Thanksgiving or times that are complicated for our family like the annual Buddy Walk which usually takes place during our vacation.  But in February there isn't typically way too many events going on so it is easier to get it in the schedule.  We were very happy to have one of our families who moved away make the trip back for the party and see how well this little one year old is doing and how big he has grown!   

I happen to think Addison looked so very handsome especially when he donned his boutonniere from his sweetheart Madison.   
 Trying to get a photo of these two is crazy.  First they were both too short for the camera so you only saw the tip tops of their heads.  And then Madison wanted to go, go, go!  And Addison, dear boy,  is so busy watching everyone else around the room and pointing at the camera....  how can a person ever get him to look forward??? At one point he even reached out and started rubbing Christina's hair and sucking his thumb.
  And go figure everyone is actually looking and we can't all fit in the picture.  
Well anyway... there we are... 
Happy Valentine's Day!

February 11, 2017

The Mountains

 For a few years now we have gone to the mountains to celebrate my birthday.
Allen's gift is the long weekend and the girls gift is to handle all the packing, meal planning and grocery shopping.

January 25, 2017

Thanksgiving 2016

Way past due but I can't let Thanksgiving go unmentioned here because sometime this year someone will ask about some detail and then go looking on my blog for the post.  The hallmark of most of our holidays are the food and the people we spend them with.  And, as is typical, there was no shortage of either on Thanksgiving.  

Five things that made this Thanksgiving wonderful.

1.  My annual coffee date when the girls and I gather our twenty something years worth of Thanksgiving Bon Appetites and the family recipe box and head to Starbucks for Pumpkin Spice Lattes to plan our gatherings and menus for the holiday season.  

January 24, 2017

Here and Now

I get periodic emails, voice mails and text messages reminding me I haven't posted since April 2, 2016.  And I think, "Hmmm... blogging.  I remember that.  It was fun."  And that's about as far as it gets because then life smacks me in the face and the moment is gone for another month.  The rare moment I have had to open my computer, seriously twice over the last nine months, I get so overwhelmed at the idea of where to start I get absolutely no where.  The other night I was thinking on this very topic and I thought, "Why not stop trying to figure out how to catch up on all that I've missed and just start with the here and now?  At least that way the world at large will stop thinking I am being held hostage or dead."

The sad fact is the here and now is quite an uninteresting and pathetic sounding post.  We are sick.  We have, in fact, been sick for  more than five weeks.  It started with 10 colds which grew into 7 cases of bronchitis and a ruptured ear drum.  Despite finishing antibiotics and many breathing treatments, there are 7 asthmatics in our home, people are still sick.  We've been to the doctors more times than I can count and threw in a trip to Children's hospital for kicks.  We've run the gamut of flu tests, strep tests and chest x-rays.  And, by the way, since its a brand new year with a brand new deductible the out of pocket expense has been astounding.  My husband seriously flipped out when the pharmacists informed him the cost of inhalers alone was $1200.  Yikes.
Doctor's office selfies

April 2, 2016

Family Easter Photos 2016

I have the worst luck with electronics.  Seriously, I somehow killed two phones in the last year.  I have been holding my breath hoping my most recent would hang on until March 31st when we can replace it much cheaper.  Last night it finally said, "I quit."  

And then there are the cameras.  I have burned through so many cameras over the years.  I think its because it is always with us and always in the action.  The last time Allen replaced my camera he took out the longest dummy warranty he could buy.  Smart move.  The first time I used it, we were in a hotel lobby trying to get a family portrait before we headed to our friend's wedding.  Oops... the camera went flying out of my hand and after hitting the floor flew across the slick tile.  Amazon did some magic and I had a new camera.  Then last fall I took the kids down to the C&O Canal for some running and biking.  Carmella was standing on a rock in the Potomac taking a photo of Brianna and I.  She did so great at being careful.  And then as she handed the camera back to me it slipped out of my hand and went splash... into the river.  I actually stuck it in a bag of rice for a few days, a trick I have used many times when I got caught in a rain storm running and my phone got water logged.  It's kept working on and off since October.  Like my latest phone, last week it finally said, "No more."  Allen again contacted Amazon... I love Amazon... and they gave us a refund and we ordered a new camera... which, thankfully, arrived Saturday.  

We haven't had a family photo since last fall and so much has happened since then, and the kids have grown so much... especially our Addison... I wanted to get a few pictures of everyone together on Easter.  I was happy I didn't have to rely on the phones to do the job.  

We have had amazing weather the last few weeks... kind of like May weather... but in March... which is usually just plain nasty and ugly around here.  Unfortunately, Easter was not one of them.  It was cool and overcast.  Actually, we noted it was colder, at 60 degrees on Easter, than it was on Christmas, which topped out at 80 degrees.  The crazy weather continues here on the east coast.  We still had some nice light to get a few photos.

I love Addison's face in this photo.  I look at these boys and I just think, "They are so very handsome!"