Thursday, December 27, 2007
Christmas Morning! I know it looks like a ton but we wrap EVERYTHING...After all isn't that the fun of it, opening the presents! Before anyone comments on how much we buy remember we have 9 kids...
As you can see we had a great Christmas and the puppy at the end of the slide show is "poor" Sparky as Chase calls him. And you would not believe how amazing this dog is and how having him in our home has improved Chase speech and the dog can't even sign or talk...When ever I ask Chase who made this mess he responds with "Sparky did it"..Chase can also say "Sparky naughty boy" "Poor Sparky" and my fav "Sparky farted". The boy and this dog are always into trouble together. We love "Poor Sparky"....Thank You Santa, you always know how to put a smile on all of our faces...
Oh and we are getting another Grand baby I think in July! Kenny and KaCey are having another baby! They don't mess around, but then Kenny does have a few brothers and sisters. I really hope it is a girl.
We have so much to be thankful for this year! I am so proud to have kids who know the true meaning of Christmas and are so excited to help others. From the time my kids where very small I have tried to show them the meaning of love thy neighbor and to see the needs and wants of other who are in need. This year we were blessed to help a couple of families with Christmas. I want to thank them for allowing us to help and for the opportunity to teach our children to be better people so when they are grown and on their own they will teacher their children to do the same not just at Christmas but all the time. They will never know who we helped but will be better for just giving that helping hand to some else.
Again thank you for the honor to serve.
And Yes even the big boys in our family get involved. Kenny says it is just not the same putting ornament on someone else's tree. He wanted to come over and help put the ornaments he remembered as a kid. So this year I gave he 5 of the ornaments off of my tree to put on his own tree. They were ones his dad had given me over the years before he pasted away. Now he will have a little piece of his childhood memories on his tree every year. Once a child aways a child.
And Dusty, He loves everything to do with Christmas, the lights, smells, shopping, but most of all playing with the toys on Christmas morning...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Why do the boys HATE to have their pictures taken so bad!? I took about 150 pictures and this is the best of them......The last one is the one we are using for our Christmas cards....
I am blaming the goofing off of the boys on DUSTY, He is the king of face pulling when we are tring to take a picture.....And Chase loved it so much he cried pretty much the whole 15 mins it took to take 150 pictures...Anyway this is 5 of our 9 kids. These are the ones still living at home....
Monday, December 03, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Now off to finish filling Christmas wish lists......
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
I was hoping Chase would like the whole trick or treat thing more this year than the last but he didn't. After going to the Grandma's houses he was done. But Cody and Courtney had a ball. They came home with enough candy to supply a small army. We weighed Cody's bag or treats and it came out to be 14 lbs! He was pretty proud of himself.
Austin was to big to go this year so he went to his friends house (who is a girl) and watched movies and Chels went out with friends to a haunted house where she won a t-shirt for her knowledge of the 7 deadly sins. Chels also had a dance performance that day for school. They danced to Thriller..Wow did that take me back to my younger years.....
Cody is a dead football player. Chase was a cowboy and I loved how cute his little bum looked in his chaps, spurs and wranglers.
Cody, Courtney and Chase at Grandma Kay's house..
Chels ( the blond ) in her costume for her dance performance. Boy this girl can REALLY dance! I love to watch her dance even if it is just around the house. The girl has moves!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
To read what was said about my post click on the botton on my side bar it will take you to Rising Bloggers and that is who gave me this award.
Thank You Rising Blogger for this award and for letting me know someone really does read my blog.....lol
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
She has just opened a new shoe store and shops all over the world her childrens shoes.....The great thing about these shoe is that they are full of style and function. Check her new store out by following the link on her blog and don't forget to add your name to the list for the free shoes give away. They are the cutest little Wellies (rubber boots) you have ever seen! And boy I hope Chase wins them, maybe we can keep his feet dry and mud free when he goes our to feed the dog and horses with dad. Wonder if Dusty wants a pair....hehehehe But Please go check out all of the shoes she has on her website.
You know what I say a person can never have to many shoes.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
But for me Down syndrome is just a couple of words....It is not who Chase is....
Chase will turn 3 in this month that we are going to be promoting awareness. October!
We had no idea when he was born where Chase would lead us. The one thing I can say is that our road is more traveled by friends like Chase than we could have ever imagined. We have made many friends on this sometimes bumpy road. Friendships that we would have never made without our common treads of Down syndrome.
As I look back on the last 3 years we have made new friends, lost some of the sweet souls of Ds and felt their pain in a way you can not explain in words, prayed for the health of many, witnessed milestone of Chase's and others with pride. We have found friendship in our groups of friends with children who have Ds that are just like family. We are very proud of our children who are Chases biggest fans and advocates. But most of all we are THANKFUL EVERYDAY to have this wonderful soul in our lives to teach us humanity...For that we thank God for sending Chase to the right home...OUR HOME!!!
If you are LDS and reading this I just wanted to put this foot note on here....
I now understand my Patricidal blessing I received at 20. It all became clear to me the night Chase was born and I looked into his eyes......
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I have known the day would come when I would have to let my baby grow up.
On Monday I took Chase for his Per school assessment. They do all kinds of testing and give you a ton of forms to fill out while these educators take your baby and do testing. Tests are done in a room with other screaming kids who don't want to be there and 50 strangers watching.
I remember reading the booklet I was sent before I was to come to this appointment and it said "please do not bring other children with you as it may impair the testing".
When I walking into the room for the testing my first thought was "you have got to be kidding me, how in the hell is anyone going to test any child in this place".
It kinda reminded me of Chucky Cheese on a Saturday afternoon. (we went there once, never to return to the mouses house AGAIN) Dusty said he would just assume have his you know whats cut off with a dull knife then go back to that house of hell....
Anyway, this lady comes over to us and says "go sit down and someone will be with you in minute". And in fact a lady did come over and yelled "what is his name" and grabbed me by the hand and said "come with me", in a voice that sounded a lot like Vincent Price...
They put Chase in the chair and snapped the desk to get his attention as he was more interested in the kid crying at the table next to him. They quickly showed him 4 pictures of different animals and said "Chase where is the horse" He points outside and says "side" for outside. She then says "NO where is the horse"? Chase looks at her like she was on crack and says VERY loud "SIDE". They look at me and I said "Well, our horses are outside at our house"....That is pretty much how the whole thing went.
We were then asked to go play with the toys until they get done "scoring" him. So we did and then I hear Vincent Price say behind me "You forgot to fill out a page in your papers"
The papers she is referring to is this booklet that I found almost funny if I was not so pissed off that I had to spend 2 hours filling out. The age range on this assessment booklet was from 3-18.
I don't know about most kids but mine that are 18 and Chase are totally different in ALL ways. Some of the question were so out there for a 3 year old I started to put in the margins "HE IS 3" or "give me a break", or my fav was "Does your child do his/her own wash" I put "no, but he would, given half a chance".
For some reason they did not think I was at all funny in anyway shape or form. I figured if they were going to waste MY time then I was going to make it fun and interesting.
I did see them handing it around and a few people were laughing.
I know I should have looked at this in a much more adult way and just done it with out any bitching but it is bad enough to go there and have them think that in that kind of environment they could get any kind of an aquarite score if Einstein had been sitting there himself.
A half hour later they come over and announce that Chase qualifies for per school. Like I was going to be thrilled with this offering of information. What, was there any question on their part that he would not?
And then they said he has an IQ of 68, normal is 100...by the way they acted with their sad voices I think they thought I was going to be upset or cry.
I didn't, I simply said "that is great and is it alright if I have him retested when he is at an age where it is more aquarette". With shock in their eyes they said "YES you can".
I don't remember anything they said after that as I was watching my beautiful son, he was sharing toys with a little boy his age and loving it, then he took a toy over to a little girl who was crying and gave it to her so she would stop crying, then gave her a hug...the tears fell down my cheeks and I knew why these test meant so little to me, an IQ test will never measure the love this child has in his heart for his fellow man. He is like watching an angel at work, comforting those who are scared.
I would not change one thing about Chase, he loves so deep, deeper than anyone I have ever seen and I wish the rest of the world could slow down long enough to see the true beauty in his eyes that I do everyday.
Maybe that is why it has been so hard for me to let him go to school, I will simply miss his sweet face......