Sunday, June 28, 2009
Below he's pictured with most of the kids in the "Tigers" class; and then individually with his crush, Cecilia (Cece) and with Luca -- we're so sad because Luca and his family are moving back home to Pennsylvania. Lucas went on his first playdate a few months ago, and it was with Luca.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Personally, what's most poignant is that the first person I thought about when I heard about Jackson was my mom...she was a huge fan of both Elvis and Michael -- we were watching TV together the night we learned about Elvis, and cried as we mourned the King. I miss not being able to share with her all the good, the bad, and the sad.
The last few weeks have been filled with so much -- too much -- death. But, ironically, death always reminds us to live. Like many iconic figures before him, Michael Jackson will never be forgotten and his music will play on. May he find the peace in death he never seemed to have in life.
We will remember...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
If Lucas could express himself, here are some of the things I think he'd say about Daddy:
Thank you Daddy for cooking your yummy food for me...
morning, noon, and night,
for sitting with me to watch Signing Time over and over again,
for coming home early from work just to wrestle with me,
for making bath time so much fun with bubbles,
for taking me to see Mari for therapy every Monday and pointing out the cows in the pasture,
for introducing me to "Where the Wild Things Are" and "The Little Engine that Could"
for pushing my swing endlessly whenever my heart desires,
for showing me the thrill of big kid slides, jumping from the edge of the pool, and tickle games!
Thanks for learning so many signs so I can practice and learn them too,
and for showing me how to make cool animal sounds (Mommy's not very good at it, you know).
I love snuggling up to you when you put me down to sleep, and love it even more when I wake up sandwiched between you and Mommy.
Thanks for being so silly and making me laugh all the time,
Thanks for believing in me and for doing all you do to make my future look bright as can be!
Mostly, thanks for being the best Daddy in the whole wide world!
Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads in our lives :)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The potty training is coming along slowly...although we haven't been very dedicated. Lucas has had several successful movements, mostly while enjoying his new book "Potty Time with Elmo" (*with sound*). I've been reading up on the 3-day potty training method which I've heard good things about, and plan to devote ourselves to trying it in the next few weeks -- it seems like a real commitment of time and energy (not to mention requiring a heavy dose of patience).
BUT...the most exciting thing Lucas is doing now is...starting to sight read! I bought this "game" called "Simple Words" which are about 20 two-piece puzzles with a picture on one half and the word on the other. Lucas quickly picked up these "high interest" words he can sign and say: cow, sheep, bee, pig, boat, book, tree, and car. Here's a little demo:
Friday, June 12, 2009
We were also hosted by Lauren and her family (thank you!) for a casual get together with a few families from the local Down syndrome group...no wonder Nashville is consistently named one of the friendliest cities in America! Lucas is now smiling ear-to-ear as he yells "cheese" when a camera is pointed in his direction...can you tell? And yes, he's attempting to eat sushi with chopsticks!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
To build the storybook, the NDSS needs to hear from people with Down syndrome -- their achievements, dreams, aspirations, and successes. They're also interested in stories about how someone with DS -- a friend, family member, colleague, student, patient, neighbor -- has inspired you. To enter a story, go to www.ndss.org/stories.
To accompany the campaign, the NDSS has developed these two awesome print PSAs which will appear in national and local media this fall. Take a sneek peak at the ads (click on the ad to enlarge so you can read the copy), and click on the links to read their respective stories and see behind-the-scenes video interviews.
Honestly, how can I look at these inspiring young people and not dream anything but "big" dreams for our own loving, funny, inquisitive, steal-my-heart son!
Sara Wolff, The Public Speaker
Sujeet Desai, The Traveler
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
As Grandpa's namesake, Tom adored his grandfather and has attempted to live a life to make him proud. Grandpa played a prominent role in many of Tom's favorite childhood memories, especially fishing in Montauk. I remember Grandpa as a sweet, loving, gentle man who never had a cross word for anyone. He will be missed.
Grandpa lived a healthy, happy, long life. His final days were spent in the loving company of his children and dear family and friends. Should we all be so lucky.