Saturday we attended our first Down Syndrome event. It was a Walk In The Park in St. Louis. They had a big pep rally (which we missed thanks to a parade closing roads down town - stink!). Then, we got to walk around the field & attend the game.
As we walked up, I saw a beautiful baby boy a little older than Ollie with Down Syndrome. Thankfully, I was wearing sunglasses because I teared up several times this day.
I can't put into words what it was like to be around so many people that got our lives. That saw the sparkle in Ollie's eyes. That knew how lucky we were to have her & her extra chromosome. I know they get us because I get them now & seeing so many kids & adults with Down Syndrome was like a breath of fresh air - just awesome to be a part of it all!
Jade was just on cloud 9 walking the field. He's a huge Cardinals fan so it just blew his mind that his feet touched the field pre-game.
Even the kids grabbed a quick photo.
They were loving it too.
Why yes, meet Ollie's chin - she slept the entire way around the track.
No it doesn't look comfortable, but apparently it's very comfortable because she pulled this nap off for a good hour. Even a boy with Down Syndrome came up and kissed her and she slept through it.
Geez I just love that chin & those cheeks.
At home plate Jade was snapping photos - I was dropping a 4x6 photo of Miss O into an appreciation box for Albert Pujols and his wife Deidre. For those of you unaware, they have a daughter with Down Syndrome & have an amazing foundation in St. Louis that we are also members of. On the back I wrote them a note - it's crazy that they are going to see a picture of Ollie, and I know they are going to love her!
The kids were good. They had a blast. On the way home Everett told Jade that the "red ones" AKA the Cardinals were stupid & he likes the "blue ones" AKA the Cubs. Jade couldn't believe it. However, the Cubs lost & Everett is a fair weather fan because he likes the Cardinals again today.
Aubrie cried on the way home because she didn't see anyone with Down Syndrome. It cracked me up because seriously, there were at a guess 500 people with Down Syndrome in attendance.
Thank you again Shelly for including us in this day. It meant the world to us! I am excited to attend more events in St. Louis now that Ollie's heart is repaired - it's definitely a wonderful group & I see a lot of friends in our future there!
Well I saw this giant red metal cog on HGTV and had a fit over it. Thankfully, Maggie heard me and she listened. This weekend Mom, Abbie, Maggie, & our friend Darby went to 3rd Sunday Market - I stayed home. Mom wanted to buy me a gift since I stayed home.
Maggie looked all day for a cog for me. Then she spotted it, a table where the top was a highly varnished wooden cog. It was seriously ugly in its current state.
The guy said he wanted $20 for it - SOLD!
I was stoked!
I sanded the varnish off where I could, primed it, painted it layers of colors, and sanded it a ton.
Oh yes - I am in LOVE with my giant cog!
I realized I haven't blogged my house in months - probably close to a year even! Life has changed, but for those of you that were here to crush on my home - it's still evolving - I just like to take pictures of the babes instead & they are funnier.
Example - tonight Everett asked Maggie to show him her belly. She did and then he asked if her pee pee was inside or outside. After MUCH confusion - we realized he meant the word belly button - not pee pee - makes a lot more sense with the proper word!
Please remember to keep Mason in your prayers - OHS tomorrow.
Well friends I've been working out for about 2 months now so I thought I should update on my progress.
I have officially lost 11 pounds!
I am excited! 11 pounds in 2 months is a lot.
So what are my goals?
Well I'd like to lose 12 more pounds!! I also want to start a FREE once a week fitness club in Shelbyville. Why? Well because I need the accountability. If I have friends that know I'm working out it pushes me to continue. I don't want to show up once a week and then be embarassed that I didn't work out the rest of the week. So it pushes me to workout daily. Also, because I'm a stay at home Mom. I don't have the extra cash for a gym membership so working out in my house makes sense. Free is always good for me :)
I am officially a beachbody coach now. I love the programs, I love Shakeology, and I get a 25% discount now because I coach. So it was a no brainer. It is another way for me to stay accountable & I get to help my friends when they want to know how to transform their bodies. I have been loving it!
It's a one day at a time process to get healthy. Unfortunately there isn't a magic pill, it's all hard work when you do push play & then eating healthy the rest of the time. I finally feel like I have this under control and my last pictures I snapped showed me amazing results as did the scale.
I am so excited to see where I am in 2 more months! I am hoping by Christmas that I need all new clothes!
If anyone is interested in any beachbody program or Shakeology - message me on facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org - I would LOVE to help :)
One of the scariest things for me is our future regarding Ollie.
Not the typical fears that others immediately think of like never having an empty nest...
in all honesty I think it's easier for me to imagine her living with us forever.
School scares me. At age 3 she ages out of Early Intervention where she gets therapy now, in our home, with me watching and learning. When she goes to school it's out of my hands, and kids aren't always nice. Thank the good lord for Aubrie, Everett, Caroline & Penelope to ensure kids are nice to Ollie Faith. I get so mad when it's on TV. I've been bombarded so much lately with uneducated people tossing around the word retarded like it's some hilarious joke, but if it happens to my sweet girl, I can't even imagine.
Another fear is boys. That's right I said boys. The thought of her having a boyfriend, although I have a few cuties picked out for her, scares the crap out of me. And marriage - oh dear - marriage let's not even go there. And let's face it, Ollie Faith is a charmer - what boy could turn her down??
Living on her own - ugh - I think I'd rather her live with me or in a house right down the road too.
And the worst part, the high rate of Alzheimer's and the shorter life span.
It's so far away, and so very scary to think about if I allow it.
So I push myself into a positive mindset & move on. She is only 6 months old, so why fret over something that is unknown.
I'm focusing on eating up her smile every day, letting her know how loved she is, and working on her therapy. She's having a blast now that she's healthy & I'm having a blast with her.
I never would have dreamed how fabulous she would be, but now that she's here I can't imagine her any other way! She's a rock star!
And since I'm totally random all the time, just an FYI - I am totally looking forward to October - Down Syndrome Awareness month - and blogging daily about Down Syndrome. Last year that month was a hard month & blogs lifted us out of the dirt, shook us off, and gave us a firm kick in the butt that everything was going to be perfect. So many mamas, so many blogs, fabulous pictures of adorable kids, so much good information - eek I'm excited to take part this year!!