Thursday, April 30, 2009

Noah Whitmer



Ten days ago, Noah Whitmer* was shaken by his daycare provider. He is now in the hospital and has a long, long journey ahead of him. Please go visit and pray.

Don't forget to pray for Aidan and Nate as well. Some of you asked how Aidan fell, if you haven't read the latest updates, he fell out of a screened in window, 3 stories up. I can't imagine how horrific that must have been. My heart is so heavy for all these families right now. Thank you for lifting these families up in prayer.

*I had Noah's last name wrong before... I guess I just pulled it out of thin air because I can't even figure out how I thought it was the name I had before! Anyway, it's fixed now! :)

Favorite Movie Quotes

This is part of Erica's Witty Wednesday (Yes, I know it's Thursday). She named her top 10 favorite movie quotes. And I tried, but there are too many. So here are my top 20 and below that are my favorite quotes from my favorite movie of all time. :)

20. "But you're, like, really pretty."
"Thank you."
"So you agree?"
"What?"
"You think you're really pretty?" - Mean Girls

19. "I want you girls to know if it were not for this man, I'd be standing here dead." - Dirty Dancing

18. "Inconceivable!"
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." - The Princess Bride

17. "I thought I was your snack pack." - Billy Madison

16. "Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here." - Forrest Gump

15. "I know, right?!" - Mean Girls

14. "Until mankind is peaceful enough not to have violence on the news, there's no point in taking it out of shows that need it for entertainment value." - Clueless

13. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." - The Princess Bride

12. "The human head weighs 8 pounds... dogs and bees can smell fear" - Jerry Maguire

11. "What we've got here... is failure to communicate!" - Cool Hand Luke

10. "As you wish." - The Princess Bride

9. "Get outta here! And don't come back for 5 to 7 days!" - My Girl

8. "My Mama always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get.'" - Forrest Gump

7. "Sometimes... I don't think I KNOW you." - Sound of Music

6. "Somewhere out there is a lady who I think will never be a nun." - Sound of Music

5. "Stupid is as stupid does." - Forrest Gump

4. "Fraulein, is it to be at every meal, or merely at dinnertime, that you intend on leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of... indigestion?" - Sound of Music

3. "Hello? There was a stop sign."
"I totally paused." - Clueless

2. "Look at all this milk. This could be our milk."
"No milk will EVER be our milk." - Billy Madison

And of course for number 1:

1. "Nobody puts baby in a corner!" - Dirty Dancing


And then, the following are all from my most FAVORITE movie :). You can name it... can't you?

"Oh, honey, God don't care which church you go, long as you show up!"

"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion."

"We'll talk about uncomfortable when you're nine months pregnant!"

"I'm not crazy, I've just been a very bad mood for the last 40 years!"

"Time marches on and sooner or later you realize it is marchin' across your face."

"I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair."

"In a good shoe, I wear a size six, but a seven feels so good, I buy a size eight."

"That sanctuary looks like it's been hosed down with Pepto-Bismol."

"I'm just screamin' at my husband; I can do that any time!"

"You know I love ya more than my luggage."

"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special."

"It's like two pigs fightin under a blanket"

"Well, you know what they say: if you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!"

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Letter confusion...

Kameron still has trouble pronouncing his Rs. It's been this way since he learned how to talk, and I figured he will probably grow out of it, so I never really gave it much thought. About a week ago we were on our way home from school when Kameron said:

Kam: You know what I'm wondering about, Mom?

Me: What, Kam?

Kam: Why do R and W make the same sound?

Me: Uhhh... they actually DON'T make the same sound buddy.

Kam: Oh.

Then he sat there very confused. Apparently he hears them the same way. I tried to make the sounds and show him the difference, but I don't think he got it. Oh well, maybe someday! LOL

Making wishes come true! :)

As you know I am a huge fan and supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation! They have granted wishes for TONS of kids we know, including Kennedy, and we are forever grateful! My friend Christina's daughter Kallie was just granted a wish through them! Kallie has Down syndrome and Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes. She is going to have her Wish meeting next week where she is going to choose a Disney Cruise. It is going to be the trip of a lifetime for Kallie and her family! I am so excited for them!

Be sure to visit the Make-A-Wish website and see how you can help out a great organization! And I don't know if this is nation wide, but our gas stations sell Make-A-Wish car magnets! It's an easy way to show your support for them! :)

Technical Difficulties


OK so I think my computer is freaking out on me... or maybe it's just the internet! haha I am having issues with Picnik. I upload pictures and it tells me it failed... then the pictures show up in my library but I can't edit them or anything! I have so many great pics and stories I want to share with you! Anyone experienced this before?

ALSO on my google reader... (which I am finally caught up on and I'm being more attentive now... sorry to those of you who felt ignored, it wasn't intentional!). I have this ONE blog that WON'T go away! When they post new updates it shows up, but every time I click on it to read it or try to mark it read or whatever, it signs me out of Google reader and when I sign back in the same posts are back again as unread! What the heck?!

HELP!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Prayers for Aidan & Nate


This cute little guy is Aidan Fredette. He suffered a fall about a week ago and is in really bad shape. He's in a coma and they are talking about putting a permanent shunt in his brain. His parents, Kalen and Melissa, are holding it together the best they can, but it's a VERY scary time with an unknown future. Please stop by their blog and read their story. Please pray! I think this is one of every parent's worst nightmares.


***Edited to add***

I just read the following off of Brandy's blog. Please keep Nate and his family in your prayers as well.

"Please read this and help this family out. A little boy (Nate) in the 2nd grade here at Woodlawn was in a bad car accident this afternoon. His grandmother was killed and he is in serious condition. He has been taking to Arkansas Children's Hospital. Please pray for him and his family.

I had him in art today. He was so proud of the Mother's Day card he had made his mom. My daughter was in the same Kindergarten class with Nate. His step sister is in the same class Lauren's in now.

The grandmother and Nate were on their way to the school to pick up his step sister and his older brother from after school tutoring. They pulled out in front of a log truck and the grandmother died instantly. Nate has been gone a few times. Please keep this family and the community in your thoughts and pass this along if you wouldn't mind. Thank You!"

Quote for the Day

I sent this quote to a friend of mine awhile back, and today, while I was struggling, she sent it back to me. I thought I would post it for anyone out there who might need it as well.

"People are like fun house mirrors, they reflect a distorted image back at you. Sometimes they are flattering, other times they are not. But ultimately, their observations have more to do with their own insecurities than you. We all tend to take other peoples perceptions of us way too seriously. There are always going to be people who think you could be doing a better job parenting, dressing better, doing something to change your body image, following a different career path etc etc. Maybe they are right, maybe they are wrong. Who cares? You have to decide that while you'll listen to what others have to say, you'll focus on what God wants and who He wants you to be. That is, after all, what's most important."

Q&A #75

If you want a great workout, try moving! I probably sweated off at least five pounds this weekend! If you want I can probably find plenty of stuff for you to move in the next couple of weeks. I know, I'm a helper like that. Just thinking of you ;)
LOL SO glad you have my best interest at heart! ;)

Now, I found a Mario game online that DOES NOT have to be downloaded. It's pretty cool, and I've done pretty good! It's got 6 levels, and you just keep repeating the levels as long as you have enuf lives! I've gotten through it almost 3 times. Let me know if he wants to do it!
Hmm I don't know if Kam would want it... but I might! LOL

Will you be making any new designs for your store. You know, in all that free time you have, ROFL!!! Cause I need stuff with Down syndrome AND autism.
I do need to get new designs up, haven't worked on stuff in at least a year. I got some good suggestions from some parents at the conference too. I need to get to work on it... eventually! ;)

Have your kids seen Akeelah and the Bee? It's one of Emily's (and my) favorite movies of all time.
Yes! Kassidy loves that movie. I bet Kam would like it more now that he knows what a spelling bee is! :)

I remember losing in the 3rd round after spelling the word "teacher" wrong. Sad thing was I knew how to spell it, but I was nervous and rushed to spit the letters out and mixed up the a and the e. and yup...here I am, 17 years later, and I still remember it as if it were yesterday. LOL!
Yep, in second grade I got out on the word "feather". Totally forgot the A. I was runner up in my class. I think I'm still a little traumatized! hahaha

That dress is sooo pretty..you got that at Target???
Yep! I love Target!! It's in the big girls section... it's a size 4, so it's big on Kennedy but hey, at the rate she's growing she can wear it for the next 3 years! haha

Now THAT is an absolutely gorgeous dress on an absolute beauty! My question, if Daddy hadn't been there for her to rope in first - would she have that dress?? lol
Hmm knowing how much of a sucker I am, she probably would! LOL

OMG......adorable! Are her cheeks always pink like that??
Yes, almost always. She'll never need blush lol.

Last but not least, go to the Southern Belle Store. Until May 5th you can use the coupon code: Celebrate and receive $2.00 of ANY item! They have some super cute stuff! :)


Button to my store for the people checking in here from the conference :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Clothes

When Kennedy was in Early Intervention (the birth to age 3 program here in TN), one of her "goals" was that she would take pride in her clothing. I remember wondering if she would ever get there. It used to be that I was the only one who cared if she was dressed cute or not. I should have known better.

Sincess Kennedy has now decided that she MUST have a say in what she wears every day. I pick out two dresses (I have to keep some control, you know) and she makes the final decision for that day's wardrobe.

A few weeks ago we were all at Target and I was shopping for clothes for Kassidy... or at least that was my intention... somehow it turned out like this:

Kennedy: DADDY! LOOK!!!!

Frank: Yeah Kennedy, it's a dress.

Kennedy: AWWW so CUTE!

Frank: Uhhh Baby, (that's me) I think Kennedy likes this dress...

Me: (walking over to see) What did you find Kennedy?

Kennedy: A DRESS!!!

Me: Do you want this dress Kennedy?

Kennedy: YES!

Me: You really like it?

Kennedy: NO!!! I LOOOOVE it.


And you all know how this story turned out, right?
I mean, really, who could refuse this face?


Click to enlarge

Monday Moment for Down Syndrome - Heaven's Very Special Child

Over the last 4 years I have collected MANY poems and stories about Down syndrome and special needs in general. Since a lot of my readers have kids with special needs, I thought I would post one poem or story every Monday. Chances are you'll find one you've never heard along the way!

HEAVEN'S VERY SPECIAL CHILD
by Edna Massimilla


A meeting was held quite far from Earth!
It's time again for another birth.
Said the Angels to the LORD above,
This Special Child will need much love.

His progress may be very slow,
Accomplishments he may not show.
And he'll require extra care
From the folks he meets down there.

He may not run or laugh or play,
His thoughts may seem quite far away,
In many ways he won't adapt,
And he'll be known as handicapped.

So let's be careful where he's sent,
We want his life to be content.
Please LORD, find the parents who
Will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away
The leading role they're asked to play,
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they'll know the privilege given
In caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild,
Is HEAVEN'S VERY SPECIAL CHILD.

For more Monday Moments, Click Here.

Giveaway number 1 - Hallmark Cards!

The wonderful people at Hallmark have done it once again! They've created cards for Mother's Day and Father's Day that you can record your voice onto. What a cherished gift it will be for any mother or father!

They also have a new line of 99 cent cards! These are perfect for showing someone you care at a small fraction of the price!

On Saturday, May 2nd, I will pick FOUR winners! Each winner will receive ONE recordable card and ONE 99 cent card! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me the best Mother's Day or Father's Day gift you've ever given or received.
As always, you can post this on your own blog and come back and tell me for a second entry!

Cards will be given on a first come first served basis!










Blogger Choice Awards...

Are BACK!!!! And I've been nominated!! Please go vote and nominate some other blogs out there! :)

My site was nominated for Hottest Mommy Blogger!

My site was nominated for Best Blog About Stuff!

My site was nominated for Best Blog of All Time!

My site was nominated for Best Parenting Blog!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

DIET

In this post I told you all I'm going on a diet. I know there are probably a bunch of you out there in the same boat I'm in right now... trying to lose weight before Summer. And, you know, bathing suits *shudder*. SO let's confess, what are the foods that do you in? Is the problem WHAT you eat, or how MUCH you eat? What have you found to be the best (healthy) way to drop pounds quickly?
Talk to me!

Have you missed me?!

I only posted ONCE yesterday! That is practically unheard of for me! LOL Hopefully you all were out enjoying the beautiful weather with your families and didn't even notice! It's early Sunday morning and everyone is sleeping... except for Kameron. He's bored because he has to be quiet! (haha) I keep wondering when he'll get into the mode where he LOVES to sleep and I have to drag him out of bed for school. As it stands right now, he is almost always the first one up.

I am trying to catch up on my google reader, which is pretty much a lost cause at this point, but we'll see how much I can plug through. In a few minutes we will start getting ready for church. My friend Lori and her community group is hosting a bake sale for Kellsey's adoption today! I will be sure to take some pictures! Also, my friend Amy is going to join us with her kids!

After church we are going out to lunch, and today is the first day of my diet. Yes, I said it. The dreaded 4 letter word. *sigh* Seriously though, it's time. I lost about 30 pounds while Frank was gone, and still had about 10 pounds to go. However, since he's been home I've gained about 10 pounds back. You know what does me in? Sweet Tea. And french fries. And ice cream. I love them. I cut them out completely while Frank was gone, but he loves them too and I am SO easily influenced. Not that it's his fault, it's totally my lack of willpower that has piled those 10 pounds back on, but now I am serious. I WILL lose 20 pounds. Summer is coming and the clothes I bought last summer are starting to get tight and that sucks. Feel free to hold me accountable!

OK Kameron is sitting here talking my ear off about Mario Party 8. I think that's my cue to shower. hahaha Hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Saturday Everyone!

It is a beautiful day here in Middle Tennessee! I am getting ready to leave for day 2 of our Down syndrome conference. Yesterday was a lot of fun! I got to meet a lot of new people and visit with old friends. There were a ton of great speakers there! It was awesome! And now we get to go do it all again today!

I am posting a button below to my e-store because people were asking at the conference and I only had cards with my blog address on it, so they are coming here to go there! The rest of you can ignore it... or go shop if you want!!!


I hope you all are out enjoying this beautiful weekend! I'm sure I'll be on to post again sometime tonight!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Kameron says...

Kameron told me to remind all of you to ask him questions. He said he wants 100 of them (but only because one hundred million is too many... or so he says... haha). He is very excited about putting the video together next week! :)

In The News - Only in California


Welcome to the VERY first Special K weekly theme! You've heard of Magic Marker Monday, Try This Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, and Thankful Thursday, well this is In the News Friday! If you choose to play along, post any bit of news you'd like on your blog! Post my logo using the code below and then come back here and use Mr. Linky so others can see your news piece! You can choose a funny article or video, something serious or sad, something you think is really cool, something that brings awareness to your cause, anything you think the rest of the blogging community just HAS to see!! I'm sure by clicking through the links we'll all learn something new every week! :) Spread the word and hopefully this will be a fun thing for everyone!

I have seen this video on quite a few blogs of my friends in California now... There are several things I miss about California... the beaches, Disneyland, the FOOD (In-N-OUT! YUM!) and of course all the rest of this stuff, but I would definitely have to add the following to my list: Car chases. Seriously. Only in California. Oh and it's a good one! I see her on "America's dumbest criminals" some day.

Peggy Ann Boesing is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and evading police (duh). Thankfully no one was hurt. Read More Here.



Want to play?! Copy and paste this code to your blog post, write about your news item and then come back here and leave the link! It's that simple! Happy news hunting!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Busy few days!!!

Today has been one of those days where I've run crazy! I went to Kam's Spelling Bee this morning and then rushed back home to grab Kennedy and take her to Speech therapy. After that we came home, ate lunch, cleaned up their tornado of toys, and then we were off to the school to pick up Kassidy and Kameron. We came home again, Kass and Kam did homework and cleaned their rooms. Kennedy threw up out of nowhere (and she's been fine ever since), so I got her cleaned up and changed and we rushed off to Kassidy's soccer practice. All 4 kids got FILTHY there, of course! We grabbed McDonald's on the way home, and Kameron actually ordered and ATE a cheeseburger!!!! That's a first for him! AND he liked it!!!! Cleaned up the dinner stuff, threw Kam, Kenn and Keeghan in the bath tub, where they are currently soaking the dirt away, threw in a load of laundry, and now I sit for a few minutes (and yell "no splashing" about every 15 seconds). I need to go wash 3 heads of hair, get them out, dried, ears cleaned and the little 2 in jammies. Then I need to go over Kassidy's Science study guide with her one more time, give Keeghan his antibiotic and wrestle him to get ear drops in; tuck all 4 kids into bed, kisses, hugs, prayers and THEN... I need to make a poster for the bake sale for Kellsey at our church this Sunday, throw the laundry in the dryer at some point, get it out and folded and PACK because tomorrow is our Down syndrome conference in Nashville where I get to go hear a bunch of good speakers... and you know... work, because I'm on the Board of Directors. BEFORE the conference though I need to take the 3 big kids to school and then go with Kennedy to her field trip to WAL-MART of all places, and then as soon as that is over I'm off to the conference. Tomorrow night the Board is taking the speakers out to dinner, so I will be doing that and then crashing at a friend's house so I can get up bright and early the next morning for day 2 of the conference. THEN after the conference I will be rushing back home to pick up Frank and the kids and we are off to Portland, TN to visit with a bunch of friends we haven't seen in awhile. We probably won't be home until very late. Sunday is church, and the bake sale and then Sunday evening is our small group... I think Sunday afternoon warrants a nap, don't you? I'm tired. LOL

Are You Ready?


Stolen from Gabi's World

Tongue

That is the word that Kameron (and about 8 other kids) got out on in today's Spelling Bee. The way they run the spelling bee is really strange... they have one envelope of words for all the kids first through fifth grade. There were fifth graders getting words like "dress" and then first graders getting words like "important". AND they only pick ONE winner for all the grades. I figured it would be one winner for EACH grade... of COURSE a fifth grader will win. *sigh*

This morning I looked up a first grade spelling list and he was spelling words like "building" and "beautiful" and "yesterday". (Those were on the challenge word list when all the real first grade words were done.) He was doing so GREAT!

Kameron was pretty disappointed. He got even more upset when 4 little girls followed him out crying. He was trying to console them (and himself) by saying, "We'll just have to try again next year." Poor kids. Anyway, he's a winner in my book! I'm very proud of him! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My little spelling bees!!


This week at school, they chose the classroom winners for the Spelling Bee! Kameron won for his first grade class!!! Kassidy came in as runner up in her class!!! She and this boy "D" in her class seem to fight back and forth for the top spot on everything. I REALLY hope he's not in her class next year! haha

Anyway, I am so proud of both my little spelling bees!!! Tomorrow Kameron will compete with the winners from the other first grade classes and then THAT winner will go onto county. He's so excited! I can't wait to go watch! I will let you all know how he does :o).

Q&A #74

Can we sign up if we live in Jersey? OMG, that is hilarious!
I'm sure you can! Free trip to NY wooohoooo!!!

Just wanted to tell you that since I signed up to be on the donor list and sent in my kit(after your blog post last year), I HAVE kept me information updated! I've had to update my address 3 times(thank you Uncle Sam!), but it is SO easy to do! It took less than 5 minutes to complete the kit and even less than that to ensure that my contact information was correct every time we've moved. It's something so simple....everyone should do it!!!
This is a GREAT point! PLEASE, if you sign up to be a bone marrow donor, make SURE they know how to get a hold of you at all times! It could be a matter of life and death for a person with cancer. Thanks Shelley!

I would love to get on the donor list and possibly be a match for Eve.But, I can't afford the $54 to process it , do you know if there is a way around the fee?
Unfortunately, I don't think there is right now. However, once a year they open it up for free registration. I THINK it might be in May. I'll definitely look it up and post about it when it's time!

Mmmmm Cold Stone. Why must you taunt me? Can you mail some over?
Absolutely! It may be a little melted by the time it gets to you though! haha

Hi Renee, I just wanted to share a remedy I've found that helps with ants. Mix Mule Team Borax and powdered sugar together and sprinkle in the area you think the ants are coming in from. They are drawn in with the powdered sugar then get the borax on their feet and take it back to the nest or colony (what do you call it anyway?) I get ants around the kitchen sink especially this really helps without having to use chemicals.....I'm a cancer mom too and I try hard not to use chemical agents in the house. Hope it helps!
Thanks Jan!! I will check that out!

Hahahaha, what did Kennedy do to make Keeghan so mad at her he refuses to say hi to her? I hope he eventually came around and that Kennedy didn't decide to pull the same back on Keeghan ;).
LOL I have no idea! She must have been tormenting him in his dreams.

LOL, poor Kennedy. Did Keeghan ever say hi today?
NO! LOL

You have a beautiful family and beautiful attitude! I just discovered your blog. I am mom to Kyle, age 25, with severe autism and other issues. I am also coauthor of "It's All About Attitude" Loving and Living Well with Autism (an inspirational book sharing support and wisdom).
Thanks Gayle! Please go check out her book!

Where did you get the scavenger hunt eggs? Every year I say I want to do that but I run out of time/creativity!
I am pretty sure they cam from Walmart... Maybe Target. They come in a kit so no creativity needed :).

Can you be nominated again Renee, or do you only get to win once?
No, no, don't nominate me. I just know there are lots of other Military wives out there reading or people who know Military wives so I am just spreading the word :). I didn't want anyone to miss out!

Military Motherhood Award

Remember last year when I won the Military Motherhood Award? WELL It's back!!! There are only a few days left to nominate someone so if you know any deserving Military moms, please go to Operation Homefront and get your nomination in by April 24th! This was such a special, once in a lifetime event for me that I will always treasure! It would be an honor for any Military mom in your life!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Easter pics part 3

FINALLY, here are Kassidy and Kameron's egg hunt pictures. We bought these scavenger hunt eggs which my mom hid inside the house. They started with the first egg which had a clue to where the second egg was hidden. When they found THAT egg there was a clue to the third one and so on... They were racing around the house trying to get the egg. At the end was the GOLDEN winner egg which Kameron found! It was a lot of fun and a different spin on an egg hunt for the big kids!





Up next... presents from Grandma! ;)

Giveaways Galore!

I have SO many giveaways I need to post... SO here is the question? Should I post them all at once or spread them out... one a week for the next month or so? What say you?
How do you want the Giveaways posted?
All at the same time... get on with it already!
Spread them out! Keeps life interesting!
I don't care how you post them... as long as I win!
I don't enter giveaways anyway, so do whatever you want.
  
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Oh my gosh, just say HI!

This is how our morning has gone:

Kennedy: (coming upstairs from her room) I awake!

Frank and me: Good morning Kennedy!

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan!

Keeghan: *silence*

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan!

Keeghan: (runs away to another room)

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan!

Keeghan: NO!

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan!

Keeghan: NOOOOOOOO!

Kennedy: (a little sadder now) Hi Keeghan...

Keeghan: *silence*

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan.

Keeghan: No.

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan... Hi Keeghan.

Frank: Keeghan! Say HI to Kennedy!

Keeghan: NO!!!!

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan! Hi Keeghan! Hi Keeghan!

Keeghan: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Runs away to another room again)

Me: Keeghan!!!

Keeghan: Coming!!! (runs into the room)

Me: Say hi to Kennedy.

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan!

Keeghan: NO!!!!!!!

Kennedy: Hi Keeghan. Hi Keeghan. Hi Keeghan...

Frank: Hi Kennedy.

Kennedy: NO!!!!

It's going to be a long day.

Monday, April 20, 2009

April is Autism Awareness Month



I cannot let the month of April pass without mentioning that it's Autism Awareness Month! Autism affects 1 in every 150 children. Those statistics have risen dramatically in the last several years.

When Kameron was about 18 months old we noticed that something was different about him. He lined his toys up obsessively. All kids line toys up, but he would take his cars into the kitchen and put one car in each square... exactly the same distance from each other... facing the same direction... in the same order... every time. When he wasn't looking we would switch 2 of the cars around. He would walk back in, stare at the cars, and calmly switch them back.

He was obsessed with these:

He took them everywhere. He could stack them up so fast and then nestle them back together again before you even knew what happened.





Eventually he lost the few words that he had. He was frustrated because he couldn't communicate his wants and needs. His meltdowns happened several times a day. If we were out walking he would get mad and do the "flop and drop". One day he dropped and I instinctively held his arm and his elbow popped out of its socket. It was awful. He used to cry so hard he would forget to breathe and pass out.

Kameron didn't like to be touched. He rarely liked to be hugged. He didn't want anyone invading his space or touching his things. He mostly played by himself and many times would shut himself in his room for hours... he lived in his own world. We would have to coax him out to come join us and get him to play with Kassidy. His obsession moved on eventually to anything round. He loved pool rings and would carry 3 in each hand everywhere he went. When we moved here from California he stole our kitchen clock while we were unpacking. He carried that thing around everywhere.

He had major sensory issues... he couldn't stand anything sticky, play-doh, sand, or anything like that. He LOVED Rice Krispie treats but couldn't stand to touch them, even if they were wrapped in a paper towel. I used to feed them to him, it was just last year that he was finally able to hold one on his own. He had an aversion to a lot of different food, different textures, colors, and even smells would make him gag and throw up. His food list quickly dwindled down to 5 or 6 items.

Before we left California I voiced my concern to his pediatrician several times. He told me "He's a boy, he's a second child... give him time. He's fine." Mommy instinct told me he wasn't. When we moved here in February 2004,I was 7 1/2 months pregnant with Kennedy. In March, I went to my first OB appointment at Fort Campbell. I knew something had to be done for Kameron, but I didn't know where to start or who to ask. I walked onto the elevator at the hospital and there was a big sign:

Are you concerned about your toddler's development?
Call us!

So, I called the number. They brought him in and tested him. He was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). It's on the Autism spectrum right under Aspergers. When the developmental pediatrician told us the diagnosis, she was very sensitive. I think she expected us to fall apart, but really, it was a relief for Frank and me. We had known something was going on with Kam for a long time and to us this was a pass to get him the help that he needed.

We quickly enrolled him in Early Intervention where he received Speech and Occupational therapy. When he turned 3 he transitioned into the special needs preschool in our district. There, he thrived. Eventually he just seemed to unlock. He started talking more and more and then not long after he turned 3 1/2, he started reading.

Today, Kameron is in the 1st grade. He is reading on a 7th grade level and comprehending on a 4th grade level. He loves to read, write, make up stories, and spell. He is excelling in every area academically. His meltdowns stopped once he was able to communicate, but he still gets upset easily and doesn't quite know how to control his anger. We have to remind him daily to make good choices. He doesn't have the common sense that other kids his age seem to have. He's not obsessed with the stacking cups or round things anymore, but he still doesn't like his space invaded, and he gives and receives hugs sparingly. His social skills are not quite up to par, but his friends view him as a leader and he's well liked at school. He's come a long, long way and he's working hard on overcoming his sensory issues.

I love to watch Kameron's mind work. I love to see the things he comes up with. He's so creative and does things so out of the norm. I think this is one of his best qualities and I can't wait to see what he does with his life. Whatever it is, it's going to be amazing!

So, in honor of Autism Awareness Month, Kameron has agreed to do a Q&A session on this blog! For the next week you can leave a question for him in the comment section here. Anything you'd like to know about him! Next week I will ask him the questions on video and post it all for you to see! Don't miss this chance to get to know a really special kid!

Columbine


Ten years later... We will never forget...

Monday Moment for Down Syndrome - Sometimes Miracles Hide

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bedtime conversation with Kameron

I went into the boys' room to say goodnight and climbed into bed with Kameron. We always have some of our best chats at this time. Tonight was Cross Street Live at church so we were talking about that... then somehow it veered to this:

Kameron: You know what my favorite thing about church is?

Me: What?

Kameron: I never get in trouble. All I have to do is listen, it's so easy!

Me: Well, you know, I bet if you tried that at school, it would work there too.

Kameron: (after thinking for a minute) *sigh* It's just complicated!

Then a few minutes later...

Me: I'm so glad you're my Kameron.

Kameron: I'm so glad you're my mom.

Me: I'm so glad you're glad.

Kameron: I'm feeling a little less glad now.

And that was my cue to get out of his room! LOL

You found my blog HOW?! Part 9

These are EXACT words people typed into a search engine to end up on my blog... and then my thoughts are below. Which one is your favorite?

my red cheeks look good
(I'm glad you think so!)

christians what kind of shoe are you
(hmm I've never really thought about what kind of shoe my Christian walk wears! LOL)

mcdonalds stupid employees complaint
(I'm sure that rec'd about 457,128,936,702,501,734 hits!)

what part of strawberries am i allergic to
(I would guess the whole berry!)

boycott specialkband
(Wow, my kids are being boycotted already!)

yum chocolate
(My sentiments exactly!)

my dentist said my crown will not stay on
(Maybe that means you're not a TRUE princess!)

www.poem about lovin my 3 beautiful kids their my world.com
(Is this really a website?)

princess my daughter own bed
(Um... what?)

a special child by sharon harris you weren't like other children, and god was well aware, you'd need a caring family, with love enough to share. and so he sent you to us, and much to our surprise, you ha
(And we'll never know the end because Google cut her off! It's a search engine, you're not writing a book!)

how do you do a mini french braid ?
(I only wish I knew!)

using my bedroom floor for laundry
(SEE?! It's not just me!)

kassidy jump
(Ummm, I hope she's not on a bridge!)

how is life once you have down sydrome
(Once you have it? It's not a disease... but life is pretty darn good most of the time!)

im stubborn
(Yeah... me too)

does mckmama threaten people?
(LOL I would hope not! She's a little busy taking care of her baby!)

heisrisen
(Heisrisenindeed)

where to purchase splenda quick pack pouches
(My guess would be the store)

i don t have down syndrome
(good for you)

i saw every picture
(Hopefully you enjoyed them!)

Question of the Day #28

What are your best and worst personality traits?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fun day

I hope you all enjoyed your Saturday! We had a great day. The weather is finally starting to warm up here. We all went to Kassidy's soccer game this morning. She played well until she got hit in the stomach with the ball. It knocked the wind out of her, but she was fine after she sat out for a bit.

After the game we went to lunch and then went to get ice cream from Cold Stone. YUM! Then we headed to the movie theater and saw Monsters vs. Aliens. It was cute. After that we dropped the kids at my mom's house and Frank and I went back to the movies and saw Knowing. It was not at ALL what I expected... it was good, but freaked me out a little. Hopefully I won't have nightmares tonight! LOL

We picked the kids up and got them home and into jammies and off to bed. Kassidy went into her room and discovered ants all over her bed! Lovely! So Frank killed all those off. We just had an exterminator come not long ago, but it didn't seem to do any good. We have ants in our bathroom too. This is the first year they've been this bad since we moved in in 2004. I'll call them again on Monday.

Now Frank and I are enjoying the quietness of the house and playing a game of Scrabble before bed. Tomorrow we will go to church and then our small group is having a bar-be-cue (or cookout as they call it here haha) and then tomorrow night is Cross Street Live where the kids bring the parents to church, so we are looking forward to another fun day! I love spending time with my family! :)

So, how has your weekend been so far?

Random Survey - just for fun!

1. First thing you wash in the shower? Face
2. What color is your favorite hoodie? Black
3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Of course!
4. Do you plan outfits? For the kids, yes... for me, no.
5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Tired.
6. What's the closest thing to you that's red? Keeghan's Elmo Live
7. What was the last dream you remember having? I had a bunch of crazy dreams last night, but I can't really remember all the details.
8. Did you meet anybody new today? Nope
9. What are you craving right now? Sleep
10. Do you floss? When I have time.
11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? Fish Tacos! YUM
12. Are you emotional? yes
13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? Yes
14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? Depends on if it's on a cone or in a bowl.
15. Do you like your hair? I will after I can get it done again. It's in serious need of a cut and color.
16. Do you like yourself? Yes, I do.
17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? Heck yeah I would! That would be awesome!
18. What are you listening to right now? An American Girl movie on TV.
19. Are your parents strict? Not anymore lol
20. Would you go sky diving? Not even if you paid me.
21. Do you like cottage cheese? Ewww no
22. Have you ever met a celebrity? Yes, a few
23. Do you rent movies often? Not often.
24. Is there anything sparkly in the room in which you are? Ummm no not in here.
25. What countries have you visited? Mexico... but that list is about to expand! :)
26. Have you made a prank phone call? Of course! I was a teenager once! LOL
27. Ever been on a train? No.
28. Brown or white eggs? Umm I don't eat eggs.
29. Do you have a cell-phone? Of course! A Sprint Instinct. I have a love/hate relationship with it.
31. Do you use chapstick? When I need it.
32. Do you own a gun? Uhh no.
33. Can you use chopsticks? Not even a little.
34. Who are you going to be with tonight? My husband and kids.
35. Are you too forgiving? No...is there such a thing?
36. Ever been in love? Still am...
37. What is your best friend doing tomorrow? Go to church
38. Ever have cream puffs? Yes
39. Last time you cried? a couple days ago.
40. What was the last question you asked? Is your room clean?
41. Favorite time of the year? Spring
42. Do you have any tattoos? Nope
43. Are you sarcastic? NEVER!
44. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect? I don't remember. Probably not.
45. Ever walked into a wall? Oh I'm sure I have.
46. Favorite color? Purple
47. Have you ever slapped someone? Yes.
48. Is your hair curly? No.
49. What was the last CD you bought? I don't buy CD's.
50. Do looks matter? Yes.
51. Could you ever forgive a cheater? Ahhh I think I could forgive, not too sure I could forget.
52. Is your phone bill sky high? Nope, only have a cell phone and it's unlimited everything.
53. Do you like your life right now? Yes...and we are headed in an awesome direction, so I am excited for that.
54. Do you sleep with the TV on? No...I like it to be quiet.
55. Can you handle the truth? I would totally take that over being lied to. Liars really get on my nerves.
56. Do you have good vision? Yes. My hearing is another story.
57. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people? Hate, no. Dislike, oh yes.
58. How often do you talk on the phone? Not as often as I email.
59. The last person you held hands with? Kennedy or Keeghan while we walked to the car.
60. What are you wearing? sweats and a t-shirt
61. What is your favorite animal? White Tiger
62. Where was your profile picture taken? Centennial Park in Nashville
63. Can you hula hoop? ummm maybe about 20 years ago I could.
64. Do you have a job? I'm a mom, enough said.
65. What was the most recent thing you bought? Gas
66. Have you ever crawled through a window? No.

Will you be Eve's hero?

This weekend leads up to the Boston Marathon. Runners from all over the country will be flying to Boston to run in the most prestigious race in the country. At the same time there will be a bone marrow drive. The hope is that this sweet little girl, Eve, will find a donor. Eve has Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. To see if you're a match, they only have to swab your cheek. It's easy and painless. If you are a match, you could give this girl another chance at life. If you're not, you might be a match for another child out there suffering from cancer. Even if aren't in the Boston area, you can register online.

You can read more about Eve and her family by visiting this website. It will also tell you how to register online. Please sign up today to see if you're a match!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Q&A #73

Looks like you hit the nail on the head with them ;). Not too bad for last minute shopping, hehehehehe. Did you end up going the night before to pick it all up?
Actually besides the gifts from "us" (the Bendaroos, the lip gloss kit, the bunny, the blanket and the Wubbzy) the rest came from my mom who got it all off the $1.00 shelf at Walgreens :).

So Easter is like Christmas in the US? Looks like they had lots of fun & stuff!
Uh no! LOL That was actually REALLY light!

Looks like fun! I've heard of Bendaroos - does Kameron like them?
He said they're ok, but he actually likes pipe cleaners better. Go figure!

Yes tell me how they like the Bendaroos cause I paid tons of money to have them things overnighted for Christmas and my boys hate them.
Yeah you really can't use them over and over... he had fun with them for about an hour and I bet he'll never use them again.

So is this what Frank wanted for his birthday dinner?
Uh no. LOL He was at work so it was just me and the kids.

If you get a chance can you drop by this caringpage and check out this awesome family's story? thanks!
Absolutely! We will be praying for them. Go check them out, everyone!


So where can we "losers" buy this stuff so we can still try!?!?!
LOL You can get your sauce right here.

How did you do the collages?
Go to the Picnik website and upload your photos and then click on "create a collage". :)

That is so cute! How did you do Kennedy's hair? It's totally adorable!!
It's actually really easy, you can find step by step instructions here

How is Keeghan?
He's much better! FINALLY! Thanks for asking! :)

So funny!Have you brought them to see the movie? We went last night and really enjoyed it.
Not yet, hopefully we'll be going tomorrow! Hopefully Kennedy won't talk to her the whole time! LOL

Hey! I did spaghetti face today, too. Coincidence??
LOL SO cute!!!. Gotta love those spaghetti faces! :)

i love the pictures. except do you realize the Cl is on a different line and it says on the bottom "ick to enlarge"? lol. it made me giggle anyways.
How funny, it's not on my end! Maybe it's because I'm on firefox?!



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McNugget Nightmare

So there's this story about this woman who went to McDonald's and ordered chicken nuggets. They took her money and then told her they were out of chicken nuggets and offered her a cheeseburger instead. She didn't want a cheeseburger. She ordered chicken nuggets. She paid for chicken nuggets. So, she said "nevermind" and asked for her money back.

Yeah. McDonald's would not give her money back. They said refunds were against their policy. So, what did she do? She called 911. Three times. Seriously.

“This is an emergency, If I would have known they didn’t have McNuggets, I wouldn’t have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don’t want one,” Latreasa L. Goodman told police. “This is an emergency.”

Now she's going to court for misuse of the 911 system.

So here are my thoughts on this. Read the story, and then let me know your opinion too.

The 911 service is for emergencies. Obviously. However, McDonald's took her money. They did not give her what she paid for, and then they refused to give her money back to her. If she would have walked in and stolen those chicken nuggets, what do you think McDonald's would have done? They would have called the police right? Granted, they probably wouldn't have called 911 unless she had a weapon, but I'm pretty sure this woman didn't know the number for the local police station off the top of her head.

On the other hand, why did she call three times? Was that really necessary? The 911 dispatcher told her that an officer was en route to her location. Why call back? Maybe they weren't getting there fast enough? I don't know.

What it really boils down to though is if she wanted a refund, give her a freaking refund! It's not like she was asking for double her money back. She didn't eat 9 of the nuggets and try to return the 10th. It's not like this was an expensive item. She didn't get what she paid for and simply wanted her money back. She probably would have headed to Burger King to get nuggets there and all would have been right with the world. So whether you agree with what this woman did or not, the McDonald's employee was an idiot. And where was the manager?

Turns out she did get her refund, and a card for a complimentary meal as well. Maybe she can go eat at McDonald's when she gets out of court. *sigh*

Country Bob's Giveaway Winners!!!!

I was supposed to pick the winners on Tuesday and I forgot! LOL So here are the two winners of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce!

Here are your random numbers:

13
39

Timestamp: 2009-04-17 13:21:13 UTC


CONGRATULATIONS TO:
CATHERINE
AND
JESSICA


Ladies, send me your address and I will get it to the people at Country Bob's so they can send you your sauce!

Watch for more giveaways VERY soon!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easter pics part 2

Here are some pictures from Kennedy and Keeghan's egg hunt at my mom's house after church. It took Keeghan a minute to catch on, but once he did he was off and running! They had a great time!!! At one point, Keeghan picked up a pink egg and Kennedy said, "HEY pink is MINE!" LOL And being the loving brother that he is, he handed it to her! :) Kassidy and Kameron did a whole different hunt... pics of that coming later!

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For the love of Hannah

We were watching the result show for American Idol this morning when Miley Cyrus came on the stage. Then this happened...

Frank: Kennedy! Come here!

Kennedy: (from the other room) WHAT?!

Me: Kennedy come look. See who's on TV.

Kennedy: Alright!

(She comes into the room and sees Miley)

Kennedy: Hannah??? HANNAH???? HANNAH!!!!! DADDY! LOOK! It's Hannah!!!!

Frank: Yeah baby, it's Hannah.

Kennedy: HANNAH!! HI HANNAH!!! HI!!!! Hannah?? It's MEEEE Kennedy!!! HI Hannah!!!

(Then she grabs her nearest baby doll)

Kennedy: LOOK Baby! It's HANNAH!!! Yeah.. she's singin!! YEAH It's HANNAH!!!!

(Then Hannah finishes her song)

Kennedy: YAY Hannah! CLAP!!! Mommy! Daddy! CLAP!!!! Clap for HANNAH!!!!

(And then... well... we clapped. Duh.)

Anyone think we need to take this girl to a Hannah concert? LOL

Two years ago today...

Two years ago today, our lives changed completely... horrifically... drastically. We received the phone call that no parent ever wants to get... the call saying that our baby girl had cancer. It threw us into a state of chaos and panic. Life as we knew it had just ended and a new world of bone marrow biopsies and spinal taps, chemo and extremely long hospital stays became our new normal.


We learned about things like neutrophils and how low they'd let your child's platelets get before they'd transfuse. We walked lap after lap after lap around the hospital hallways. Sometimes we were smiling, sometimes we were crying, and sometimes we just stared off into space from sheer exhaustion. We searched for cute hats, cool toys and games we could play with our child, other children, other parents, the nurses... anything to pass the long hours as we watched poison being pumped into her tiny little body.


We prayed. We prayed for her. For us. For our strength; our hope; our faith. For her siblings. They were so strong, so brave. Worried about their sister, missing their parents, even though we knew they were being loved and cared for beyond measure. We prayed for the other families going through the same thing. Our new friends on this same terrible journey. We always knew when a newly diagnosed child arrived on the floor. We could tell by the shell-shocked look on the parent's faces. They would wander in and look around, surely thinking this was all some terrible nightmare. No way could this be their reality. We could tell by the child's full head of hair. The terrified look in their eyes. After they got settled, we would coax them out, we would talk and we would smile and we would encourage them the best we could... we'd surround them with support and friendship... and family. The cancer family. Talk about being the black sheep.


Two years ago we learned what it meant when a doctor told another family to go home. There was nothing more to be done. Their son was 2. A funeral. And another. And another. And too many more to count. Too many tears. Too many tiny little lives gone. Families who will grieve forever. And those of us left? We hug our children tighter. We thank God they're still here and at the same time we feel guilty. Why are our kids here? Why are theirs not? How can two children have the same cancer, be on the same chemo, have the same chances of survival, but 2 years later one of those children is gone? We don't understand. We may never understand.


Two years. And for so, so many the fight goes on. I am thankful Kennedy's fight is over. I am thankful she is here. I am thankful we only go into "that" clinic 6 times a year. I am thankful for the many, many, many lifelong friends we have made in the last two years. But cancer sucks. I hate it. I hate everything about it. I hate that it makes me worry every time any of my children get sick. I hate that I think about platelets when they fall and scrape their knees. I hate that when my son gets a stomachache I am sure it's a tumor. I hate that it has made me cherish my kids more. I hate that it has made me a better mother. I hate that it made me realize what is important in life. I hate that it brought me closer in my relationship with God. I hate that cancer consumes so much of this blog. I hate the fact that I know that 46 new children are diagnosed with cancer every day. Because that means I have to give credit to cancer... whether it be good or bad; and I hate it.


Two years. You've come a long way, baby.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Spaghetti Night!

How well do you know Kennedy?

One of my friends created a quiz like this for her daughter and I had a lot of fun taking it! I thought I would create one for Kennedy, too! How well do you know her?? Watch for more later for the rest of the kids!

TAKE THE QUIZ!!!
Then watch the scoreboard below.

Quizzes Leaderboard

Are you ready?!


TAX DAY IS HERE!

Don't forget! Your taxes have to be done before midnight!!! The IRS was not so nice to us this year, hopefully they were to you!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


This will be us in about 50 years lol

Today is Frank's 33rd birthday!!! If you're on his facebook page go leave him a message, or leave a comment here for him.

Happy Birthday, Baby!!!
We love you!!!