Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Home!!!

Hi everyone! We are back home in Colorado Springs! :) Our home is just fine with the exception of some unwanted critters in our yard called Voles. Never heard of them, but they're making their presence known! LOL Hopefully they'll move along soon with the help of our rental company who is fighting them off.

The kids all had a great trip (and Frank and I did, too!) and I have TONS of pictures to share but I haven't even uploaded them yet. We've spent today getting ourselves reorganized and cleaning house since I left in kind of a hurry. ;)

Frank is here until EARLY Friday morning, so we are enjoying our last couple days together... and he's been working on my "Honey PLEASE do list"! Thanks, babe!

OK I am off to finish unpacking!! More later! :)

20 comments :

Monique said...

She looks so happy :-) Glad her time with Grandma is going well and you all had a fun trip . I am looking forward to seeing your family pictures/adventures.

Sewconsult said...

It's amazing how she has grown. So glad that you have had a great time and pleased that she has blossomed while with your mom.
Beckie

Sharon said...

Glad your family had a wonderful vacation. Kellsey looks like she's grown a foot!! The summer with Grandma has done her well!

Notsopc said...

Glad to hear you are back home safe and sound.. I know you are going to hate having Frank leave. Kellsey looks like she's grown a foot. I know it's probably the angle of the shot. Can't wait to see the pictures and see what the other kids have been up to.. And Frank hurry back and stay safe..
Nancy

teacher said...

Love the cute pictures! Glad you had so much fun! :)

Kristy said...

Glad y'all had fun! Enjoy the last few days with Frank. So glad Kellsey did well with grandma!

Stephanie said...

So good to hear you are back home and safe!!

Emily said...

Kellsey looks so adorable and smiley! Has she been doing any self-harming there?

Emily said...

Kellsey looks so adorable and smiley! Has she been doing any self-harming there?

Lynn said...

They should extend Frank's stay since he was stuck on Kuwait!
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Holly Aytes said...

Glad y'all had a wonderful trip...hope yall enjoy these last few days. We will be praying for Frank's safe return. Kellsey definitely looks like she is having fun....so glad everything has worked out well for everyone to have a fun time. Kellsey may not want to come home....I know my kids would be having the time of their life having their grandmother all to theirself and wouldn't want to come home ;) lol

Anne B. said...

Glad you are back...missed your posts but am happy to hear that you all have had so much fun together! Enjoy your remaining time with hubby and then we will look forward to more pics of your vaca! Sweet pics of Kellsey...I agree that she looks like she has grown!! Welcome home Garcias!!! (((BIG HUGS)))!!!
PS - Lots of prayers for Frank's safe travel!

Vivielle said...

Kellsey is one gorgeous and cute girl. :)

Mundanemomma said...

Love the second picture of Kellsey! What a beautiful girl!

my family said...

you all have been nice and busy, it must be nice to have frank.
I really cant believe K has changed so much, she looks older. looking forward to pictures of your trip

Alice Fraggle said...

I'm glad to hear you are all doing well. I can't wait to see the pictures of your trip! (I'm also glad that your only house trouble is Voles!)
Kellsey looks so happy! The time with her Grandma is doing wonders for her (says the person who has no clue! :))
I thought of you guys the other day when I noticed the first Down syndrome awarness license plate in Maryland (it was plate number 0001 -so I assume it's the first one). I thought it was awesome that DS awareness has a license plate! (That's good right? I know nothing of what is good for awareness, but I think having more people see DS around then maybe they'll look into it. I'd love your input on a DS Awareness License plate!)

happymama said...

Hi Renee,

I'm happy things are going well for Kellsey at your mom's. I think it's such an appropriate plan for her. How nice for her to just enjoy one on one time simply because that's what she likes and needs!

Having read about Kellsey over the months there is so much about her that is similar to my daughter with autism. I know you've entertained thoughts about that as a possible diagnosis for Kellsey. I can't help but wonder if autism is more of a primary diagnosis for her than even her DS. (I also have 2 daughters with DS). What I mean is that her autism, which can be treated much differently than DS, might explain so much about her, and give everyone around her much more understanding of what's going on. Even a lot of what seems like RAD may actually be autism. And as a result, one on one care will always be necessary for her to be calmer and happier. It's hard wired, and she simply can't overcome the sensory overloads. It's not that she's actually keeping people "out," it's that she simply has no "inside" track that would ever have space for anyone else. For her that's neither good or bad, it's just a state of being. It's all her wiring accommodates. If it's autism it might not have anything to do with her treatment in Ukraine. Her brain was already wired to be who she is with the characteristics she has. It's not good or bad. It just is. Just like her hair is brown. It's just how she is. A wonderful little person who is different from most other people, and someone who needs to live in her own little space without much going on around her. Autism is like that. Sorry for being long-winded. Just want to encourage you to go ahead and find out about a firm diagnosis. It's not just another label. It's a whole new window and perspective through which you (and others who have been judging you and Kellsey) can see her. Viewing a child who is autistic and also happens to have DS is a little different than viewing a child who has DS and happens to have some autistic characteristics. It's not mincing words. The autism can truly overshadow the DS, which as you know can be a piece of cake!

God bless you and your wonderful family. You are a great mom and have my admiration!

Jaimie said...

Kellsey looks gorgeous!

JennaJennJenn said...

Glad you made it home safe and sound....and probably exhausted! Kellsey looks like she is having a great time with grandma. Please update us on how she is doing with the one on one attention if you feel comfortable talking about it. Enjoy your time with Frank, I know Friday morning will be hard for all of you.

Lynn said...

Glad you've had this special time together!
What comforting words! Praying!!!!
Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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