5 Reasons I Smile

The ultimate goal of this blog is to spread awareness and show how beautiful life can be. We have four amazing daughters. Our youngest was born with Down syndrome. If just one person stops here and leaves with a different, better perspective about Down syndrome, then it is worth it. Regardless, I have 5 Reasons to Smile!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Today is my favorite holiday! Family, Friends and food. I just put the turkey in the oven and I am waiting for the aroma to fill the house. Twenty-two people will be gathered around the table and I am so excited and THANKFUL. Brynn asked if we were having a jump house. That made me laugh. We have never had a jump house for Thanksgiving. They will jump around, I am sure of that.

This time of year seems to get hectic and overwhelming. I work hard not to let that happen and each year I get better and better with that. We have incorporated many family traditions for the girls during this time. I am looking so forward to all of them. They are too, which makes it even better!

This season brings us to Starbucks...I am not a coffee drinker, but hot chocolate always seems appropriate for the cold weather. We can always get Grandma to go to Starbucks. (She is a coffee drinker!)

We bake for a reason.

Nonno is visiting from Italy!

We feast at school!

And yesterday, even though I had a million things to do. We braved the crisp, cold, yet beautiful weather and headed to the Mission. Just to stop and play together.

My blog is inspired by an extra chromosome. I don't remember Thanksgiving 2008. Kamryn's First Thanksgiving. We had a house full, I am sure. But my heart was so heavy during that time. Today my heart is full and I am so Thankful.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Feeling like a Rock Star Mom!

I am not typically late, I am usually "right-on-time." The girls will ask, "Are we going to be late?" and I respond, "No, we are going to be right on time." I would rather be early, but there are some things I have had to let go of. On time is good.

Brynn's ballet class starts shortly after Jaden and Naomi get out of school. I usually have her ready, pick up Jaden and Naomi and head straight to class. There is no time to spare and she gets there right on time.

The other day Diondray was home and he was going to pick up Jaden and Naomi.

Brynn said to me, "Mom, are you taking me to ballet?"

Me, "Yes, is that OK?"

Brynn, "We don't have to pick up Jaden and Naomi?"

Me, "No"


me, thinking.. first chair, what is that?

and then it dawned on me. First chair. The first chair in the row of chairs her teacher sets out before class. The person in the "first chair" goes first. First for share and first to dance. I don't think Brynn has ever been first chair. I didn't even know it was something she paid much attention to (I didn't)!

I thought two things: First, my girl is going to be first chair today! Second, it reminded me that they have things that are important to them. Things they think about that we are unaware of. Things that may seem so insignificant, but can mean so much to them!

So, I made sure to get to ballet in plenty of time. Before anyone else. So Brynn could be first chair!

We were so on time, the teacher wasn't there yet!

Look how happy she is!!!!!!!!

One day she will be first chair too!

Did I feel like a Rock Star Mom that day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A past due October post!

Halloween is not my favorite holiday. I don't even consider it a "holiday". However, with smart retail marketing we have turned this one night of trick or treat into a HUGE event. I am guilty. I purchase those Halloween shirts at Target. I decorate the house. The girls and I bake for their classroom "Harvest parties." (They don't call them Halloween parties at our schools). We even have our own annual Halloween party. I started having a Halloween party 4 years ago. The girls wanted to wear their costumes from the day we purchased them (yes, I actually buy their costumes) until October 31st. I realized we needed to have another day, other than the 31st, to get all dressed up. Hence, our Halloween party was born.

Pizza, cup cakes, jump house, craft, and this year a good old fashioned scavenger hunt...which was SO much fun! The girls love it. I actually love it too. But Halloween still isn't my favorite. :)

GO KAMRYN! We had a cheerleader, fairy, Hannah Montana and a snow boarder!

Just some pictures that I thought were cute :)
Kamryn is yelling, "Happy Halloween!" It comes out more like, "appy ooween"

Party time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We had about 35 kids over. There were some adorable costumes and I have no pictures! (Just what you see below!) I have realized two things...1)I need to buy a camera because the iPhone is just that- a phone. 2) I need to remember to take pictures!

It was a fun night! A great memory for my girls...they look forward to their Halloween party every year and that makes me smile!