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!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kamryn's Krew 2011

The Buddy Walk is a national Walk program created by National Down Syndrome Society to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Downs syndrome and to raise funds for local and national initiatives that support people with Down syndrome and their families.

Our Buddy Walk is an event that includes games, crafts, face painting and lunch. Toward the end of the event all the participates gather for a ceremonial Walk around the park. This year was our second year participating in our local Buddy Walk and Festival.

It was a beautiful day and once again we were joined by several family and friends. I know I should not brag but KAMRYN'S KREW ROCKS!!!

My eyes have been opened to many things I did not see before Kamryn was born. At the beginning of this journey I was devastated. I was heart broken that my child was born with an extra chromosome. I have come to realize that whether you have 46 or 47 chromosomes your life is just as important, just as amazing, and just as beautiful. I am thankful that I have been given four girls to raise and share my life with. I continue to learn and grow everyday because of them. I wouldn't trade my journey for the world.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Big Events...

I still giggle at the thought of a pre-school graduation. I can't help but feel it maybe a "little to much." Brynn requested I decorate the whole house, that we sing "happy Graduation to you" with cake and candles and we have dinner at Subway.

Do balloons and flowers count as decorating? We did have dinner at Subway. We even sang to her.

She was happy. It was worth it!

The Graduate!

NOTE: Naomi was missing. She was at her ballet recital!

Super Star. Dance fest 2011

the make up line...

Summer has started...
Karmyn loves the pool. And her big sister Jaden-look at the excitement in her face!

Tomorrow is a big day for our family as we participate in our second Buddy Walk! (A Buddy Walk is an event that promotes awareness about Down syndrome.) I can remember the hesitation I felt last year about participating. I was still unsure with how I much I wanted to be a part of "Down syndrome." I had accepted Kamryn's diagnosis, however I was uncomfortable with confronting it. Maybe I had not really accepted it...maybe I was still trying to avoid it and that was the hesitation.
Tonight, I am bursting with excitement and I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family as we come together embracing, accepting and celebrating Kamryn. There is no hesitation now. I am ready to go out and share, promote, educate and celebrate.

Tomorrow is going to be beautiful! I can't wait!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy New Year!

When Jaden started Kindergarten, it shifted our whole life. It confined us to a Monday - Friday schedule, with routine. Before she started school, mid-week you could find us at the zoo, beach, park or on vacation. Once she started school all that freedom seemed to vanish. Naomi and Brynn were only 3 and six months, still babies, however we could no longer venture to far off as Jaden needed to be picked up by noon.

Now, not only do I have two girls in school full time, they are all in sports and extra curricular activities, which limit us even more. During soccer season, we don't have an available Saturday. Three girls playing means we are on the field most of the day. Basketball season has us in the gym during the week, cheering for them. Then there is dance, drama club and church activities. The weeks and weekends are full. Not that I am complaining, because I am enjoying this time in our lives. As busy as we are, I realize my girls are growing and I want to embrace and cherish each moment. Even though I do collapse at the end of the day! :)

What I really appreciate (and enjoy) is the THREE MONTH SUMMER BREAK! The last day of school is more like New Years Eve, than December 31st! It means a milestone has been completed (which is BITTER-SWEET for me) and the girls will be transitioning on or up. It also means we avoid a morning rush, sleep in (OK not really they are up at 7 am), play outside, bike ride, see the beach, vacation and just slow down. It feels good, it's like a breath of fresh air.

By the time August rolls around, we are ready to get back on track and go. It usually starts off full speed and stays at that pace until the end of the school year! In the mean time, we have already started to enjoy our summer....HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I can't let the month of May pass by without reflecting on some exciting moments...
Starting with Jaden (AS THE MAD HATTER) and Naomi (AS A FLOWER) in their first Youth theater production!

Mother's Day-breakfast in bed ;)

Mother's Day Program in Naomi's Room

Mother's Day Tea at Brynn's school.

Mother's Day...WOW! I LOVE these girls!

BIRTHDAY PARTY FUN...and I only have pictures of the food! Which is disappointing because we made margaritas and played limbo!!!!


Happy Anniversary to us! Lauren Hill concert!

Life just continues to be beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!