Saturday, September 29, 2012

colin's crew: new tshirts & walk info

As you may know, the Easter Seals Walk with Me has been an event that has been important to our family for the past few years. A couple of years ago, Colin was an honorary ambassador and we had a huge team of support for the cause. Since then it has become an event for us to joyfully reflect on Colin's progress. This year, we're excited to see how far around the lake he will walk on his own! If he's in the right mood, we know he's capable of walking the whole way around!

We'd love for you to join us with your families for lots of fun that morning: face painting, bounce houses and other games, petting zoo, live music, optional 5K, Charlotte team mascotts are usually there, free lunch!

This year the walk is Saturday, October 20, at Freedom Park. Registration begins at 9am and the Walk begins at 10am. Family fun begins after you walk at least one lap around the lake!

To my Hope friends: I know this is the same weekend as the Women's Retreat, but please encourage your husbands to come with the kids! Our family will be there and we'd love to see as many friends as we can!

Please consider coming out to join us Oct. 20 and making a donation to this great organization.
To register, please click here.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES: Easter Seals UCP's programs in the Charlotte area which include preschool developmental education and therapy (which Colin benefitted from greatly!), residential services, supported employment and training, respite and foster care services, and family support.
TSHIRTS: The year Colin was an ambassador we ordered adorable Colin's Crew Tshirts that Sarah Pay designed.  I learned through that experience that cheaper isn't always the way to go. I loved the design, but they just weren't comfortable so I didn't wear mine as often as I would have liked to after the Walk. SO, this year I'm trying something different...

Premium, soft American Apparel tshirts in slate gray with an updated logo available in sizes Youth S through XXXL. You can place your order here:
All orders need to be placed by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 to allow time for printing and shipping.
Cost will be determined by the quantity of tshirts ordered, but $14 is the most you would pay per shirt (unless you are ordering a XXL or XXXL. In that case, there is an additional charge of $2 and $3 respectively).

If you're not able to come to the Walk, but would still like to order Tshirts, please do! Also, if you know someone who would like to order a shirt, please forward on. I LOVE seeing the shirts on friends at random times :)

notes about nate

Just had to share this picture...
Nate is playing another season of Soccer Shots.  Even more than in his first season, he's literally a head shorter than everyone in the group, but he sure holds his own!  So proud of my little go-getter. 
Here he is (the little one in navy blue) scoring a goal and celebrating as the coach wants them to:
Common quotes from Nate when he is being...
mouthy:  I tell him to go to time out and he yells, "I never!" 
confident:  He tells a story that doesn't sound quite right, so I ask if he's sure and he replies, "I true.  I really true."
bored: "Can I have a nack?" "Can we go somewhere today?"  "Can I have a nack?" ...and so on...

Friday, September 14, 2012

not afraid of a little change

I guess I sort of brushed past it in my last post, but the boys all have big new haircuts!
Check out some before and after shots:



Colin not only has a new hairstyle, but he is also rocking the toothless look these days.
 They all look SOOOO much more grown up and pretty awesome (in my humble opinion).

Next, get ready for it.  In August, we built Luke and Nate a...

rock climbing wall!  In their bedroom!
Nate can make it to the top now.

and Luke's been a pro since the beginning.

 They are literally climbing the walls at our house and we love it!  #coolestparentsever , right?

And lastly,  Justin just turned in his 2 week notice today and will begin a great new career opportunity October 1st.  He's only been in the current job for about 4 or 5 months, but knew pretty early on that it wasn't quite the perfect fit he believed it would be.  We're excited and anxious in hopes that the new job will be an ideal fit for him and our family.  Prayers for that are welcome :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

first days

The biggest milestone first day this school year was Luke's first day of kindergarten.  Here's the picture:
 He absolutely LOVED it, to say the least!  We love his teacher and he's meeting new friends in his class.  It's a huge relief that this transition went so smoothly.  Whew!

Funny little Luke quote on why he liked his teacher after meeting her at the open house:  "Because she is cute.  Blonde haired girls mostly are cute for me."

Colin is in second grade this year.  He has a new teacher, but the same assistants as last year, so this was another easy transition for us both.  He has always loved school and nothing's changed there!  I mean, seriously, look at this kid's (toothless) smile.  He loves school that much!
 And a sweet close up I couldn't resist including...
 Then there's Nate.  He started his 3 year old class at Tot Time today.  I saw him a couple of times in the hall which was fun.  When I asked him how his day was, he said "good".  When I asked him what he did, he said, "I don't know."  Great.  At least he was excited about it!
The toddler class I teach actually started last week with a "First Step" camp to help get these little guys ready for spending mornings with us.  Today was also our first official day.  I'm keeping a separate blog for the class if you are ever interested in checking out how we're doing:  it's called TOT Time Toddlers and you can click the link that is over to the right on my blog list. 

I'm hoping to post more updates on this blog soon about our summer and then continue on as if I just didn't take that really long summer break from blogging :) 

Monday, July 16, 2012

summer break

Well, apparently I'm taking a summer break from blogging.  I have a huge list of things I want to blog about, but I guess I'm just too busy living to write about it :)  I'm not complaining.  In the meantime, a few very quick tidbits for you:

 swim lessons for Luke and Nate, my new odyssey (yay!!! no more red lemon), me with my fave musician Griffin House, our boys with their cousins at lake erie.
my grandma and grandpa (love them), colin loving the fireworks, luke and nate with cousins on a train ride at the erie zoo, and what else? ohio corn, of course.

thanks to my iphone and instagram for these photos :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

the nerve

Some people have a lot of nerve.  I met one just now at Kinko's.  Colin and I went there to print a few things in color and the copier I chose to use was having some toner issues (of course).  So I moved over to wait on another machine to become available.  The man who was using the machine I was waiting on, saw Colin walking and stopped him by grabbing his shoulders and asking if he was ok, over and over.  I answered for him that Colin was fine, but I guess that wasn't good enough.  It was very strange.  But there's more. 

Then he proceeded to give me a lecture on things I can do to heal Colin.  The nerve, right?  Here were his "recommendations":  macrobiotic diet and yoga.  I let him know that Colin was born with a neurological condition that causes his issues.  Then the man suggested that I teach him how to massage his head in the shower every day to make his brain grow.  Oh, yes, why didn't I think of that?  I'm sure that if I took Colin to yoga at the Y, fed him a macrobiotic diet and taught him to massage his head that he would catch up to his same-age peers in no time. 

During this entire 15 minute lecture, he was not making any copies, so I was no closer to getting done what I needed to.  I really didn't want to be rude, but when he began to question me about the way I parent Colin, I had to let him know that while I appreciated his help, I had run out of time and must leave.  Then I gathered my things and Colin and we left as he wished us well.  I didn't get done what I was there to do, but at least I didn't have to listen to another second of that delusional man's advice.  Ugh!

Seriously, that happened.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Every time Colin has a birthday, it's hard for me to believe that he is ___ years old.  This year it's seven. 7.  Wow.
Yesterday, Luke, Nate and I joined Colin and his class for lunch then shared some cupcakes that we brought in.  Colin loved the birthday music that played and ate more of a cupcake than I have ever seen him eat.  He knew we were there to celebrate him and I love that.  After we left, I took the two younger boys to pick out gifts for Colin.  We talked about the types of things he likes so they remembered to focus on a gift for Colin and not themselves.  They did a great job.  I let them wrap the gifts themselves and make their own cards for him.  They were really sweet about celebrating Colin all day.

I got to spend a little one on one time with Colin before making dinner.  We played a new game that involved him walking (of course) while I tried to "get him".  It's as simple as it sounds, but he was cracking up.  So easy to please.

I made grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches (a Colin favorite) for dinner.  Then we had cupcakes (again) and sang happy birthday. I think between lunch and dinner he may have eaten a whole cupcake!

Then it was gift time.  Colin's not much into opening gifts, so Luke and Nate generously offered to help.
Colin got impatient, so he walked while they opened.
Then he came back to check out the gifts from Luke and Nate:  a really fast pull back and go car, a stick with a ball at the end that flashes lights, and 2 (they couldn't decide) wide eyed creatures that make funny little noises.  I'm not sure if Colin loved the gifts or the attention, but he was having a great time with his brothers and new toys.
Then for the family bike ride.  It was getting late, but the bike trailer was Colin's big gift, so we had to take it for a spin on his actual birthday!  It's such a good feeling when our entire family can enjoy a normal family activity.
I think Colin really enjoyed the day, but more importantly, I think he knew that it was a special day that was all about him.  

I feel like I need to be honest and say that I had a few moments yesterday when I thought back to when he was born and it made me sad.  I thought of the loss of my dream of a healthy baby boy and how my life changed so drastically so quickly.  But while I still have my moments of sadness for that loss now and then, I am also aware of and grateful for the perspective I have now.  Colin has brought a depth to my life in the last 7 years that I never knew I needed and I'm thrilled to have the honor of celebrating him.

Happy Birthday Colin!