Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summertime Stares

Summertime means shorts, no socks, short sleeves, no coats, no blankets, swimming, playing on the playground..and LOTS of stares when you're Izzy. A fellow blogger wrote a post today and I wanted to share it with all of you. Click HERE to view her post. I completely agree with what she wrote and felt strongly enough about it to share it on my blog with you all. PARENTS: Please teach your children that staring isn't polite. If you genuinely have a question then ask. But don't stare. ALSO please teach them to be respectful of other peoples differences. Today was the WORST experience I have ever had with rude kids. A little boy, about 7 years old said about Izzy "That is creepy. He is going to give me nightmares!" And to make matters worse, Rachel and Jaxon heard it and it really bothered them. Apparently this kid needs more parenting! I am SO thankful that Izzy still has no idea...it's going to break my heart the day he understands. It did open up a good conversation with my kids about people though and how some people are just plain rude and weren't raised right etc.

(If you are considering writing me a comment or email saying something like "Don't you just think they are curious?" or "He is different so it's normal to look at him, people aren't used to seeing people like him."  or "Kids are just curious creatures." or anything of the like...please don't. I've heard it all...and then some. And unless you have walked in my shoes...)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cousin Lovin

My sister and I are best friends and always dreamed about the days when we would be married and have children and be Mom's together. That dream is now a reality...and I LOVE IT! Although she lives an hour away…I am SO grateful it’s not farther. We don't get to see each other as much as we would like, but the times we spend together are always wonderful, quality times. Our children are also all close in age and get the opportunity to grow up together and be wonderful friends. We LOVE watching them play and interact together and develop such tight bonds.

Recently we had my sisters two little girls over for a whole week! I tell you what…it was so much fun, and also exhausting! I really admire people who have 5 children (or MORE!) , especially close together in age. I felt like I never stopped moving while they were here. It was a good, fun busy…but none the less…BUSY!

Israel and Hailey are 10 months apart and I love watching them together. They are so sweet and really enjoy playing with one another. I look forward to watching their relationship develop over the years.

Here is a little picture re-cap of our week with the girls.

The lunch assembly line!

Izzy and Hailey in the wagon on a walk to the park.

Callie is SO sweet with Izzy, always helping him and taking such good care of him.

Izzy and Hailey went on the slide the whole time we were at the park! Good thing there were two of them!

BATHTIME! That's one full tub!

I got a new bed while the girls were here...so before it came we let them go crazy on the old one. I LOVE this picture.

Awe...everyone loves Auntie Becca's new bed!

And we threw in a fun Tutu photo shoot as well. LOVE YOU GIRLS!

(PS…we miss all the other cousins and family who don’t live close. You are always in our hearts and thoughts.)

Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm still here...

So it's been a while since I last blogged...a whole month in fact! A lot has been going on in our lives and the blog takes a backseat often times. But I haven't forgotten about you all, my faithful followers :-) Summer is packed full of fun times to come, so I probably won't be on here as much as I would like. I will try to post whenever I can though and update you on our life and Izzy's progress.

Here is a small re-cap and a glimpse into what has been going on in our life this past month.
The kids finished school! HOORAY!
Speech Therapy...which Izzy loves (He doesn't realize he is working!)
Art/Soccer Class for the big kids...which means lots of Mommy & Izzy time.
A new leg...just one this time.
Memories made with cousins.
A 2 year old photo shoot.
More Physical Therapy...despite Izzy's every attempt to make us stop!
A BIG surprise at Shriner's.
Park Playdates...and much more.