Thursday, September 24, 2009

Buddy Walk

This is our first year participating in Chicagoland's Buddy Walk. If you wish to join our team and walk with us or donate to this great cause, please click HERE. Any and all support is appreciated. Go Team Jack!

(This is a photo from last Thanksgiving. Jack is one month old here. The grandparents surprised us with "Team Jack" shirts to show their "Jack" support. Very touching!)

About the Buddy Walk: (from their website)

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk® program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support groups, schools and other organizations and individuals.

Over the past fourteen years, the Buddy Walk® program has grown from 17 walks to more than 280 expected in 2009 across the country and around the world. Last year alone, 250,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk®! They raised $10.5 million to benefit national education, research and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs. These funds enable NDSS and local groups to offer services that support and enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

The Buddy Walk® is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is a wonderful, heart-warming event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Whether you have Down Syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, come and join a Buddy Walk® in your local community!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


My Grandad passed away this week. He was 84 years old and a great man. He told wonderful stories and made a great brisket. I love that we called him Grandad, not Grandpa, Pops or anything else....Grandad! Very fitting for a grand dad. We will miss you dearly. We love you!

This is me with my Grandad

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jack Can Sit

He actually started sitting over Labor Day weekend. Yay! Now he has a whole new perspective on the world. Go Jack! We're so proud of you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Better late than never

John's birthday cake turned out yummy. Made from scratch and chocolate galore. Kinda looks like a large chocolate glazed oreo cookie.

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Local Newsletter

A local organization, UPS for DownS (United Parent Support for Down Syndrome), publishes a monthly newsletter and I submitted a photo of Jack and HE MADE THE COVER! I am one proud Momma! Click HERE to check out the website or see below for the excerpt from the newsletter.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Birthday John

This Sunday is my hubby's Birthday!

Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday Dear Husbo,
Happy Birthday to You!

Last year I made him a chocolate cake that tasted great, but looked like a giant hamburger. No joke! And not on purpose. Here's hoping this year's homemade cake looks better than the last.

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! Have fun and be safe.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Funny Sleeper

So here are some funny photos taken of Jack sleeping. They crack me up!

Fell asleep at Costco

Obviously he is flexible,

but I didn't realize he could fall asleep like this

Fell asleep at a loud 30th Birthday Party

Fell asleep at the zoo

Sleeps sideways like his Daddy

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Playing the Guitar

I was on the computer (messing with my blog of course) in an adjacent room and I heard this little banging noise. Wondering what it was, I peeked into our Family Room to find this. I guess it's time to buy my cutie some drums! Daddy will be so proud! He's always wanted to add a drummer to his one man band.