Friday, October 30, 2009
Under the Sea
Charlie the jellyfish, Daniel as Posiden, Joe the shark, Molly the mermaid & Michael Jackson (?)
Last night we went to the annual Pumpkin Walk in downtown East Lansing. The kids went from store-to-store collecting candy and coupons. We even scored women's basketball and vollyball tickets!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Emma had her school Halloween parade and party today. Tomorrow both of the kids have a day off from school! Emma decided to be Michael Jackson this year and had a fun time putting her costume together. Tonight we meet friends downtown for the annual East Lansing Pumpkin Walk.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Emma is planning on being Michael Jackson this year for Halloween. We bought a black suit at the Salvation Army, a black hat (at Meijer), she has white socks and a white shirt, and we found a sequined glove at Target. Here she is decorating the jacket. Her school Halloween parade and party is Thursday.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This month in 4th grade Emma had to read a biography and choose 10 items to represent key issues in the biography. The students also were required to decorate a box for the 10 items. This is Emma's practice report on Salvador Dali that she will give tomorrow.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The young woman featured in this story, Katie, is the person who 5 years ago convinced me to keep Joe in hippotherapy. Joe began with this program (C.H.U.M.) when he was 14 months old. For the first year he screamed during every bi-weekly session. It got so bad that some days I had to sit in the car. About half way through the first year I had a conversation with Katie and told her that I was worried about Joe and I didn't think that he would ever like horseback riding. What she said to me was this: "Oh, I cried for a long time when I started. I think I was scared. But after awhile I began to like it and now I am great at horseback riding!" I kept Joe in the program and now, after 5 years, he is great at horseback riding. Click HERE to read the State News story about Katie.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. In honor of the month I have made my own montage of Emily Perl Kingsley's poem, "Welcome to Holland." This is a poem that was given to me a few weeks after Joe was born and is well-known in the Down Syndrome community. Many other people have made similar montages that you can find on You Tube. Lots of people reference "Holland" when talking about parenting kids with special needs. For example, Jennifer Graf Groneberg's new book, "Road Map to Holland." I can't say that I have always liked this poem, but it reflects some of my feelings and some of the conversations that I have had recently.
Michelle at the Sneathen Family Blog has posted a great slide show from the Buddy Walk. Emma is friends with Michelle's son Zachary and Joe swims with Michelle's son Daniel every Thursday. Swim classes begin today! Michelle writes about parenting a son with special needs and about life in general. Check her blog out HERE.