Tuesday, October 30, 2012

School Pictures

I received Callie's 1st school picture this morning when I dropped her off at Mother's Day Out.  The day of pictures Callie's teacher told me some of the other kids were crying and hesitant about getting their picture taken but said Callie was a little ham and went right up and started posing.  That doesn't surprise me at all.

And last month Cain received his school pictures.  He normally has to wear a school uniform of solid color shirts with collars and khaki pants to school but on picture day he could wear non-school uniform attire.  I thought it would be a perfect day for him to wear his cute little tie.  His teachers told me they asked him if he wanted to take off his tie later in the day and he wouldn't let them take it off.  I think he knew he looked good and liked it!  

Monday, October 29, 2012

2012 Buddy Walk

We walked in our first Buddy Walk this year.  I was excited to join our friend Emily and her son Cooper.  Cain and Cooper are in preschool together and I think they have a lot of fun getting in trouble together.  His mom Emily and I have become great friends since we see each other every morning and every afternoon when dropping off and picking up the boys.  Cooper has Down Syndrome and the Buddy Walk is a walk that was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society to promote acceptance and awareness of people with Down Syndrome.  I saw on the website that the walk encourages their heroes with Down Syndrome to invite their sidekick buddies to join them in the walk. I can't tell you how excited I am that Cain is one of Cooper's sidekick buddies at school.  I hope they always remain friends.

It was so cute watching Cain and Cooper throw a ball back and forth before the walk started.  I think Cain was telling Cooper "come on throw the ball" in the next picture. Ha!

There were so many people at the walk and the weather was perfect.  A little chilly at first but warmed up through the walk.  I ended up talking to a lady during the walk who teaches at Cain and Cooper's school and has a nephew who received a heart transplant at 5 months old.  He was born with an undetected heart defect and went into heart failure at 5 months.  He is now about to turn 20 and doing great.  He had been told he may need another transplant around the age of 10-15 but he has his same donor heart and has never had any problems.  It was a wonderful story to hear.  Especially when we have a sweet friend currently in the hospital waiting on a heart transplant.

During the walk we stopped to let the kids feed the ducks but we ended up feeding Cain instead.  He decided he would rather eat his bread than give it to the ducks.  Ha!

So happy these two are friends.

Cooper's granddad could somehow make a duck call sound out of leaves which we all thought was pretty cool.  Cain hears Brad blowing a duck call all the time so he was familiar with the sound and kept wanting to figure out how to do it too.

John Preston's 4th birthday .... superhero style

Last weekend I took the kids to John Preston's superhero birthday party.  He was turning 4 and I knew Cain would love going to a superhero themed party.  Just in the last few weeks Cain has become obsessed with Spiderman.  Brad recently bought him a Spiderman outfit and mask and he wears it all day every day.  Everywhere we go he honestly has it on...doctors appointments, football games, grocery shopping.  He is Spiderman all day long. Thankfully the invite mentioned to wear your favorite superhero outfit so that worked out perfectly for Cain.  

The party was in Liepers Fork which is about a 30 minute drive from our house.  I can not begin to explain how beautiful the drive was through the rolling hills of Nashville.  The leaves were so many colors and it was beyond beautiful.   

There were several cute Spidermen at the party.  I can't believe Cain actually likes wearing the mask but he loves it.  

John Preston's mom did a great job on the party.  It started out with games for the kids, then an Avengers superhero showing up for the kids, a bonfire, and hayride through the pasture to go see horses and chickens.  

Cain liked looking at the horses from a distance but Callie (who is at the age of not really having any fear) enjoyed feeding and talking to the horses.

There is a really neat story to how we met John Preston and his mom.  Earlier in the summer I was at Toys R Us buying the kids swim diapers for Cain and Callie's swim lessons.  We stopped in the Thomas the Train section to let Cain and Callie play with the train tables and John Preston and his mom were doing the same.  While the kids were playing, John Preston's mom (Heather) and I started talking.  Somehow Cain's heart surgeries came into the conversation and Heather started to cry a little.  She couldn't believe the story and told me it was just what she needed to hear that day.  Her husband had found out that day that he was going to need open heart surgery and she had been devastated and obviously scared he would need surgery.  We stayed in touch after that and let the kids have a play date.  Her husband had his heart surgery and is doing great.  Many times she has told me Cain was her strength and her hope when she was scared about her husband.  So glad we met them in Toys R Us that day and glad we were able to celebrate John Preston's 4th birthday.