Monday, August 31, 2009
Both of our kids were exposed to a touch screen computer monitor very early on with Aidan's speech therapist. So, the problem we're having now is getting the kids to keep their fingers off the screen and use the mouse. They would much rather poke at the screen. We really need to find some easy mouse games for the kids to play.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Happy Birthday to Scotte! We are having ice cream cake and presents with the kids today. Yesterday we actually used some respite care for the kids and went out together for a few hours in the evening (with Liam in tow).
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I just read an article about how children with Down syndrome are at high risk for complications from swine flu. I can bet you all that if Aidan gets swine flu, he will be hospitalized, or even worse.
So, how am I going to prevent him from getting it? If he's been exposed, will I be able to convince his pediatrician to give him tamiflu right away? What do I do when swine flu is going around his school? Will I end up keeping him home all winter? And, what about our twice weekly trips to Children's for therapy where we share a waiting room with the urgent care? Do I skip therapy this winter? I have a lot of worries and a lot of questions going through my mind.
I know I can be much more diligent about hand washing. I'm going to be using Purell the second we leave Children's, before we're even in the car. I'll Lysol his school backpack everyday, and I have Clorox wipes handy to wipe down the anything I think needs it. I have Purell sitting on my kitchen table now, just in case.
So, am I being paranoid or am I not doing enough? What are you going to do?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
1 large sweet onion
2 lbs tomatoes
fresh cracked pepper
Make 1 biscuit recipe from the Bisquick box
Use as pie crust and bake it. Place either ceramic baking beads or another pie plate on top of it to keep it from rising out of control.
Layer in the pie crust (really high) the sweet onions sliced pretty thin (generally 1 big one) and garden fresh tomatoes not too thin (about 2 lbs). Season each layer with salt, fresh cracked pepper and fresh basil.
Make a top crust with 2 cups shredded cheddar and 1 cup mayo. Mix the cheese and mayo and squish it all over the pie like a top crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.
When we made this, our pie crust might have been smaller than others because we only used about 1 lb tomatoes and 1/2 an onion. It was really good, though, and was enough for two meals for Scotte and I.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
So, a woman came to our house to photograph Scotte for a magazine article (Business First magazine) they are doing about Solar power. After talking with her, he discovered that she was going to be at the Hartford Fair showing her alpacas. We were wanting to go on a family outing together, so off to the Hartford Fair we went. The kids were quite enamored with the alpacas!
The kids had a lot of fun dancing to some music and eating together, and Andy was nice enough to be an adult chaperone on a train ride with the kids. Thanks, Andy!!This was a great fair! It was small enough to not be crazy, but had everything we wanted. We might go here in the future instead of the state fair. We loved it!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here are some photos from our trip to visit my parents. The kids had a great time swimming. We liked having lots of extra arms to help us out, since both kids need maximal supervision in the pool. Liam was a gem and took a huge nap so I didn't have to miss out on the fun.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
I can't get this resized properly for my blog, so your best bet is to follow THIS LINK to see the montage at the proper size.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
This year's event will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at Columbus Crew Stadium. The walk will begin at 10am.
We are going to be walking again this year, but we have decided to walk as a family and enjoy the activities together. This will be our 5th buddy walk, and we have raised more than $10,000 dollars for DSACO in the past. The year Brendan was born, the buddy walk was just 3 weeks later. I just about killed myself getting ready for the walk. With another infant in tow this year, we have decided to skip the tailgating and see for the first time what activities there are. We're usually having too much fun visiting with our friends to even see what else is going on.
We would love to have people join us for the walk, if they would like to, and join us for activities. But, we are not setting up a tent and having food. We'll probably grab some subs and bring them - something easy for when the kids get hungry.
Aidan had a great year. He loves preschool and loves to talk about his classmates. He broke his leg a few months ago, but he has recovered from that fully and has made some great strides this summer, physically. He still loves the sand box and playing in water (maybe we have a future swimmer on our hands). Also, he has gotten over his fear of slides and is back to loving them again! He is doing really well with his tutor and loves to read. He can read over 100 words and is reading some books now. We are working on reading comprehension and reading more books. His brother loves to count so he is starting to get into that a little, too. Aidan has a new little brother, Liam, and he loves him so much and makes sure I take care of him properly:) If you want to see Aidan in person, come join us at the walk!
Please visit Team Aidan's Website!! TEAM AIDAN I'm having a little trouble personalizing the website at the moment, so if it seems a little off to you, I hope to get that fixed soon.
If you would like to make a donation to the our team, we would be very grateful. If you would like to come walk with us even though we are keeping it low key, we would love to have you. T-shirts this year are scarlet red, in case you are wondering!
Next year we plan to be up and running again with another tailgating extravaganza.
If you would like to register to walk and want a shirt, the registration deadline is AUGUST 29.
Enjoy the walk, and thanks for your support!! I promise to get photos up from last year's walk soon. I can't believe I haven't done that yet!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I decided to post one of our favorite recipes for summer. This recipe is a great way to get rid of some fresh tomatoes. I can't take credit for the recipe, though. It's a Bobby Flay recipe from the Food Network.
Penne with summer tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella and basil
4 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced (I use more than 4 tomatoes - the more the merrier)
4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup basil chiffonade
1 pound penne, cooked al dente
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, cubed (make sure it's fresh!)
In a large serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes and basil, season with salt. Add the pasta and mozzarella and stir to combine.
The kids love this recipe (although Aidan won't eat the mozzarella), and it's even good cold right out of the refrigerator.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here are photos of all of my boys from when they were a month old. I like to compare them, but I think all 3 boys look quite unique.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I'm off to the grocery store!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Last week I had a chance encounter. Or, maybe it was fate. I'm not sure.
I decided to sell Aidan's nursery bedding on Craig's List because we are going to update his room and make it a little older for him. The bedding is still in great shape. We used different nursery bedding for Brendan's room because Aidan and Brendan are so close in age. Now, Liam is using Brendan's bedding and Aidan's is unused.
To make a long story short, I was contacted by someone wanting to buy a few of the items. When she and her family stopped by to pick up the items, I found out through our conversation that it is likely that the baby boy she is carrying has Down syndrome. Of course, I am currently a hormonal mess (she may be also if she's anything like me during pregnancy), so I was crying a little and we were talking about Aidan. It really brought me back to all the emotions that took over my life after Aidan was born. We are happy that we got to meet Aidan before we had to deal with all the crazy emotions. I have a feeling it's harder when you don't have a baby to hold in your arms.
I vividly remember meeting older children with Ds after Aidan was born. I know I always wanted to be comforted by them, and I loved the older children we met, but somehow it was still very hard to know that my child wasn't going to grow up in the way I envisioned. Sometimes, it was even scary. Now, I want Aidan to be that comfort for another family. I know it's probably scary for them, too, to see him and think about their child's future, but hopefully also somewhat comforting at the same time. I know I look at people differently since Aidan was born.
If there is anything I could tell another family, it's the same thing I was told by so many 4 years ago. I was told that it would all be okay. Actually, it is better than okay. I didn't always believe it would be at the time, but I do now. They were right. I wish I could spare everyone from the pain of learning that their child has a disability, but I truly believe that it is necessary to go through the process of grieving and acceptance to appreciate what you have.
Life is way better than okay. It will be for you, too.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Aidan has been so cute with Liam. He is so concerned when the baby cries, and tells me constantly to pick the baby up. I thought he would want me to put him down all the time, but instead he insists that I hold him. He kisses his forehead all the time, and loves to look at Liam sleeping in his bed. One day when I was visiting at my sister's house, my mom and sister came out and took Brendan and Liam in the house while I got Aidan. Aidan did not notice that someone took the baby seat, and he was freaking out that I was leaving Liam in the car. He's just been so stinking cute with the baby. I love it!
Brendan has also been doing great. He doesn't care about Liam as much as Aidan does, but he doesn't seem to be having a hard time with it either. All is well.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The kids were fascinated by the whole thing, especially Aidan. I think it will be really fun to let the kids help me give Liam a bottle.
Oh, and poor Liam now has a bad case of baby acne...just in time for his one month photos:(