Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Long time No Post!

Summer is here and Abbi and I are once again travleing to be with Jr. This summer we are in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last summer, we were in Cedar City, UT. It is amazing to be able to spend summers somewhere other than home. However, I do miss my family, church, and tending my flower beds.

Abbi had a great year in Preschool! Her teacher and assistants were wonderful. She was so blessed to have been in that classroom. We have spent most of this summer so far getting ready for kindergarten. We are working on using scissors, coloring, etc. Having taught kindergarten for three years, I know these skills are important. We also bought her an Ipad. Which she loves and I think is amazing!

We are also working on potty training. Today is Day #2 in panties for her. Only one accident so far, however, she does not tell me she needs to go. I have her on a schedule. About every three hours or so we visit the potty!! LOL I figure if I can habit train her, then eventually she will come to understand and feel she needs to go on her own.

I am so proud of her this summer!! She tries really hard on her "lessons". She does get frustrated easily when things get hard and wants to give up. I have tried to encourage her to keep trying and sometimes she does.

So far so good.............

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Speech Issues

Okay so I hope someone out there reads my blog and responds with some good advice. Abbi is way behind in her speech development which I know is normal, but my biggest concern is that she has actually regressed. She has completely stopped saying things she used to be able to say and has even forgotten signs she used to know. She knew all of her colors and now won't tell us any of them. Has anyone else out there had any of these problems with their child??

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Today, my little girl who could barely walk last summer climbed up her big slide and slid down completely by herself! I am so proud of her. She has come such a long way since last summer. It seems that each day she is becoming more vocal and learning to listen better. Although she does not always listen well, but she is only three and what 3 year old does that!! She is becoming such a big girl and not so much of a baby anymore. I truly believe she is ready to begin preschool in the Fall. I am glad we waited another year. If only she could say more. She tries so hard and makes all kinds of sounds but can't seem to put them together. I just know that one day she will come out with this long sentence and stun us all. Tomorrow I will try and get some video to post!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Abbi's New Bed

Okay, so I am a terrible blogger. Life happens too fast. My sweet little baby is growing up way too fast! How can she possibly already be in a toddler bed! I am so proud of her she has transitioned great, but I am getting sleepless nights getting up constantly to check to see if she has rolled out which she did lots at first b/c she is like a little worm squirming everywhere. She loves her new and seems to be very proud of herself. We just put her in her own room a few weeks ago and already she was ready for the big girl bed.

We have already been to the beach which she loved. It is great to have the summer off with her it allows us to bond again. When school starts back it is always a madhouse around here. I am adding a few new pics below. Enjoy!

Monday, May 18, 2009


I will never understand why people have to struggle against each other when they should really be trying to work together to help a child be the best they can be. The only person they are hurting is the child. A child that is completely helpless for the most part. Why does everything have to come down to money??? I want so badly to do and say what I know in my heart to be right but I can't b/c it may compromise my daughter's chances at getting the help I know she will need to be successful in school. Oh if only I had the time to help educate others about the capabilities of our kids with Down syndrome. I wish I could make them see the potential I see if only they would try a little harder to learn more about our kids. My prayer tonight is to be able to be in a place where I can educate those in need about how to teach out kids. I feel a calling like I haven't felt in a long time but I don't know how to answer it. If doors or windows open or even crack I will find a way to get thru!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What a question??

Today I was talking with a friend of mine about where Abbi would attend school. I talked about how I really wanted her to start with a group of kids and go with them all the way thru so she would have the same group of friends and feel a part of the community. Then she asked me the question. Where it came from I don't know but it made me feel like a normal parent for once. She asked "What will you do if a boy wants to date her?" I have had lots of people tell me how pretty Abbi is but I thought they were just being polite. My friend also thinks this and b/c of it thinks boys may want to date her. Don't get me wrong I want Abbi to have a companion if she wants one but my friend is the only person who has ever actually brought up the subject. It felt so nice to be discussing something besides being a productive member of society and dream a little about her having a "normal" life as a teenager. I really do hope that a boy wants to date her and she wants to date him. I don't want her to go thru her entire life and only know her family's and friends' love. I want her to know the type of love I have for her dad if that is God's plan for her life. My friend Amy has a son with DS and we joke a lot about them having an arranged marriage. When Abbi was born I thought I would have to give up that dream, but the older she gets I find that I am still hoping she will find her "soul mate" and have a dream of her own!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Preschool Registration

My little girl is all registered for Preschool in the Fall. We are opting to send her to a private christian preschool with "normal" kids instead of the one offered for "special" kids by our county schools. I really feel it is very important right now for Abbi to be fully included as long as she can. I really don't know what will happen down the road when she goes to kindergarten. I am praying for guidance on that. I know she must be where God wants her to be because we got the "LAST SPOT" on the only days she would be able to go. I know that was divine intervention b/c I have zero luck and they drew numbers for spots and we got the last one!

I am so excited and scared at the same time. Her school is beautiful and her teacher has a special ed background. I know she won't get the type of one on one as if she were in a "special" preschool but I atleast want to try this out and see how she does. Hopefully well!

Hope everyone had a great Easter. I will post pics later.

Our Family

Our Family

Abbi & Daddy

Abbi & Daddy
Summer 2006