Sunday, May 31, 2009
...this is how too big my dress is this year.
My mom is showing how much they would have to cut out so it would stay up if I was wearing it this week. That's what eating healthy food will do for you. I'm still eating healthy but I'm not trying to loose any more weight.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
And that's my whole point with this series of posts about dance. Yes, Dance. For me, it was not about the fancy costumes, the tiaras, the hair, or even the performances. It was a little about being a princess, more about coordination, even more about gross motor skills, and even more about following directions. But what it really was about is INCLUSION. Just being with girls. Friends.
Was it easy walking into that dance studio? The only mother of a child dancing with Down syndrome. NO. Did it bother me when Sarah couldn't quite keep up with the other girls? YES. Did I wish my daughter was like them? AT TIMES. Did I hear negative comments? Occasionally. Did I run the other way. NO. Why not you ask?
Look at this picture. LOOK HARD. Study it. What do you see?
Four girls waiting their turn to dance.
Wearing the same costumes.
Hair on top of their head.
Playing Disney Uno.
Sitting on Sarah's blanket.
No pressure, no coercion.
Just being friends.
Sarah looks like them.
She acts like them.
She looks like she belongs there.
And GUESS WHAT?
SHE DOES. I urge you as parents to go out of your comfort zone. Get out of the small groups that look like you. That have kids who share that extra chromosome. Do something that expands your boundaries. Don't immediately jump into an extracurricular "special program." Do it for you, for your child, for the families with a child with Ds that will follow you. More importantly, do it for all the other children and their families. That is how we spread our message the best.
It doesn't have to be dance. I could repeat this same story with soccer and softball. It could be karate, Gymboree, Scouts, swimming, skating, bowling. MY point is, don't take the route of comfort. Start early. Don't give up when confronted with negativity. The rewards will be so grand, so far reaching, so euphoric. And the lessons you will teach along the way are priceless. And that is my POINT.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Do you remember the pictures I showed you last week of my new job at the snack shop?
I love these self service stations. I can do it all by myself. First, I put the box on the scale.
One day I got the mail and the new spring Build-a-Bear catalog was here.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Just sitting in my comfy chair like she owns my room...