Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy 6th birthday, Alayna!

I remember the night like it was yesterday. 

We weren't ready for your arrival but, you wouldn't wait.
The doctor exclaimed, "She is absolutely beautiful."
Who am I to argue with the doctor?  
You are amazingly beautiful still.

It doesn't seem possible that six years have passed already.
Your teeny tiny self has woven its way through every thread in our family.

You continue to surprise us with all you can do each and every day.
We first worried what your future would hold.
Now we rest at ease in knowing that you nothing is going to stop you from soaring high.



Whatever it is that God calls you to be, we pray that you listen and obey.
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Alayna, you are amazing!

You are a blessing to us and we can't imagine life without you.

We pray that this 6th year brings you happiness, friendship and fun.

Always know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

We love you,

Happiest of birthdays sweet girl,

Love, 
Mommy, Daddy, Aidan and Dariya


Friday, October 3, 2014

Look what I can do




Having down syndrome doesn't stop us from having fun and reaching our goals!  

It might take us a little longer, but we are enjoying the journey!

Happy Down Syndrome Awareness month!

Monday, September 22, 2014

School day pictures

Friday was picture day for the girls.

Alayna usually gets a great shot with whomever the photographer is but, Dariya is a harder target.  She hasn't quite mastered the "looking at the camera and smiling"  look yet.

I took the girls outside for a few pics before they headed off to school hoping to get a good picture of each of them.  Alayna had about 20 great ones, while poor Dariya didn't have a single one that I would hang on the wall.




Sisterly love...oh, how I love these two!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

First lost tooth...


A few months ago the girls had their dental check up and the dentist informed me that Alayna's two bottom front teeth were loose.  I wiggled them and couldn't get them to budge.


Today the girls put the couch cushions on the floor and were jumping off them.  All of a sudden they jumped at the same time and crashed into each other.  Alayna's mouth hit Dariya's knee and what do you know her tooth came out!

She was a little freaked out at the blood at first but, as soon as we called daddy and he praised his big girl she was all better.  She loves putting her tongue where her tooth used to be.  Maybe that will keep her from biting her nails....(she had stopped that habit for months and is back at it).

Happy first lost tooth, Alayna.  You are big stuff!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How is kindergarten going?

The girls have been ready for kindergarten all summer.  

Of course, as a mom you worry (even for me who isn't typically a worrier) a bit over whether they will succeed in this new situation.

I am pleased to tell you that the girls have successfully made the transition and are thriving in their regular kindergarten class.  

They came home with "Purrfect" first day papers and have continued to have great days, minus one day where Dariya pushed Alayna and Alayna pushed someone else.  We quickly rebounded and are back on track.

They love their teachers and going to specials (computers, music, art, PE, and library) each day.

They are very tired even with just the half day in the afternoon.  Dariya is usually asking to go to bed during dinner each night. ;)

We pray that their year continues so well and that they make many new friends. 

Alayna usually talks about the names of everyone in class and so far all we have heard about is teacher names.  It is awesome that she has all those down so quickly but, I am praying for a nice friend for each girl to rise to the surface.

Feel free to throw a daily prayer their way.  Thanks!



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

And they're off to kindergarten


I have to admit I was putting Alayna to bed the other night and was praying for school, teachers and their transition and I had a little tear in my eye.  Alayna quickly noticed and asked if I was ok. Yes, sweet girl.  I just can't believe my 4 pounder is now 5 and off to elementary school.

Last Wednesday morning, Amy Allison, the director of our DSG held a Down Syndrome 101 class at the girl's school and met with the whole staff and administration to in service them about ds. Awesome!

Thursday night we attended back to school night.  The girls were thrilled to meet their teacher, Mrs. Thompson and look around the school as Aidan gave them the official tour.  They both did very well considering the whole 500+ kids plus families were in the building looking around.  It is a bit overwhelming even for us parents.  The staff all greeted the girls so kindly and by name!  YAY for ds 101 the day before!

Monday afternoon we went to kindergarten open house where the girls were able to spend 30 minutes in their classroom and put all their supplies away.  Super thankful to their special education teacher, Mrs. Sickel who arranged for us to go 30 minutes earlier than open house for everyone else so that the girls could spend some quality time getting to know Mrs. Thompson and the classroom without distraction.  Bless her, she is very kind with the girls.

Alayna wanted to greet everyone and Dariya was ready to head home shortly after we arrived.  So typical for them both.  I know it will take a few days for them to get into a routine but, prayerfully they will transition very well.

I went ahead and let them ride the bus today and they were thrilled to get on and away they went.

No stopping us now.

Kindergarten or bust!