Friday, July 31, 2009
Oh yeah, exciting news! Jack swam with his arm floaties in the pool today. Just arm floaties, no float suit, no little ring. It was great. He was playing on the steps of our neighborhood pool where he is Mr. Confidence. He accidentally floated off the bottom step and found himself out in the deep (for him) water. He was saying "Hup, hup" (help, help) as he held his arms out and kicked his feet. McCahill, Jeanie, and I cheered him on and encouraged. I told him, "You're doing great! You can do this." And he swam for the 2-3 minutes it took him to get back to that bottom step. I'm so proud!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here's what Jack's been doing over the summer--chillin out at home. Doesn't he look absolutely relaxed?
Speaking of wild life.....
Jeanie and McCahill rate us a big "thumbs up!"
Sunday, July 26, 2009
P. S. Someone remind me of this post next time I get whiny. :)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
When we got back to the house, I tried to tell McCahill that the tunnel was a little smallish.
But he would not listen.
Is the boy wearing the tunnel or is the tunnel swallowing the boy?
Cute, petite Miss Jeanie could have fallen right through!
Thank you everyone for remembering me and calling, texting, facebooking, emailing, visiting, and just plain ol' thinking about me. I'm blessed to be so loved!
Friday, July 24, 2009
My birthday is actually tomorrow but we're celebrating tonight--just the three of us.
Jack and Dave gave me my birthday present early and I used my new Kitchen Aid mixer to make this yummy although not super pretty 2 pounds of strawberry strawberry cake. We're getting some barbecue (my favorite!) for dinner. Mmmmmm....
Alichia and Ethan came to town yesterday so we went over to Rob, Bobbie, McCahill, and Jeanie's house to visit. He's gotten so big!!!!
This time of year, visiting Jeanie and McCahill means getting in the pool! Yesterday, we had the added bonus of Emma who was visiting Jeanie. Here's the swimsuit girls.....
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Why do we call it Day Pool? Well, Jack recently began calling swimming at Jeanie and McCahill's house Night Pool. Today, we were telling him that it was daytime so this was Day Pool not Night Pool. Thanks again, Jeanie, McCahill, Bobbie, and Grandma (and Michael for the brief moment we saw you), we had a great time!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Of course, Jack's not a perfect kiddo. He did not want to leave church and fussed and griped about getting into the car. I had to be firm and put him in the car even as he fussed about it. I reminded him that we needed to go shopping--an activity that he enjoys very much recently. Jack's been doing this fussing about getting in the car alot lately so when we got to the store, I reminded him before he got out that we were going to go into the store, walk around a bit and do our shopping and then we would check out and get back in the car. I told him that after check-out, we would not be delaying but getting straight into the car. He enjoyed shopping and waited patiently in the check-out line. But when it came time to go to the car......he made his protest loudly and initially tried to drop to the ground as our helpful grocery bagger pushed our cart to the car. I picked him up and reminded him that we needed to go directly to the car and since he was not getting up I would have to help him get there. As we got closer to the car he asked to be put down so I did. He continued to fuss as we got into the car. He continually said, "Get out. Get out." as he cried and HELPED ME get him in his carseat. It was almost funny. There he was crying and fussing but doing exactly what I asked him to. I feel so blessed to have such a great kid. He obviously did not want to get in the car but there he was doing exactly as I asked. Was he happy about it? No. Did he lie and pretend to be happy about it? No. Did he communicate with me? Yes, yes he did. How awesome is that!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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Monday, July 13, 2009
We know that Jack is different. We are fairly confident in saying that Jack knows he is different. David, Jack, and I are very comfortable with his differences. He's a happy boy and we feel extremely blessed to be his parents. The truth is we feel unworthy to be his parents. But that's a whole other topic....
Young children open their mouths and their thoughts often spill out without any kind of filter. They use their immature vocabulary to speak their mind. I am quite sure that one day the shoe will be on the other foot and Jack will embarrass me by something he says quite innocently. So I'll ask you now to show mercy on me and be understanding that Jack will be speaking his mind with whatever vocabulary he has.
Jack loves being around other children especially laughing, squealing children. As he gets close to your laughing, squealing child, your child might begin to notice his obvious physical differences and point out that Jack has a big head or his face looks funny or he looks weird or I've never seen eyes like that. Your child may truly truly embarrass you by saying, quite loudly, "Hey, look at that kid." I promise you if you try to shush your child at this point, he or she will be even louder when they say again "Look at him." It's okay, really! Look, you know your kiddo. If you truly feel that your child is willfully being mean/spiteful/hateful, then please escort them far far far away from us and have whatever talk you need to have. But I'll bet most of the time you know that your child is just being curious and does not have a big enough vocabulary to express the curiousity he or she has. Please introduce that child to us. Escort him/her over to us and say, "Hello." Ask us for Jack's name. Introduce us to your child. If you ask us, we will answer so let your child ask. If it makes you feel better, help to rephrase your child's questions. For instance, your child has said "Look at that kid's funny face." You know your child is not being mean but he/she does not understand what he/she is seeing. Bring him/her over and say, "Hi, this is [insert your child's name here]. What's your son's name?" I will say (probably with a huge smile on my face), "Hi, [your child's name], this is Jack." Then I will turn to Jack and say, "Jack, this is [your child's name], 'can you say hi?'" He might say, "Hi" but then again he might not. At this point, please ask me about Jack in whatever way you feel comfortable. Or let your child ask. I'm really quite friendly and will try to explain things simply in a way your child can understand. Some days my responses are more in-depth than others. What's really important to us (David and Marie) is that you and your children not avoid us. By talking to us (David, Marie, and Jack) you will get to know us as regular folks. Everyone has differences. Jack's differences are just readily apparent.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
This year Jack is actually head and shoulders above the water. I kept his float suit on him just for additional protection but he loves being able to independently move about in the pool. "Night pool" was a lot of fun and we're going to try to get over there a bit more often. So many of Jack's favorite things in one place--cousins, water, outside, and walking and swimming and Mama, too!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We rode the train at the zoo. We all wouldn't fit on one seat and Jack had to make sure his friends boarded before the train took off. (Ha--just noticed that Jack and Christie matched that day.) Jack loves trees. Sidney loves animals. I'm gonna miss those boys when they run off and join Green Peace. LOL!
Monday, July 6, 2009
He pushed my hand away. I said something like it's time to wash that's what
a bath is for. [I know--too many words, not a "Jack-able" phrase. Never said
I was perfect :)] Jack pushed my hand away, said washing and signed wash
hands gesturing toward the sink. I said "Yes, washing, like wash hands." He
looked at me quite seriously and said, "Bath." "Oh" I said, "Bathing Jack"
and he allowed me to bathe him. Isn't that great? He basically said, "Hey
you wash hands at the sink. In the bathtub, you do not wash, you bathe." How
awesome is that? What complex thinking and expression of thought! Oh the
things I will learn from him!
Have a great night everyone!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Jack and I are off to celebrate Independence Day with my dad (Opa), Anne (Oma), and my little brother (Uncle) Noah.
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