Happy Halloween. I’ll have you know I take my one half of Lainey’s classroom room mom responsibility so seriously that I didn’t wait until party day to get craft supplies. No, I got a head start hitting up Party City the night before Halloween. So instead of standing in a line of 320 people holding a costume they don’t really want, but it’s all that’s left; I stood in a line of only 290 people. Because I’m responsible like that. Got my plastic spiders, so we’re good.
Today is the last day of Down Syndrome Awareness month, but we live it every day and so do you. These are our daughters, our sons, our brothers and sisters, our coworkers, our friends; and we recognize the challenges and joys of DS well beyond this month. Last weekend we walked to celebrate the things we are learning and to commit support and love to each other as we help our loved ones face extra challenges.
It’s such a happy day.
Look. The smiles.
Recognize that face? Little Coco was part of the Everybody Plays shoot in San Diego. Her family was visiting Disney World and missing their Buddy Walk in California for their trip, so they headed to Naples to be part of ours.
I love our village.
I loved watching Lainey instantly make a new friend this year. She was introduced to Sydney ten minutes before we began walking and they held hands for the entire walk.
And Coco is a phone-stealer like Nella. When she realized the phone was locked, she handed it over and said “CODE.”
Olivia was adopted from the Ukraine last year through Reece’s Rainbow. Still adjusting to her new family and progressing from delays, her mama thought for sure this trip would be difficult for her. She smiled the entire day and happily embraced any open arms.
Again, it is always an honor and a privilege to be part of this community and to celebrate the many ways we are teaching each other. A special day indeed.
Okay, it’s 3:00 and I already have a girl begging to put her costume on.
I’m over at BabyZone this week with 15 Lessons I’ve Learned From My Hardest Parenting Moments
…and at All Parenting with My Budding Naturalist–fostering a love of nature in our kids (Lainey likes centipedes now!).
Happy Halloween! I love this night with our family.