"As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world for one person." ~Paul Shane Spear

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New York City

We went to New York City last weekend. We all had such a wonderful time. Ally was so excited to be able to spend some time with her big brother, I just wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you Alan and Erica!

Ally and big brother Alan In front of the American Museum of Natural History.

The American Museum of Natural History. This museum was absolutely amazing, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ally has been learning about Native Americans in History...this was a great opportunity for her to see some incredible displays at the museum.

Erica and Ally...she loves Erica! 

Enjoying time with her brother..she had the best time!

At the American Doll Store...decisions, decisions!

On her way out to do more shopping :)

Rockefeller Center

Out and about in the city.

Ally in front of The Plaza Hotel (home of Eloise) ...she was a little excited

Ally is asking the Bell Hop at the Plaza Hotel where she could find Eloise. They were great with her! 

Inside The Plaza Hotel 

She's writing a letter to Eloise

Mailing her letter.

Beautiful day in Central Park

Alan giving us a tour of Columbia University

Columbia University

On our way to see the Statue of Liberty

                                We visited the National September 11 Memorial

The National September 11 Memorial 

She was taking it all in.

A pear tree became known as the "Survivor Tree" after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree was discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches. The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible demarcation between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth.

The Freedom Tower....The sun came out and I was able to get this beautiful picture. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Ally!

Today is Ally's 11th birthday...we love you to the moon and back!
During the month of October, we want to celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. To celebrate our daughter Ally during Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I've put together a video of some things Ally has accomplished in her short 10 years of life. I hope you will take a moment to watch it. Her dad has always told her, "You are going to change the world one person at a time".
"Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly"

Monday, May 11, 2015

Feeling Blessed

  Having all my kids home for Mother's Day was the best present I could have ever received!  We spent that Friday evening at the lake and rode the boat across the lake to eat seafood. We watched Ally play Challenger Baseball Saturday afternoon. That evening we celebrated the boys' birthdays and Mother's Day by having a cookout with friends and family. How blessed I am to have such wonderful kids!
 I love you all so much!

Mother's Day weekend

Challenger Baseball

Best of Friends

Beautiful evening at the lake!

Ally helping her big brother drive the boat.

May 15.
Last week , we took advantage of the beautiful weather and did some school work outside.  Our school year is almost over.  We are looking forward to some well deserved fun and relaxation!!

Soaking in some sun rays 

May 16.
Ally had another track meet this past weekend.  She placed 2nd in all three of her events.  She loves track. That makes mom very happy because it was my favorite sport and her Pappy Al, (my father..who passed away when I was pregnant with Ally), was a track coach. He would be so proud of her!!   :) 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Track and Field

Saturday was Ally's first Special Olympics track meet. She really enjoyed herself and was so proud when she received her first medal! We are looking forward to watching Ally compete in many more Special Olympic sporting events throughout her life. 

She just received her first medal. Way to go Ally!

The smile says it all!!

Waiting for her running event.

Resting before her next event.

Go Ally!

Ally and big brother Jacob. Ally's glad to have him home from college for the summer...and so is mom :)

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