November 13, 2013

I'ts Like Riding a Bike....

Well is has been quite some time since I blogged...but it's like riding a bike...right??  If you ask Ella Mae these days she would say that riding a bike is pretty darn easy.  She went from training wheels to balance bike to taking off on a regular bike in 10.2 seconds flat it seemed.  I have a feeling that will be the story of her life.  The minute she got on the bike with no training wheels Tim was running after her trying to make sure she didn't fall (what a good daddy) and he couldn't even keep up!  She was swatting at him like a fly at a picnic trying to get him to leave her alone on her new adventure....


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  Sigh...our little lady has crept yet a little further into independence.  and she has taken the culde with her!  Since she started riding without training wheels three other friends in the culde-sac have joined in on the fun...shedding their training wheels like a dog in the Texas summer.  Even Doobs is getting in on the action...

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It all happens so fast!  I can't believe I have a FIVE year old!  And that Doobs will be THREE in less than a month....geez.  That is what has drawn me back to this bloggin business.  You can't possibly remember all the cuteness that happens.  All the funny things that fly out of their mouths. ALL the sweet moments when they say "thank you mommy for this wonderful dinner you made.  I know you worked really  hard on it."  And yes...my five year old actually said that to me the other day at the dinner table.  She also told me she loved everything about me because I am her mommy.  Talk about melting my heart!  Of course she asked for a chocolate chip cookie directly after...but hey...she knows what makes me happy :)

Anywho...I am back and ready to document all the cuteness coming our way.  I am sure I will document some not so cute things along the way also....but that's just life.  It is hard not to have a pretty darn perfect day with these two super heroes on my side though!    Keep rockin' it peeps!



July 4, 2013

Hiatus...

So I have been on a little hiatus but we are alive and well... will be back soon....stay tuned....

March 19, 2013

Who I am...

Who is Ruby Doobs?  It has been said that people with Down syndrome are more alike than different.  This is a great statement for individuals who may not know much about having an extra 21st chromosome...because yes...my daughter eats, sleeps, grows, learns, cries, laughs, has opinions...very strong opinions...just like you or I. She walks and talks and is about the sweetest, most loving little human I have ever met.  But for those of us who really know someone with Down syndrome...I mean the lucky ones who really have had the opportunity to be around these individuals....I think we can all agree that there is something different about them. Something amazingly different...something that we would never want to change.  They are who they are...no apologies, no second guessing. The energy...the infectious smile...it's like a bear hug that you continue to feel the rest of the day...they are all such raw, true and real emotions. So I like the fact that Ruby is "different"....I love it actually...we embrace it.  She makes it hard not to....so if I had to come up with a few things that I think is a big part of Ruby...I think Ruby might say:


I am a painter....



I am a lover...



I am a social butterfly...



I am a daddy's girl...


I am a sister...




and she would definitely say that she  is Rockin it!!!!



and Ruby....Mommy would say that you are a teacher.  One that teaches me about how cool and precious life is everyday!

And most important Ruby...you are you.  The perfect lil' version of our sweet Ruby Doobs and I would not change a single chromosome or hair on your head.  I thank my lucky stars when I wake up and when I go to sleep at night that you have come into my world and opened my eyes to a brighter way of life!


Check out this video from the International Down Syndrome Coalition for World Down Syndrome Day!  They believe that all life is precious...just like we do :)

We are helping them spread the word by sharing their video "Who I Am"...


Happy World Down Syndrome Day Peeps!  Spread the love!


March 6, 2013

Cardboard, Feathers and Kites...

Oh to be four again....I have to say I have been struggling with some emotions lately.  Emotions related to everyday life, feelings of hurt from my past, stress from trying to be the best parent I can be, fences being blown down by 45 mile and hour winds that need fixin'....just life  in general.  These feelings are pretty new to me..not that my life has been all rainbows and unicorns...but most things seem to roll off my back...like a duck in water, cruisin' through the big pond of life.  I haven't been feeling so 'laid back' lately...which basically makes me feel like an alien (sorry to all the aliens out there..).  So when I got home yesterday and Ella Mae had brought home a piece of cardboard from Montessori school it put things into perspective.  Her excitement and enthusiasm for this simple piece of cardboard (about the size of my hand) that her teacher let her bring home was just what I needed to snap me out of it.   And then...she passed by a tiny little feather moving an inch at a time with the wind...I mean tiny lil feather.  As if her enthusiasm for the plain ol' piece of cardboard wasn't enough to  make me remember  how simple life can be....she screeched when she saw this feather "a feather mommy!!!  Look...a feather!!!"  It was like Lenny Kravitz had walked by with his shirt off (ok...mabye she wouldn't have been that excited but mama would have).   Anywho, just witnessing that state of mind and being in that undeniable carefree energy rubbed off on me and I am starting to feel somewhat back in my laid back lil' duck pond again.  Thank you my lil' lady for reminding me that it's the little things that keep us smilin'..

On that note...we tried to go the the Kite Festival this past weekend and failed.  We waited in the line of cars for an HOUR to park...and 20 cars from the finish line we were shut down!  We were told to ride the shuttle from some other destination...no thanks!  We decided to create our own kite festival...Plachta style!  Way more fun if you ask this mama...and way less stress.  We took our $2 kites to a local park....


And viola!!  Kite Festival 2013...we even had a picnic and a few other peeps came up and joined. 

Ella Mae's "'spidey kite"...

Even Ruby Doobs got in on the action. Here she is right before take off...



And here she is flying that thing all by her tiny  lil' self!!!!!!

Seriously folks...she is flying it by herself!

And by the way...remember that hole she had in between the top two chambers of her heart??  Well I do.  Dr. Wong had the pleasure of telling me after her last cardio appt. that the second hole in her heart had indeed closed on it's own, just as the first one did at 6 months.  Raise the roof peeps!!  He told us her ticker was perfectly perfect....just like her.  These are the things that matter peeps.  Cardboard, feathers and a day with your family flyin' $2 kites....oh...and dancin' ..you can't forget the dancin'...

Doobs checkin' her moves out at the dance studio...


She actually participated a bit in Ella Mae's class this week..pretty cute :)


Keep smilin' my friends!!

February 14, 2013

Love letters




Here are my Valentine's Day letters to my lil' ladies who have filled my life with more fulfillment and happiness than I could have ever imagined possible.  I hope someday they will read them and know the joy, amazement and complete unconditional love I feel for them...I am one lucky mama.






To My Dearest Ruby Doobs,


From the moment I held your tiny lil’ self in my arms… you looked up at me with those sweet almond eyes and my heart was forever changed.  You have given me the strength and courage to do things I never thought I would or could do.  You have taught me more about patience, that everyone has their own timeline…and the longer the wait, the sweeter the reward.  You teach me about determination and perseverance everyday.  I watch you grow and learn with such passion…and I find such joy watching your sweet spirit touch the lives of all around you.  As I watch your relationship grow with Ella Mae, I know the bond you have as sisters will be such an important one for you both…forever learning and teaching each other about the goodness of life.  Hearing the both of you laugh together is the sweetest sound in the world…a sound that makes my heart smile.  Since you came into my life, I see the world through a much broader, brighter scope and have such higher expectations for this world of ours.   I am so lucky to call you my lil’ lady…my perfect lil’ lady.  You shine so bright and I look forward to every moment we have together!  Happy Valentine’s Day my love….

                                                                  Love,    

The luckiest mommy on the planet…your mommy  


Ruby Doobs signing "Thank you" 






And to my sweet and crazy Ella Mae who is a little bit princess and a little bit super hero...your imagination and creativity keep me on my toes and inspired  me to live life to it's fullest every day!

To the sweetest lil' lady in the whole wide world and the best daughter any mom could ask for...Ella Mae!


Dear Ella Mae:

Ever since you were born you have brightened up my world more than I could have ever imagined!  My heart is so full of love for you and I am amazed every day at your desire to help others and your protective instincts you already have for your lil' sis Ruby Doobs.  You are sweet, kind and so funny...but also strong willed and dedicated to being exactly who you are!  You make me, Daddy and Ruby smile and laugh all the time. I am so unbelievably proud of you and am excited to see the paths you choose and the woman you will become. Always know that and never forget how much I love you....I love you more than there is water in the ocean or clouds in the sky!   and boogers...never forget that I love you more than boogers.


Love, the luckiest mommy in the world: AKA Mommy



Ella Mae and her "real web shooters" she asked for from Santa...

January 16, 2013

Ruby's First Annual SECOND Birthday/Holiday Party...

So I am very behind in my pics of Doobs "First Annual, Second Birthday/Holiday/Ugly Christmas Sweater Party" pics...so this is gonna be quick:

My pre-set-up helpers...


I think Ella Mae ate most of the candy canes before anyone even showed up...

Doobs is helping put out crafts...

Monkey is hangin' out demanding snacks (no help)....

Doobs is still working on getting out the crafts...

She's a hard worker....


Grandmothers cake creation...Christmas Dora:



"Candy Cane" hangin out at the food table sneakin' snacks..

Mommy and Ruby debuting our Ugly Christmas Sweaters...
Aunt Sara debuting hers....pretty ugly if you ask me...

The winners of the "Ugly Christmas Sweater" contest....

More ugliness...


The "Reindeer Food Bar" was a big hit...the dogs snacked on it a bit throughout the party as well...



I think the chickens had a good time....



The craziness started when Santa came rollin' in ...the kids were screaming and running to the door.  Pretty awesome!  



Oh my goodness!  Thank you Dakus and Target for our Party Santa!


All the Santa Pics have a "wind blown" look to them because it is Texas and was 80 something degrees in December...and I am not sure how many of you have worn a felt outfit/fake beard combo in those conditions...but it was HOT!  So we had a fan blowing on our Santa to keep the sweat drippage to a minimum..
First in line....culde crew of course!
 Ella Mae asked every single Santa she saw this year for real  web shooters...not the fake kind...REAL web shooters.  She explained that she wanted to swing from tall building to tall building.  She was a little disappointed when Santa brought it on Christmas morning and silly string squirted out for about two minutes. literally.two minutes...and mommy and daddy were too cheap to go buy the SEVEN dollar refill of super special spidey silly string that would last only another two minutes. Anywho...it was fun while it lasted...and now she has a cool spidey glove she can where with her super hero costume.
Ella Mae asking for her REAL web shooters...





All the Santa shots were too cute not to post!!








The big winners of the night..complete wtih trophy!


That's all folks!  Hope everyone had a great holiday and an absolutely rockin' new year!  WOO HOO!!!!!!!

Logic...

Ella Mae: I want this Belle Barbie..


Hubby: Well, Ella...how can you get that on your own?



Ella Mae: I can't...you have to take me to the store...



Hubby: No Ella, I mean how are you going to get the money to buy the barbie?



Ella Mae:  From my piggy bank...



Hubby: How do you think the money gets into the piggy bank?



Ella Mae:  Through the slot on the top...


Well dah...sounds logical to me!

Obviously we have some work to do on the concept of earning money...but we will get there!





Another conversation that I had with Ella Mae recently...

Me:  Ella Mae, Mommy loves you more than there is water in the ocean...(we go back and forth with this alot)

Ella Mae:  I love you more than the ocean and the fish and the sharks....oh, and boogers. More than boogers.

Hey...I'll take it! Apparently "boogers" are pretty important to a four year old....

Happy Humpday peeps!!