Friday night. Dance rehearsals. Finally, dinner time.
So, this happened today:
Seriously, school hasn’t even been out a full week yet, and I’m already dealing with this crap.
Transitions are just the worst. Any parent of a child with special needs will wholeheartedly agree with that, and I suspect that a lot of other parents would concur. A change in the schedule brings about an array of difficult behaviors. It just takes one of the kids to start a chain reaction; when one acts out, they all jump on the Let’s-Make-Mom’s-Head-Explode bandwagon. By the time that we get used to summer, and these behaviors level out, it will be August and time to go back to school. And that will bring another transition. Fun!
After today, I hope the time quickly passes.
Don’t be a hater. Don’t remind me of how many wonderful memories can be made over a summer break. I get that; not every moment of our break will be like today. I’ll enjoy those precious moments just as any other mom would, but until you spend a day with my monkeys (when they behave as they do for me, not as they do for everyone else!), keep your fluffy, sparkly, rainbow-laced comments to yourself.
There may be a ban on bubbles around here for awhile, but I’m certain they’ll find some other mischief before the summer ends.
The foundation for which I work is hosting a video contest, #WhyWeBuddyWalk, to illustrate the reasons families like mine are inspired to participate in Buddy Walks across the country.
I never realized how difficult film making can be! There is definitely a reason I am a writer. I had ten years’ worth of Buddy Walk photos, plus three video clips, to sort through to create a 30 second submission for the contest. Yikes! Although two friends (and great Team Alex supporters!) contributed video clips for our video, we decided to only use a clip filmed in my backyard in order to stay within the 30 second parameter of the video-maker-thingy. (See what I mean? Totally a writer.)
Anyway, this can only begin to illustrate #WhyWeBuddyWalk, but I hope you’ll enjoy our video.
To donate to Team Alex and the 2014 Columbus Buddy Walk, please visit our team page here.
Team Alex, the Buddy Walk team honoring my son, will walk in our 11th Buddy Walk this September. Eleven?!? Doesn’t seem possible, yet here I am, working on my 11th campaign to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. Our team’s goal this year is to raise $7500, none of which is specifically earmarked for Alex; rather, all of the funds raised will benefit our entire Down syndrome community, providing valuable programming for individuals with Ds and their families.
Last year we started proclaiming the third day of the week as $10 Tuesday. This is a fun and simple way to not only raise money for our team, but also raise awareness for the event and our mission. So, each Tuesday, you’ll see me post to Facebook and Twitter an announcement to remind everyone to visit our Team Alex page to donate $10.
Of course, the option to donate more than $10 is always there, and we hope that you’ll even register to walk with us on 9/21 to show your support for Alex and his peers. The event is fantastic; what could be better than a big celebration of inclusion and accomplishments?
We also hope that when you see these posts signaling the arrival of another $10 Tuesday, you will be moved to share the posts and help us raise even more awareness of the event (and, ok, raise more money). It’s so easy to share a Facebook post or retweet a statement on Twitter, and those simple acts can really do so much.
So here we go, with another $10 Tuesday! Click here to make your donation or join our team. On Facebook? Please click here to “like” our Team Alex page so you can stay up to date with all of our fundraising efforts. On Twitter? Follow me here to stay connected.
Thank you for reading today’s post (psst…I’m on a journey to blog every day for a year; I haven’t missed a day yet in 2014!), and I hope that if you are moved to support Team Alex and DSACO you will click through the links to learn more. If you are interested in getting involved with our fundraising efforts, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Go Team Alex!!
Beautiful weather. Good food. Great friends. Quiet reflection and appreciation for the sacrifices made by our military personnel and their families.
For the first time since 1/1/14, I almost forgot to post.
Busy day! Baseball, dance, ice cream, shopping. Very tired.
What a day.
I’m not a runner. I don’t enjoy running. What possessed me to register for the Down Syndrome 5K? No idea.
Being the last week of school, I’ve been busy gathering gifts for all the teachers, aides, and support staff that help my kids at their schools. Andrew’s last day of preschool was today, so I had him sign the cards for his teachers last night. Alex threw a fit, because he wanted to sign the cards, too. I tried to explain to him that he would sign the cards for his teachers, but not Andrew’s. He was not a happy camper. Andrew signed his name, I put the cards away, and we moved on.
At least, I thought we did.
When I went to get the cards this morning, I found this: