Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Will you take the pledge today to stop saying the r-word (retard, retarded)?  

As a parent with a child that has special needs, this word is so terribly painful to hear. Please tell your kids this word hurts. Please tell your friends this word is offensive. Share acceptance of people with disabilities! Think of my sweet Bennett and do this for him! Thank you friends for understanding and for your support!!

Click here to pledge!

Friday, January 10, 2014

A little update of sorts

Wow, I have neglected my blog once again!!  But I thought I'd catch you up in pics since my last post...Halloween!  Geez!  Here we go...

Harper finally lost her top tooth! 
Thanksgiving was fun!  Bennett enjoyed visiting Grandma and Grandpa and seeing other relatives he hasn't seen in a while!

The girls are enjoying cheer/tumble class and did a cute performance for Christmas!  

 Ainsley turned 9 on December 20th!!

We had her party at the tumble gym with about 18 of her closest friends;)

Harper had a blast at big sister's party!

Christmas came!

No tears this year on Santa's lap!

Cutest little Santa I know! 

 Handsome fella!

Snow inside church on Christmas Eve!

 Cousins came to visit for Christmas!

Christmas morning!

New Years Eve Bennett had a cardiologist appt. and everything looked great!  Awesome way to start off the new year!! 

2014-Carolina Panthers are in the playoffs!!   

Harper lost the other top tooth!

The girls are tracked out of school now for a few weeks (year round school) and we're doing our best to enjoy the crazy weather around here!  One day it's 20 degrees and a few days later it's 70.   Bring on spring!!

I'll have to give a little update about Bennett in a later post because he's progressed sooo much in the last 6 months!  Little man will be 5 in May!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween….pirate style!

We had a great Halloween this year!  For the first time Bennett actually participated-he went up to neighbor's doors and said "trick treat" and "thank you" and tried his best to keep up with his sisters!  I was so proud of him because in years past he's gotten so overwhelmed and just wanted to be held, refusing to walk up to doors etc.  

The kids were pirates this year and I happen to think they made the cutest pirates ever!!!...

The morning of Halloween the girls were up bright and early anticipating all the candy coming their way!

I got to go with Bennett and watch him parade around with his classmates at school-so cute!

How cute is he??!!;)

Until next year!

Monday, October 28, 2013

October wrap up...

So this month is almost over and while I've been raising awareness for my sweet boy on facebook and instagram, I haven't been on the blog so I wanted to post some of my favorites….

As this month comes to an end I think the main thing I would want others to learn from Down syndrome awareness month is acceptance. For me, it's not about telling you Bennett has Down syndrome, we all know that. Or all the nitty gritty facts about DS (although all are important and interesting). I just want others to know that while individuals with Down syndrome are a little different, they are still human beings that have hearts, and feelings and just like everyone else, they want to be loved and valued. Just like the rest of us they want friends to laugh with and learn from. People with Down syndrome can accomplish great things but they need others to believe that. Accepting them into society and welcoming their differences is what it's about. Besides, life is better with friends;)

The Down syndrome Creed.

Please take the words "retard" or "retarded" out of your vocabulary. This word is extremely offensive. One day my son may feel the hurt of this word but he doesn't have to if we spread the word to end the word.

Buddy walking and raising awareness with his cousin- Go "Bennett's Brigade"!

Bennett's sisters don't see Down syndrome in their brother. They know he has it but to them, he's just their little brother. They love to play with him but they also get annoyed when he takes their things. And although I sometimes worry that they'll resent him when they get older, I also can't help but think that their love for him will only grow stronger. Love doesn't count chromosomes.

A study of 1520 children ages 7 to 16 found that those who regularly interacted with people with disabilities generally had better attitudes toward people with special needs. They were less fearful of them, too, and more empathetic.

One of the biggest things I've learned about raising a child with special needs is patience. Bennett does things in his own time and in his own way. And just because he has Down syndrome doesn't mean he's just like other kids with DS. He's an individual that clearly marches to the beat of his own drum;).

Thursday, October 3, 2013


As Bennett gets older I find it less important for me to tell others about the nitty gritty facts of Down syndrome.  I think what I really want for people to understand is that Bennett is a little boy first.  I know  most people probably see Down syndrome as soon as they see him but I want it to stop right there.  I want people to realize that what he was born with doesn't define him and that it doesn't limit what he can do.  I want others to know that we simply want acceptance for our son.  We want him treated like everyone else.  If people would open their eyes and see past the differences they would welcome a whole new level of joy into their lives.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Decorating Updates….

Well first off, it's been a long time!  I've been busy like we all are but I thought I'd share some of my decorating projects.  It's very hard for me to tackle just one project at a time because there are sooo many things I want to do and I get side tracked but for my latest project, I stayed focused;)

Painting stripes in the dining room….

Here is the dining room as it was when we first moved in..
 Here it is after my first update...

 I painted the ceiling and chandelier, made curtains, took down blinds and put up bamboo shades.  

And now the stripes.  I really like it!

Here are some things I still need to do, although I did add something on either side of the mirror recently and I'm satisfied with it for now.

Was this easy?  Not really.  Do I have a tutorial?  No.  Ha!  I'm too impulsive for tutorials!  I forget to take  before pics and then pics along the way.  I just dive into projects because I usually have no idea if they'll work or look good so there's no tutorial.  But there are plenty on pinterest;)  My mom helped me measure and then I used a level, a pencil and tape-that was the hard part.  The rest was easy;)

So I'm very happy with how it turned out as this is one of the first rooms you see when you walk in the house.  It's fun yet still sophisticated I think.

Another project I did quite a while ago but never got around to putting it on here is a little update in the kitchen.

I am wanting to do a MAJOR project in the kitchen but I'm just waiting for the right time.  Until then I did this….

I added a fun design to the back of the cabinets!  Before I go into this, here is the first update I did…

 I simply painted the back of the cabinet.  

For the fun design, do I have a tutorial?  No;)  But it's so simple and all I did was get foam board from Michaels, measured and cut it to fit and then hot glued fabric on it!  So it can come out if chevron goes out of style…but let's hope it doesn't;).

I just made sure I got the fabric on there really tight so there were no bubbles.  

I also painted the entire kitchen a nice shade of grey (it was brown, like the dining room), called Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore-love it!  But that was just a small part of my master plan;)  I've been obsessed with a white kitchen for about 5 years now.  Every house we've moved into has been nice but didn't have my white kitchen.  I've researched how to paint cabinets for 2 years, and I have quotes on getting it done professionally.  I'm leaning towards doing it myself but I need to find the right time, a little more courage, and a whole lot of energy.

This is my dream for this kitchen, along with changing the black appliances to stainless steel as well as the faucet- oh and of course I'd love a farm house sink but let's not go overboard!  One of these days I will have that post on here, don't know when but I'm determined;)

One more small change although it didn't take any work, was changing the dark oriental rug in the family room to a much lighter, totally different style rug...

Here's a very old before with the old rug...

Ahh, so much better with a lighter rug!  

So anyways, that's all for now.  I'd like to tackle the bedrooms next but the kitchen project is always in the back of my mind, along with the bonus room, future mudroom and who knows what I'll do next!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bennett reading….

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We've been working very hard on our sight words and reading sentences!  It's a little hard to understand his speech but he gets them all right and he's up to reading 35 words now!  So proud of my little man!  

Bennett reading 9/13

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


pleated poppy

Top:  Spool No. 72
Shorts:  Old Navy
Shoes:  Charming Charlies

Everything is from Target except for the scarf:  Me;)

Top:  Marshalls:  Free People Brand and got it for practically nothing!
Shorts:  Target
Shoes:  Target
Bracelet:  Target

This outfit totally needed a necklace but I was running out the door at 7:30am and just couldn't find what I wanted.

Top:  Target
Jeans:  Target
Shoes:  Walmart ( I know!)
Belt:  Target
Scarf:  Me

Changed later in the day because I was hot, shorts:  Target

Such thrifty outfits this week!  Doesn't take expensive clothes to put together cute outfits!   Although my husband would not agree that I'm a thrifty shopper…at all.;)