Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday….

pleated poppy

Here we go...

 Jean Jacket:  H&M
Sweater:  Target
Shirt:  H&M
Leggings:  American Apparel
Boots:  Frye
Necklace:  Target
Earrings:  Silpada

And here's the outfit worn by different layers...

 Love the lace on this top!

Love yellow and blue together!  
Jacket:  Got this years ago when I used to shop at Steinmart
Shirt:  H&M
Pants:  Target
Shoes:  Old Navy
Necklace:  Vestique

Yep, loved it so much I wore a different version of it on another day!
Sweater:  J-Crew
Jeans:  Old Navy

Sweater:  Target
Shirt: J-Crew
Jeans:  Marshalls
Shoes:  Payless!
Bracelet:  Target

Sweater:  Target
Shirt:  Target
Jeans:  Seven
Belt:  Target
Shoes:  Payless

And here are my crazy chevron pants!  These have been in my closet for a while now because I could never find something to wear with them!  The color is a odd brown.  But then I remembered chambray goes with everything!

Chambray Shirt:  Target
T-shirt:  Target
Scarf:  Target
Pants:  Old Navy
Shoes:  TOMS

That's it for now!  Hoping to share some warmer weather outfits soon!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A day to celebrate...

3/21….today is World Down Syndrome Day!! {it's also Throwback Thursday;)} 3/21 to symbolize a third copy of the 21st chromosome in people with Down syndrome. Because that extra chromosome makes this world extraordinary! We love you Bennett and all your awesome friends!!!

Bennett at one year;)

And I just loved this (taken from my friend Aimee)...

Today (3/21 for three copies of the 21st chromosome) we're not spreading awareness that Down syndrome exists. We're spreading awareness that Bennett and other people with Down syndrome are more alike than they are different. That they are capable, intelligent, able, fun, and caring. That, by including them in society, in our classrooms, and in our workplaces all of our lives are a little bit better, a little brighter. And if we really pay attention, they will teach us just as much as we teach them. Down syndrome ISN'T scary, it's just a little different. Every day I am thankful that we were blessed to be just a little bit different.

Also, check out this video and help support my friend's effort!

Friday, March 15, 2013

My Thoughts On Inclusion...

So I think I said awhile back I would explain why I chose the preschool Bennett attends.  It's a very small school with I believe 25 students.  All of the children have special needs.  I'd say 90% of them have Down syndrome.  Why did I choose a school like this?  Well, I put a lot (I mean A LOT) of thought into it.  In the end I knew I needed a place that I was certain Bennett was loved-that was my number one priority.  He is so tiny, like the size of most 18 month olds, only he's 3 and I needed to know he wasn't going to get run over and left in a corner to just "play".  But then I also wanted a place that really focused on communication because that's one of the biggest challenges for a person like Bennett as he gets older-speech.  

Believe me, I talked to many people and at times was almost convinced that Bennett needed to be around typically developing kids, not kids with special needs because how would he ever learn?  Well now I know that's just crazy.  Don't get my wrong I do think he needs to be around peers his age that are typically developing but I also think he can learn just as much if not more at the school he's at.  

What really attracted me to this school was all the technology they were using with the children like ipads and smart boards as well as PEC communication and sign language.  When I first visited the school and walked into the 3 year old class I was amazed at what I saw.  These tiny little children, most of them had Down syndrome, participating in music therapy, sitting and singing happily and then how routined they were when it was time to move on to the next thing.  Bennett fit right in and loved every minute of it.  I could just feel the love from every single person I met.

And what I really love is how they expect so much out of these kids.  They expect them to carry their huge back packs all the way to class, they expect them to hang their bags and coats up.  They expect them to sit and listen and participate.  They want these kids to learn to be independent, they don't let them slack off.  So there's order, there's education and there's love.  Monday-Friday, all day.  I have no doubt Bennett is right where he needs to be.  

Happy as can be!

No description needed;)  

The updates from his teachers…oh how I love the updates!!  This school knows how important the little milestones are and how they're actually not little for these kids, they're huge!  I love how they get that!

Yep, eating real food!  Huge, HUGE accomplishment for him.  No one has EVER been able to get Bennet to eat real (solid) food until he started this school.  Now he picks up food and puts it in his mouth, eats everything we eat, drinks from a cup like a big boy…I never thought I'd see the day.  So, so pleased with what they've done for him in the feeding department!

I just love seeing him participate in regular school activities, following directions, having fun…I couldn't ask for more!  

Now as far as inclusion down the road in elementary school, do I want that?  Of course I do!  What I really want is for Bennett to go to his sister's school and have a full time aide but I know that is so far fetched in our county.  It doesn't mean I won't try but on the other hand I am willing to see how he does in a setting that may be more suitable for him if an aide can't/won't be provided.  If I don't think his needs are met and that he's not getting enough time with typically developing kids, well then if it's in God's will I'll pull him out and we'll try a private school setting where I hear inclusion is more accepted, at least where we live.  

But when it comes down to it, I feel this small school he's at is going to prepare him for elementary school.  So for now, I guess we don't do inclusion, other than church, the gym and just being around his sisters but I really don't think it's all that necessary right now.  Not when he's learning his shapes, colors, letters, so many more words, etc. right along with his classmates.  He's learned SO MUCH this school year and I'm thrilled with his progress.  It's just what has worked for our family.  I know many others feel differently about the topic.  And that might be what is best for their family.

But you know when something is right and this is definitely right.  We take it day by day.  And today Bennett is happy and he's thriving.  So today this is right where we need to be.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday...

pleated poppy

Shirt:  Target
Leggings:  Target
Shoes:  TOMS
Necklace:  Vestique

Sweater:  Target
Shirt:  Forever 21
Cords:  Old Navy
Shoes:  Monkees (old)

Without the bulky sweater;)

Such bad lighting!  I need to start using my other camera and take it outside!
Sweater:  Target
Tank: Target
Jeans:  Old Navy
Belt:  Target
Shoes:  TOMS
Jewelry: Target

Sweater:  Old Navy
Tank:  Target
Jeans:  Banana Republic
Shoes:  Kohls
Jewelry:  Target

Sweater:  J Crew
Pants:  Target
Shoes:  Target
Belt:  Target
Necklace:  Vestique

Sweater:  Target
Shirt:  Marshalls -Free People brand-great buy!
Jeans:  True Religion
Shoes:  TOMS

I like to add a little bling with an otherwise plain outfit;):  J Crew

Date night!  
Entire outfit is from Target! (can't tell but the shirt has rows of lace and it's more of a tunic-very cute!)

And the clutch I was carrying…well I just love it!  Champagne leather with hot pink and zebra inside!

If you'd like one for yourself go to LexiWynn

Shirt and scarf:  Target
Cords:  Old Navy
Belt:  Target
Shoes:  Target

Love these shirts from Target and how they're longer in the back!
I think they're on sale now!

Sweater:  Target
Shirt:  H&M
Jeans:  Target
Belt:  Target
Shoes:  TOMS

Mongram necklace:  Moon and Lola

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring Decor!

Easter and spring are up there with Christmas for me, as far as decorating goes.  I love decorating for spring!  Especially after a cold winter (okay, it doesn't get that cold here in NC but it's been a yucky one this year with lots of sicknesses and I'm over it)!  

I didn't buy any new decorations this year (imagine that!), just changed some things around.

The dining room….

Funny how my decor tastes have changed in the last few years.  This is what our dining room looked like our first year in PA…

Lots of golds and greens.  Can ya believe it-not one hint of turquoise, not even one little blue egg?!  

Anyway, moving on….

The playroom….

The kitchen…

The family room….

There really is no rhyme or reason as to how I decorate for the seasons or just how I decorate in general.  I like to use things in places that they're really not supposed to go like chargers on the mantel or cake stands to hold vases or old purses to hold eggs or starfish mixed in with eggs and bunnies-lol.  But somehow it works or at least I think it works.

So you'd think a person that makes wreaths would have a brand new wreath on her door every month but I'm currently busy taking orders and making this wreath….

 {email me if you'd like one for yourself;)}

Which means I currently have last years wreath up, which I love and it looks even better this year on the newly painted door….

You don't want to see the most recent before.  It was black but had some splotchy parts due to my fast paint job.  This time I took my time.  It's so creamy looking-I just love it so much better!!  Especially for spring and summer!

I'll leave you with a few more outside pics…

Happy Spring!
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