Thursday, October 29, 2009

Always Happy?

A few months back Lucy and I were at the grocery store together waiting in line. Because Lucy is so friendly and says “Hi” to just about everybody we struck up a conversation with the lady behind us. I’m pretty sure she realized Lucy had Down syndrome and said, “I bet she is always this happy.” Let me just say that line always make me giggle.

I think it was the next day that Lucy and Simon officially got in their first fight with arms swinging at each other, lots of screaming, both crying, and Daddy putting them both in timeout with more screaming and crying to follow. But of course there were sorry’s, hugs, and “I love you’s” to follow.

Lucy is quite the pleasant kid. She can make friends with just about anybody and gives the best hugs, but she isn’t always happy. I’m amazed by the myth out there that people with Down syndrome are locked into this state of perpetual happiness. People with Down syndrome are human and experience all the same emotions that every other human in this world experiences. They are, like the new Down syndrome slogan says, “More Alike than Different.”

But to make all of you happy right now, here are a few pictures of my kids being happy and loving each other:

Friday, October 23, 2009


It seems that our computer may have caught some virus because we are having trouble up loading pictures from our camera. I have some great pictures of the kids playing in the leaves and of our day at the Pumpkin Show.
We have really been enjoying this season, and we are all pretty healthy. Simon has been coughing at night but not during the day. We got a note from Lucy's preschool that a child at the school has H1N1. I don't think they are in her class. Lucy and Kevin have gotten the flu shot but our county ran out before the rest of us could get them. We are still waiting for the H1N1 shot. The medicine that Lucy takes for her JRA is an immune suppressant so she is more likely to catch things. We just want to give her the shot as soon as we can.