Halloween Costume Parade

Halloween started yesterday for us with the annual costume parade at the girl’s school. Regan went as a disability camp counselor which of course only needed me to buy a whistle. Rebecca and her best friend Kayla went as cats, and those eyelashes were incredible!. One of my favorite characters of the day was the girl’s principal. He went as a pirate and kept in character the whole time, which just cracked us up. He was in accent the whole morning and took the time to talk to each kid about their costumes and welcomed them to be a part of his crew.

Some of my favorite costumes from the kids are those who are creative enough to use what they find around them at home. One fifth grader went as a tourist complete with her Samsonite luggage and a camera around her neck. The best though was my good friend Tammy whose son came in a box that was speckled on the top half and painted white on the bottom.

What was he?

A crouton dipped in ranch dressing! Isn’t that he best?

Have a great Halloween and if you are in San Antonio, come find us at the Boo at the Zoo event.

Unexpected favorite

If you cannot tell by my intro, my favorite poem is Robert Frost’s “The Road Less Traveled”. Although with the birth of Regan nearly thirteen years ago I hold another poem very dear to my heart. The great thing is that it completely goes hand in hand with the Robert Frost poem, because having Regan has definitely enriched every day and made all the difference. Anyway…..I thought I would share my unexpected favorite:

Emily Perl Kingsley.

c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland
Posted by Christine at 11:04 PM
Labels: Emily Perl Kingsley, favorite poems, Robert Frost, Welcome to Holland

Pamela said…

What a touching poem. Thanks for posting it.
8:24 PM
Elizabeth Channel said…

OK, I just have to tell you that I had coffee a few hours ago with a new friend whose son was recently diagnosed with ASD; she shared this story with me and we talked about it at length. Then I was searching around and clicked on your site and saw the actual story!

Just a little interesting!

Geneology Help

My grandmother has dedicated many years to keeping and researching our family history. She has extraordinary amounts of information and paperwork to prove family lineage. One of the best ways to show proof of family history is to get a death certificate copy, to show that an ancestor existed. If you are doing your research in the Lone Star State then what you need is Texas death records it is nice to not have to track down and go to court houses personally to get these records. I am sending this link to my grandmother to help her research a few of her dead ends (no pun intended).

Coming to you Live: Vado Review

Well I have wanted to Vlog for awhile now, but a video camera is not in my household budget, and the quality of my digital camera leaves lots to be desired. You can imagine then how incredible it is to actually get to review a video camera thanks in part to Creative. The girls and I of course went straight for the pink camera because we couldn’t resist it, although to be fair it does come in other boring colors like black and silver.

When it arrived I was taken aback with how small and compact it is. It fits easily in my purse and is smaller than my cell phone. There is a 2 inch screen on one side so that you can easily view all that you are taping without having to strain your eyes at all. My favorite part though is how easy it is to use.

It didn’t even take us five minutes to figure it out. Well to be fair it took Rebecca about a minute and then she retaught it to me. So my 10 year old new how to work it instantly, and I took a few minutes more for instructions. But, both my girls found it very easy to just direct the camera, press record (the white button) and go with it.

There is also a nifty button that allows you to instantly trash any video that is not up to quality. This came in handy with Regan’s three videos of her own knees. Which might have made for fun posting not really but I wasn’t going to chance it. The Vado is also easy to charge and upload with. It plugs right into your USB port and you can choose to load up to YouTube or Photobucket with the push of a button. The battery is rechargeable, and charges through your USB or you can purchase a separate wall adapter for it.

Probably my favorite part is that it holds up to two hours of video on it. I can’t wait to take it to our Mother’s Day Lunch on Sunday in Austin to capture three of my grandparents, my parents, and my children to get to have that memory of four generations on film. This is such a convenient way to capture those wonderful moments inlife as they happen. Thank you so muchCreative for allowing me to review one.

Looking for an awesome Mother’s Day gift? The Vado is less than $100 dollars which seems like such a bargain for all that you can get out of it. With something this convenient and easy to use, then Mother’s Day Shopping just became a breeze.

Oh by the way want to hear me ramble about the Vado and take a tour of my kitchen and living room…then enjoy (and ignore the dirt!)

New Years Resolutions

Well I am obsessing about food this morning. First, I need to buy Halloween candy for next week. Then I need to start menu planning for the forty people we host for Thanksgiving, and that got me started on holiday food in general. In my estimate I should be roughly the size of Rhode Island by the time New Years gets here. So I have decided for my new Years Resolution I will address the twenty pounds (possibly more depending on the amount of butter I use) I need to lose, because by no means do I plan to work on it now, with all this really great food on the horizon. Maybe I’ll look into colon cleansing, a great spa detox, or Safe Diet Pills. In the meantime I am enjoying life, and also remembering to eat my fruits and veggies along with my pumpkin pie blizzards.

Looking up Numbers Nationwide

Today we had a phone call that we did not recognize the number from. It was an area code that neither my husband or I recognized. Luckily it just turned out to be one of his college buddies. Do you wonder who is on the other side of that 1-800 number? Well with Reverse Phone Registry you can find out who is behind any number. This is a very handy website that takes the guesswork out of all caller identification of landlines, cell phones, and unknown callers.

Wordless/Wordful Wednesday

Today is my 14 year anniversary. I wish I could say my style has changed much, but my hair is still same color, same length, and I still think nothing can beat a strand of pearls to show just the right touch of jewelry. I am so happy that I have found my love and I can’t wait to see what we still have to look forward to in the future.

And yes, I did have an outdoor April wedding where I could enjoy my favorite Texas wildflowers as my landscape.

And again, Yes….it is on purpose that it is Tax Day….that way my sweetheart always remembers Taxes are due….and so is my gift!