"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kinda Quiet

That is the theme of our lives right now. Which I don't mind one bit. Everyone living the special needs life knows that quiet and boring is good! And, because I am a little superstitious, I hope I didn't just jinx us by saying that.

We have had a couple of weeks of no doctor's appointments and only a couple of therapies. We have been making the most of our summer and spending a lot of time outdoors in parks, in the back yard, at the zoo. It has been really fun. And it has been interesting to not have a schedule full of doctors, nurses and therapists.

So, since I don't have much to post about, I will just show you all a bunch of pictures of our summer fun over the last several days.


Miss Marissa ready for a visit to the zoo with our friends Milo and Faith and their parents. By the way, this is the only time she wore her hat!

A big kiss for Daddy before visiting the giraffes.

Not too keen on the giraffes being so close. We gave her a cracker to feed the giraffe and she threw it at him, poor guy!

Mr. Milo getting ready to feed the giraffe

Marissa with her new stuffed monkey. She decided this one was much safer than the real thing!

Poor Milo getting a poke in the eye from Rissa. What is it with these two and their fascination with each other's faces? Remember this?

Group picture!

Jeremy got this really great close up pic of the bear who was sunning himself on the rocks. Anybody want to tell him he has a little bit of food on his mouth? Yeah, neither did we.

This giraffe was having a great time licking the pole. I wonder what flavor it was?

Jeremy decided to find out for himself what flavor the pole was. He said it tasted like spaghetti. Who knew giraffes like spaghetti??

After the zoo, we headed back to our place for a cookout. Here are the kiddos watching a video.

Just had to throw this video in because I thought it was cute!

Milo and Faith playing in our kitchen.

Apparently, the kitchen was the happening place. As you can see, it was very difficult to get a good photo of this group. I guess it is par for the course with toddlers!

We've been to the park several times this summer but this time, Marissa decided all she wanted to do was run around the table.

And run...

And run....

And run some more.

Still more running (note the piggy tail flapping)

Finally stopped for a rest under the bleachers. And then we had to leave because she fell and got her first scraped knee. A true kid rite of passage. :(

On Monday, Jeremy decided to take a day off of work. It was a little chilly outside that morning so we decided to take Marissa to the mall and let her run around the play area.

Her favorite part?


We were so glad to have some special visitors a couple of weeks ago. Jeremy's and my classmate, Kendra, and her sweet daughter, Miss A came to see us. It has been 16 years since we saw each other, literally since we graduated high school! They currently live in Maryland but are trying to move back to Colorado. We hope they can do that real soon. Regrettably, we did not take pictures during their visit with us, but if you go to Kendra's blog, you can see pictures of her awesome family of six!

And that, my friends, is what we've been up to lately.
Please keep Rene and her family in your prayers in the next few days. A year ago tomorrow they lost their sweet boy Tommy. Go to her blog (bring a box of tissues before you do) and watch the sweet video Tommy's Mommy made in his honor. Go to the next post down and read the Heart poem. Pray that they are able to find peace and joy in remembering Tommy.

Tommy loved bubbles. Rene has asked that, if you can find the time, you go outside tomorrow at 7:00 pm ET and fill the sky with bubbles for Tommy's "Angel-versary".



Nana and PaPa said...

She THREW the cracker at the giraffe??!! lol....poor giraffe...did she think he was going to catch it?? lol Anyway, I'm SO glad you all have had a chance to get out with Marissa so she can know and enjoy life "out there". Looks like you had a great time! Glad to know that the post at the giraffe house tastes like speghetti....ooohhhh....yyyyuummmmy! lol Glad everyone had a great time at the zoo and your house! LOVE the kids together! Enjoy the day!
Nana & PaPa

Colleen said...

SHHHHHHHH! You know it's against the rules to say "boring" or "quiet" too loud. Hee hee.I love the pictures of your fun summer. I wish we had a cool zoo like that here. She looks like she had a blast!

Anxious AF said...

I love quiet, the only thing I dont like is that it means the next things is not going to be quiet.
Love the zoo pics!

The VW's said...

YAY for quiet!!! I LOVE quiet!

I also wonder if I say it out loud that things are going well, does it mean that crazy will follow soon instead of quiet?! I know it doesn't work that way, but I always wonder???

Praying that quiet and fun continue for you and your WONDERFUL family!!! HUGS!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Knock on wood, things are quiet here too. We love quiet! :)

I LOL'd reading that she threw the cracker at the giraffe. And then the pole licking pictures!!

What fun to have all three special kiddos together playing. Awesome!

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness, she is looking like such a big girl. And can I just say right now you have some awesome pics.

Btw, I'm only slightly jealous of your circle of friends. (in a good way lol) how cool is it that Miss Marissa can have not one but two kids just like her. Totally cool you know what I mean? Looks like you guys are making the most of the nice weather. Can you believe Christmas is four months away??

Janice said...

Jeremy, what are you doing? If it had been winter you'd have your own Christmas story.

Marissa honey, don't imitate your daddy. He licks poles when he's been "thinging" too much.

HA! LOL This was just too funny. Miss Rissa is going to have a great attitude in life - evidenced by the parental adventures of you two. I love this blog.

Grandma Utah

Tamara said...

K I want to know did he get a splinter?? Too fun!! You Rock Momma, lookie all the fun stuff you do!!!!

Kendra said...

Fun pics! Can you believe it had been 16 years?!?! We're so old....it was really great to see you guys and to finally meet sweet Marissa--thanks again for letting us stop by!

Faith said...

This is one of those "if I were to have told you you'd have this problem two years ago you'd be yearning for these momments" kinda things, eh? She's strong willed that one- no doubt that's why she is where she is today!!!

Love the "Shine" ref. we rented that one from the library recently- then to see it referenced on your blog was very relevant. :) I always cry during her endings songs.

Between your creativity, Jeremy's computer savviness and Marissa's rhythm I think your family might have a future in the biz!

Thanks for posting all the pics- love to see you all having fun.

Lot's of L,