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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Busy, busy weekend...And we met another CdLS Mom!

What a weekend! It is already Wednesday and I am still recovering! Monday and Tuesday were outrageously busy for me too but I don't dare get into all that! Let's just say from the minute my feet hit the floor Monday morning I was off and running. I finally have some time to blog and catch up with everyone else before I get Joey and Emma from school today. Friday night, we went to a carnival at Joey and Emma's school. It was fun! I got "volunteered" to work a shift at the duck pond game so I got to put in some quality time. There were games, prizes, food, inflatables and kids galore! Saturday morning Shawn and Tommie had to leave at 5:30 a.m. for an out of town baseball tournament. The little ones and I stayed behind with John as he was to have 2 home games but they ended up being cancelled cause the field was too wet from all the rain we got last week. I don't know what possessed me ~ maybe it was the fact that we were down to the last bread crumb in the house ~ but I decided to take the little ones to WalMart Saturday morning for some shopping. Surprisingly, it didn't go too badly. Joey was a champ and I managed not to lose the girls so we can classify it as a success. Sunday, Tommie was back to the ball field (his team ended up getting 3rd in the tourney) and John, Joey, Emma, Abbie and I were off to Council Bluffs, Iowa to an event called Kidz Explore. I know, we live in Nebraska and you are probably wondering why in the world I would take 4 kids across the border to go to an insanity in the waiting activity. But actually it is just on the east side of Omaha and is only about a 1 1/2 hour trip for us. Plus, my friend Brenda had won 4 free passes on the radio and gave us 2 so how could I pass that up? Thanks again for thinking of us Brenda! We had never been to Kidz Explore before and the kids had a blast. There were all kinds of games, food, inflatables, shows, booths and free stuff! And the best part? We happened to meet another CdLS Mom! We were just hanging out, and all of a sudden I hear "Oh my gosh ~ that's Joey!" Here comes Staci, mom to four boys, the youngest being Vinny who has CdLS. We had never met in person before ~ although we met through facebook and blogging ~ and she recognized Joey from his picture. It was awesome! We hugged, we laughed, we cried, we talked ~ we probably could have visited all afternoon! She had her older children with her but unfortunately no Vinny! So we didn't get to meet him yet but it was so great to connect with Staci. If you haven't checked out their blog yet, please do so. Vinny is adorable! You can find them at Mi 4 Boys. All in all we had a great weekend ~ I am carnivaled out for awhile. We've got more baseball this weekend and Joey's birthday is on Sunday so we've got another action packed weekend to look forward to. Enjoy the pics! (Sorry there's so many ~ I couldn't decide which ones to post!)

Friday night school carnival...Balloon animals and games...

Emma coming down the slide...

Bean bag toss...

Joey even played the bean bag toss...he loved it!

Joey and Brandon doing the snack walk...

Daddy and Abbie waiting for music to start at the snack walk...

Huge inflatables at the school carnival...

Our trip to WalMart...note how Joey is perfectly content in the cart while the girls find it necessary to do their own thing...

Sunday Kidz Explore Expo...Emma loves the inflatables!

The girls getting the Princess treatment...

Joey and Vinny's Mom Staci...

The girls in a big inflatable chair...

Spinning a prize wheel...

Do you think this tiger is going to bite Joey's foot?

Joey loves music...here he is playing some instruments!

John and Joey taking a little break...

Filling bottles with sand is so much fun!

Balloon arch...

Oh, I wish I was an Oscar Mayer Weiner...


  1. what a weekend!! I LOVE WEEKENDS LIKE THAT! and what a bonus to have met Staci and her older guys! I was so happy for you guys when I read that on Facebook! I wish there were more of 'us' where I live in CO.. mason is one of the youngest (diagnosed)... the other people that i have connected with online or in person have teenage or adult children... or VERY mild young kiddos (one little girl so mild, you would never guess in a million years that anything was going on. she does only live three or four blocks from us--it really has been nice connecting with her mom, but it still feels a bit lonely).

    that is why i am determined to make the trek up to Nebraska one of these days soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    sorry to ramble.. can you tell i yearn for adult interaction??? LOL!

  2. I am SO glad you were able to make the event...and enjoy it on top of it all!! those types of events can go from fun to disaster in a matter of mintues sometimes!!

    great pictures, your weekend looked fun!!

  3. You have been busy!! I'm so glad you met Staci! That's awesome that she recognized him from the blog! That tiger looks a little intimidating.

  4. I'm so glad you got to meet Staci. I have been reading her blog for a while. That is just awesome that you ran into each other!!! I would be so excited.

    The funny thing is that just monday I met another CdLS mom (but not her son) but this was planned. It is so great to meet people that have so much in common with you.

    I hope your week slows down a bit so you can breathe. :)

  5. Rachelle, I was so happy to meet your family and especially Joey...I feel like I know you all from following your blog....It was so great to meet you in person...you have a beautiful family and amazing son!!!

  6. Looks like the kidos had a lot of FUN! Wish I would have known about the thing in Iowa - we may have gone. If you guys go next year - Let me know!

  7. Ooh, this was a fun and jam-packed weekend for you! I loved looking at all the pictures, but my favorite is Joey with the instruments. You can tell how happy it made him to sit and bang on that drum.

    Justine :o )


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