Thursday, May 26, 2011

Roasting smores, new glasses, and ears pierced..

Yes, Andrew got one ear pierced.He loves it..

Bella sporting new glasses..Mira-Flex glasses.Yes, Bella got her ears re-pierced . The first time they got infected. So we try again.. Bella is doinggreatwith the earings, but poor with keepingthe glasses on... So everyday we stand right by her and put her and Chrissie's back on them all day long...Boy would it save us alot of time if they would just leave those glasses on...

Chrissie sporting her new eye wear and yes new earings. Chrissie also got her ears pierced..

Chrissie does great with the earrings, but likes to throw the glasses..These girls ..

Having fun in the back yard roasting smores.. It was dy to a few minutes. We sure have been having lots of rain.. Yes some snow. We are sure we will see snow this weekend.. Just wouldn't be the same without it...

Have a blessed and safe weekend!!!

Camren making smores, yum yum.Kenzie, Dez and Andrew sitting around the fire..


Happy late birthday to my wonderful hubby!!

Happy late birthday honey!!!
Gary's birthday was on the 19th, that shows how far i am behind on blogging..
So now i will try and catch up...
Honey we hope you had a wonderful loud birthday!!
Yes, i say loud because it is never quiet in our house. Somebody is always screaming...

Love ya honey,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Loving their big brother !!

Big brother Jake , Chrissie and Bella boo...Bellaloves to sit on everybodies shoulders..
I think she thinks she is a cat.. We don't even have any cats..Everybody has allergies to them.
So it must be a downs thing..

The little girls love to hug on there brother.. Also climb all over him..
They would give him kisses , but he runs ~ he doesn't like them lick kisses..
Ya know they get a little wet and gooey..Big brother can not handle that..
Maybe one day...

Love much~Mom

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Our Princess Bella loves to be outside!!

Bella on the st and spin..

Bella has to be ith everybody outside,. She loves it..

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thanks Carolee ,Piper and Jason !!

Jordon looking spiffy~

Chrissie with her new dress..Carolee made these outfits for the kiddos . We just love them, the kiddos were so happy with there new clothes..

Bella dancing around with her new dress..

Chrissie so excited with her new dress...

Oh how Bella loves her new dress..


Monday, May 9, 2011

FAS/FAE~ 100% PREVENTABLE~If they only new,before they took that drink or drinks!

The Visible Kid with the Invisible Disability© 2003 Teresa Kellerman

Hey, look at me! Do you think I'm cute? On the outside, I look just like any other kid - friendly, playful, and full of energy. But there's something about me on the inside that you can't see - how my brain was messed up before birth by alcohol. You can't see the tangled connections and all the little empty spaces in my brain. Unless you can see inside my head, you can't see that I have - what's it called? Static En-ceph-al-o-pathy.
But what you can see is how silly I act when I am out in public. You can see how immature I am, especially when you compare me with other kids my age. And you always notice when I get out of control and "lose it" when things get to be too much for me to handle.
Can you see how embarrassed I get when I can't control my behavior? And how frustrated I get when I forget the rules - again? And my anger when I get blamed for trouble over and over? You probably can, because you can see my feelings plastered all over my face.
You say I'm a problem. But I'm not a problem. I have a problem. I have Static Encephalopathy. The doctor told me what that means - my brain damage won't get any worse, but it won't get any better either. It's forever.
You can always hear me, because I talk a lot, to anyone who will listen. When you ask me a question, an answer just pops out, whether it's true or not. I'm good at telling you what you want to hear. I can fool people into thinking I really understand what they are telling me. I don't want anyone to think I'm stupid.
I also act like I can take care of myself. But it's hard for me to figure out time and money. I can't even make change for a dollar. I can't remember what I got in trouble for yesterday. You probably think I should learn from my mistakes. But I can't. It's not that I don't know the rules - I do. It's not that I don't understand consequences - I do. I just can't make myself do what I know I should do. I don't know why - I just can't.
Maybe you notice that I don't have a lot of common sense. I'm the one who goes along with the wrong crowd, who gets sucked into doing some really stupid things. And I'm the one who usually gets caught.
My teacher always tells me, "You should know better than that!" And I do know better. I just can't be better. The doctor says it has to do with "lack of impulse control and poor judgment" are from damage to my brain before I was born.
My Dad says, "Just grow up." He says I act half my age. The researchers say "arrested social development" is common in kids like me who are alcohol affected. That means the only thing that will grow up will be my body.Everybody can see that I'm friendly and affectionate. But nobody can see how lonely I am. I have lots of "friends" but they never come over or call me. I don't have a best friend. But I pretend like I do. I wish I had a dog.I'm not afraid of anything or anybody.
I'm not afraid of strangers, or of heights, or of unsafe sex. I'm not afraid of the dangers of the real world.
Should I be? Maybe I forget. Even when people tell me things over and over, I still forget. The psychologist says I have a problem processing information, that I have memory deficits and attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. Yep, that's me all right!
You probably think my mom is over-protective. But she knows how easy it is for others to take advantage of me. Sometimes I think my mom is too strict, because she doesn't let me go to the park by myself or spend the night at my cousin's. I guess she knows that I can't behave properly unless she's right by my side, and she doesn't want me to get into big trouble. Like last year when I got too "friendly" with the little girl next door. I didn't know that was "inappropriate." (I hate that word.) Mom said I could get arrested for doing something like that, which really scared me. But my conscience doesn't seem to work right. I don't want to make people mad. I don't want to be "inappropriate." I don't want to be bad.
I just want to be accepted, and understood. Not blamed and shamed. I want to be appreciated for the good things. Do you notice those?
I want you to care, even when I act like I don't. I want to be respected. And I need you to be a good role model for me so I can learn to be respectful too.
And most of all I don't want you to say bad things about my birth mom because she drank when she was pregnant. Maybe she couldn't stop drinking. Maybe her doctor told her it was okay to drink when she was pregnant. Maybe she just did what everybody else was doing. I'm not making excuses for her behavior, or for mine. Maybe she didn't think about what she was doing. Maybe she had Static Encephalopathy too, just like me. But nobody could see.

We live with this everyday ! It is tough for the child and for the rest of the family..You feel like you beat your head off the wall everyday ,trying to teach them money and time.. You just think they have gotten it and guess what it's gone..
FAS/FAE, somedays we wish we could say good bye to you ..But you will be with us forever..

Guess who got left at the zoo ???

We are missing someone in the photo of the Kiddos

The bigger girls each have a little kiddo to keep track of

Aren't they both soooo cute?

A very serious conversation

Kali, Jordon and Mom

We took our first road trip of the summer to the zoo in Idaho Falls, Idaho which is about four hours from home, not only did we have our own kiddos with us but also Kenzie's buddy Kali.We stayed at a wonderful R.V. park in Idaho Falls and even though it is May we were wearing heavy clothes all the time because it was cool and rainy.We spent lots of time at the zoo and luckily didn't get rained on at all.We were not able to see some of the animals because it was still to cold and wet for them.Everyone had a great time but eventually we had to leave. On our way out Mom wanted a picture of all the kiddos in front of the zoo sign,and when we finished we headed for the van and while we were loading kids mom realized we were short one kiddo, yes we walked off and left Chrissie sitting in her stroller in front of the zoo sign.Kali ran back and found her just sitting there watching people walking by.No she was never in any danger at all because we noticed she wasn't with us as soon as we got to the van.The rest of the trip we were constantly taking a head count. We did arrive back home on Sunday afternoon with everyone we left with on Friday. A few days at home and we will be planning our next adventure

and more monkeys

Maggie spending time with her Daddy or looking for a ride up the hill

Deztany and Kenzie measuring up to the lion

Kali and Maggie and the Tiger

Where you going

More babies

Little monkeys



Not sure who was more amazed with who. Jordon kept trying to kiss the monkey

Hang in there

These two guys are very entertaining,but for some reason they weren't out in their play area

The Family at the Zoo ~

Another new baby

Baby peeking out of moms pouch

Taking a bath

Watching you watching me

The whole crew of us at the zoo, another visitor was nice enough to take the photo. No, Chrissie is not sleeping, she just decided to not pose for this picture.

Tautphaus Zoo ~more animals

Tiger on the prowl

Dad and Jordon

The camels were still wearing some of their winter fur

Peek- A- Boo

This sloth bear arrived at the zoo just a few days before we did

Tautphaus Zoo~

There were lots of new babies at the Zoo

"who are these people staring at me?"

Zebras are amazing

The lions were a big hit

Tautphaus Park Zoo, Idaho Falls,Idaho


Mini goats

Peacock ~ being pretty~


Everyone loved watching the penguins