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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Summer Days

If you want to keep kids busy, give them a bucket of water and paint brushes, and ask them to "paint" something outside. And don't tell them, but it's a good way to sneak in a little occupational therapy.

Since the kitchen remodel project is long-since done, Dean has been replacing our interior doors; removing all the old1970's hollow-core doors and replacing with oak. He's been been sanding them one at a time. Unfortunately the boy who doesn't want to let Daddy get out of is sight doesn't really care for the noise of the sander.

Learning to pound nails = teaching life skills. 

A week ago (the day of Destany's funeral) Angela left for a week at camp. She goes to Camp Wawbeek, part of the Easter Seals of Wisconsin programs. I think this is her 5th year at this camp, and she talks about it all.year.long! This is one of her counselors, Amy.

This hat is signed by all the other campers and counselors. When Angela got in the car she talked without taking a breath for 15 full minutes when she suddenly stopped. I looked over to see why she find her sound asleep! LOL

While she was telling me her camp stories, she told me several stories about a counselor "Garby". I wasn't sure I was understanding the name right, and I asking her, "Are you saying "Garby" or "Darby?" She tried repeating the name for me, but finally gave up saying, "Ugh! Never mind! Just call him Jake!"

Axel was glad to see Angela. He missed her all week! I think next year he will get to go.

Asher was pretty glad to see her too! 

This should prove to be a fun holiday week, then the 9th the kids start summer school which will run for the month of July, only they'll be missing a good portion of it because we'll be taking a road trip to Washington D.C. to attend the 40th annual National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention.


Steph said...

The kiddos just keep getting cuter all the time! I love the picture of Axel looking at you through the deck spindles. Good trick with the "painting"......I'll have to try it!

Difference2This1 said...

Cute photos :)

Becca said...

Ooh, see you at NDSC! Love the pics...your kids are awesome. :-)