Monday, October 27, 2008

Excuses, excuses!

These excuses came from a recent survey done at Some are funny...some are stupid, and some are actually pretty good! What do you think?

Here is what I think...

# Employee didn’t want to lose the parking space in front of his house.
-but losing his job was okay?
# Employee hit a turkey while riding a bike. fast were you doing on that bike?
# Employee said he had a heart attack early that morning, but that he was “all better now."
SHEW...that was a close call!
# Employee donated too much blood.
Was red cross being greedy?
# Employee’s dog was stressed out after a family reunion.
sooo...what is the problem?
# Employee was kicked by a deer.
the only thing worse that getting kicked by a getting punched by a moose!
o Employee contracted mono after kissing a mailroom intern at the company holiday party and suggested the company post some sort of notice to warn others who may have kissed him. seems like YOU are the only one stupid enough to do that!
o Employee swallowed too much mouthwash.
...intentionally because he ran out of liquor!
o Employee’s wife burned all his clothes and he had nothing to wear to work.
were you naked during this arson? What happened to the clothes you were wearing while she torched your wardrobe?
o Employee’s toe was injured when a soda can fell out of the refrigerator.
where was the refrigerator...on the 18th story balcony....otherwise you need to get your ass to work!
o Employee was up all night because the police were investigating the death of someone discovered behind her house.
...officer I would like to report a employee is a COMPLETE idiot!
o Employee’s psychic told her to stay home.
Did she happen to mention anything about an unexpected career change?

Pictures from the Pumpkin Patch!

Here are some pictures from our day at the pumpkin patch...Koby was more interested in jumping on the stacked up pallets they had than the pumpkins! But I still think I got some great pictures of him!!!
WE are decorating cookies later....soo look for more picture fun tonight!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

just random...

We had company this weekend! One of the other managers in my Company that I used to work for and I became really great friends. He and his girlfriend came to MB this weekend to visit with us. They stayed for a couple days and it was great fun. I really love them. Sergio and I became great friends kinda instantly. He is awesome. Kinda like a brother, considering he is almost 10 yrs older than me, but looks younger than me! It was great having company. Crazy thing is...we live at the beach...but don't get company too much! Most of our friends live here though. That was the weekend. Fun!
Today on the other hand....well, it was just sucky! I was off, but it was still just....blah! Sometimes... I just feel like the whole world is working against me...and the harder I try...the more time I waste! Hopefully tomorrow will be better! I am a pretty optimistic when days like today come...I get overly frustrated and can't see the happiness in life, I hate it! It just isn't me!
So I am off to listen to some Fugees, and chill a bit before trying to get some sleep!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

is it because he's three?

Typically Koby is a great Kid. Goes with the flow, listens pretty well, and knows his limits and consequences for not listening, etc. He is typically a "pleaser"...he will do whatever it takes to get praise and loves to be the one to make people happy.
But this week, he is just being a pain! At home he won't listen to a thing I say. He will listen to Daddy a little better,but still ends up in time out or with spankings at least once a day. At school, they too are struggling with his behavior this week. They say he won't sit still, or listen or participate, which is SOOO not like Koby. I am hoping it is just a phase, and it will pass soon. If not, I think I am going to rip all of my hair out...better yet, I might just let him do it! Here's hoping!

Monday, October 13, 2008


One of the many blessings that come with having a child with Down syndrome is the connection you make to people who also have children with Down syndrome. One of my best friends, Christina I met this very way! She has a beautiful little girl named Kallie who has Down syndrome just like Koby. We met on a message board for DS, and became great friends. Her whole family is awesome and we had a great time visiting them for a few days in Florida last year!Christina, is a great friend, wife mother and Christian. We can go weeks without talking sometimes and pick right back up where we left off. I can always count on her, no matter what. She is one of the people who just "get" me in life, and love me regardless of al of my imperfections! Kallie is adorable, and a sweetie too. She not only has Down syndrome, but she has alopecia, and Juvenile diabetes as well. She is such a trooper. Here is a little video of Kallie dancing. She takes Dance and as you can see she is VERY good! This is one of my favorites of her,and her favorite dances! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

21 things about Koby

In honor of Down Syndrome awareness are 21 facts about the Kobster!

1. He is funny. He finds what makes people laugh and will repeat it!!!!
2. He is adorable. I don't just say this because he is my son, or looks like my husband who I think is cute, but he is just cute!
3. He is kind. He knows how to share, and to say sorry, and loves to help other kids...his teachers love that about him!
4. He is happy! Not always, but generally speaking he is the greatest kid, and just goes with the flow so to speak.
5. He is stubborn. This is good, though sometimes frustrating, I love this about him because it will help him so much in life. A strong will, is great!
6. Koby likes to watch TV....too much really, but it has taught him some amazing things. Things I can't get his attention on, I can find a show that has the same educational value and bam...he has mastered it!
7. His Favorite foods, are French Fries, Little Debbie cakes, watermelon, cucumbers and chocolate milk. He loves sweet tea, but I don't allow that!
8. He loves his Papa( my dad). We all find this kinda funny, don't get me wrong my Dad is amazing, but when he was a baby Koby was terrified of EVERY TIME we go anywhere he asks to go to Papa's!!!
9. He likes basketball...I don't have the heart to tell him that people in my family don't get to 6 feet tall therefore making a career out of it isn't a likelihood...but having fun at it is great!
10. He LOVES the pool. Everyday in the summer he would go swimming if we allowed it...he also tans, we discovered this summer and not just burns like his daddy!
11. He Loves music. He plays guitar, drums, and likes to blow into the recorder though he doesn't really try to play like he does with the guitar and drums.
12. Koby is very independent. He loves to do things for himself and by himself. He even washes his own hair in the tub now.
13. Koby's first word was Indian. But he won't say it anymore.He says a bunch of other words but will NOT say Indian.
14. Koby loves to tickle people...and he says tickatickaticka the whole time, and then laughs his little head off!
15.Koby knows McDonalds, Chickfila, and Sonic just by the signs...even the commercials he recognizes, and then wants to go get french fries....even at 8am! LOL
16. Koby doesn't like the ocean. I think the sound scares him and it makes him nuts to get sand all over himself...incase you didn't know...we live about 5 miles from the Beautiful Beach of the Carolinas.
17. Koby likes to talk on the pone ( phone)...and he holds it between his ear and shoulder and "talks" and uses his hands, and then he will just laugh and laugh, and then say "ummm bye".
18. EVERYTIME we come home from ANYWHERE if he is awake, he HAS to Ring the door bell. If we try not to let him because someone is sleeping or something, he will NOT come inside, and WILL be VERY mad, until his wish is granted.
19.Koby HATES shoes. He tries to take them off alllllll day at school, and gets time out at least once for doing it. He has like 10 or 12 pairs....doesn't matter, he hates em all!
20. He has blondeish hair....this is so weird to me. I have VERY dark almost black hair, and my husband(his daddy) has very red hair. We both have very brown eyes too...and his are green! My Mom has blonde hair and green I guess that is where he got it...but they are the ONLY two in either family!
21. Koby was the best baby. He slept through the night immediatley. Only waking to eat once a night. He never cried, unless he really needed too. He, was smiling from the start, and loved to be on the go, and be held by everyone! He is still the greatest kid!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wednesday Awareness shout out!

***I am now designating every Wednesday for Awareness Wednesday, where I will give a shout out to something that I like to call awareness to. Starting now!***

I was channel surfing this evening, after putting Koby to bed. Waiting for the one Wednesday night show I actually like to watch( what is with Wednesday night TV?). Anyway, I saw a commercial that caught my was just a clip of the word Herceptin. I stopped to see just what it was, knowing I had heard that word before. It was the commercial for the moving called Living Proof. It is about the Doctor who invented Herceptin, and the challenges he faced,just trying to get people to believe in him and his clinical trials. It is about the women who he has helped, and lives he has truley saved! Herceptin is a medicine used to treat/cure breast cancer. I have heard of it because, of my personal research done when my Mom, and then Grandmother both were diagnosed with Breast Cancer. They are both now survivors!
October is Breast Cancer awareness month, as well as Down syndrome awarness month( they put them together just for me...woo hoo- insert eye roll here-) Anyway, I will definatley be watching this movie and I think you should too!!! Just a little awareness shout out for the day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Only 5 pay periods until Christmas...

If you are paid Bi-weekly like me, then the aforementioned is true. Only 11 Saturdays for Shopping as well. This is crazy for people like myself who haven't thought a thing about it. This year is just flying by. I have no clue what I am going to get for Koby, or Chris, or any of my family or friends. It is crazy to think, that I have just a little amount of time to get this done. December is a crazy month for us. My Birthday is the 11th, then Koby's on the 16th, then Chris's is the 29th. And you always have business Christmas parties sprinkled in there, along with Church plays,and parties as well. It is a very busy(and expensive) time of year for us! And you would think because of that I would start planning ahead of time...yeah...not so much! I am the one scrambling at the last minute, trying to get something that the gift receiver will like. Trying to find the thing I want to give, at the last minute which usually means going to 10 stores and still coming up empty handed. Trying to find wrapping paper to wrap the gifts I settled on, which is like finding that proverbial needle! Always buying a few gift cards, just because I seem to remember at the last minute....someone I forgot! I wish I could get it more together...but year after year, there I am wading through the crowds, scrapping up what I can find, waiting in endless lines, and leaving exhausted, defeated, and frustrated!
Then, there are people like my Mom. People that literally have over half of their shopping done by the 4th of July, and wisely sit home on those busy Fall weekends, while the rest of us are making the news for lining up at 2am, and fighting over the latest must haves. People who buy Christmas presents, the day after the Christmas, for the next know saving time and money(wow...what a concept). People who put up their decorations with Disney like magic, and remove them with the same ease. The gifts they give are thoughtful, and well-suited, as if they could read your mind, and the outside of the box is a gift in and of itself. Wrapped with the shiniest paper, curliest ribbon, and stuff I don't even know the name of to decorate the boxes. They have it all together, year after year, never forgetting anyone, or anything along the way.
Will, I ever make it to the "other side". It's doubtful! I keep trying, and saying I will do it, and year after year I make the same choices, and end up in the same boat as the year before. Well, I guess there is always next year!!!! Happy Shopping...and let me be the first to say Merry Christmas!!!

Down Syndrome Creed

The Creed of Babies with Down Syndrome

My face may be different

But my feelings the same
I laugh and I cry
And I take pride in my gains
I was sent here among you
To teach you to love
As God in the heavens
Looks down from above
To Him I'm no different
His love knows no bounds
It's those here among you
In cities and towns
That judge me by standards
That man has imparted
But this family I've chosen
Will help me get started
For I'm one of the children
So special and few
That came here to learn
The same lessons as you
That love is acceptance
It must come from the heart
We all have the same purpose
Though not the same start
The Lord gave me life
To live and embrace
And I'll do it as you do
But at my own pace
I liked the way the words are bolded!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Ace and TJ's Grin Kids

I think people either LOVE or HATE morning talk Radio. I LOVE it! But not all of it! I love a specific is called Ace and TJ in the Morning. It is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina! The show is just amazing. I love lots about this show. It is just good clean fun! It is something you never have to worry about being offended. They make fun of everyone..EXCEPT...people with disabilities. IN fact, it is quite the opposite. Ace has a nephew with Down syndrome, and that coupled with the fact that they are just good people, they not only respect but support and care about people with all level sof disabilities. Every year they take a group of kids, called GRIN kids to DisneyWorld. This trip is amazing. Being the mother of a child with Down Syndrome, I have been exposed to lots of kids with all sorts of disabilities and their stories and struggles. Even still this show brings tears to my eyes every year. They are surely tears of JOY! These families who otherwise wouldn't be able to take this sort of trip, are just sooo happy and excited. Most of them tell stories of how they have seen huge changes in their kids, or describe their behavior as extrordinary compared to what they are used to seeing, on a day to day basis during this trip. This is just awesome! This year I love the fact they have several families that have multiple kids with disabilities. One family in particular has two sons with Aspergers, and a son with Down syndrome. I just can't imagine, how their life is, and I am so happy that all the listeners have been able to bless these families with such a gift! Check it out! And if you aren't in the listening area, you can listen online! It is a family show! Check-em out! Click here!

Celebrating a Blogaversary!!!!

Hey there blog readers! I have only been blogging for a couple months. It is so fun for me! I definately don't want to stop. I have found so many awesome blogs!
My favorite blog of all is a friend of mine named Renee. We both have kids with Down Syndrome, her Kennedy and My Koby, which is how we met. She is just SUCH an amazing person. If you have never visited her blog, please do so! Today is a special day for her! It is her BLOGAVERRSARY!!!! One year blogging!!!! GO visit her, leave her comments! She is doing some AWESOME give aways! Lots of prizes and stuff! If nothing else just read her blog. She is funny, insightful, and a great Mother, Daughter, Christian, Wife, and Friend! Here is a link to her Blogaversary blog ! ENJOY!

Koby's first day of school this year

NO, school didn't start late in Myrtle Beach. It is sort of a long story with the whole moving to Charlotte,and the the personal issues that made us make the decision to move back in just a couple months time,etc etc.So, anyway with that said... Koby started his new school today. We went in and met his teacher. I had spoke with her on the phone but never met her. We just decided we would meet her today which is also his first day of school. So, in we went, and on to his room. We had him all packed up. His back pack ( I'm a mean mom like my friend Renee and made him use the same one from last year) WE had his pull ups and his play shoes, and his glasses in his bag. Then his lunch packed up in his new lunch box. He brought a ham and cheese lunch able, cucumbers, pringles, and chocolate milk. YUM!lol. We also brought in orange iced with sprinkles, sugar cookies, for the whole class! So in we went and Koby made himself right at home, just going through the toys, playing, and making friends. I loved his teacher right away! She is so nice. She just kept saying how cute ( and tiny) koby was. I think I forget how tiny he is because he is my only child, and he isn't around other three year olds much. But compared to the other kids he is a bit smaller, especially the girls. Anyway, I filled out some papers for her records, and then she asked me a few questions, which included, is he allergic to any food, is he potty trained, is he a, no, YES! So, after that I told Koby I was leaving, and he said Okay, Bye and was back to playing. I said, okay then....bye! I think he is going to like it! He always makes the best of any situation. I like this school better than the other school already. It isn't that there was anything wrong with the other school, it was nice and his teacher was nice. She was just louder and more abrupt, something Koby doesn't respond as well to. The staff at the other school, didn't seem as nice as this staff today did. All in all I think it is going to go well. THe best thing of all is that the school is RIGHT across the street from my neighborhood. We have to leave like 5 minutes before school, instead of 20 which means we get things together better!!! Oh well I am off to get some stuff done...I will update how his day went later!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October already...

... which means Down Syndrome Awareness Month!!!! YAY Always a great time to celebrate, and educate!!!!I will have blogs all month long about DS awareness, education, and Koby!
Holding onto Hope-Courtney