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Carrie R.

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I'm a Midwestern girl who's becoming a Southern belle. This is my story of life with my farmer-turned-professor husband, two exceptional little boys, and one extraordinary little girl who happens to have Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. The stories you are about to read are all real; I couldn't make... Full Bio
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Summer Travel Journal Part 7: The Great Outdoors by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Because we were in this beautiful place, we tried to take advantage of all it had to offer. My oldest sister brought their canoe, so my family took it out for a spin.  ... Read on »
Summer Travel Journal Part 6: Around the Cabin by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I will get to all the Down syndrome related posts in honor of October, but my goal was to finish my Summer Travel Journal...if only because this blog also serves as our fami ... Read on »
i have a voice by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I know I've posted this before, but since the first time I saw it, it has become my favorite.  I know you will love it too. Make sure to have the sound turned  on as you ... Read on »
Welcome October. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome If January is the "New Beginnings" month, December is about Christmas, and November is about Gratitude, then October is the "Let's Just Start Celebrating Now" month.  It's ... Read on »
Summer Travel Journal Part 5: The Egg Drop by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Most of the family--waiting for the excitement to start! Woohoo!  Not a single crack! The rest my family did just as well and not one egg broke.  I'm p ... Read on »
Summer Travel Journal Part 4: Gone Fishin' Party by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome A couple of miles later, this deer was running along the road, right next to the van.  After a good race, it decided to stop and pose for a picture.  (Sorry for poor pictu ... Read on »
Fall Means Football!! by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Fearless took this picture.  Not bad, eh? Fearless found some random sand/dirt to entertain him during the pregame tailgating.  ... Read on »
Roots N Blues Half Marathon by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome By now you should all know that I can't stay in The Village for very long before I get the itch to travel and Dr. C and the rest of the family end up on a quick road trip--e ... Read on »
Adventures in Educationland: Miss B's Evaluation and First Day of Preschool by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Welcome to a new series here on Life As We Know It.  Now that Miss B is getting older, her education is moving to a more formal setting.  Because I am absolutely positive we ... Read on »
Summer Travel Journal Part 3: Hanging Out with Dr. C's Family by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome  The boys got to try on Grandpa R's Green Beret.  Very cool...although I'm not entirely sure that they understood the significance of it other than "Grandpa's neat hat." ... Read on »
Miss B Becomes a Fashionista by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Apparently, that wasn't quite the look she was going for. Instead, a pair of T-Man's gray undies, which she later further accessorized with pizza sauce, were needed to comp ... Read on »
Partially Empty Nest by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Whenever my kids reach a new milestone, I always start thinking about the related milestone that will happen later on.  Like when T-Man first took off riding his bike around ... Read on »
Dr. C Gets Another Year Older by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome  Happy Birthday Dr. C--here are 10 Things I Love About You: (in no particular order)  10. You make me laugh.  A lot. 9. You go along with all of my crazy schemes. 8 ... Read on »
Summer Travel Journal Part 2: Visiting by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome A lot of my favorite people on the planet live in Utah, and we were lucky enough to see some of them while we were out there.  First up, my Grandad--he was hanging out at Sn ... Read on »
Summer Travel Journal Part 1: Discovery Gateway and Olympic Plaza by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Welcome to our Summer Travel Journal.  It will be long.  But, it will be flooded with pictures.  Let's get started, shall we? After our 25 hour drive west, we arr ... Read on »
And Another Baby Makes 4. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome  I know you are all anxiously awaiting my travel log from our most recent road trip...but seeing how I took almost 2000 pictures in a 2 week period, it will take me a bit to ... Read on »
From the mountains. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Nothing says "Summer" quite like being sardine-packed into a mini-van for a 25 hour road trip to the mountains. Yes, we did bring T-Man with us, if you look clo ... Read on »
Earning the Goggles. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Front crawl  Back Float  Goggles Earned. You can't see his face really well here, but right before he ju ... Read on »
Matters of the Heart by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Look!  Hair long enough for a braid!      With Miss Banana's new, healthy heart, she moved past surviving, and began to thrive.  A ... Read on »
Graduation: Cue "End of an Era" Tears. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Ok, I'll admit it. Since having kids, I've turned into a sentimental gusher. (Whew, there. I said it.  Admittance is the first step on the road to recovery, right?) ... Read on »