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Grains of Gratitude

Posted Jun 13 2009 12:25am
I can't believe it's the first of June - and we're already gearing up for a too hot summer. The last two days of May we had 100 degree weather, and it's supposed to be that way through Tue at least. Ugh, I'm not ready for 3-digit temps! Joe and Kayla cooled off in the sprinkler this afternoon, guess we'll be having a lot of days like that!

1. Kayla had been asking to play with her friend Katelyn for a couple of days. I'm glad she was able to come over for a play date earlier this week. It's been a while since the girls have been able to get together. Thank goodness it wasn't that hot out so we could spend some time outside.

2. We had to go to El Paso for an eye appt for Kayla...she had a free eye exam at school that showed some "refractive error" so we went to get it checked out. I was worried she would need glasses (worried about how I would keep them on her!) She doesn't need them (at least not know) but she is a little bit far sighted, a little more in the right eye. He just said to keep an eye on it and he'll see her back in a year. I'm grateful we don't have to deal with glasses right now, and that Kayla didn't protest too much during the exam - which included having her eyes dilated.

3. We were at this appt for 2 hrs and about 20 min of that was actually the appt, the rest was waiting of course. I'm grateful Kayla was well behaved and just sat and colored most of the time. Usually she would be running around and bouncing off the walls, so this was a nice change!

4. Since we got out of the appt so late, and it takes 1.5 hrs to get home, we stopped by Olive Garden for dinner - again Kayla was more calm than usual and this as stressful as it usually is taking her to a restaurant. She still didn't eat much at all for dinner, but at least she didn't try to escape and run around. I'm grateful I also had a gift card to use for our dinner.

5. This isn't something that happened to us this week, but I'm grateful nonetheless. This story has been all over the Down syndrome community, and I know the video has been posted on many blogs...just thought I would share it here too. I'm grateful for self-advocates like Brett Banford- I love his message at the end!

Have a great week!

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