Jennifer caught Sara standing in church one day like this while we sang. She was mimicking another lady in our church a few rows up. She is a very good mimicker, if that's a word.
It's getting warmer and getting time to play in water, yeah!
Sara is a world class traveler. Driving 1800 miles for vacation - she honestly did better than all of us.
One of the many special people who have helped Sara live and thrive from day one. Ms. Shelly was Sara's speech therapist. She was a blessing to us and Sara as were her other therapists. One day Shelly was trying to get Sara to do a skill and Sara simply told her - "That's just to hard for this tiny baby girl" I kid you not - she says stuff like that every day. She has us laughing all the time. Pray for Shelly and her organization as they press our state to continue funding this vital service for families with special needs children.
Again, her sisters are fabulous about spending time with Sara.
I was so hungry, I ate the whole thing! We remember being told early in Sara's life she may never eat or have severe food allergies, etc.. Well, she loves to eat and has no allergies so far. She prefers rice dishes and meat. But she was asked recently what she wanted for Christmas more than anything else and her answer was - CANDY!
She wanted a braid like her sisters so her hair stylin' mom (amateur only) made it happen and notice the results - braid sticking straight out. But for the kid who had her head shaved 3 times in her first 9 months of life she has rebounded well. More curls than we know what to do with and one of her favorite things to do with the curls is pull them straight down and let them "Boing" back up.
We do have some teeth issues to deal with, but we have a highly specialized dentist on the ball advising us on treatments.
Far and away Sara's favorite food is french fries. She loves them. This would be the week Mom and Abigail went to summer camp and left Dad with these two rascals. She could not come home fast enough for me, but we made it.
More summer fun!
Yes I am about to ride this ride with mom and oh how happy I look now. But that won't be the case soon. We discovered at the fair and later at Disney World Sara hates rides. Talking with her therapists we are discovering her sensory issues. Anything that moves her, is loud, chaotic rooms filled with noise, loud music, rides, etc. she wants out. Now!
Hanging out with mom and dad at a pumpkin patch place. Fun Fun! Notice her face on ride with mom, not very happy. We were just beginning to learn this.
More summer fun with my girls!
And don't forget about Buddy! He's a great dog, very smart. He knows exactly how to act around each person and with Sara he is very cautious and gentle around her.
This fall Sara discovered the joy of puddle jumping. Always been one of her sisters favorite things to do after a rainstorm. Jennifer put her boots on and Sara walked up to her first puddle and started to walk around it. Jennifer said, no, you can walk right through it. Hmm, Sara must be thinking, she always tells me to walk around, now I can walk through.... Hmmm. So she sticks her toe in the puddle, then her foot, real slow and cautious. Then Jennifer says, go ahead and stomp. And she did. And she squealed and giggled. And then she went to a real mud puddle and repeated the process. The end result was the video below.
Hanging out with my cousins and Aunt Jayme!
Disney World Vacation with Jennifer's Family Making silly faces with the cousins
Keeping this cousin in line!
One of Sara's favorite things to do in DW - push Jessie around in the stroller while "her girls" rode rides. She genuinely loved doing this.
Notice my favorite french fries and sitting like a lady while I eat. Remember I said she is a great mocker.
Resting and loving on Paw Paw
Waiting for food in DW with my cousins and Uncle Jon. I think I was off getting a loan to buy lunch.
Sara and her girls meeting Mary Poppins and Ariel
Now this was her favorite and what I would give to go back and have a video camera going. While Sara hated all rides at DW including trams, buses and trains, she loved meeting these characters. She had done great with the characters who were obviously real people, but had been nervous around the costume characters. Until she saw Jesse. Right before it was our turn Sara asked Jennifer (more like told) to put her down and then literally pushed Jennifer back so she could go meet Jesse by herself. She walked out had this long conversation with Jesse and of course the person playing Jesse was just cool and kind and patient. Very very neat. Now the funny thing is, Sara has never watched or desired to watch any Toy Story movie. She only loves Jesse because her girls love Jesse and have dolls and share them with Sara.
More Various Snippets
Proud of her Christmas ornament she made!
Playing a duet with her cousin
The kid loves sweets
She also loves dressing up - serious
We had a summer membership at a local athletic club and Sara loved to swim in their pool as well as in our kitchen. She would put this on and then shimmy on the floor to pick up diving rings like her girls do in the real pool.
I C U!
Hanging out at church with one of her buddies.One of our girls favorite games, let's see if we can make dad code blue. I'm not complaining.
Going out to check the mail with dad.
Could not have said it better myself. I hope and pray you are celebrating God coming from heaven to earth at Christmas so he could live, die and, rise and bring us from earth to heaven with Him. He is worthy to be praised!!