Sunday, June 04, 2006

Keeping up wih the Kids

We've had a busy busy few days.

Friday: The Ontario AgriCentre - that Tom built - had its grand opening. They had a few dignitaries speak, then we visited the many food stations and had lunch there. We then drove to Toys R Us to shop for presents.

Saturday: Ryan had a birthday party and Kurtis had a birthday party. Kurtis also had his first piano recital in the evening. I was just bursting at the seams with pride for him - he's been taking lessons since November but he did a piece with two hands and a flourish of an ending that he "made up". He performed it absolutely flawlessly. I'm actually just thrilled that he enjoys playing and taking lessons - it's a wonderful activity to enjoy.

Sunday: Ran had another birthday party and then we had our annual Down syndrome picnic. I love our DS picnics - we have it at an amazing house. There's games for the kids, a soccer net, a beach with a small lake, a paddle boat and a trampoline in the middle of the lake. What a great time we had!


I came across this article in my "down syndrome" circles. I loved it so much because that's exactly how Tom and I, and I hope Kurtis, see Ryan. I feel exactly the way the writer does:
"So please don’t feel sorry for us. Don’t feel sorry for my brother, either. There isn’t any reason to; he isn’t sick. Don’t be scared of experiences similar to mine. I can tell you that my life would not be this happy if it weren’t for Kevin. More important, have an open mind. Next time you meet a person with a disability, remember that he or she has so much to share with you. Take the time to listen."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13088876/site/newsweek/

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

HI ANNETTE YES YOU HAD A BUSY WEEKEND AND ABLE TO DO ALL THATWHAT A PROUD MOMENT FOR YOU TO SEE KURTIS PLAY LIKE THATWE ARE ALSO VERY PROUD OF YOU KURTIS AND WE WISH WE COULD HAVE BEEN THERE>LOVE OMA AND MOM

Anonymous said...

Do we have a young Mozart on our hands? Wht a great instrument to play Kurtis! Keep practising hard! Glad you were able to enjoy your weekend with your family. Did the rain hold off?
Lisa

Tara Marie said...

What a wonderful weekend....and I can just see Curtis playing the piano and your big, beautiful smile...and too funny about the ending [what a performer you have there] and I too loved that article. Actually, Katrina is going to be a camp counselor at the same camp mentioned in the article! Please know you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

P.S. Do you eat Brazil Nuts? If you don't, I would suggest picking some up and having them as a snack throughout the say, they are high is selinium and I know people whose tumors have shrunk [to the amazement of their doctors] by increasing selinium in their diet [naturally] and Brazil nuts are a great source of protein!

Love you lots.