This past weekend, the boys and I headed out for a road trip to Indiana. We went to visit Jan and her family, along with Nicole and her family and Lisa and her daughter. I know Jan, Nicole and Lisa from my on-line Down syndrome community. The excuse for this get together is a "Signing Time" concert. Signing Time is a wonderful series of videos that we used with Ryan to teach him sign language. Actually, I would say he learned 98% of his signs from these videos - they are WONDERFUL! Ryan is a very visual learner and loves music, so this set of videos hit the spot with him. They combine great visuals of kids showing the signs with catchy tunes.
Anyway, Ryan loved seeing Rachel "in real life" and I think Kurtis really enjoyed it too. I loved seeing Nicole and Jan again and meeting Lisa for the first time. I found it so cool to see how different all our children are. If anyone ever says that kids with Down syndrome are all the same, they should have been there. AND,,, if anyone ever says that they're all loving and sweet, they should have been there! LOL
Thank you Jan and Jeff for being such wonderful hosts! It was so nice of you to open your house to us and let us invade!
Jan, Nicole, me and Lisa enjoying some vino:
Adorable Lily. Ryan loved Lily, but she wasn't too thrilled with having him in her face - can't say I blame her as Ryan "loves" babies just a bit too much sometimes.
Jan and Nash with Rachel from Signing Time:
Nicole, Darrah and Tarenne with Rachel: