Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Us!

 Great couples throughout history...

Antony and Cleopatra

Brad and Angelina

Lucy and Ricky

Kirk and Spock

Mr. and Mrs. Pickles

Paul and Susan!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vaux's Swifts

Every September, the Vaux's Swifts roost in the chimney of the Chapman Elementary School in NW Portland.  It's quite a sight to see when they all come together every evening to roost in the chimney for the night!  We had a picnic and watched the show along with hundreds of other bird lovers last night.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Buddy Walk 2010

Say hello to Team Anthony! Saturday was the Northwest Down Syndrome Asssociation Buddy Walk and Anthony's friends and family came together to walk side by side and support NWDSA's mission of building a more inclusive world.
Here's the starting line of the big walk!

Over 1,000 partipants filled the streets on a beautiful, sunny day!

Check it out! It's The Screening Room, Jim Snell's band, poised on the brink of stardom! They volunteered to be the entertainment and sounded fantastic!

It's not unusual to feel like you might need a little nap mid-walk, especially when the temperature is 80 degrees!

So there are hotdogs at the end of this thing, right?

Great job, Anthony, but we promise to feed you soon!
The Albuquerque bound Kate and Kurt along with Suzanne and Harry!
The Vanderzanderwoodzens!!!

Tracie and Brian brought the supremely cool Jorden who was a great walker!

One amazing Daddy! Looks like Zoe is channeling her psychic powers!
  Here's Archer and Anthony, relishing in their post-walk victory!

The Mahon clan represents! Cousin Brian and Aunt Peggy, who flew out from Flushing to walk!

My uncle Kurt looks like Dirty Harry Callahan. Go ahead, make my day!

Shannon and Gyan! Where's our pal Anant? Off with his Daddy getting a balloon probably!

 Coolness incarnate -- Archer tries in vain to keep daddy Jonas in line. I want that T-shirt, Archer!

One lucky, lucky guy...

Jorden reminds Anthony that the paparrazi are relentless! So smile!

After the big walk, the fountains were turned on to let the walkers cool off! You don't have to ask us twice!

Cousin Brian gets his Woodstock on!

 Jorden dove right in!!!

Mommy about to be ambushed... a sudden splash!!!!


 Aunt Peggy having a terrific day!

We had the best, best time!!!

...but even team leaders must find time to nap! 
Thank you, everyone!                                

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Don't Mess With Anthony!

We went to the science museum yesterday. Anthony was sitting at a table playing with a toy cash register in the fake supermarket area. A bigger girl of about 3 years old came over and tried to just PUSH him off the chair so she could play with it. Anthony got a very outraged look on his face and shoved her right back! I had seen kids take toys from him in the past and he just accepted it, so I was so proud to see him asserting himself. (Next we'll work on sharing, but first things first...)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Tortured Artist

Channeling Vincent Van Gogh...

...right before he cut off his ear.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Masterpiece

Anthony has been transitioning to the bigger kids' room at daycare.  He's doing great and really seems to love it.  Today he participated in Art for the very first time!  He needed a little help holding the paintbrush, but he produced this, his first piece:

Of course you'll agree it is absolutely exquisite.

Hanging in the gallery.

Happy Birthday, Arnold!

Thanks for putting up with "The Bald Cat". We love you from the top of your big ears to the tips of your 22 toes.

Sweet 16

Monday, September 13, 2010