Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Art Party

Last weekend Anthony went to a birthday party for one of his schoolmates.  It was held at a fun place called Art a la Carte, where the kids can do their own artwork.  Anthony dove right in and had a great time!

And then there were cheese puffs!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday Morning Stroll

We finally got some Spring-like weather, a nice day for a walk with Daddy.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Living With Down Syndrome

By now, everyone has probably heard about the "wrongful birth" lawsuit.  I won't get into that- there's been enough written on it already and frankly I'm sick of hearing about it. But I do want to share something good that came out of it.  A local radio show, "Think Out Loud", did a segment on genetic testing in response to the lawsuit.  The show generated such a heated response from people who felt that the real story of what it's like to live with Down syndrome wasn't being told, that the show's producers decided the topic deserved more time and devoted a whole hour (on World Down Syndrome Day!) to the topic "Living With Down Syndrome."  Guests on the show included the executive director of the Northwest Down Syndrome Association, and Karen Gaffney, a Portland-area woman who has Down syndrome. Here's a link to the podcast:


Also be sure to go to the Think Out Loud website and read the comments on the show- they are so positive- so different from most of the "debate" that goes on when this topic is brought up. 

So thank you to Oregon Public Broadcasting for getting it right.  They really listened, and made an effort to get the real story behind the headlines.  If you agree, take a minute to let them know you appreciate it, and maybe we can get some of other media outlets (cough, cough, The Oregonian...) to take notice and do the same.

Chicks Always Go For the Bad Boys

Anthony takes his old lady Zoe out for a spin on his hog. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's World Down Syndrome Day!

Watch this video from Down Syndrome International ("Let Us In. I Want to Learn.") and help create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well being of all people with Down syndrome.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Luck of the Irish

The Irish tis said have the fortunes of old,
but what we treasure most, doesn’t glisten of gold.
We’re the luckiest folk, and our luck can’t be hid,
for it’s our wondrous fortune to have this wee kid!

St. Patrick’s Day strikes a beautiful chord,
but being a parent’s the grandest reward.
Following rainbows can lead you to joy,
but none can surpass this amazing young boy.

So here’s to our roots, to the fair emerald isle,
right there in the twinkle of Anthony’s smile.