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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Boston Recap

We returned home from Boston on Mon evening; unfortunately that morning started off with Lucas waking up with a runny nose...which has now developed into a hoarse-sounding cough. He was nice enough to pass this on as now Kayla and I have stuffy noses! I hope it doesn't get too much worse by Saturday though - that's her joint bowling birthday party with Katelyn!

We didn't have access to a computer for 5 days and I told Joe I felt so out of touch, but it also felt good to be "unplugged" while we were gone.

Boston was amazing! It was the first time we attended a convention, and it won't be the last. Joe is already talking about making plans for the next one in Sacramento!

We live in a pretty small town so there is no support group here, we hardly even see anyone else with Down syndrome. The support and connections I make are on-line and the annual Buddy Walk that we attend 2 hrs away. So to see so many individuals with Down syndrome was just an incredible feeling. Everywhere we went we would see a family with either a baby, child, teenager, or adult, with Ds. What an experience it was to celebrate that extra chromosome!

I have so many pictures to share, it was hard to narrow it down and not go picture crazy with this post! :)

Friday morning we had breakfast at Quincy Market with Kristen, Francine & Sofia, Rebecca & E, and Amy & Mayson


Then we walked around Faneuil Hall (and afterwards we took Kayla to the Children's Museum)


Kayla was entranced with this performer/musician


We met Chris Burke


and Ashley Wolfe - actress in Mr Blue Sky


Had a great time meeting blogger friends like Jessica (sans Joey!) Thanks for "making" me have a drink with you guys on Fri night Jessica LOL


Laura & Ryan and her girls Kelsey and Mackenzie


Jennifer (author of Roadmap To Holland ), Kathryn (editor of Gifts), Rebecca, Tricia, and Amy


We walked a lot around Boston and Kayla got to ride on Joe's shoulders most of the time. Here we are heading to lunch with Emma Sage (and her brother Otto), and Laura's husband Mark with Ryan.


Had a July kids' birthday celebration with Alex (2nd), Adam (12th), and Kayla (15th).


9 moms from the T21 Board and the kids who brought us together


On Sunday we went to the aquarium, but just couldn't get a big group shot there as the kids were going every direction! We did get to meet up with "old" friends again (we met Garrett's family when Kayla was 9 months old!) Isn't he cute?! Melissa and I are anticipating a future couple here!


and a semi-group shot outside the aquarium


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34 comments:

Beth said...

What fun!!!!

Cate said...

Looks like you had a good time! I'm sorry I didn't get to go. Or meet you guys!

Lilith Silvermane said...

YAY.. glad you are back. Thanks for the things you said about my "100 Things about Me" post.

I think about it all the time how she's missing out on her grandkids! She's the one who will not get to enjoy the time with them! They are the stars in my life.

Have a great day!

jessica said...

Great pictures! I wish the weekend would have been longer but I'm so grateful that we all had the opportunity to meet eachother finally. And no problem about pulling your arm to make you have a drink with me, anytime, lol!! I can't wait until next year!

I hope all of your colds go away quickly, feel better!

Tina said...

How fun!!!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Looks like you guys had fun!

Omaha Mama said...

That looks so great - I'm glad Joe wants to do it again too, it looks so fun! I'm a little star struck that you met Chris Burke, that is very cool.

Renee' said...

Sounds like a great time! Happy Birthday (belated) to Kayla!

Renee'

Tracey said...

Looks like you had a great time! Don't you love the internet and the friends it brings us? Great support group, hon.

AZ Chapman said...

Sacramento ohh I live so near there ma bey I could go Can y go if you not related or have DS

Kim said...

Looks like you had a great time!

Mom24 said...

It looks like you had such a great time. I love Chris Burke. Life Goes On was one of my favorite shows. I'm glad you had a good time, and I'm glad you're back.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THE PICS!!!!
will you send me all of them ^_^

<3 Kel

CrackerJacks said...

Looks like you had a blast. It sounds like such a great event!

I have to admit that I missed your blog updates. Glad you are back!

MIL/MOM/GM said...

I can tell from the pictures you posted that all of you had a wonderful time. You'll have to put the pictures on a thumb drive and bring them with you we can see them.

Julia said...

Oh, I hate that we couldn't go this year! It looks like you had a great time.

Laura said...

WOW! That looks like you had a great time. I've always wanted to go, we too live in a small town. Our support isn't great. One of the boys in your pics looks like my Jonathan. This was a great post.

Overwhelmed! said...

I'm so glad you all had a wonderful time in Boston and met or re-connected with dear friends!

Thank you for sharing.

LauraJ said...

it looks like you had so much fun!!

Sandra said...

Looks like you had a great time Michelle, I'm so glad you guys enjoyed yourselves :)

Karen said...

Oh, Michelle! I'm both jealous and thrilled. How wonderful. I will definitely hunt one down and attend next year. Is this one in Boston every year? Because that would be closer to us than Sacramento.

Gift of Green said...

I love Boston and it looks like a good time was had by all!!

Lianna said...

So wonderful! I am happy that all of you had such a great time. As I scrolled through the pics, it was really nice to see the connections in our blog community!

chelle said...

Wow that all looks so fabulous! It is always so amazing to meet people that you have something in common with and enjoy them on so many other levels!

Hope you guys are feeling better!

akakarma said...

Sounds just wonderful! We don't live in an urban area but found that we had 3 children with Down Syndrome within a square mile- we live across the street from one of them! It is really cool!You all look so happy in your wonderful pix.

Melissa said...

You are SO lucky to have such a great support system! Hats off to you mama!

www.5minutesforspecialneeds.com said...

I can't believe that you got to meet Kathryn even before I have.

She lives a whopping 30 minutes away from me.

Soooo no fair!

Heidi said...

It looks fun and exhausting, (sorry I speak from a mother of a toddler's perspective.) Sorry about the cold too, we got it also. Yucky. On a side note, I have no idea how I missed putting you in my Favorite Mommies sidebar. Will fix that ASAP

Jeanette said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. Maybe someday we will make one.

Shelley said...

Wow - fantastic to see all those lovely photoes - and familiar faces. I am jealous! I am glad you had so much fun.

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

I am so jealous, but have really enjoyed your pictures. It was nice to put faces to some of the names! Maybe one day I'll get there!

Nancy M. said...

Great pictures! It looks like y'all had an awesome time. It's wonderful you were able to meet so many nice people.

Mary said...

Wow! It looks amazing! I can't wait until I have a chance to attend.

Ctevia said...

Thanks to Google Reader for suggesting your blog! It's my first visit and I'm enjoying my stay. Glad to see that you're considering Sacramento next year. It's 3 hours from us (recently PCSd) and it would be lovely to be able to meet. You have a beautiful family!