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Thursday, July 22, 2010

NDSC Convention Recap

So glad we were able to attend convention! It was great reconnecting with 'old' friends and meeting other online friends for the first time. Workshops were informative. Vendors had a lot of great products (and I especially love the booths with work from the self-advocates!). Fun times! It's nice being in an area where you can see plenty of other kids 'just like yours' and no one gives you second glance. I'm already looking forward to convention next year in San Antonio (just not looking forward to Texas in August ... which I'm sure is no better than Florida in July!)

I love Kayla's skirt - it has tulips. I thought it was the perfect attire to wear to the Friday night reception/dance.

Lucas playing with Bethany's daughter Nika.

Lucas loved this display:

Kayla getting her dancing groove on:

Kayla with Adam, Nash, and Emma:

Jan and Kayla:

Dorene, Jan, Michelle, me, Linda

Spending a few minutes chatting with Shelley.

Up so late the night before + pool the next day + no nap = Lucas falling asleep at 7; while waiting for our dinner:

He slept through dinner; but Kayla was good to go for another late night:

Friends of ours from Roswell, NM: Missy and her daughter Addie.

She did fall asleep soundly that night:

Hanging out with Chrystal's daughter "Playette"

The kids had so much fun together and Playette is beyond adorable!

Ring Around the Rosies:

We all fall down:

Chrystal, me, and Kristen

One last picture at Coronado Springs:

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Cammie Heflin said...

I'm really looking forward to going next year! The last time I went to a convention was in July 2005 in Chicago. I came home with an adoption application, the rest is history :)

Bonita said...

Looks like everyone had a fun time! I love the picture of Kayla dancing and also the one of the three kids where it looks like she's accidentally choking Lucas and he isn't enjoying it much. Too cute!

Mom24 said...

I'm so glad you got to go. It looks like you had a lot of fun.

To Love Endlessly said...

Oh how i wish I'd been able to go! It looks like it was so much fun! Just a tad jealous here...

Carol N. said...

Looks like a hoot! Love seeing pictures of other blog families I've gotten to know :o)

G-Zell said...

Aww the kids look like they had so much fun!

Nancy M. said...

I'm so glad y'all had a good trip! It looks like so much fun from the pictures!

Christina said...

What a great event! Glad you had a good time!

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

That looks like such a fun time!

Yo Mamma Mamma! said...

Wasn't it fun? Love the pictures. We had so many good memories - my favorite is my 10 year old looking out the window getting excited and saying "It looks like a parade of people with Down syndrome!"

I also loved seeing all of the adults in love, eating out! So fun.

Kristin said...

Stupid question, but what do they talk about?? Obviously Ds issues, but will you post how it was helpful? Or is it more to just socialize? Just curious :)

Crittle said...

Aww, I miss it already! We'll have to get the kids together again sooner than later. :)