Holidays


Last week we went to a Family Connection (a local group for parents of special needs) Christmas party. Noah had a great time and was very happy and excited to be there. I think his favor part was meeting Mrs. Clause. He has never seen Mrs. Clause up close – only in movies and TV and what not so this was his first face to face with Mrs. C and he just kept signing that he loved her over and over. Too cute!

Mrs. Clause read all the kiddos a story. We got him out of his wheelchair and let him sit on the floor with the other kids; he really enjoyed it and listened so intently!

Here’s a few pics.

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intently-listening
The big news I mentioned in my last post is coming tomorrow so stay tuned!

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Children everywhere have already written or will be writing their letters to Santa with their endless wish lists. Some of those letters will be mailed off to the North Pole or maybe dropped off at Santa’s mailbox at the mall but this year I encourage you to do something a little different with your child’s Santa letter. Take your letter and drop it in the special Santa’s collection mailboxes at your local Macy’s.

“Why Macy’s?” You are probably wondering. Well this year, Macy’s is donating $1.00 for each letter dropped in their special collection mailboxes to the Make a Wish Foundation. (Up to $1,000,000.) 

Macy’s is also encouraging American’s to have the holiday spirit with their Believe Meter. The Believe Meter will measure America’s belief, based on our collective spirit – including the amount of letters received and other current events that reflect the season’s generosity.

There’s some fun stuff on the Macy’s website with their Believe Campaign. They have some free downloadable stationary you can print out for your child to write their letter to Santa on.

If you need some help getting in the holiday spirit check out the Belief section on the Make a Wish website. You can read some of the letters to Santa written by Make a Wish Foundation kiddos and they are precious.  (Click on Virginia’s letter to Santa to read them.)

Since he is such a high tech little dude, Noah normally emails his letter to Santa. (In fact, he’s already written it; I’ll post it soon, it’s hilarious!) But because I believe in the Make a Wish Foundation and love that the proceeds are going to them, we’ll make a special trip to Macy’s and drop his letter to Santa in the mailbox there too.

Noah (aka Mr. Christmas at this time of the year) loves crazy Christmas socks.

Showing off the Penguin socks….
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Here we have the Santas….
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These snowman are my favorites and I really want to steal them.
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These reindeer socks are his favorites….
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And the penguins……
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And no, his pants aren’t usually up that high! 😉

yummyI hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving. We did! We had lots of yummy stuff to eat. My brother was turkey-and-pumpkinhome. We were at my parents. Noah had excellent behavior. It was a pretty good day. For me to say that is saying a lot because I’m not a big Thanksgiving person. Side note: The centerpiece in the photo to the left is the pumpkin Noah picked out at the Pumpkin Patch that my Mom filled with flowers and he made the cute lil’ turkey at school.

Did you go shopping on Black Friday?? I love Black Friday – it’s like the Super Bowl of Shopping. Typically, I map out where I want to go, what I want to buy, etc. but sadly, J and I decided it would be better if we didn’t go this year. It’s always soooo crazy and I just don’t think I could handle it with my eyes. My depth perception is messed up and that wouldn’t have been good around so many people who were trying to run to the good deals. Oh well!

You’ve probably noticed the new header… I have a rule that you can’t decorate/wear Christmas things until the day after Thanksgiving. Although I did give in and break this rule by letting Noah wear his Christmas socks last week! But, since it’s after Thanksgiving I decided to go ahead and decorate the blog for the holidays. I used a great digi kit called Flirty Snowflake by Kathy Winter’s Designs. It’s a little more winter-ish than Christmas-y but it works for me.

Now that the blog is decorated for the holidays, I gotta get to work on the tree and the house!

Since Thanksgiving is this Thursday (wow, can you beleive it!?!) I thought I’d choose a quote that had to do something with gratitude and thankfulness and ran across the quote below. It’s very true – it doesn’t matter how much money can buy us, our family and friends are what truly count in our lives.

1093126_heart_of_leaves_21“Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends.”  ~ Courtland Milloy

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Happy Halloween everyone! Noah is dressed as a wizard this year and looks pretty cute in his wizard cape and hat don’t ya think?!? (Ok, I think he looks cute in everything!!) Once again, this year’s costume was made by “Aunt Snowy.” Thank you Aunt Snowy!!!

So we have been busy in our house today preparing goodies for the Halloween Party/Birthday Party/Carnival at Noah’s school tomorrow. There’s the Halloween Carnival that they have every year in the gym and then the Halloween party for his class which is mushed together with his and another classmate’s birthday party.

Since Noah doesn’t like regular sweets we got creative and made a version of the trail mix that my Mom makes. I put in some of Noah’s favorite things and then threw in two sweet things that the other kids might enjoy so it consists of popcorn, goldfish crackers, mini pretzels, candy corn, and M&Ms. I’m sure the kids will love it!

While Noah was at school today I finished making the “mummy cups” which are a Halloween goodie for his classmates. They are just white cups wrapped with white fabric to look like a mummy and two wiggly eyes are glued on. Once Noah got home, we stuffed them with some goodies for his classmates and then I bagged them up and tied ribbons to close them.

So, we are ready for Halloween here! Come back tomorrow to see a picture of Noah in his costume!!

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