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10.28.2012

CLEVELAND INDIANS BASEBALL PARTY.

Oh internet, how I have missed you!  We still have no internet because...well, it's EXPENSIVE!  ...and that's why I haven't been doing new posts!  oh, and I JUST looked and we have ALMOST 100,000 views...that was a nice surprise!  This year, we celebrated Cole's birthday a month late because of the move.  When Cole had brain surgery last year, I bought him a cute Indians Jersey,  mommy & daddy got Indians Tee-Shirts.  ...so, I decided the theme of his Birthday Party would be the Cleveland Indians.  Cleveland is sentimental to our family & Cole's LOVES throwing balls...seriously, we find them EVERYWHERE...in the sink, in my purse in EVERY room & under EVERY table. So, if I knew what he was thinking...I think he would pick a baseball party!

Cole in his jersey we got during his brain surgery:
Cleveland Indian Fans:
 Fire Place Mantle:
 Cole's crazy hair:
 Decore' (thanks Tiff!):
 Baseball Decore':
 Popcorn Bags:
 Treat Table:
 Drinks:
 ...More:
 Cole's Cleveland plaque from the air port (1st time going to Cleveland):
 Cole's 1st Birthday pictures:
 The cake:
 The pendants:
 Party's Here:
 Cole getting sung to, I don't think he realized it:
 Family:
 ...more family:
 ...even more family:
 ...relaxing after the party:
 Cole & Daddy:
 ...the tickle monster, his favorite!
 this is how he relaxes...seriously...it calms him down immediately and he's SO GOOD! ...no headbutting, scratching, crying etc....etc.
 he relaxed with some Jazz Music, also his favorite!  ...my family knows him well, he got goldfish crackers, a soft blanket & jazz music :)
 Our friends!  ...it's our tradition to take our "yearly picture" at Cole's party!
 ...mom in action...Cole is about to rip Chloe's hair out & headbutt her.
 Sweets;
 We recently figured out that Cole LOVES watching baseball & football...if he hears it on the TV, he runs into the family room, gets in front of the TV & jumps up & down, spins & laughs.  We thought it was just a one time thing...but it happens every time now...which is kinda cool to figure out his "likes". 
Happy Birthday Cole!  We love you so much and are excited to celebrate another year with you.  Since last year, you've learned SO much.  
To name a few...learned how to: 
-climb on the couch
-go up stairs
-hold hands
-throw a ball
-sit in a chair
-understands "sit down"
-play with certain toys, like the basket ball hoop.
-drink out of a cup
-give "five"
-make the sound of a car with your lips & push a car 
-found out you have a "pet dog"
-loves the hammock at school
-dances in front of the snack cabinet at school
-sign "all done"
...I'm sure there are a lot more, but I can't think of them all...because it's been a long year...and my memory is dwindling : - /

10.14.2012

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY!

Well, this is what Cole got for his birthday...his own room!  No more living in the storage room ;)  We are SO SO thankful to grandma & grandpa for letting us live with them for so long...ESPECIALLY during Cole's HUGE medical stuff.  It's been a long road...I often thought this day would never come (i think grandpa & grandma thought the same thing haha!), but...at those times, I didn't really care...as long as Cole's needs were being met, that was ALL THAT MATTERED!

Home Sweet Home.
Here's the BIRTHDAY BOY!
Daddy & Cole.
Cole's favorite thing...to throw dog food down the stairs...and guess what...I DON"T EVEN CARE, because it makes him SO HAPPY!
Our neighbors have been SO SO SWEET!  They have brought us goodies:
Fresh Cut Flowers:
More flowers for the front of the house:
Apples:
Soup:
...we LOVE our new neighbors, thank you so much for your kindness!!

10.09.2012

JARREN.

This guy named Jarren, who is just older then me is in our ward/church.  He has down syndrome...and has one of the most incredible spirits.  A few weeks ago, he tapped me on the shoulder and said "I'm sorry about Cole".  I told him not to worry, because Cole was doing good.  He said "I pray for him all of the time"...oh yes, I totally started crying!  What an amazing & self less person he is!  A few months prior, he went up to Coles grandma & told her "he loved Cole & needed to protect him"...yes, more tears.  I love amazing spirits like Jarren, Cole & other kids we know...I'm greatful that I get to be a mom to one of them.  It's a constant reminder of the tender mercies in life & what is really important.