Family Vacation – Recap

So, how did it get to be November already?!? I obviously intended to post about my family’s visit back in July…oops! Since my family comes out to visit every year, I try to think of new things to do each time, as well as visiting a few favorite places. The timing of their visit coincided with the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in Denver.

After attending the convention, we spent the rest of the week in and around Denver. We drove the Mount Evans Scenic Byway and another day drove through Rocky Mountain National Park. We saw several animals, but not as many elk as we have before. We went to The Wild Animal Sanctuary, which has wonderful elevated walkways to view the animals living in their wide open habitats. Closer to home, we spent some time walking around the lakes at Washington Park and took a tour of Hammond’s Candies. We visited the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and were hoping to see some buffalo, but unfortunately they were not visible on the 9-mile Wildlife Drive that day.

I thought I would just share a mosaic of pictures from our vacation. Feel free to click on the photo for a larger image, or click on any of the titles below for the original photo :)

Family Vacation Mosaic

1. My Family, 2. Pretty View, 3. Mount Evans, 4. Summit Lake, 5. Bighorn Sheep, 6. Echo Lake, 7. Bears, 8. Mary Lake, 9. Smith Lake, 10. Meadow, 11. Meadow, 12. Lake, 13. Meadow

Spread The Word To End The Word

R-Word Logo

The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.

Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.

The quote above is taken from Today is the annual day of awareness to “spread the word to end the word”. I know a lot of people don’t even realize that by using the r-word they are effectively being offensive to people with intellectual disabilities. This is a day to make people aware of the negativity and disrespect of using the r-word.

Since my older sister has Down syndrome, I have never liked hearing the r-word used as a derogatory term. This word doesn’t fit in our society anymore, so I hope you will join me in pledging to eliminate the use of this demeaning word! Thank you :)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine 2013

I got a little crafty this year for Valentine’s Day :) I found this cute conversation heart printable at Studio DIY. There are a lot of fun tutorials and DIY downloads here. Be sure to check it out!

I’ve been wanting to try incorporating sewing and paper for a while. When I saw this post, I knew what cards to make for my parents and sister.

Valentine Cards

ETA: Although the photos are the greatest, here is the card I made for Nathan:

pixelated heart card

I saw this awesome pixelated popup heart card too late to make last year so I knew I had to make it this year! The ‘You & Me’ on the front came from a weekly freebie at A Little Hut. I’ve mentioned before how cool her paper crafts are :)

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!