Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Vacation...

Here we are.... Looking upon the sign that says

"Magic Kingdom"

Mickey Mouse was on the sign so that got some attentions!


This has to be one of my all time favorite pictures of Myles!!
We are on the monorail...in the front with the pilot,
on our way to the Magic Kingdom!!!
Such excitement!! My heart was racing...just like a kid!!

Me casa et Su casa??



Merry Christmas from The Fosters!!
It's never too early...especially for me...to get started on Christmas Greetings!!
Love this picture..
kids corralled...not fussy...castle backdrop!!
priceless!



Brought our own snacks....no $5.00 hotdoggies for us thankyou!!
Did I mention we got in for FREE!!
Dada's friend from High school swiped us in...
WE ARE SO THANKFULL!!!!
not knowing how the boys would do...we were prepared to leave on a moments notice... after the Castle picture, of course!
but they were PERFECT!!!
No issues...we waited in line like the rest of the folks..
FYI..we'll be Fast Passing it the next time...
i held Sammy a lot while we waited..but it was a good upper body workout i had not been keeping up with ..and what better weight to wait with!!





LOVE!!





can you say Magical Carousel?




Sweetest Dada and Sammy Bear!

30 minute wait...
1 minute ride!!
This kid was mesmerized...i know he was thinking..
"Are we actually going to ride on those Elephants!!??"
he was so patient!!



And finally!!!
60 seconds of bliss!!



and back to the buggy!
we did a good bit of rides...
and stayed for much longer than my anticipated 30 minute time!
Myles favorite ride was the Jungle Cruise!!
When we ask him now if he went to Disney World, he says,
"Jungle Cruise"


As we were leaving, we caught some of the parade...
If you have never had the privilege of witnessing a Disney Parade...get yourself some tickets and make sure you watch one of the best parades you will ever see!!
I Don't remember the exact words they were singing...but i remember it going something like...
"You can do anything...you rock...you are the best...believe in yourself..did i mention...you Rock...a lot!!!...and you are beautiful...and you are loved....oooooh......oooooooh.....
YOooooooou......Can do it...just believe in yourself.....i believe in you.....( magic fairy dust falling simultaneously )"
Yes...I quoted that...from my memory...
I had a huge lump in my throat this whole time....



Look at this!!
Our Family..
Our Little Family!!
At Disney World...for 7 hours...
no meltdowns...no whining...
(okay, maybe once , but that was me)
watching a parade...
telling us how much we rock!!
LOVE!!!
Hubs said...when we got to the edge of the parade that he was going to put Myles on his shoulders...
I said..."He's fine"
Dada said..."I'm going to....That's what Dadas do!!!"
I Love him!!
I am sure if he could do this when they are 20...he would..
cuz..that's his job!!



And here we are at the pool!
Grandma Rose and PawPaw put it in last year..
it was SOOOOOOOOO Cold!!!
You think 85 degrees is comfy....
we only stayed in for 30 minutes at a time...but the boys really liked this mid-day activity...
here's our ninja turtle..






and our biggest surprise...Mr. Adventure!!


My sweetie and me!!




an afternoon at the park..


My totter on a teeter!!

Totally made for a kid on the spectrum!!!
a spinny, top like..sit in bucket...whirly go round..!!!
We were at this park a couple years ago and Myles liked it then...he found it again this time and was entranced!!
We had such a great, relaxing vacation...
the 10 hour ride to Orlando was just long enough..we rented a Mac daddy Mini van...and were there in what seemed like half the time it would have taken us in our little sardine can on wheels...Trusty sardine can...we love you and you have delivered us so safely to so many places...but it was time..
you deserved a vacation too...
When we got back in our TRUSTY car...it felt like we had to put a large key in the rear of it and turn it a few times to go where we needed to go....humbling...
we have settled in nicely back into the routine....
only 3 weeks of school left for our guys...
and then a short 5 weeks of summer school...i can't wait to have them home more...
The sun is so shiny here!!!!
I hope your days have been sunny and fun!!
Have a Beautiful, you can do it.. amazing ,perfect, rockin' person...ooohhhhhh!oooohhhhhh!Yoooooooouuuuuu!!!
and have a
Love-fully whilst you are at it!!
Happy Day!





















Friday, April 17, 2009

One Year..


Another sighting!!!
Look out Hollywood...


Dearest, sweetest, bird of a feather, friend of mine..
LORI!!!!
I am touched beyond words...but i am going to give it a try!!

Friend.... when i saw your new "reflections of you" line i knew exactly what i wanted on mine!!! and i looked for a special charm...but you beat me to it... then you posted a few days ago about some custom orders you were working on...and one reflected "Autism awareness"...and it took my breath away...

but it could not have been for me...i had not ordered this beautiful necklace for myself yet...how presumptuous of me to even think that you would have gone out of your way to Charm my life in another way such as to give me this precious gift...my reminder..my treasure......i RAN to the mailbox!!! nothing...and i felt so greedy......the ugly green in me was a little jealous that someone else was getting this sweet reminder..their treasure!!but, secretly, i did still hope!....and yesterday...yesterday, a padded envelope arrived at our home...and i just held that package knowing, well, hoping that this was what you had made...and i am Forever touched by your heart...by your hands creating this necklace...a reflection of me...the autism piece has become such a reminder of our lives and our constant effort! I think my heart is no longer heart shaped...it must look like a puzzle piece now!

My Friend...Thankyou Thankyou...a hundred times thankyou!!

What a Gift...YOU ARE!!...Yesterday was One year from the time we were told Myles would be placed in a classroom for children with Special Needs...Today is the day we were told Sammy has Autism... my heart has cried out to the Lord so much this past year...and today marks the anniversary...the anniversary of my greatest pursuit of the Lord's will in their lives..

My life..My Heart...and i want to not have every year on these days be marked by the sadness..the loss we felt as the hours and days creeped by...i want so badly to look back as we grow and see how far we have traveled...the progress our sweet boys have made...the amazing strengthening of our hearts as we witness their incredible lives...all the hard work they have done...all the growing into the precious people God would have them be! So..Celebrate with me..today...it has been one year..

(My heart..is in my throat)...i am in awe...they amaze me everyday! Myles and Sammy are my constant reminder of hope.

They are a constant reminder of possibilities...and of sweetness of LIFE. My reminder that our God is sufficient...That His Love has covered us....and will ALWAYS!!

Thank you for your words of encouragement last year!!

Lori....Thankyou so much...these words do not even come close to describing this puzzle shaped heart of mine....I have not taken it off yet...I simply LOVE it!!!! Thankyou sweet friend!!

Have a Love-fully weekend...my friends....


Monday, April 13, 2009

In the shop...

As if......yeah, no chance of seeing this cutie in the shop....

Sammy loves to wear sunglasses now...

many sightings..wink wink!


so...the last thing i told you was that i was headed to H Lobby
to get some pin backs...
yeah, HUGE raincloud/thunderstorm/tornado watch
proceeded to hover over the Lobster..
What's a girl to do??
Seek refuge, ofcourse!!!
ahem, in the fabric section!
Sweet refuge!
More "Autism Blooms"
coming in these colors too!!


I just put the Blooms in the shop today...
Please go take a gander and let me know what you think....
too wordy??
just right??
I would love some feedback!
I looked at many of the other items promoting
Autism Awareness and nothing looked similar to my Blooms...
and i am excited about that!!
I have had many happy comments about the one i am wearing today...my header picture...
the response may be different in person...
okay..so go look...
and let me know...
i'll be cutting out puzzle pieces all night if you need me for anything!!
Have a Love-fully day!!



Friday, April 10, 2009

Home Sweet Home


We are home!!
What a nice Spring break!!
We had such a great time visiting with Mama and Papa..
The boys did great on the 8 hour car ride...
and i... slept well last night!!
I was busy busy busy making all of these AUTISM blossoms..
Thanks to my mom and dad for all of the help with the boys..
and the yummy buttons..and help cutting...and oh the LOVE!!
Also...i met my new friend...my new sewing machine!!!
Yippee!!!
She is a Singer...and beautiful...and evidently has trouble making new friends..
after 2 hours of sewing around those new shirts..the iron on part you know....she just stopped...she had enough...
maybe i came on too strong!!
anyway..i am taking her to the sewing/vacuum repair man..
and hopefully we will be humming a new tune soon!!
Off to the Lobster for more pin backs...
then back home to finish off the blossoms!!
Hope you have had a love-fully week...
and Elise and Jenny....I have 2 more Tweet signs..you know the ones...and they are yours!!!
Happy Easter!!
I will be emailing you both...asap...
LOVE!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Did you know??



Here we are...almost one year since we first were told
"AUTISM"

Oh..the places we've been...and the people we have met...and all we have learned...

We are so blessed!

if you haven't read my "Doubleshot" post

please take some time and read it...


Our Mayor declared yesterday
"Autism Awareness Day"
for our city
at this ceremony..
it was so nice to be part of our little community of
Autism Families.

I will be traveling to Tennessee tomorrow

to see Mama and Papa with the boys..

we haven't made this trip in over a year..and i am so excited!

I have all my rest stops planned and movie viewing schedule ready!!

These Autism pins and magnets in the above picture will be making their way in the shop...

i will have more time (teeheewhawhawah!!)

to work on them there...

I hope you are all feeling blessed...and that whatever

your need..

that your HOPE ENDURES!!!

Also..Thankyou SO much for all of your sweet thoughts on those new shirts... made me feel happy!!

And another thing....

Have a Love-fully day!!


Smylie

Smylie

Sammy

Sammy

The Nester

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