Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Graduate

020 Congratulations to my brother O’Neal for graduating ASU with a degree in biology!  He worked so hard for four years and we are so proud of him!!

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WWJID – What Would John-Isaac Do? 2009 Autism Walk

003  We really wanted  John-Isaac to have his own team this year for the Autism Walk.  Our wonderful children’s pastor came up with the name – WWJID (What Would John-Isaac Do?)  Which is a perfect name for his team because you never know what John-Isaac is going to do!!  We were hoping for 50 people and ended up with 100 shirts sold and 60 people walked on our team!!  I am truly humbled by how many people care so much for my precious John-Isaac!!  It rained that day so we didn’t get to have the walk outside.  We really didn’t even get to walk, but it was still a wonderful time.  We had a great silent auction, a wonderful band, and inflatables everywhere for the kids!  We all had a blast!  I want to send out a very special shout out to SERVEPRO and SENSATIONAL KIDS for their sponsorship of the shirts.  We could not have done it without you all!!  Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our wonderful little boy!!  We love you all:)

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013 Layne and John-Isaac getting to hit each other without getting in trouble!!

The Autism Walk was the day after John-Isaac’s real birthday and so Brian’s mom made him a cake and we all went to Pizza Inn that night to celebrate.

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Happy Birthday John-Isaac

159  Since John-Isaac’s birthday is May 1st, we usually have his party the last weekend of April.  We just do family because John-Isaac is a little overwhelmed by the whole birthday party scenario.  This year we thought he might enjoy it a little more if we didn’t have a party and went on a little trip instead.  For those of you who follow my blog, you know that John-Isaac is obsessed with Snoopy.  Well, we found out that Kansas City has a theme park and the kiddy portion of it is called Camp Snoopy.  We didn’t tell either of the boys that we were going to take a trip.  We just got them up and acted like we were getting ready for school.  We put them in the car and headed out.  It took them a few minutes to figure out that we weren’t really going to school but somewhere else.  We still didn’t tell them the BIG surprisebut that we were taking a little trip and we were going to do some really fun things.  That night we found a really cool place to eat called T-Rex Cafe.  It was just like Rain Forrest Cafe except with dinosaurs.  They loved it.  The next morning we got up and went to the 70th anniversary exhibit of the Wizard of Oz and met Dorothy and all of her friends. And then John-Isaac and Layne wanted to have lunch at the Crayola Cafe.   After that we went back to the hotel and we gave John-Isaac a card to open.  Inside was a letter that told him he was going to get to go to Camp Snoopy.  He was so excited.  There were not many people in the park and we found the Camp Snoopy portion fairly quickly.  As we came around the corner Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Sally were all standing there withno one around them.  It was like they were just waiting on John-Isaac!!  He took off running to them.  Of course, he ran straight to Snoopy first!  We took a few pictures and then went inside where they were getting ready to do a little show.  They all came out and invited all the kids up on the stage and sang camp songs with them.  It was very cute.  John-Isaac got lots of birthday hugs from all the characters.  He was in heaven!!  We had a great afternoon riding rides and having lots of fun.  The next morning the boys begged to go back to the T-Rex Cafe so we let them eat lunch there before heading home.  I think they had even more fun the second time!!

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Linley’s First Trip To Build A Bear

003  Linley has always loved Layne’s Build A Bear Max, so with the birthday money that she still had we thought she might like a Build A Bear of her own.  We showed her different ones and this is the one that she picked out.  Layne helped her stuff, bathe and dress her bear while John-Isaac played with all of the different sounds they have for your new little friends.  Layne named her Mimi and said that she could be Max’s sister just like Linley was his sister.  I think Layne thought this would probably get Linley to leave Max alone, but that didn’t exactly happen.  Now, she just wants to carry them both around!!

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