Tuesday, November 17, 2015

UofL Community Band

Brother’s school sponsored a fun evening with the UofL Community Band and dinner from Papa John’s. They played Christmas/Hanukkah/Frozen music.  They were really good!  Then they had the kids come in and sit throughout the band.  They were so kind!  The last song, he let the kids conduct.  It was a fun evening for the family!



Everyone complimented Joy on her conducting Smile

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Good-bye Patches

Joy and I took Patches (she calls her Puppy) to the vet last night after yet another bout of bloody diarrhea. Patches is 18 years old, has bad cataracts on both eyes and having problems with bowel control. The vet said it was time, so we put Patches to sleep. It was heartbreaking.  Mama cried.

We buried Patches in the backyard (although I didn’t let Joy watch that part – I was afraid she would start burying things)

So Joy is very, very confused. She keeps asking where Patches is and if the doctor made her better with her shot.

What have we been telling her?

Patches was very sick.

No, Patches did not get better.

We even tried….Patches went to live with Jesus, but she just doesn’t understand.

Death is a hard concept for children, period.  Add in a cognitive delay and…

Goodbye Patches.  Thank you for being such a good Puppy!  Joy loves you so!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Joy’s Week

School and fun, just the same as always



Monday, October 05, 2015

Weekend in the Mountains for Mama’s Birthday

Joy liked helping to “move into” the cabin we stayed in.

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She loved the rivers!

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And the wildlife!

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And exploring old buildings

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She LOVED the hot tub!

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She loves posing for pictures!

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She won Queen of the Rock!



She loved helping me celebrate my birthday!


She loved the fire pit!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Our Week

I saw this cheap drum set at the store and got it.  They love it!  I thought Brother would like it, and he does, but it’s the girls who go crazy with it!


Twice a year our church has a special broadcast just for women – girls 8 and up.  So Joy was old enough this year!  We had a great dinner at church and then moved into the chapel for the broadcast.  I loved Sister Wixom’s talk on Divine Nature.  About that time, Joy told her she was ready to go home.  OK baby.  It was so late!  It doesn’t even start until 8PM here in the Eastern Time Zone!  So I got her home and back to hear Pres. Utchdorf’s parable about Ava and Great Aunt Rose.  (and yes, Joy did remove her hat before we got to the church!)


Joy dressed herself this morning.  I told her she looked so cute and her answer was adorable!  “I look like Gecca!”  This girl loves her sister!  Exhibit A  (picture of Jason and Becca) as evidence – boots, jeans, shirt.  Smart girl!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Camp Crooked Creek

Joy’s class went to “Camp!!!”  She had so much fun!




Sunday, September 20, 2015

So Far in September

Joy loves to play with her babies!


Playing in the backyard


Having fun while waiting for the bus


Helping Grandpa cut up the strawberries – Joy loves strawberries.  She’ll eat the whole carton if we don’t watch her!


She loves making funny faces!


She loves it when Becca comes to visit…


But hates it when she leaves…


She loves her puppy


Showing Grandpa and Grandpa Dad’s favorite park


She works hard at therapy


She loves running in the sprinkler


She has discovered Barbies!


She loves food – donuts, eating out, and icees with Daddy!