Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ella is 5 today!

Today my sweet baby is 5. It is so hard to believe. I'm a bit sad, 5 seems so old. But, when I look at all that she has accomplished I am so proud of her first 5 years and can't wait to see what this next year brings! Happy birthday to my Amazing Ella Grace!!!

Ella at 1 day old

1st Birthday

2nd Birthday

3rd Birthday

4th Birthday

I am 5 today!!!!

She is looking a little rough today....she had a little fall and her face and the road collided : )

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Oh man I am so so so behind on blogging, as usual! I have SO many pictures from this spring/summer that I want to share, including from the National Down Syndrome Conference (which was a blast!!) But, I think I will start with pictures of the kids on horses because I know my family, those who don't have Facebook (gasp!) will love them!!

Ella did Hippotherapy this summer and the instructor allowed Hunter to participate too! Both of the kids absolutely LOVED it! I liked it because Ella was working hard without knowing it : ) Hunter did so well that by the end of the session he was taken off the lead rope and doing it all on his own, including going around poles!

Here are pics from their first day!

Ella before we left the house....so excited!

and who wouldn't be...especially if you got to wear boots like these!

The kids all had to learn how to groom the horses and did this at the begining of each day.

Cleaning out the hoofs.

Ella riding on Sugar the therapy horse!

Hunter on top of Buddy!

Ella yelling "I DID IT!!" This picture by the way was selected for the NY Buddy Walk and will be shown on the big screen in Times Square in September!

Sitting up nice and tall, working out those tummy muscles!

They all kept saying that Hunter is such "a natural!"

This night as I was putting them to bed Hunter informed me that he wants a "real horse" and it can live in our backyard and he will take care of it and ride it everyday. Ha!

Ella loved it every time they rode next to Bubba! And Hunter was of course so sweet to her : )

We are done now for the summer session, waiting to hear the day and time for the fall decision before we decide if we will be able to go!