Sunday, September 30, 2012

Who likes the Playground? These kids...

I have an excuse for every season. Winter? Too cold. Spring? Too rainy. Summer? Too hot. Fall? Umm... well, okay - let's go...

I swear, it is fun to take the kids to the playground. They always have a great time. The older kids are often making random friends (usually someone they've seen around school before) and everyone gets some exercise and burns off some extra energy. That's all good, right?

The issue is that it's REALLY hard to keep track of a 2 year old and a 1 year old at the same time. Especially when said 2 year old wants to do things the older kids are doing and the 1 year old only wants to lick the ground... So, more often than not, it's the backyard "playground" for us!

But yesterday was a beautiful day worthy of a trip to the playground. And since my extra adult (hubby) was on hand, it was a breeze... So I'm pretty sure that this counts as Levi's first "real" trip to the playground. In the past, he was sleeping, or didn't actually use any of the equipment or just hung out in the stroller or carrier.  He had a great time, as did everyone else. I may actually look forward to going back.. next Spring!

Hey you... I see you over there!

How do I get out of here?

Investigating Shadows

Evan's favorite item - the covered slide

Making music - he loved this "xylophone"

GQ, here I come!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

GO TEAM!! The Buddy Walk is almost here!

Family and Friends... October is almost upon us! For many, this brings to mind things like pumpkin-picking, apple cider, hayrides and trick or treating. But October also means Down syndrome awareness month. Last year, Terrific Team Turner raised over $270 to benefit the York Area Down Syndrome Association and the National Down Syndrome Society. The funds raised benefit local families living with Down syndrome and support the NDSS in their mission, which is: "to be the nationa
l advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome." This year, our goal is to raise at least $400. With your help, we can do it!!

In the last 15 months that we've had the pleasure of having Levi in our lives, our family has become ever more aware of the importance of acceptance and inclusion for everyone. The Down syndrome community needs the support of people like you so that those living with Down syndrome can have an opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and give back to the community in their own valuable ways.

This year, Terrific Team Turner is fundraising and participating in the 8th annual Buddy Walk for the YADSA on Saturday, October 13th. If you are able to make a charitable donation in Levi's name, please visit our firstgiving page. Every person matters - every penny counts! Thank you for your love and support!

I've failed miserably at keeping this blog current since Levi's birthday (Facebook is a lot easier for me to keep up with!) so some recent shots of the aforementioned cutie pie doing his thing...

double duty: crawling practice AND trimming the grass!

crazy reaction to his first taste of brownie goodness!