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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Merry Christmas!

This song is really beautiful. At Christmas time I always seem to think about the virgin Mary and her most uncomfortable, beautiful, spiritual experience of bearing the Savior Jesus Christ. What an amazing woman she must have been. Let us all remember the true meaning of Christmas in celebrating the birth of Christ.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Gavin is 11 months and 11 days in the 11th month. Pretty cool.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I'm just going to add some pictures; no time for more. Gavin likes to get into EVERYTHING! I cant turn my back for a second.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

31 for 21 #2

Here are some facts I found from this website: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/down-syndrome-facts.html

Down Syndrome Facts

The incidence of a child being born with Down syndrome increases with maternal age. Even though this is true, almost 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to mothers who are under the age of 35. The reason for this is that most women give birth before the age of 35.

Children born with Down syndrome must have a thorough medical examination performed. Almost 40% of infants with Down syndrome are born with heart anomalies. Some of these children are born with thyroid, vision, hearing, or gastrointestinal abnormalities. The earlier these problems are detected, the better. Sometimes these abnormalities can be totally cured, if not, proper treatment and care from the beginning will help in minimizing the damage.

Children born with Down syndrome develop more slowly (mentally and physically) than normal children. They may suffer from digestive problems, they get infected more easily; mostly lung infection affecting proper breathing, constipation, eye and ear infections, and in rare cases leukemia. Many kids will not have even one of these symptoms except for different facial features and slow growth.

Any child can be born with Down syndrome irrespective of the parents race, nationality, and socio-economic status.

Someone who does not have Down syndrome at birth can't get it for life. It is not contagious and can't be spread by any means.

Currently there is no cure for Down syndrome. Other major accompanying complications such as heart problems can be cured surgically.

Many with Down syndrome pass out successfully from high school and college, and have full time jobs.

Due to their unusual looks and behavior many think that those with Down syndrome are mentally retarded. Those suffering from Down syndrome are not mentally retarded. The following two points prove this.

Chris Burke who played the role of Charles 'Corky' Thacher for 4 years in the hit TV series 'Life Goes On' is a living example that a person with Down syndrome can lead an almost normal life. Today he is Ambassador of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). He not only travels around the US giving inspirational speeches to Down syndrome children and parents, but also writes a column and responds to queries in the NDSS magazine.

Jane Cameron - 1949-2000 (artist whose tapestries hang around the world), Sujeet Desai (musician, married and well settled), and Michael Jurogue Johnson (artist), all suffer/suffered from the Down syndrome. There are many more with Down syndrome who have become famous.

Friday, October 1, 2010

31 for 21

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Aren't we lucky, we get to party all month long!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Good Nights Sleep???

I just went to check on Gavin... and this is what I found.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

More Pictures...

 Because I cant stop when he's this cute.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Gavins 9 month pictures! Enjoy...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


This weekend we went to Illinois for Nathans little brothers wedding.
We were a little worried about taking Gavin on the plane, but he was SO good. He slept every time we flew.
I think the most difficult part was trying to occupy Gavin while we were waiting for our flights.

Jason and Jenna got married in the Nauvoo Temple, which is beautiful!

Congrats to Jason and Jenna!

Their reception was held the next day in O'Fallon. It turned out great. The weather wasn't too bad, it didn't rain and it wasn't too horribly hot.

Gavin got to wear a Fuchsia tie too!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Go Gavin Go!!

Gavin has been pushing him-self up onto his knees and/or toes!
He'll figure out this crawling business in no time...
I guess that means its time to get out my running shoes huh?

p.s. I just love these photos so I had to add them. They're Gavin's 6 month pictures I finally got around to editing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Here are some random pictures of our lives.... ok well mostly just Gavin's life.

Nate complained about not being in any of the rock climbing pictures from our family reunion, so here you go.

This was a while ago, I don't remember what upset him, but I think his face is pretty cute.

These next few are just some of the faces Gavin makes. He is too silly and makes me smile all day.

I let Gavin play with his food.... he got real messy.

So we had to have a bath.

While Nate's mom has been in town we've been doing a lot of fun stuff. One weekend we went to the mud races. The cars were SUPER loud.

This past weekend Nate and I went up to Logan UT for one of my good friends wedding. Isn't this such a beautiful Temple?

On our way home we stopped by some old friends of ours and they showed us their horses.

We met up with some of Nate's family and went and saw the movie Salt, and then went for ice cream. Gavin LOVES ice cream.

On Saturday I went on a hike with Vivian and her mom, brother, and sister. We saw a lot of pretty wild flowers.

I've tried to upload a video of Gavin laughing, but either my computer is too slow or I'm too impatient. Maybe another day...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Howells Family Reunion

Fun pictures from the reunion.
I'll let the pictures explain them-seves....

May 24, 2008

May 24, 2008