Having spent the entire month of December in the hospital, we did not take the boys to see Santa. (Actually, Reese has never seen Santa. We just don't put a lot of emphasis on that.) Someone that I know told us about a program that was being offered at our local mall for special needs kids so I decided to check it out. Sunday morning I dressed the boys and loaded them up for a trip to the mall before church.
The mall was closed at that time, so it was nice, quiet, and empty! The Easter Bunny was all for our kids. Families made a reservation for a private time. There was a table with refreshments and crafts set up for families while they waited. We were greeted with a special basket that was filled with great prizes. A lady came to get us when it was our turn and it was just our family, the bunny, and the photographer.
Brinkley loved the bunny! He kept staring at him and playing with his bow tie. Reese had a hard time giving us a true Reesey smile, but he behaved so well. I was very proud of him! I give Caring Bunny two thumbs up and we will definitely consider doing this again when it is offered in the future. I would highly recommend it to parents of other special needs kids also.
Last week we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day on 3/21. Down Syndrome is also called Trisomy 21 because there are three copies of the 21st chromosome, hence the celebration of it on 3/21. Supporters are encouraged to "rock their socks" on this day. Blue and yellow are the colors that represent Downs awareness. You'll notice Brinkley rocking his yellow and blue socks!
A quick update on Project Brinkley. After being told that some postcards had been returned, we discovered a problem with the church's post office box. The post office has since remedied the problem and we should not have any more issues. If your card was returned, please try to resend it now. Thanks!