Sunday, August 29, 2010

Shane's First Karate Test

Shane tested for his first belt last Thursday. He did very well...better than I expected! We find out Tuesday if he will receive his full yellow belt or one of the step up yellow belts. After the test, his Sensei said that he did perfect so we are hoping for the full yellow belt. Of course, I almost cried like a baby while I filmed it. I am so very proud of him!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

NODCC Conference 2010

Eddie, Shane and I attended the 2010 NODCC conference in San Jose, CA, while Paige stayed back with Auntie Jeanette.  We flew out to California a day early to go to California Great Adventure which was within walking distance from our hotel.  We stayed at the Marriott located right in the middle of Silicon Valley.  Yahoo! was across the street and other companies nearby were Intel, Citrix, and McAfee. 

On Thursday, before hitting the amusement park, we ate a little lunch at In and Out Burgers.  What an awesome burger joint.  We walked the park and rode rides for about 3.5 hours and we were exhausted.  We had Mexican Food for dinner but it was cut short when Shane fell asleep at the dinner table.

We ate at IHOP the next morning and hung out at the lobby at the hotel while people were coming in for the conference.  Shane and Eddie went back to the room while I stayed and met several new people new to the conference.  That part alone is worth going to the conference.

The actual conference started at 1pm on Friday.  We checked Shane into the kid camp and Eddie and I attended two lectures.  We picked Shane up for dinner and then had another regional group meeting after dinner.  What a long day!!!

I won’t bore you with all the details but they held a pizza and dance party on Saturday night and

Shane danced like a fool…check out the video on the right.  On Sunday, Eddie and I were asked to speak on the panel for parents with children with DCC.  That was such an honor.  After lunch was over on Sunday…we hit the pool and I got some major sun…the weather was so incredible there!  We went to another Mexican restaurant (Pedro’s) with our new friends from Westchester, NY.  They have a son who is 11 years old and has partial ACC.  The four of us hammered 2 pitchers of margarita in 2 hours!

We had such a wonderful time!!!  There is no conference next year but will be another one in San Antonio in 2012.  We are going to make a family vacation out of that one…go to Schlitterbahn!  So next year we are trying to do a regional conference with a smaller group.  I am in the process of working on that right now…seems like a big task but I am going to try!



Thursday, August 5, 2010

Paige at My Gym

I have so much to post but so little time right now.  Things should calm down pretty soon and then I will do some major posting!!!  In the meantime, here are a few pictures of Paige at My Gym.  She just had her last class and will probably be starting soccer in the Fall.