Every year our city puts on the FREEDOM FESTIVAL. Its a week long party of lots of activities, food, bands, fireworks, etc. This year we walked in the Freedom Festival parade with our local Down syndrome group. It was so much fun! I am so glad we found this group. Walking in the parade, we saw parents of other children with Ds along the parade route. It made me sad that they weren't apart of this group and enjoying the fun we were having. Hopefully, they saw how wonderful it can be and join us!
Afterwards we stayed at the park for some kid activities and then our friends from high school came down and we went to the BBQ round up--Great BBQ! We drank a few beers, listened to the bands and let the kids play. Rylee climbed a rock wall and she even made it to the top!! We bet her $5 she couldn't do it to entice her.....the kid loves money and proved us wrong!
Anyway, it was a great day!!

Our family and our friend Isabellas family

The kids ready to for the parade

Mayson waiting paitently to start walking

Sweet Isabella all decked out for the parade

Isabellas oldest brother Ezra (left) and Jayden (right)

At the park they had kids activties. Rylee decorated a ceramic tile... Look how she decorated it!! She is my little advocate!!!

date Sunday, June 24, 2007

8 comments to “Nothing like a Parade!!!”

  1. Jessica
    3:58 PM

    Too cool! sounds like you guys had a great time and I love all the pictures!

  1. Kacey Bode
    4:57 PM

    Mayson is so cute. That is so neat that you guys got to walk in the parade, I really wish we had a Down syndrome group in this town. Also, I love the tile that your daughter made!!!

  1. Lisa
    6:10 AM

    Way to go on climbing the rock wall and making such a cute tile Miss Rylee!! Cori tells me she can't wait to see you in KC as you are one of her "bestest" friends ;)

    The parade looks like you had a great time! I hope Mike found a smile after some beer and BBQ ;)

  1. jotcr2
    6:29 AM

    Looks like a great day. Love those bows in Mayson's hair. She is so cute!!!

  1. L. Noelle
    6:30 AM

    I love the pictures! Looks like a really fun parade! We never have those things here?! What a little advocate you have, is right!

  1. Michelle
    9:21 AM

    that parade looks like so much fun! and Mayson is too adorable!

  1. ~Melissa~
    9:57 AM

    Loving all the red white and blue! What a cute parade!!

  1. Christina
    12:10 AM

    Fun! I hope the families will join in next year! And I love the little beach pics and Mayson hanging out below! She looks like she does not have a worry int he world - which she does not of course. Cute, cute cute!