Thursday, June 26, 2008

I know. I know. More LOLcats! I just can't resist them!

These are just too funny! And I KNOW I'm not the only one who finds these amusing, I'm just the only one admitting it! LOL!!! That's ok. I'm fine with my addiction to silly kitty humor! Here's a bunch to keep you all amused while I am away on vacation for the next few weeks! Here goes...

I'm dedicating this one to my favorite crazy cat girl! Love you!

I know you all think I'm nuts with these things but you know you're laughing too! Hugs to all! I shall return with many pictures and tales to tell from our family vacation road trip extravaganza!

Autistic boy and mother kicked off flight!!!!

Here's a link to the story...

I am not sure why this particular incident has me so upset but I imagine its because I know that could have been me and David so many times! I know how hard it is for everyone on the plane when there is a child who is not behaving well but that has never been an issue until the last year or two when suddenly some flight crews feel that they have the right to judge and punish those who are not behaving perfectly.

From what I have read, I don't think the mother disclosed to them that her son was autistic. That MIGHT have made a difference but probably not. The flight crew sounds like they probably wouldn't have cared. This whole situation just has me all worked up. I have been thinking back to all the times I've flown with David that this could have happened to us. We've been blessed with kind or at least tolerant flight crews in our experiences but that doesn't guarantee that will always be the case.

I can think back to the first time David flew... He was 4 1/2 months old and he screamed the entire flight! I tried everything I could think of: bottle, diaper change, pacifier, walking and bouncing, shushing, etc. He would not stop. He wasn't even slightly affected by my attempts. In fact, now that I know he has Fragile X, he probably was just made more agitated by my efforts. Finally a woman on the flight came up and asked if she could take him for a bit. I gladly let her have a go at calming him. Then a woman across the aisle from me told me she would have done the same but she didn't think I'd let her have him since I didn't know her. My response was, "Well, I'm exhausted and besides, where's she gonna go with him? We're on a plane in the air and I can see him from my seat." She agreed that was true and we talked a bit about flying with a fussy baby. We were flying to Utah for Hogi Yogi corporate training. The flight home was mostly uneventful.

The next experience I can remember vividly was when David was 19 months old. We were flying from Fresno to Salt Lake City for Doug's sister, Bente's wedding. It was December so it was cold and snowy in Utah at the time. We were seated in the very last row of the plane, right next to the lavatory. Now most people would think that was the worst seat on the plane but to be completely honest, it was extremely convenient. David was restless on the flight but we had tons of toys and books and snacks to try to keep him occupied. The flight was relatively short at 2 hours but that's a long 2 hours with a fussy toddler! Until just a few years ago, David was always vomitting when he felt anxious or upset. He also did it when he got crying or laughing too hard. We had to really be careful with that but sometimes we couldn't stop him. So the flight attendant was so nice and kept coming back to check on us and him. She brought him extra snacks (cookies) to make him happy (a huge mistake in hindsight) and he seemed to be doing really well until the last 30 minutes or so. He went from fine to total meltdown in about 5 seconds and was crying and screaming so hard that we were just trying to calm him down in fear that he would throw up all over the plane. He was already in his spare outfit after a previous accident before the flight so we had nothing else to put on him if his clothes got dirty. Well, he eventually did vomit all over himself and the seat and his booster seat and everything. It was horrible! I felt so embarrassed! The flight attendant was right there with large garbage sacks for us to put his clothes in and his booster seat in. She helped me clean up the seats and everything while Doug cleaned up David and stripped him down to his diaper. We changed his diaper and then wrapped him in a blanket, which did not escape the vomit completely but enough to be wiped off and used to keep him warm until we could get our suitcases and dress him again. I was amazed at the compassion from the flight crew and also the other passengers. They could all have easily looked at us with scorn because of what had happened. Let me assure you, the smell spread all the way to the very front of the plane. It was that bad! But everyone was so kind and helpful. We were blessed that way. We did get some odd looks from other patrons once inside the airport. Afterall, we had an 18month old baby wearing only a diaper and a blanket wrapped around him in December in Salt Lake City!

I know that we've had some people give us nasty looks or make rude comments over the years, not just on flights but also just out in public together but for the most part we've experienced a lot of kindness too. I really feel for the mother of that autistic boy. They should not have been treated the way they were. They flight crew is supposed to "ATTEND" to their guests on the flight and HELP them, not yell at them and humiliate them and kick them off the plane! There's just no excuse for the behavior of that flight crew and I hope that they realize just how wrong they were. I understand that it's important to try to control your children and keep them quiet out of respect for other passengers on the flight but that is not always withing a parent's control, not completely at least. You just do your best. I hope that people will learn from this incident and that they can learn to be more caring in the future.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


I won the contest on Jenna's blog For the Love of Baby! I'm so excited to receive my prize!!! Thanks Jenna!!!!! Big fat cyber hugs to you!!!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Avon "Berry Nice" Feet Giveaway!!!!

You can go to my friend Jenna's blog at and enter her giveaway to receive this awesome foot pampering giveaway! There are several ways to enter! Good luck to all!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The time has come for more LOLcats!

I know my addiction to these is somewhat disturbing but I can't help it! They are so cute and funny!!!! Enjoy! If you want to see more go to!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Speaking of first born...David's 9th Birthday!!!!

Happy Birthday David!

He's getting to be so big and grown up! How much progress we've made! We had two celebrations with him this year plus he got a party at school too! Thursday afternoon, the day before his real birthday, grandma and grandpa, Meagan and Nathan, and Mandy all came over to give him their presents for him and to have birthday cake. He loves his presents! He got a brand new bike which he is excited about, we just have to see if his special extra heavy duty training wheels will fit on it! He also got a couple of new outfits and Spiderman & Wolverine walkie talkies from Grandma & Grandpa! He and Nathan have been running aroung with those ever since although they haven't figured out that they have to push the button if they want to talk to each other and they have to let go of the button if they want to hear each other talking! LOL! We had ice cream cake and he even let us sing happy birthday to him! We asked him if it was ok if we sang quietly and he said sure so we did and he handled it great! He didn't cover his ears or cry or anything! He did so great! Here's pics from Thursday!

Then on Friday, May 30, we had a family celebration. We made David's favorite dinner, chickens and french fries! LOL! Then we opened presents. He got a new outfit from mom and dad and 2 new games. Nathan gave him a racecar computer game. Jonathan gave him an atm machine that counts his money when he puts it in except he keeps putting all the money in and then opening it up with his atm card and taking it all out(which does not zero out the total) and then putting it all back in again! He had around $7 in change and he had the total on that thing up to almost $80 by the end of the night! LOL! He also got his much anticipated Ben 10 omnitrix "watch"! He was so excited! He's been waiting for it since Nathan got one for his birthday back in February! We had a Superman cake and he loved it. Again, we asked if we could sing Happy Birthday to him and he said "yeah but soft ok?" We said ok and that's what we did. He smiled, he posed for pictures without putting things in front of his face! It was a wonderful birthday! I feel like this is the first time he has totally enjoyed his birthday completely. That's a wonderful feeling as a mom to know that your child has enjoyed his special day! Enjoy all the pics!