Friday, May 11, 2007
I remember sitting there after watching how William responded to seeing the first Signing Time video (which we had learned about from a friend on a Down syndrome messageboard) and being amazed at how he begain interacting and signing after that. One day I thought how great it would be to meet Rachel in person to thank her. A couple years later, I got to do just that after Robert & I entered an essay contest and won! Rachel and crew(and by crew I mean her and Emilie's families, plus their awesome PR person Renee) came to our town and stayed with us.
So for anyone wondering how I got involved with Signing Time and how I got to be friends with Rachel, that's how it started.
Whenever I see an opportunity to help promote Rachel or Signing Time, I grab it. Recently, I saw an essay opportunity for Rachel. I sent her the link, and joked that 'as if she didn't have enough to do already...'. She sent me an email the other day... She won!!! She blogged about it, and you can read her essay there and on the Mothering Heights website . If it moved you as much as it did me, make sure to leave a comment.
What did Rachel win? 1) A caffeine basket from Starbucks 2) A summer reading collection from Hatchette Books 3) A pair of rainbow sandals from Hobie's of Laguna Beach 4) A Mother's Day Tiara from MotheringHeights.net and 5) Publication in The Laguna Beach Independent, May 11, 2007 and on the home page of MotheringHeights.net
Way to go Rachel!!! Congratulations, it's a beautiful essay.
The title of this entry is Rachel and Lucy Coleman. I've talked about Rachel. Now on to Lucy. Lucy is an adorable almost 7-year-old. She has gotten 100% on her spelling tests for the past several months (I lost count of how many weeks Rachel!). She's bright, bubbly, and witty. She ends up on the news from time to time, including their local news last night! KSL.com put a video up on their site (you may need to download their player for this, but it is so worth it!) It's about Lucy and her new swing at school. Rachel blogged about it in January. If you can, please watch the video on KSL.com. You get to hear Lucy talk about it and she has THE cutest voice.
Happy Mother's Day Rachel!!!!
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Receiving the certificate for completion of the requirements for her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience. Mariko with the Husky mascot
Me, Husky, and Mariko
Robert, Me, and Mariko
Mariko was the recipient of the 2007 Alex Skavenski Award for Excellence in Behavioral Neuroscience. Getting a hug from her mentor, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Northeastern University, Jim Stellar. Mariko has worked in his lab since she was a Freshman.
Saturday's graduation ceremony.
Mariko on here way to get her diploma. The one that says "Summa Cum Laude". Yeah, she rocks!
Jim & Steph
We love you Mariko!
Andi's Emily checking out the duck
Mariko & Emily
Mariko talked me into getting a pedicure with her. It was fantastic!