Monday, August 23, 2010

Megarama Day 2010

A beautiful ranch ~ The Forgotten Children's Ranch
I'm a lighthouse nut - and had to snap a picture of this as we headed out on the ferry.
A wagon ride.

The tractor that pulled the wagon.

Well, hello there old man!

Beauty of a horse.

Ethan, sportin' the look!

Phillip with Butter on the horse.

Cute! I especially like that good lookin' man with his hat on that doesn't quite fit! ;)
Really, I love that this man isn't too proud to put a cheesy hat on and do all the "kid" activities. He is SUCH a good Daddy.

Gabriel on his horse.

Ethan was enthralled and all smiles while on his horse. Love this kid with his brilliant radiant sunshine smile!

Chloe and Daddy on the horse.

I think all little girls LOVE horses!

Isaac lovin' his ride.

Justus getting a bit tired of the cowpoke look.

"Awww... that's better."

This little girl saw Butter, and wanted to touch him. I'm finding that is pretty common among those with Ds ~ wanting to explore new people or things by touch. For those of you who know and have been around Butter - you know this to be true of him. Watch your glasses ... and your nose! ;)

Ellie made Ivanna a bracelet during craft time!

THE perfect stroller! These are triplets. The first little girl has Ds.

During dessert time, Tim - the "sheriff" and a few other cowpokes got up and did an impromptu rendition to "Toy Story's" - 'You Gotta Friend In Me'

LOVE the expression on their faces!

Dear, sweet Annabelle - she's all about her orange frosting!

Butter really enjoyed his cupcake!

This funny gentleman played banjo and sung silly songs on our hayride. He told crazy stories and made our trip a great memory.

These two girls were beautiful to watch. We were on the wagon, and they sat next to each other. The one on the left LOVES cheese, the other little girl only likes meat. Phillip said they were perfect together - MEAT AND CHEESE! LOL
Everyone laughed. But watch the next two photos. The care and love. Beautiful.

Every year the Down Syndrome Community here in the greater Seattle area sponsors what is called Megarama Day at the Forgotten Children's Ranch on Whidbey Island. It is a day filled with beautiful faces, exploring beautiful scenery as well as many fun "cowboy like" activities. It's a day to recognize and give something special to not just those with Down syndrome, but their WHOLE family. That's my kind of activity! ;) The theme is of course, that of the old west ~ as the setting is on a horse ranch. The ranch is stunning. Set against a sunny backdrop of a sky and amongst lush green fields with a peek-a-boo view of the water. Awesome ... yet what was even better, was to see children AND adults with Down syndrome - smiling, happy, faces - all different "levels" of Ds ~ but all seemingly so happy. It filled my heart with joy. It's not something you see everyday - other people with Ds, it unfortunately is becoming less common, but forget about that for the moment ~ look at these faces!!! Ohhhh ... I wish you could have been there to experience it. It is something I won't forget and look forward to going to next year. AND ... guess what?!? Next year we get to take Matthew and Ivanna! Wooo Hooooo!

We met another woman there - whom I have had the privilege of exchanging emails with already - who has adopted five boys with Ds. The first two were domestic adoptions and the last three little boys were adopted from a Russian orphanage! I can't tell you how it felt to hold a little one who had been rescued from an institution. I couldn't help but feel as if I was holding onto Matthew - I truly, did not want to let go. I kissed his cheeks and I am sure his mom thought I was a bit strange. ;) I didn't get pictures of them, but they have promised to be at our Benefit dinner (see our adoption blog this Saturday - ALL of them! YAY!

So enjoy these pictures. We enjoyed the day immensely ~ and are so very thankful for the opportunity to have gone. Our children enjoyed horse rides ~ even Butter! They got to do crafts, pet horses, go on a hay ride, and play capture the flag. They also got to explore an old western town the ranch has set up. So - Much - Fun!


Emily's Posts said...

Very precious! It brought tears to my eyes seeing all those beautiful people!! I'm so glad you got that opportunity!!

Jenny said...

What great photos!!! Loved looking at each and every one!! What a special day! I'm so glad you guys got to go to something so wonderful. Loved seeing the care and love between the two girls. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

Just Me @ My Domestic Experiments said...

Wonderful pictures of those who are Wonderfully Made!