Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mama Hop & Aunt Leanne visit

Mama Hop & Aunt Leanne came to visit us this weekend.  As always, we had a great time! 
Josie was thrilled to see her Aunt Leanne

Leanne was kind enough to accompany me to my oral surgeon appointment for moral support.  I have postponed having my wisdom teeth removed long enough so I'm conquering my fear with Leanne's help.  Leanne is a huge proponent of oral hygiene.  She brushes her teeth after every meal.  Her motto is: "A clean teef is a happy teef."
Leanne came to visit her "favorite sister" (of course I'm her only sister)

On the way home, Leanne reiterated the list of foods I wouldn't be able to have post-surgery by naming essentially every solid food she could think of (gee thanks, Leanne).  After we got that out of the way, we came home, met up with Travis and headed off to Happy Hour!  That's the beauty of having Mama Hop in town - she is happy to stay with the baby so we could actually go out with our friends for a bit.  Leanne accompanied us, as our friends always love to see her when she's in town. 
Miss Popularity

Travis and Leanne practice counting change while waiting for our friends to arrive

We had a fun time.  When all the friends dispersed, Travis dropped Leanne off at home to help my mom babysit Josie, and he came back and enjoyed a nice dinner with me. 

 The next morning, I woke up to one of the most beautiful sights I'd ever seen:
Mama Hop & Josie cuddle on the sofa while Leanne reads aloud

I don't know if it was the endearing moment, or the fact that I was able to sleep in until 8:30am because Mama Hop got up and fed and entertained Josie, but it was a lovely sight to wake up to either way.  Later that morning, I actually convinced Mama Hop to let me drive her new car! 
The funny thing about this car is that Leanne has finally agreed to sit in the passenger seat.  In the old car, Leanne insisted on sitting in the back seat, having my mom chauffeur her around Driving Miss Daisy-style.  I'm telling you - she lives up to her nickname as the Down's Diva! 

After lunch, Leanne spent some more time loving on her niece before it was time for them to head back home.  Leanne thanked Travis and I profusely for our "hospitality".  I think she just likes saying the word, "hospitality".  Travis and I thanked mom and Leanne for coming and made them promise to come back soon. 


  1. Sounds like a great weekend. Love the sleep in time and Josie getting time in with Leanne & Mama Hop, so sweet!

  2. What a great weekend. Leanne sure seems like the life of the party! Love the picture of her reading, so sweet.

  3. Precious, precious pix! Glad you had a fun time!

  4. I LOVE your blog! You have a wonderful family and an amazing story to tell!

  5. Love your blog!!! Our little one, Josie (almost 6) has DS and inspired us to adopt our Jacob (3) from Ukraine last year. He is also sporting the extra chromosome! We have two in between at 4 and 3. Anyway.. looking forward to following along on your journey with your precious daugthter and sister!!

  6. hoping on here to say congrats on your beautiful new daughter!! your sister is pretty awesome as well! we have a daughter who is 4 with Ds. her name is mayson. we live in iowa!!
    you can always check out our famiy at

  7. Thank you Diva Leanne!

    "A clean teef is a happy teef".

    Thank you for your hospitality.

  8. Seriously? I don't know how much I can come back to this seems I shed a tear or two or more everytime I read it. I don't know what it is, I just love your sister!!! Of course I come here to read about Josie too : ) Inspiring.

  9. found your blog through Sarah and I love it ....adding you to my 'follow' list now.Your sister is a very special sis....a great one and your little girl is darling.Stop by my blog when you get a minute if you would like

  10. This is Joyce. So it's a new car I need. I too am driving Miss Daisy. Sarah refuses to sit in the front seat.

  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your blog! (I grew up with two older brothers w/ Downs...they taught me so much!)

  12. Can Mama Hop and Leanne visit us??? Please! We have a little guy with Ds Leanne can read to. We call him Jack. I don't know who I love reading about more, Leanne or Josie! They are both happiness in motion! Go see our little ray of sunshine at