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I am obsessed with this story of a little girl who decided to wear her hot dog costume to dance class on "Princess Day." I love that she wanted to do it, that her parents let her, and that her teachers and peers admired her for it. Totally inspired - keep dancing to your own tune, Hotdog Princess!
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Babies Are Brave!
This baby is doing some experimentation of his own. Sometimes you've got to just go for it.
You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you. - Mary Tyler Moore
"Worry About Yourself!"
Today's Friday fave is this hilariously awesome video of a little girl turning one of my personal favorite bits of wisdom on her father. As she struggles to buckle her seat belt, she refuses to let him help and reminds him repeatedly (and adorably) to worry about himself. Please enjoy.
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" - Dr. Seuss
My Mommy Said It's Raining
If you haven't seen this video clip of a little boy arguing with twin girls over whether it is raining or sprinkling, then you should do yourself a favor and watch it right now! At 1:38, the most adorable turn of events will make your "hawt" smile <3.
Here's the gist, for those of you who can't watch it immediately:
Boy: "My mom said it is raining"
Twin A: "My mom told me it's sprinkling" (picking nose)
(repeat first two quotes many times)
Twin A: (Pokes boy on the cheek, to really make her point about the rain)
Twin B: "Say sorry to him"
Boy: "My Mom told me it is sprinkling"
Twin A: "No it's not, its raining"
(More repetition, with some adorable sister support)
Boy: "It's just raining" (seems to have changed sides but is equally passionate)
Twin A: "Because it's raining" (slightly thrown by Boy's twist, but not willing to back down)
Boy: "No, you're pretty. You're not real, I'm real" (???????)
Twin A: (Pokes Boy on his chest)
Boy: "You poked my hawt" (in a sad tone that no text could ever do justice to)
Twin Problem-solver B: "It ok. Turn around, I gonna get hind you" (stands behind him and holds part of his t-shirt like a tail- all better!)
...And that is why kids are the best!!
Belardo Lights Fundraiser
Belardo Lights (named for its location, 5306 Belardo Drive in Tierrasanta) is an annual fundraiser run by a San Diego family. Every winter, Randy Schimka fills his yard form top to bottom in a truly brilliant computerized display of color and music. Inspired by his two sons, who have Autism, Randy builds this scene each year and accepts donations - 100% of which goes to support Autism resources. In its 9th year, this literally and figuratively beautiful fundraiser will be supporting local nonpublic schools The Stein Education Center and Springall Academy.
Come out and support this incredible show of community, cheer, and charity! The lights will be on until December 26th. Check out their website and/or Facebook page for more information.
Autism Speaks, Simon Property Group, Inc, and the Noerr Programs Corporation have come together to provide a wonderful program for children who have special needs that make it difficult to see Santa in the standard setting (long lines, lots of noise, huge crowds, etc).
On Sunday December 7th, the Caring Santa program will provide a sensory-friendly Santa experience for children at 120 different Simon Malls, for two hours before they open. Find more information here. It looks like many of the locations are already sold out, but call to see if there is a waiting list, or if not, call anyways to let them to know that there is interest in having additional days and opportunities!
We love kids for so many reasons - one of which is their complete (and neurologically driven) inability to perform higher-level thinking. When paired with a lack of naps or too much sugar, this can make for some seriously funny meltdowns. On this Black Friday, we hope that anyone venturing out into the mobs can find humor in madness (it's either laugh or cry, right?). You are likely to see absurd tantrums thrown by children as well as adults, so please remember this link and enjoy your ability to maintain a reasonable attitude:
34 Hilarious Photos Of Kids Losing It Over Nothing
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." - Winston Churchill
Kids Crying About Nothing
In the Community - A Night to Remember Prom
This shout out is for a community event that is more than deserving of some attention. A Night To Remember, organized by local residents Rob & Cheryl Shields, provides a night of extravagance and joy to students with special needs who might otherwise miss out on the prom experience. As described on their website, "A Night to Remember is a FREE Prom honoring students with special needs ages 15-22 yrs. old. It’s more than a Prom…it’s an experience! Our Honored Guests get hair/make-up done, limo rides, and walk down the Red Carpet complete with paparazzi before entering the dance/dinner. It’s also a night of integration – as each student with special needs is partnered up with a San Diego high school student who serves as their host." The inaugural prom was held in 2011, and it is growing stronger every year!
We could not be more behind this event! A huge call of encouragement and gratitude to the Shields', the donors and volunteers who make it possible, and of course, to the honored guests who inspire us everyday...Check out their website or facebook page for more information, to volunteer, or to make an important donation (any ladies wondering what to do with your old prom dresses, here's a great opportunity!).
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” -Wayne W. Dyer
Upsee * Inspiring to the Max
This unique device was invented by a mother whose child has cerebral palsy. In the video, she describes how difficult it was to help him experience the sensation of walking, and the process of developing a functional system. The smile on his face while in the Upsee is priceless. Hopefully it will not only melt your heart, but inspire you too!
*For even more (mixed-emotion) tears, see Charlotte's, Daniel's, and Bethany's story at the bottom of the link.
"There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do." - Temple Grandin
Inspiring to the Max - Photographs of Joy
This week's Friday Fave is a beautiful reminder that we don't need the newest, fanciest gadgets in order to thrive. 30 Magical Photos of Children Playing Around the World is a refreshing way to spend five minutes, if you have them.
“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” - Theodor Seuss Geisel
Molly and Larissa are speech-language pathologists in San Diego, CA, who are looking to share inventive, inclusive, fun ideas for developing communication. This is also their platform for highlighting the many amazing people and resources in the community.