May 20, 2011

A Day in the Life of Jordan

I have talked about Jordan before. She is such an amazing and incredibly adorable little girl who just happens to have a limb difference.

I came across Jordan's blog, Born Just Right when I was pregnant with Gavin, and seeing Jordan's pictures made such a difference to me. It really helped me to realize that having a limb difference was not something that would define Gavin as a person. It would just be a small part of who he would be. And although he would have to do some things a bit differently, it didn't mean he wouldn't be able to do them. This was a huge turning point for me. No longer did I have to feel sad for my baby and mourn all the things he wouldn't be able to do. I started to realize that he would be just fine! So thank you, Jen, for starting "Born Just Right" and sharing Jordan's story with so many people. :)

Recently, Jordan had a very talented photographer, Rebecca Allen, spend some time at her school to capture some beautiful photos of Jordan in action.

A picture really is worth a thousand words.

Take a look! (Just drag the orange bar at the bottom of the page to scroll through the photos)

May 17, 2011

How the Lucky Fin Project began

Check out this great little video of Molly Stapleman telling her story of how the Lucky Fin Project got started. She is such an inspiration! I love this project!

Have you ordered your bracelet yet?

Our family is all proudly showing our lucky fin pride. I don't think John has taken his off since he got it. Eden even has her own tiny little Lucky Fin bracelet to show her support for her big brother! :)

Filmpossible Documentary

I keep meaning to write about this but life has been keeping me so busy!

It is pretty exciting...Rogers TV is airing a one hour documentary about "Filmpossible", the contest we participated in during the summer. The theme was "Bringing visability to disability" and it was a great success! Gavin's 2 minute video, "His Abilities" will be featured in the documentary and we are so proud of him!

If you have Rogers TV be sure to tune in! It debuted last night at 10pm but don't worry, there are still two more chances to catch it!

THIS Wednesday at 10pm and Saturday at 10pm.

*CH 10 in Toronto
*CH. 63 in Scarborough
*CH 510 in high-definition (HD)

You can go here to watch the promo.
Last year Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital held their first ever on-line competition for short videos with the theme of “bringing visibility to disability”. This one-hour original Rogers TV documentary profiles the world renowned Toronto facility, introduces us to some of the filmmakers and judges, and includes many of the extraordinary videos that just might make people rethink their preconceptions about disability.

May 2, 2011

Eat Sleep Breathe Hockey

Gavin's hockey obsession is out of control.

From the moment he wakes up, the first thing he says is that he wants to watch hockey. He is relentless. It consumes his mind. I can't last very long without putting it on because he just repeats it over and over and over. Finally, I just put the damn thing on so I can have some peace and quiet. Not that it gives me peace and quiet... Because as soon as its on, he puts on his hockey helmet, grabs his stick and puck and is sliding around the living room, copying every move they make. And of course he is not satisfied until you are watching him.

"Watch me mommy! Watch me play hockey! Get off the ice! Sit down please!"

It is endless. Forget about kids shows. All he wants to watch is hockey. We put on Leafs TV because there is almost always a game on. Every commercial he is asking "Its coming back? Its coming back?" "YES Gavin, Its coming back!!!"

Oh and socks are not socks. They are skates! duhh

The funniest thing is that he always says "neck" instead of "net". "I scored mommy! I scored in the neck!"

He has had a rough few days because is is fighting off an ear infection. He cried when the doctor took his temperature in his ear. He cried when Eden accidentally touched his ear when they were laying on the bed. He insisted on not wearing a shirt because he didn't want it touching his ears when I put it on. YET HE CAN STILL TAKE HIS HOCKEY HELMET ON AND OFF A MILLION TIMES!

He really is so hilarious though. He is so detail oriented. Sometimes he asks me to sing "oh Canada" before his game and he will stand so still and quiet until it is over. And he pushes his shopping cart around the floor pretending it is the Zamboni. Also when he scores, we have to pat him on the helmet like he sees the hockey players do on TV. What else??? Basically every single thing he sees the real hockey players do, he tries to copy. Which is bad with so much fighting and slashing. But he knows its "not nice" and he will always ask me if they're going to get a time out.

Yes, his fascination with hockey is pretty cute but I am so tired of it!