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Honors Bestowed

This week I've received tags for an award from two blog friends and for a meme from another. I can't tell you how fun it is for me to see my name on those lists when I'm reading all your blogs. I always have to run in to tell M, "I got picked!" as he rolls his eyes at me.

First the award... honestly, I don't know what it means literally, but it says that it has to do with "creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language." The one that means the most to me is the "contributes to the blogging community," because that's my hope. I want to be a positive spot, fun and light, yet real and honest, and, of course, a great advocate for our wonderful Down syndrome poonchins. (That's a term of endearment in our fam.)

I am humbled to accept this award from both Melissa at Banana Migraine and Meredith at Cornish Adoption Journey. Let me just tell you how special it feels to be thought of by these super impressive ladies. PLEASE check out their blogs if you haven't... Melissa's a super cool knitter with some super cool kids and Meredith has a simply amazing way of balancing her very busy life with 4 wonderful kids, 2 of whom are new US citizens! (One of them is my special girl, Emma--formerly Daria-- so I'm partial, I admit it!)

The rules for this award are:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award itself.

4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. To show these rules.

I'm choosing some of my in-real-life friends for this one. You all can choose if you want to carry it on or not. Don't feel obligated... I mean, if you don't want my gift... HA!

1. My mother-in-law is one great writer, and her blog makes me laugh and think and smile when my kid is featured. So check out Carole at Fractured Thoughts.
2. Jessie at Moment by Moment is a long-lost friend from my young years that I've kind of re-found, and wow...she's one impressive mom and a really inspiring writer as well. Doesn't hurt that she has 4 adorable kids. I just love her perspective on things. I learn from you, Jess! Check out one of my favorite posts.
3. Down the road from me just a few blocks resides one super smart Momologist named Amy. She has one precious little girl named Larkin and a cool dude Chase. She is making a difference in our community with a project (HUGE) called Larkin's Place. And I've loved getting to know her...and this next girls unite!
4. Not only because she had a baby in the moving vehicle, but there are a bunch of reasons why Jen is super cool. Her daughter Sophie is Braska's BFF (this week, girls are fickle you know) and Alexander is the Train Man Extrordinaire! Oh, and M's ok too. :o) This girl has stories you wouldn't believe. The latest one involves Scotland Yard!
5. And finally, for now, the mom with the most hands needed currently is Andrea, Mom to Si, Ty, and Levi. Newborn twin boys and a very active big brother keep her VERY busy. We call her Captain Safety, and she rocks multi-tasking!
Michelle at Big Blueberry Eyes tagged me for this one:

What I was doing 10 yrs ago: May 1998... I was looking for work in St. Louis, ready to move back after living in small town Missouri for a couple years after college. I moved that summer, got my first apartment with my roomie Deb, and started working for an orthopedic group across from The Galleria. M and I were dating, and we made our first driving trip to Montana for his brother Levi's graduation. Fun trip!

Five things on my to do list for today: Go for a walk with baby and dog. Quick trip to Aldi. Get the mail. (It's been a few days.) Clean kitchen floors. Put in several hours of work-work.

Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my house, either this one or a different one. Load Reece's Rainbow up with TONS of grants for families to get these kids home and cared for....maybe all of them!! That's my dream!!

Three of my bad habits: Watching HGTV/Food network, being suspicious of motives behind good actions, short fuse with some people.

Five places I have lived: Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri.

Five jobs I have had: Fast food, lumber company, college representative, Special ed teacher, medical practice manager.

Five people I want to know more about: Michelle Z, Melanie B, Tommy's mommy, Mrs. Wibbs, and Kacey.


  1. Hey, congrats on the awards and thanks for liking my blog!!

  2. Congrats! How very cool to hear!
    I will check out some of those sites you listed too! :)

  3. Andrea--You're welcome!

    Debi--Please do...they're worth it, even if they are my friends! :o)

  4. Thank you RK - you are very sweet - you made my day with the kind words you said - I learn from you too!

  5. You are well deserving. Thanks for the compliments :)

  6. Jessie--You're welcome! Glad I could help make your day!

    Melissa--Compliments, but truth! :o)

  7. I guess that means I need to answer these questions too, huh
    OK, I'll give it a try...

  8. am done!! thanks for tagging me, i enjoyed that...


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