Holiday Happiness

Creating a memorable Christmas takes a lot of work. With each Christmas that comes and goes, it seems even more work goes into making the holiday magical, but in all honesty, I love each and every minute of it. With each passing Christmas comes new memories created with traditions that Rob and I are putting into place. As I sit here looking through pictures from the last month, I’m reminded just how special we try to make it for our children. And part of me can’t help but wonder if we aren’t making it special for ourselves as well. Perhaps we are trying to re-create a feeling we miss from our own childhoods. I’ll probably say it year after year, but this Christmas was my favorite thus far...
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Merry Christmas from the Howells

Just a brief post to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever you may celebrate! We had a small, quiet Christmas filled with good cheer, wonderful presents, a delicious dinner and lots of love. With the baby due any day now, we are simply enjoying our family of three, cherishing the small moments and waiting for our fourth to make his/her debut into our world. Peace and Much Love, The Howells...
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A Very Merry Christmas

OK, OK…so Rob, Lola and I celebrated Christmas on Sunday, December 23rd due to my work schedule and our departure date. I felt guilty as we opened presents swearing to Rob that we mustn’t ever do this when Lola is of age to understand Christmas. I could picture her snarking at me “but you guys opened presents early the year of my second birthday” when I tell her we have to wait until Christmas Day to open our gifts. But for now, time restraints and busy schedules took precedence which meant my curious and giving soul was able to cheat modify the Christmas system a tad. I worked on Christmas Eve which used to not bother me, in fact, I would always be the first person to volunteer...
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A Merry Christmas Indeed

People think we are crazy for moving from the warm, tropical climate of Costa Rica to the chilly, gray skies of Indiana in December, but I honestly can’t think of a better time to come back. The Christmas spirit was ever so present in Indianapolis and you couldn’t help but feel like you were part of something special once again. I loved everything from the Christmas lights to the chaos of the stores. Perhaps because we were far removed for the past few years, but everything felt new yet familiar. Rob, Lola and I spent Christmas Eve together as a family. Rob and I made ourselves a nice little dinner, we listened to cheesy Christmas music and we happily laughed if only for the sheer fact of feeling...
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The First Step with First Steps

Yesterday the intake coordinator for First Steps came out to the house to enroll Lola in the program. First Steps is an early intervention program that is funded by the State although you are required to pay something based on your income (if not covered by insurance). They believe that every child (from birth to three years) with a disability or developmental delay should be provided the services they need to help them excel in life. Under Federal Law, every family has the right to an evaluation, but not every child will be allowed into the program. There are certain criteria that the child must meet in order to be approved for services. The child must be developmentally delayed by 20% in two areas or 25% in one...
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