John David Pate-3years old

James Daniel Pate-3years old

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mercedes Mania...2011

Well this post is 2 weeks late, but better late than never! Mercedes Marathon weekend was beautiful. Weather was amazing. The kids ran their one mile fun run race. Claire finished in 7:57 and Ellie finished in 8:08. Ellie actually was the first Kindergarten girl to cross the finish line. Rob and I ran with my school relay team on Sunday and had a blast. I was scheduled to run 15 miles that day for my training for Boston, so I ran the first leg of the relay for my team and then I was able to run with some great friends through some more of the course.

We had a blast. Great memories. Great exercise. Great tradition for our family.

The Pate crew is doing well. Claire's softball is in full swing, Ellie Bug moved up to level 3 gymnastics (which means more hours of training in the week for her), and Mommy is 6 weeks out from the BOSTON we are busy with school, ball, gymnastics, and running most evenings. Daddy just bought a new car. Claire thinks it will be hers in 7 years..HAHA...that totally freaks me out. Jenna is such a princess...asks us daily to remind her how beautiful she is (I remind her that God is interested in how beautiful her HEART is, not her HAIR!)...and the boys are just absolutely hilarious. They are talking so much now. It is such a blessing to hear their precious conversations. This morning James said, "I go Joan's Mommy." and I responded, "No buddy, we aren't going to school today, it is Saturday." He smiled really big and said, "I go Y" (meaning the YMCA) and I said, "No buddy we aren't going to the Y today." So he paused for a minute and then said, "Oh, I go turch Mommy!" (meaning church)....I just laughed at him and squeezed him tight.

I have some new video I need to post for everyone, I'm just lazy and have not found the time.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


BOYS....2 YEARS OLD...HOLDING HANDS! LOVE the LOVE they share (occasionally:))

I wanted to blog some great news. I received an email yesterday from the Early Intervention program in our county and here it is....

Hey Dana,

Regina re-evaluated the boys last week and they no longer qualify for Early Intervention services. They both have progressed so well and it was a pleasure working with you and your family. I will mail you a copy of the evaluations once Regina completes the write up. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at any time. I wish you and your family the best.

Jenny Epperson, LBSW
Service Coordinator
The Arc of Shelby County

We are thrilled with the good news. We are grateful for the progress they have made. We will continue working with these little guys, pushing them to learn and develop along side of their peers. But for now, they are typically developing, cognitively 'caught up' and we are incredibly giddy to share their good news.

Claire wanted to snuggle with James in her bed last night....Claire fell asleep and James enjoyed the snuggle....when I walked in her room to take James back to his room, this is what I found....a precious big sister snuggled up with her little baby brother...melts my heart!