Sunday, October 10, 2010

If you appreciate Signing Time...

I mean reallllly appreciate Signing Time,



then you can understand our excitement about this year's Buddy Walk.



This year, Rachel from Signing Time performed (with Hopkins, naturally) on stage prior to the walk.



Both Dylan and Cassidy have learned the majority of their signs by watching the Signing Time dvds. Seeing it all live...it was awesome, it really was.

Signing. Ah, it has had such an incredible impact on our lives. It is Dylan's primary means of communicating. I am guessing that at two years of age, he now has close to 80 signs. If he hadn't been taught to sign, we would be missing out on what makes Dylan, Dylan. So much of his personality is understood through signing.

Rachel from Signing Time has two children. One child is deaf and one child has both Cerebral Palsy as well as Spina Bifida. She understands. She knows.

And we just love her.

(Despite what it looks like, both kids really were excited, trust me. I think there was some confusion as to why she was there as a real live person. Tonight at dinner Cassidy asked me if Rachel fell out of the TV and if that was why she was at the Buddy Walk...).


Another magical Buddy Walk experienced. So different from last year, and even more from the year before...

Onward we go.

12 comments:

The wonderful life with Aubrey* said...

Aww It was so good to see her at the walk!I wish we saw eachother!! It was a great Day today! we did have lots of fun! :) hope to see you soon!

Kelly said...

We reallllly appreciate Signing Time too!!! The boys felt the same way when they saw Rachel. We took pics too (will post about that tomorrow)!!! I'm still bummed that we didn't get to meet, AGAIN!! Such a fun day!!! Glad you enjoyed it too!!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

that is AWESOME! we have loved signing time since anne was 5 months old - for a while there i thought anne loved rachel more than us :) love that you were able to get a picture with her too!!!

Cathy said...

So cool!!! We think Signing Time is pretty cool in this house!! I love that Cassidy thought Rachel fell out of the TV. Our Chicagoland Buddy Walk was today too. I'm posting pics tomorrow though.

Jocelyn said...

My husband asked if Rachel could start paying rent since she spends so much time at our house. Glad you had fun!

Jen said...

Rachel was at our Buddy Walk in Wisconsin last week. She was so awesome. I think the adults have just as much fun as the kids do watching and signing with her.

Katie said...

Oh my! Jack would love to see Baby Signing Time in person. Baby Signing Time is the only reason he goes crazy with excitement. I mean, craa-zy! How cool! I want her to come to Chicago!!!!

kwolman said...

I absolutely adore seeing how Dylan and Cassidy change in so many ways! And how Dylan is changing so much recently, it's great! Enjoy every minute!

Eric and Crista said...

It was great seeing you at the walk! I wish we could have visited longer!

Sabrina said...

Awesome! I'm a single woman with no kids, but I've gotten hooked on Signing Time as a teaching tool for myself! Rachel, Leah, Alex and Hopkins are terrific! :)

Christi Harrison said...

jealous! Very cool that you guys met Rachel. super fun!

Amy and Aaron said...

Oh, WOW! That's incredible! I wish - I mean, Really REALLY wish we could have been there. Rachel is Matthew's favorite person ... next to Grandpa, maybe. :) Very, very cool!