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Video: Ella does a nice cartwheel and then we have a laugh

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Ella goes to gymnastics once a week now and is making good progress. Watch this nice cartwheel and round off. Then laugh as she has a bit of a mishap. We all laughed too!


We don’t call it the FunHouse for nothing!

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Potty Training Success!

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After unsuccessfully cajoling Emily to write about Seth’s potty training success here at the Fun House, I decided to give my shorter, less compelling recount of that experience.


Many of you may remember a post back in July of last year discussing our potty training attempt with Seth. Seth wasn’t ready then and he made that quite evident through his vehement opposition to even the thought of sitting on a potty upon request. (This stubborn defiance, we believe, is about 50% a uniquely Down syndrome characteristic and about 50% Seth just reflecting the personality of his wonderful parents!) Additionally, we weren’t sure he was putting together the bodily output and the feeling that came right before it. Finally, our frustration and expectation levels were way out of sync with where they should have been. But, this is not unusual with Emily and me both being “bottom line” achiever personalities. We aren’t the type of people who typically just “enjoy the process” or “ease our way into things”. We like formulaic (A + B = C) answers and will carefully follow the process to ensure we get to the result on time and under budget, so to speak. I confess that I naturally fall into that camp even more than Emily. Continue Reading…

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Video: Beach vacation 2012

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The Fun House went south for the last part of June and enjoyed the sandy beach and unusually blue waters of Galveston. The water turned amazingly blue starting the second day we were there. The locals say it was a change in the currents. So, God blessed us with a more aesthetically pleasing beach for most of our stay.

We had unusually blue Galveston water

We kept the itinerary pretty simple as on previous beach vacations. This time, we were able to get both sets of grandparents to come enjoy the beach with us. Most days, Mimi and Poppa and Nana and Pappy would join the kids in the swimming pool to start the morning. This ended up being the favorite time for the grandparents, as the heat wasn’t as oppressive and the kids were fresh and in good spirits. Continue Reading…

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Video: ABC Speech Therapy

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Here at the fun house we make a lot videos that make you laugh and smile. This one may or may not do that, but it is particularly effective in getting my son to learn his ABCs and make the right shapes with his mouth. Children with Down syndrome often have speech delays and require different types of therapy to meet milestones that typically developing children do with ease.

These boys are keeping us busy

Seth really enjoys watching videos of daddy, so my wife told me that I should make a video that would have some therapy value. So, here it is. The key was for him to see my mouth making the letters and the words. We’ve found that he’ll string three and sometimes four words together singing, and he rarely does this any other time. Maybe it will of help to someone else. Our beautiful Ella was gracious to help with the recording of this one, and she is prominently featured.


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Video: Seth can step in time

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Today, Seth, Kyle and I were hanging out at the house while Emily was watching Ella at a swim meet. Ella’s starting to swim fast. Her backstroke is almost as fast as her freestyle. The breathing part slows her down a little on the freestyle.

First year in swim team for Ella

While we were at the house, the boys and I took some photos. Here’s a good one.

Fun with the tripod

While we were home, we also did a little dancing. One of Seth’s favorite movies to watch is Mary Poppins, but it’s not because of Mary Poppins. The primary draw for him is Mr. Banks and, of course, Burt. He calls them Burt and Banks. His absolute favorite part of the movie is the nine minute long “Step in Time” portion of the movie where Burt and all the chimney sweeps dance. He typically gets up and holds the iPad and dances along. Needless to say, we’ve heard that song plenty. Today, I decided to purchase that song, and now when Seth hears it, he just dances along. We are keeping it fun at the fun house. Enjoy the video:

By the way, say a prayer for Seth when you think about it. We are back to potty training. It didn’t go splendidly the first time. We are dedicated this summer.

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Video: Celebrating Seth’s Fourth Birthday

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As promised, we now have video. We sure enjoyed Seth’s party. We have a faithful God who has been gracious to give Seth good health over the last twelve months. We don’t take that for granted. The first movie is a trailer and the second is a movie with a slide show. Enjoy and thanks for visiting the FunHouse.

We are thankful for Seth

Here’s the dramatic trailer:

Here’s the video and slideshow:

Take a look at Seth’s previous birthday posts:

1 year

2 years

3 years

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Today is Seth’s Four Year Birthday

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Go over to our Facebook page and look at our most recent pictures. We had a great time enjoying Seth’s birthday party. Video coming soon.

Daddy loves Seth

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Video: Spring break – making connections

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The Fun House had a great time during Spring break visiting people we love. We started with my big brother Marty and his wonderful family. Aunty Mandy outdid herself with gourmet dinner and breakfast the next morning! She is a wonderful cook and terrific mother to their two sons, Taylor and Tate. We got to celebrate Tate’s birthday a few days early, and I enjoyed playing basketball with Taylor. We played several games outside with Marty, and then Taylor beat me in basketball on the Wii.

Marty taking good care of Seth

After our visit there we enjoyed some quality time with Great Granny who just had her 92nd birthday. She was so excited to see the kids. The kids really enjoyed our lunch and the photo shoot that followed. We are thankful for Granny and my Aunt Cuba.

Granny and Ella have a special connection

Continue Reading…

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Video: Ella and Seth sing happy birthday to Great Granny

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The fun house is fortunate to have a wonderful grandmother and great grandmother. My dad’s mother is about as good a Granny as you could hope for. First of all, she loves God and has a committed relationship with Jesus. Second, she loves her family well, and has sacrificed so much for so many years for their well being.

Granny is the best!

Finally, she’s a sports fanatic. If you have any question about how the Rangers, Cowboys, or Mavericks are doing, she can give you an answer and probably do a better job analyzing the state of the team than most paid commentators. She’s a joy to our family. Yesterday, she turned 92 years old. We are so blessed to have her. Seth and Ella sang happy birthday for her. We love you Granny!

We’ve also posted new pictures on our funhouseblog Facebook page.


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Video: Seth shows us his golfing skills and the Brad Hennefer story

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As you can see from our last post, the fun house is working diligently on its collective golfing skills. Seth would not be out done by his sister. As you’ll see, he is well on his way to pounding that ball down the fairway. I haven’t seen a lot kids playing golf with Down syndrome, but I did find an inspirational video about Brad Hennefer who is a high school student with Down syndrome who has a really nice golf swing and a nice touch from three point range. Maybe Seth will follow in Brad’s footsteps. I know for a fact that Seth will have better form on his jump shot than Brad has on his jump shot. That push shot from the chest that Brad displayed isn’t going to cut it…..I’m totally joking. If the shot goes in, that’s all that counts. That form seems to work in the NBA for Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks. Without, further delay, Seth’s golfing skills video:




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