This summer is going along very nicely.
We have had some fighting,
lots of yelling,
a fractured elbow (Kylie)
but, all in all, we are having a great summer!!
Some insanely hot weather around here has left us sitting in the cool air conditioned house without a thing to do.
With 6 kids this is NOT GOOD, sitting around has a direct correlation with an increase of fighting and yelling.
Luckily for my sanity I remembered about the JDRF Mattel Colouring Contest
I printed off the pages and we were a go :)
Half way through colouring Cara ran up to me asking "How do you spell diabetes?" of course the JDRF was involved in this colouring contest, diabetes was going to make it's way into her creative ideas. As I began to spell it back to her, I asked what are you writing? and her response left me without words.
"I'm spelling, I LOVE DIABETES"
You love what? Okay?? UM??
As I faked smiled and quickly tried to figured out if that was an appropriate thing to write on a JDRF colouring contest Kylie piped up and yelled "You can't say that!!!" "You don't love diabetes, you can't love diabetes, it's a bad thing"
As Cara's smile faded and sadness seemed to fill her eyes I found myself sticking up for all the reason's why she CAN love diabetes after all in our house type 1 diabetes IS NOT SEEN AS A BAD THING...at least we try not to make it seem like it (btw I HATE T1D, but shhhh don't tell Cara)
I told her:
- Diabetes makes Cara special from everyone else
- Diabetes has given us the chance to meet amazing people
- Diabetes has given us a community that we never knew exsited
- Diabetes has given us the chance to be involved with so many get events
- Diabetes has help us learn how to take care of each other, we understand how lucky and important each and everyone of us is to each other.
- Without diabetes we would not have this chance to win these great Mattel toys
And with that my sweet Cara's smile returned, Kylie left the topic of diabetes being bad alone and we all decided that maybe since this is a JDRF contest Cara should write "I love the JDRF" because that is a no-brainer!
You know, it really is amazing sometimes to hear what is going on in their little brains. I guess in many ways diabetes is a big part of Cara. She was 3 when dx, a life with type 1 is all she knows, it's who she is, it's why she does things a certain way, and thinking that diabetes is bad is almost saying that Cara is bad too...at least, that is the way I think she may look at it...but you never really know!
Wish us luck, here are our entries
|Kirstin's, she has been working on her hearts :)|
|Cody's second try, he wanted to add Buzz Lightyear however that was a challenge for him. Second try he stuck to colouring and yes, he wrote his name completely backwards...ugh!|
|Cara's art, I love that the bear is wearing a We CARA Lot Team T-shirt and a pink pump and site!|
|Kylie's, another team t-shirt and she added Cara with all the diabetes supplies lol :) Oh and check out that sun, it's pumping!|