When I moved away to college I didn't know a soul and I quickly fell into a routine of constant studying rather than a budding social life. haha But let's be real, there is only so much studying one can handle before you lose your mind and it was then that I realized it would be a good idea for me to look for a job. At the time I didn't know about work study on campus and I expected to struggle to find one with flexible hours that could work around my class schedule. It was then that I met the Williamson family (not related, just a coincidence we share the same last name)! We were introduced through a mutual friend. They were looking for a nanny for their kids and it became the perfect job for me. I quickly came to love their whole family! Fast forward 7 years later, wow that seems crazy to say, and we still keep in touch.
On Saturday we did a buddy walk for Down Syndrome with Team Emilee! The event kicked off with a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Liam tried a bite of pancake for the first time and I was not in the least bit surprised when he spit it right back out. This kid, you guys. haha Anything in the grain-based family he is not a fan of. I wish I didn't like bread, pasta, etc. too. ;)
The event was held at Brooklyn's Playground, a local park that was built for children with disabilities. We played on the toys most of the morning. Leah, the youngest daughter in the family, was such a good helper with Liam and showing him all around. Emilee would occasionally shout "Meagan" from across the playground and wave with a big grin on her face! Liam went down the slide all by himself for the first time! Keep in mind this slide was very short in length, with me at the bottom to catch him, and he was laying on his back not sitting up. He loved it!
There was a group of Disney princesses, Star Wars characters, and superheros there for the kids to get their pictures taken with! It was so much fun watching the little boys with Down Syndrome in awe over these super heroes. It made me smile so big!
After breakfast and the playground, the walk began. There is a big path that loops the park that we walked with Emilee and her family. There were people everywhere cheering everyone on with pom poms, bubbles, and whistles!
So proud to be a part of Team Emilee! She is such a rock star. I love both of these girls so much and can't believe how big they have gotten! Go Team Emilee!