Making News!


This morning we had a little excitement in the house! The local news station WDIO Channel 10/13 sent a reporter & cameraman out to the house for a little interview as a part of their coverage of the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk coming up this Sunday.

After we explained exactly what was going on and how things worked, Ella was thrilled to be a part of it.

We gathered in the living room to talk on camera about who we are, what we’re doing as a family, and how our Sammy has changed our lives. We’re always happy to talk about the amazing Down syndrome community here in Duluth and all the support we’ve received from other families and our church in the last 16 months.

Being in the spotlight can certainly tire a little guy out.

By the end of the interview, Ella had taken over.


You can click HERE to see the story on the WDIO website. When you get to the website, click the play button to start the video.

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Sammy’s 2nd Annual Superhero Yard Sale was a success! We held it on our front lawn last Saturday and were able to collect $458 for Sammy’s team. Wohoo! If you weren’t able to make it to the sale and would still like to donate, click here. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or email me at olsen.angela {at} gmail.com.

The night before the sale, the place looked a little, well, messy. But what’s a mama to do when nothing can actually go out till morning? We had three other families donate to the sale, so we had a whole lot of treasures to prepare.

Bright and early Saturday morning, Pete & I started setting up, Ella began pulling out toys that were meant to be for sale, and our dear babysitter, Hannah arrived to keep the kids company so the sale could actually happen.

We filled the yard with lots & lots of stuff. (And you know what we didn’t do before the sale? Mow the lawn! Oops! We completely forgot. Oh well. People still wanted to buy our goods, even if we did have crazy grass.)

It was chilly when we first started the sale, which worried us a bit since only a few shoppers decided to check us out. An hour after the sale began, though, the sun started to peek out and so did the shoppers.

Who can resist a little girl selling cookies?! Ella took her sales role very seriously and exclaimed each time a car stopped in front of our house, “Someone is here to buy cookies!” Never mind the treasures in the yard. She was determined to sell her treats.

A little hot chocolate break.

This guy was amazing during the sale. He completely took over the money table and made the sale very enjoyable for me. Like his money belt? Fashion statement, y’all.

While he manned the money table, I got to keep things organized. The plan was to lure in shoppers with an attractive front display table. I think it worked. 

Nearing the end of the sale, we simplified our displays and even cleared a few tables completely. It was a great sale. Glad we only did it for one day this year. I have big plans for the sale next year. We’ll see what happens.

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If you’re in the area, I hope you can join us for the big walk on Sunday! Everything is happening down at the DECC at 12:30. See you there!!

Sammy Superhero party goodies were purchased here


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