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June Was Jumping here at GiGi’s Playhouse

What a month!  Besides all of our programming, a new session of GiGi U, the 5k Run, and the launch of our V-21 Vitamin Cookie we also hosted a site coordinator training for 10 Playhouses across the country and Mexico too!  It is always so wonderful to connect with the people...

Sending you 6 reasons to smile! Again?

Hi GiGi's Board Members!  Sorry if you're getting this twice - just wanted you to get a copy of what we sent out this morning to all the Inc mailing list! Moving forward, you'll be getting a copy of this on the first Thursday of the month as well as...
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Magical Moments: The Essence of GiGi’s Playhouse

  After 11 months of working at GiGi's Playhouse, I'm still amazed by something every single day. That "something" is usually just a moment---a magical moment---where a child or young adult with Down syndrome accomplishes something wonderful that we would take for granted. It could be a firm handshake, baby...
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See how we are changing lives!

[wpcol_1half id="" class="" style=""] Happy Holidays!! When you believe in someone you can truly change who they will be. We see it happen every day at Playhouses nationwide! This year has been an incredible year of growth. I didn't realize just how incredible it was until I saw 18 Playhouse...
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Syracuse is open!

WOOO HOOOO Check this out!! http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/First-Gigi-s-Playhouse-opens-in-CNY/eMN6oJKX8UOLGM2DD2F0zQ.cspx
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Des Moines GiGi’s Playhouse open!

Des Moines GiGi's Playhouse opened on Saturday!!!! On the left is GiGi proudly posing in front of her picture and above she is working the new stage! Hundreds of people came to check out our newest location!! That other picture is Bella standing in front of the coolest wall ever!!...
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Peace, Love and Happiness!

Peace baby! Cynthia Judd from Metamorphosis Studios took that! Isn't that a great shot? The little poser!! She is soooo about her accessories! We cannot leave for school without her grabbing a hat, scarf, Micheal Jackson glove.....I was in New York last week working on the Manhattan location! I so...
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Call me..Text Me!!

Ok...So I have moved from this blog to facebook!! But I have received so much grief about not updating the blog (Lora Bak!) that I AM BACK!!! So blame her!!!!GiGi is rockin' first grade!!!! She is in the Phun with Phonics program at the Playhouse and is doing awesome! I...
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kissing the fish

GiGi had a major fishing day! They just kept biting! Once again she got so excited that she kissed the fish!~ She wasn't as grossed out this time and she was naming all of them as she caught them. I wonder why she named the large mouth Mommy???
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lost her first tooth and the camp rock girls!

OK Seriously...when I say she lost her first tooth, I mean lost! She ate it with her Subway!! I remember I was at a support group meeting when GiGi was an infant and they showed a video of an adult with some delays getting his teeth cleaned and he was...
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work out!!!

OMG!! I heard GiGi kind of breathing hard, grunting and counting. "Urgh 1, Urgh 2, Urgh 3 etc..." So I look over to see what she was doing and she was laying on the ground curling a dumb bell!! The only problem was that it wasn't a dumb bell at...
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School starts!!! Kindergarten!!!

OK... Seriously! She is constantly messing with me!!! I tell her to get dressed for her first day of school and she comes down in her t-ball uniform! It was complete with her crocs (on the wrong feet) and her purse! Obviously she changed to pose with Daddy! We have...