Sunday, July 17, 2011

Marriott Points anyone?????...and a gardening lesson from Lila

Lila, Nora, and I (and Matt for a bit too) are headed to LA for the month of September for Lila to participate in a four week intensive physical therapy program at Polfit.  Due to Lila's allergies, the length of our stay, and the amount of sleep Lila is going to need, we are needing to stay in accommodations that have a kitchen and separate bedroom.  What this means is that we are looking into a Residence Inn, or the like, and have found that it will cost about $4000 for the entire month.  Therefore, we are reaching out for help in order to assist us in our $4000 stay in LA for the month of September, by donating Marriott points for our stay.  If you, or anyone you know, has Marriott points that they would not mind parting with, I believe we can use the non-profit to help them write it off on this years taxes (the Residence Inn charges 35,000 points per night).  Please put the word out there, and if anyone has any questions about Lila or cerebral palsy, please drop me a note.

Secondly, Lila made Matt and I smile larger than life yesterday when she said, "Mommy, look at my plant".  I couldn't quite understand her, and for the past few years we have been trying to teach her that when we can't understand you we need more words.  So, she rephrased it and said, "look at my flower".  We got it!  Yay!  Then continued by using the sign for "plant", which she must have just learned at school :-)

The next morning she was doing it again, and we asked her what plants need to grow.  Here is what she said:

What a great morning it was!  At the end of the school year in June, her class was learning about plants and how they grow.'s all in there....she can retain information with that growing brain of hers.  Now, let's speed up her processing and she will surpass her peers in no-time :-)

Have a great week!


  1. We are friends of Nicole's, and think we may be able to help with Marriott points. Email me at so we can discuss. Lara & Brian

  2. Hi there! I am a friend of Nicole! I mentioned your need for points to a friend of mine. He doesn't have many, maybe 10,000 but he is going to be in touch with you. He'd like to donate. My email is