A Floor Full Of Duplo’s And A Heart Full Of Joy

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A Floor Full Of Legos And Duplos!

My wife is in Italy this week with her mom for a fun-mother-daughter-vacation-before-we-have-our-second-child-trip which means Noah and I are home alone! She’s only been gone for a few days (she left Saturday) and we  miss her like crazy! But I’m  glad she’s getting a chance to spend some quality time with her mom this week! She really deserves it!

A Boys Night In

Noah and I are also getting a chance to spend some quality time together this week as well. (Although we’re not eating nearly as good as we’re accustom to…my wife is an amazing cook!) One of Noah’s (and my) favorite toys are his Duplo cars and Lego City sets. They are easy for him to play with, he gets a ton of use out of them, and they have a ton of great occupational therapy benefits. I’m pretty sure he could play with them all day long (as could I.)

Tonight after dinner we emptied his huge plastic tub of Duplo blocks on the living floor and had a blast! In fact, I think we’ll do it again tomorrow night! Which also means I didn’t see a need in picking them all up. 🙂

A Messy Floor And A Full Heart

The picture you see above is the aftermath of tonights lego adventure. What looks like a mess to you is actually a great reminder of how full of joy my heart is. I love being a dad. I love being Noah’s dad. This kid has absolutely captured my heart, and I love how much fun we get to have together every. single. day.

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My life is a million times more fun because this little boy is in it.

Headed to bed with a messy living room, and a very full heart.

(Oh, and if you see my wife please don’t tell her that our living room floor looks like this, ok?) 🙂

What kind of toys does your child enjoy playing with? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. You guys always make my heart smile 🙂

  2. Not a mess! A labor of love that will continue to grow tomorrow.

  3. Dorothy Cheney says


    Your statement, “This kid has absolutely captured my heart, and I love how much fun we get to have together every. single. day.” really sums up life with a child with DS. Most of the time these kids are happy, loving, and just plain fun to be around. Keep playing and learning together!


  4. My brother was also into duplo from an early age.
    Now at the age of 28 he has been collecting scalextric for the past 6 years.
    He has always enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, and has consistently been increasing the number if pieces in each subsequent jigsaw he asks for at the shop.

    • That’s awesome, thanks for your comment! I actually had to google scalextric, they look awesome! Noah REALLY likes cars, and I can’t wait until he gets old enough to play with race tracks like this. I think we’ll have a ton of fun together doing that.

      I also can’t wait to have a train set with him some day!

  5. Seeing pics of Noah and your post always brings joy to my day and a smile to my heart!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful baby boy with us! And Congrats to you all on the new baby boy!!

  6. I need to remember this about our messy, toy-filled living room. I’m trying to get Little Man to understand that he needs to pick his toys up but he gives me the confused dog head-tilt. Silly boy.

    I do, however, get him to pick up his Duplos and Legos. He’s pretty good about that. His other toys, yeah…no way. Also, he loves books and my iPad.

    • Oh yah, Noah is a HUGE fan of his iPad also! What are some of your boy’s favorite ipad apps?

      • He loves all of the Angry Birds ones (not that he really understands what he’s doing). I do have a couple of other ones he seems to enjoy like PBS app and….shoot, I can’t remember what it’s called. It’s by Agnitus. It’s pretty fast-paced, which is what he needs because he doesn’t sit still. Ever. He also loves finding things he likes in Netflix and YouTube (usually it’s Angry Birds videos or Donald Duck).

  7. That looks like our floor 15 years ago, and it was a constantly evolving Thomas the Tank Engine track! And it’s great for dads and sons to have “boy time” just like it’s great for your wife and her mom to have “girl time”. And your messy secret is safe with me! 😉

  8. Your YouTube posts had come to my attention long before my son was born, I distinctly remember the one of Noah blowing “raspberries ” and thinking how cute he was, so when we got the diagnoses 2 months ago and I was going through all the emotions that natural come with it I remembered your family and went back to YouTube and eventually here and read and watched and learned that my son is a blessing and not to fear DS because everything is going to be ok. Sorry for rambling but I wanted to say thank you for taking some of the fear away

    • Wow, how interesting it is when God works thing together like that!

      So you guys were watching our videos before you had a Down syndrome diagnosis? Do you remember how you found our videos in the first place?

      How is your son doing? How are you guys doing?

  9. Michael Mansley says

    I have determined that Noah and my daughter, Arianna, are twins separated by birth and a couple of years (she’s 6 1/2). She is a waffle fanatic and a duplo/Lego “master engineer.


  10. Dianne Yallalee says

    I really enjoy your blog posts and pictures on Facebook. I am the grandmother of a 6 month old boy named Sawyer. He also was a surprise to the family. We didn’t know he had Down syndrome until he was born. He is thriving! And he is so so cute!
    My husband and I live in Garland, TX (not so far from you!) and Sawyer lives with his parents in Monterey, CA. We went to visit him just a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time since he was born so it was so much fun to see so much personality, and be able to hug and kiss him!
    What I am really interested in is if you have a team for the Buddy Walk in the Dallas area. My daughter has signed them up for the Buddy Walk in San Jose to which I have contributed. But I was wondering if you had a team here.
    I am attaching a picture of me and Sawyer taken Sept 19th in California.
    God Bless you and your beautiful family….and the new son!

    • Your little grandson is ADORABLE!!! Thanks for sharing his picture! We have made a Buddy Walk Team for the Dallas Buddy Walk in the past (http://noahsdad.com/buddy-walk-2012-dallas/) and I think we plan on being there again this year, and if so we’re off to a very late start. 🙂

      Life has just been so busy lately we haven’t even thought much about this years Buddy Walk…so thinks for the reminder! And how kind of you to offer to be on our team, we’ll certainly let you know if we end up creating a team (and keep a look out on our blog as we’ll blog about it if we end up doing it as well.)

      Does you get the chance to see your grandson very often? Do they have any plans to visit Dallas any time soon?

  11. Noah just keeps getting cuter and cuter! Our daughter with DS turned 12 in July – she makes us laugh every day.

    I just finished a Christmas music video, and I think one of the pictures I pulled off of the web is one of Noah – it was too adorable to pass up 😛

    I do a Christmas music series on my blog every December, and this year I decided to try my hand at making my own videos – this one accompanies Day #20’s selections.

    Noah’s picture comes at around 1:20 –

    • Thanks for the kind words, and great work on your video!

      I didn’t know you were from Ft. Worth, we’re from the DFW area as well.

      In fact, did you know there is a big Down Syndrome awareness / Fund raising event going on at the Stockyards today?

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