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Were you wondering last week how I managed to get so many photos of Sarah Kate at her band debut with Nathan in tow? I did not, in fact, become incredibly capable of multitasking and managing Nathan in a crowd, as you might (almost certainly not) have guessed. My friend, Shelton, who is infinitely more fun and laid back than I am, offered to keep him while we went to the game.

Shelton has three boys of her own – sixth grade on down – and they (especially the middle and youngest) LOVE Nathan. According to her, they were over-the-moon excited about his visit. I dropped him off at 5:30 p.m. on the dot and tried not to squeal the tires on my way out of her driveway.

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So we made it to the stadium and Shelton started texting me the sweetest, most adorable cell phone pics ever. The boys clearly were having a LARGE time.

This one is my favorite – Nathan looks like Little Brother.






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The downside of sending Nathan to Shelton’s house is … they are Bama fans. That isn’t something I ordinarily would hold against them, but I do draw the line at having him drink out of Bama cups and teaching him to say “Roll Tide.” I already have one child who’s been tempted to defect – I don’t need two.


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Halloween is tonight (WOOT!) so I thought I’d do a little #FlashbackFriday. Sarah Kate and Nathan will continue their annual tradition of having coordinating costumes – Superman and Wonder Woman – as they have the past three years (basically since Nathan was old enough to go). Ironically, we dressed him as an angel for his first Halloween. An ANGEL. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

2011 – Pebbles and Bamm Bamm

2012 – Padme Amidala (or, as most of the neighbors thought, Princess Leia) and R2D2

2013 – St. Joan of Arc and her horse

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You guys are totally on board with another Frozen snippet, right? How about a carefully laid out case that Frozen is just a Disney-fied reboot of The Shining? Before you go WHA? and skip to the next snippet, go read it. I’d posit that Frozen is at least as much like The Shining as the fairy tale it’s supposed to be based on, and Disney has deviated before – The Little Mermaid was way different from the original Hans Christian Andersen tale.


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I finally got on board with Doctor Who, and I took Sarah Kate along as my companion (Whovians, see what I did there?) I’ve been hearing about it FOR.EV.ER but when Haley shared a link to this great Beginner’s Guide to Doctor Who I figured I’d give it a go. Mr. Andi loved the classic series when he lived in Australia in the 80s so it had that going for it, too (though he’s completely disinterested now).

I used the one-off method, starting with “Blink” but instead of jumping into Series Five after the first four episodes she recommended, we went back to the beginning. Sarah Kate joined me after “Blink” and we’ve watched at least one episode together (and usually two) every day since we started. She’s right at the age where it terrifies her but she wants to keep watching. :)

I will admit that those early episodes in Series One had terrible special effects (2005, low budget!) and the cheese factor was exceedingly high – it’s unlikely I’d have ever made it past the first few if I had started there – but what everyone says about the series is right. The show got better around mid-series one so now we’re primed to keep going. Do you watch?

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Speaking of Stuff You Can Watch on BBC America, I’m looking for someone – anyone! – who  is a fan of Orphan Black. I’m not sure how I even heard about it, but I started watching when the first episode aired in 2013. I think it’s fascinating and the actress who plays the protagonist on the show, Tatiana Maslany, deserves an Emmy. She is AMAZING! I have never found another soul who watches it, though, and therefore no one to hash it out with. Do you watch? If you don’t but are curious … it’s free on Amazon Prime!

Have a great weekend!

This post was inspired by and is linked to Conversion Diary‘s 7 Quick Takes.




I’ll be honest – this call for photos for Down Syndrome Awareness Month was kind of an afterthought, triggered by Ellen’s recent Parents post. But I am SO. GLAD. I did it, because now my blog is filled with all of these beautiful faces. How about that handsome guy, Troy (and his handsome pup), up top?


You might recognize Alec – his family was passing near Mayberry not long ago and we met for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel.


Alex is a local boy – the kids and I see him every morning when I drop Sarah Kate off at school, and he greets us out the car window.


Brunson’s photo makes me laugh – Nathan has driven his Power Wheels 4-wheeler into our fence countless times (while being followed by the dog).


Sweet Colton in the sand…which reminds me, I need to vacuum my bedroom. Nathan played in the sandbox at school on Thursday and I took his shoes off in my room.



Darcie is the cutest pumpkin I’ve seen in a long time!



You may remember Ethan, Nathan’s carnival games partner, from last year’s Buddy Walk.


What a fun-loving little dude Jack seems to be!


I hope Jackson is better at soccer than Nathan was.

Kyler and his brothers

I love seeing buddies with their siblings, like Kyler and his brothers.


I swear, Katherine Eileen could be Nathan’s younger sister – the hair, the expression, the mischievous twinkle in the eye…



Lexi and Lila are sisters – aren’t they adorable in their matching outfits?





I’m a sucker for little kids in glasses, and Mary-Lynn is rocking hers!



All babies are cute, but Olivia is ADORBS!


Nathan with Katie (2012)

Yep, that’s MY Nathan, but I’m including it because when I put out the call for buddy photos, my friend Katie shared this photo of HER buddy. It was taken two years ago (almost to the day) at her wedding.


Thank you all so, so much for sharing photos of your buddies with me and my readers. This collection of images demonstrates how diverse they really are – there’s no doubt it’s a myth that people with Down syndrome all look alike. But, of course, you already knew that. :)


The Rolling Clarinet

October 28, 2014

Sarah Kate made her band debut on Friday night. The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade band students were invited to participate in the pre-game spirit tunnel and first half pep music at the Mayberry football game. Participation wasn’t mandatory, so I was glad Sarah Kate wanted to join in. Things got off to a rocky […]

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Sun-Beams: October 26, 2014

October 26, 2014

Sun-Beams is a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, inform, or encourage you, as well as my favorite photo posted on my other blog, Violet Film, from the past week. Alzheimer’s-Down syndrome relationship explained – Fascinating new research into the “why” Overcoming odds, MMA fighter […]

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Seven Snippets: Engine Block Biscuits, Spirit Tunnels, and a Bilingual Parrot

October 24, 2014

— 1 — Mr. Andi left for his annual Louisiana fishing trip earlier this week, which he takes every fall with his fave uncle – he leaves around 1:00 am so that he can have his boat in the water by 6:00 am. As he was finishing up packing, he told me he had spoken […]

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The Myth of the Fenced Backyard

October 23, 2014

Three years ago, Mr. Andi, with the help of a neighbor, built our backyard fence. Back then, he was in a race against time before Nathan started walking (which would lead to escaping). We opted for a wooden picket fence because we had grown used to the vast expanse across our yard and our back-door […]

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Why Our Buddy Didn’t Walk This Year

October 21, 2014

Had you noticed I haven’t mentioned Down Syndrome Awareness Month this year? Every October since Nathan was born in 2010, our family has participated in a local Buddy Walk for Down syndrome. Well … it’s kind of local. We walk with the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile County (DSSMC), but we don’t live in Mobile County. […]

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Sun-Beams: October 19, 2014

October 19, 2014

Sun-Beams is a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, inform, or encourage you, as well as my favorite photo posted on my other blog, Violet Film, from the past week. What People Can’t Tell About Kids With Down Syndrome From Looks Alone – Great stuff […]

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Seven Snippets … Or Not

October 17, 2014

I’ve got a list of snippets for you, but I was hit hard this week by the stomach flu, and … I just didn’t have the strength to finish typing them up. I’ll hold the details on Sarah Kate’s new braces, a video of Nathan the first night he got his fire truck loft bed, […]

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Yep, He Really Did It: The Fire Truck Loft Bed

October 16, 2014

Remember a couple of months ago when we dreamed of building a fire truck loft bed for Nathan? Back then I said: Mr. Andi is 100% sure he can build it, but I’m only 60% certain he can do it, so I calculate the odds of us attempting it at 80%…..Stay tuned. Well, the bed is (mostly) finished so I […]

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