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First Days, Tween Daughters, and Tori Amos

August 21, 2014

The little guy was supposed to be the tough one. After four years of having Nathan mostly at home, messing stuff up and making it oh, so difficult to get things done, Nathan started pre-K on Monday. Six hours per day, five days per week. I thought I would be sad or lonely or … something. But each […]

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Nathan and the Green “P”

August 5, 2014

Several weeks ago, I expressed my frustration to G, Nathan’s speech therapist, about how he chews his shirts, the tails of stuffed animals, and other inappropriate objects around the house. She ducked into the back and reappeared with two pieces of tubing – green and blue – that she had cut off of a roll […]

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Basil, Tomatoes, and Cheese – Oh, My!

June 30, 2014

Honestly, I don’t give a rip about the raised bed garden. Mr. Andi is definitely the one with the green thumb around here. For the first two decades of my life, my mom openly mused that One Day I would grow to care about plants and gardening, like she and my Mimi did. It was in my genes! But after […]

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Feather Your Nest This Spring!

April 23, 2014

By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever! You guys know that I rarely pitch products here – I prefer to write about our ordinary/extraordinary lives and squeak by on just enough ad dollars to cover the costs of maintaining the blog. But when this deal […]

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Still Dancing…Because They’re Born to Boogie

November 21, 2013

I’ve said it before: the Wii was life-changing for Sarah Kate. As a kid who struggles with balance, anything that would help her improve and not seem like therapy was a technology I wanted. Despite not being a gaming family, we were early adopters of the Wii when it came out years ago. Not all […]

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My Christmas Star

December 17, 2012

Like a lot of people, I’m resistant to the “Christmas creep” – the way that stores (and people!) begin decorating before the Thanksgiving turkey has even been defrosted for cooking. The weeks including the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day are what is known in many Western Christian churches as Advent, which is intended […]

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Just Dance!

December 4, 2012

For most people, the Nintendo Wii is just a game. A diversion. A way to have fun and burn a few calories. But for my family, the Nintendo Wii was life changing. In the spring of 2008, Sarah Kate was finishing pre-K and preparing for kindergarten. Although she had made a great deal of progress […]

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What I Really Want for Christmas

November 26, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Andi asked me what I’d like to have for Christmas this year. My brain was blank. For the first time in, um…ever, I honestly couldn’t think of a single thing I wanted. I have everything I need, and most of what I want – at least if you take […]

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The Little Player Who Could

October 22, 2012

Every time I show up at the ballpark for one of Sarah Kate’s softball games, I marvel at the simple fact that we are there. It never gets old, because every game she plays, every time she swings the bat, and every time I see her head out to her place on the field, I […]

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Toys that are the building blocks of knowledge

September 24, 2012

There is a whole rainbow of colorful and exciting toys out there. Lego, for instance, have been a kids’ favorite for decades now. But how can the discerning parent pick the right models and series for their child with Down Syndrome? Here are two cool new offerings that tick all of the boxes. Lego City […]

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