Other Sunshine

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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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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Could This Tiny Packet Change My Daughter’s Life?

October 14, 2014

Strictly speaking: No, because it’s a sample. But packets like it – filled with real blood, not just a demo fluid made to look like it – do have the power to positively impact children with cerebral palsy, autism, diabetes, and other health conditions that have no cure and few treatment options. My recent trip […]

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Seven Snippets: Adorable Sushi Dates, Progress on the Fire Truck Bed, and the Southern Elaine Benes

October 10, 2014

— 1 — This story about Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and his new friend Ann may be the cutest thing I have seen all year. It’s almost six minutes long, but worth every second. You can read more about the story here and here. — 2 — The kids and I went to the county band […]

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There’s No Village for Special Needs

October 9, 2014

I’ve noticed a lot of people these days lamenting the loss of the “village” in parenting. In the past, women banded together to help each other; the newbies had built-in mentors to lean on for help or advice. But today, extended families are scattered, so mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts are no longer readily available to […]

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Seven Snippets: Joyful Defiance, Meal Planning, and the Un-pampered Chef

October 3, 2014

— 1 — No doubt it: Nathan is a stickler for his routine. We’ve noticed him being a little … quirky … about wanting things done certain ways, but it was always pretty mild and somewhat charming. Now that he’s going to the same school five days per week (and therefore has the same daily routine), […]

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Our Ordinary Extraordinary Saturday

September 30, 2014

Last fall, we took the kids to their first Auburn football game. I stressed about navigating Game Day in the days leading up to it, and parts of it were, without a doubt, a challenge. It was bittersweet and strange, but I was glad that we took them – so glad that we decided to […]

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Seven Snippets: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Fire Truck (Bed)

September 26, 2014

— 1 — You want to see what progress has been made on the Fire Truck Bed, right? Well, your wish is my command: This photo was taken Wednesday night, before Mr. Andi built the steps (which will double as storage). It’ll probably be a couple more weeks before it’s completely finished – we (read: Mr. Andi) […]

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How to Be a Loser Tourist in NYC

September 25, 2014

I took a whirlwind trip to New York this week. I left around 9:00 on Monday morning and flew back on Tuesday, arriving home just after 9:00 p.m. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen some tweets from me about what I was doing, but if not, I’ll be writing more about […]

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