Other Sunshine

Seven Snippets: Step Counts, Self-Propelled Wheelchairs, and the Sound of Silence

August 22, 2014

— 1 — Remember the FitBit Sarah Kate got last week? Here are the screenshots of her step count on Sunday, followed by one of her step count on Monday, the first day of school. We have some issues, needless to say. — 2 — If you have any advice on self-propelled wheelchairs, I’m all […]

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Seven Snippets: The End of Summer, Meeting the Teachers, and the Surprising Giveaway Winner

August 15, 2014

— 1 — School starts on Monday and it’s hard to believe, but … I’m getting a raise! Okay, so not really a raise since I don’t work for anyone, but I’m getting what Mr. Andi called a “Time Raise”. Nathan will be in preschool in an inclusive program five days a week, six hours […]

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Insta #MayberryRoadTrip

August 14, 2014

We headed out last Thursday morning with an extensive itinerary. My stretch goal was to be on the road by 7:00 am, putting us in Auburn around 11:00 for lunch with my friend AnnMarie and her daughter Hannah, though my drop-dead pull out time was 8:00 am. We pulled out of the driveway at 7:08, […]

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Seven Snippets: Last Week’s Mystery Man, Ferris Bueller Shows Us #HowtoDad, and My Current Theme Song

August 8, 2014

— 1 — Remember the two handsome young men pictured in this week’s Sun-Beams post? Obviously, the one on the right is Nathan; the one on the left is sweet Alec. Alec’s mom, Christina, has been reading the blog for awhile and deduced that we must live somewhere near the coastal Alabama/Florida panhandle I-10 corridor. She and her […]

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Mayberry Road Trip: The Sequel and a Giveaway!

August 7, 2014

The Endless Summer is almost over. And I don’t mean “Endless Summer” in a good way. Sarah Kate has been home from school since April 2 – over four months! – and the rehab has been going on for over two. We’ve been in potty training hell for … too long. But both kids will be back […]

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Seven Snippets: Crab Video, Roll Tide (GULP), and a Mother’s Desperate Plea for Some Orange and Blue Love

August 1, 2014

— 1 — My mother-in-law brought a small tent with her last weekend. She set it up in the backyard and both kids climbed in – Nathan sans undies because … potty training. I looked at Mr. Andi and asked, “Over/under on 15 minutes.” He claimed “over” and I ducked inside to grab my phone to […]

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Let’s Talk About Special Needs Parent Guilt

July 30, 2014

I’ve got a new guest post up today at DifferentDream.com about the guilt that special needs parents (and especially moms) have – it’s similar to the guilt that all moms have, but more intense because our children’s needs are more intense. We blame ourself for our children’s condition, or we feel guilty when we don’t push […]

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Inner Beauty Beach: The Return

July 29, 2014

A month ago, I stated that we wouldn’t go to the beach this summer. I was sure the only time my toes would sink in the white-sand beaches and my clothes would smell like the salt air would be the day that my friend Leigh Ann eloped on our favorite beach. Mr. Andi was only slightly more […]

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Seven Snippets: Baseball, Losing Your Therapist, and Potty Progress

July 25, 2014

— 1 — It’s been a week of baseball here in Mayberry! The Dixie Youth 11-12 state tournament was held here from Saturday through yesterday and both of our local teams were in it – one as the host team, and the other as their district winner. Several of the players are the same kids […]

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Seven Snippets: The #PopeCup, The ESPYs, and Recommend a Book for Me

July 18, 2014

— 1 — I’m a few days late, but the #PopeCup memes are still funny, right? This one was my fave:   — 2 — I need a book recommendation. I haven’t been too enthused about anything I’ve read lately, with a few exceptions: the Hunger Games Trilogy (that I finished over a year ago), […]

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