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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Sorta-Confessions of a CP Parent

October 2, 2014

A couple of years ago, Sarah wrote a post, Confessions From a CP Adult, that I saved to my “Post Ideas” notebook in Evernote. I have dozens of ideas, going back over three years, in that notebook, most of which I will never use. But I re-read Sarah’s post recently and in light of the fact […]

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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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Sun-Beams: September 28, 2014

September 28, 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. According to Jenkins, Best to Keep a Person With Down Syndrome at Home – A […]

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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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Weekend Warriors

September 23, 2014

On Saturday night, I was sitting on the couch with a traumatized Stella in my lap (we shaved her – it wasn’t fun) and I got to thinking: this blog used to be all about our daily life, with much (most?) of it in photos, but over the past several months it really hasn’t been. I think […]

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Sun-Beams: September 21, 2014

September 21, 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. Boy’s ‘True Colors’ Cover Reminds World His Sister With Down Syndrome Is Like Any […]

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Seven Snippets: Zoom Ball, Waiting Room Therapy Sessions, and Pick a Sister: Elsa or Anna

September 19, 2014

— 1 — If your child goes to physical therapy, are you familiar with Zoom Ball? Because we most certainly are. In 2006, I have a photo of Sarah Kate playing Zoom Ball with her therapist, Carrie, in Birmingham following her rhizotomy. In 2014, I have an almost-identical photo of Sarah Kate playing Zoom Ball […]

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Special Needs Land Mine: The Fast Food Play Area

September 18, 2014

I can remember it like it was yesterday. Some of the moms of kids in Sarah Kate’s preschool in Decatur, Alabama decided to get together for coffee at the McDonald’s near I-65. We were all navigating the chaos of having preschoolers at home – those years when you do your best to talk to your […]

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