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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Nathan, the Very Worst Brother

June 10, 2014

This past Sunday at Mass, just prior to the homily, our priest introduced a host of visiting seminarians. One is “interning” with our parish for a couple of months this summer, and the other four are visiting this week from the religious order Institute of the Incarnate Word (abbreviated IVE for the Spanish Instituto del […]

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VIDEO(s): A Little Happy and A Little Progress

June 5, 2014

First I want to say how much I appreciate how you all have stuck with us over these past several weeks. I’ve mostly kept my regular blogging schedule, but I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants doing it. It’s been tough. Keeping an energetic small boy (who is used to being more-or-less the […]

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The Words I Was Sure I’d Never Say

May 22, 2014

Another school year has come and gone. Come August, Sarah Kate will move up to the sixth grade, and Nathan will be in Pre-K. We’ve registered him for three days a week again at the same private preschool he’s attended the past two years, and of course, he’s also still eligible for the developmental preschool […]

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What My Eyes See and What Photos Don’t Show – Take 9

May 1, 2014

Welcome to my new series “Andi catches up on all the stuff she was supposed to blog about back in March but forgot…” Yes, this is supposed to be a quarterly feature, in which I post my five favorite photos on the last Tuesday (or Thursday, depending on the calendar) for that quarter. Over a month […]

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TOTS Soccer: Splendor in the Grass (More Like “Kick in the Grass…”)

April 29, 2014

Yep. I forgot to blog about soccer. I KNOW, RIGHT? How could I possibly forget to post pictures and talk about Nathan’s soccer debut, when I’ve covered Sarah Kate’s swim team and softball exploits ad nauseum? But forget I apparently did, because the only things I can find on the blog about soccer are the photo above […]

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March 13, 2014

Yep. Nathan turns four today (and Mr. Andi turns 44). 2010 2011 2012 2013 Happy Birthday, Nate-Nate! For Nathan’s birth story, go here, here, and here.

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The Other – Much Less Dramatic But No Less Fun – Disney Kids Race

March 4, 2014

What can I say about Nathan’s race, which immediately followed Sarah Kate’s triumph? He was ready to go. Or at least he was ready to give a thumbs up. And based on the graph her Fitbit generated, I think he and Katie ran at least a mile in the corral waiting on us before his […]

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February 25, 2014

I teased our trip to the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend with the photo in this week’s Sun-Beams and also in the Snippets on Friday, and as much as I’d like to give you the whole story today, we just drove back in last night and I don’t have enough functioning brain cells to do […]

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What My Eyes See and What Photos Don’t Show – Take 8

January 2, 2014

Photography is a big part of this blog, and of my life. I do what I can to show the world that life with two children with special needs – cerebral palsy and Down syndrome – is beautiful, special, and, yes, rather ordinary. At the end of each quarter I post my five favorite photos […]

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