Fire Ants Suck, and a High Pain Tolerance Can, Too

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Ants are annoying, nasty, little buggers, but fire ants? A whole different class of insect. I have a lesion from a fire ant bite on my right thumb knuckle right now, and the pain from it – both initially and over the next few days as it healed – felt like a burn from a […]

My Other Last Place Finisher

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He isn’t as famous as his sister, he wasn’t spotted by (nor did he pose for a photo with) a stranger. He didn’t struggle through rehab to get to this point, and I’m not sure he even realized he was going to run until we showed up and pinned a number to his back, but I’m still […]

The Obligatory Blog Post About Halloween

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As is our Halloween tradition, the kids dressed in coordinating costumes again this year. The original plan was for them to be Violet and Dash from The Incredibles, which would have been especially appropriate for the younger one (ahem), but we couldn’t find a Violet in Sarah Kate’s size and I wasn’t up for a DIY so […]

The Myth of the Fenced Backyard

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Three years ago, Mr. Andi, with the help of a neighbor, built our backyard fence. Back then, he was in a race against time before Nathan started walking (which would lead to escaping). We opted for a wooden picket fence because we had grown used to the vast expanse across our yard and our back-door […]

Why Our Buddy Didn’t Walk This Year

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Had you noticed I haven’t mentioned Down Syndrome Awareness Month this year? Every October since Nathan was born in 2010, our family has participated in a local Buddy Walk for Down syndrome. Well … it’s kind of local. We walk with the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile County (DSSMC), but we don’t live in Mobile County. […]

Nathan’s First Fun Run

You saw the picture on Sunday. Nathan looked “all grown up” – ready to attempt his first 1-mile fun run. He was looking at the camera, smiling broadly, as if to say, “I got this.” The reality? Not quite as smooth as you might expect. It was a last-minute decision to put him in the race. […]

Special Needs Land Mine: The Fast Food Play Area

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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 […]

Insta #MayberryRoadTrip

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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, […]