My Other Last Place Finisher

November 18, 2014

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 […]

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Finish Strong. Never Stop.

November 11, 2014

Seriously, folks. I don’t even know what to say anymore. Sarah Kate made a return to Walt Disney World this past weekend to attempt the Kids’ Mile for the second time (Spoiler: she finished it). If you need to get caught up, read my original blog post about the first attempt here or go watch the […]

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Nathan’s First Fun Run

October 7, 2014

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. […]

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It’s Here! Sarah Kate Shares With the World #WhyIRunDisney

June 23, 2014

Remember that day when Sarah Kate was The Most Awesome Kid in the World? And remember when the runDisney folks took notice and decided they wanted to share with the rest of the world (you know, all of those folks who weren’t there on that glorious day) how awesome she was? Well, runDisney decided that the […]

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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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What It Was Like to Be the Mom of the Most Awesome Kid in the World1

February 27, 2014

It’s been almost a week, and I’m still blown away. After the disaster that was the First Light Fun Run last month, I wasn’t sure Sarah Kate would be able to complete the Disney Kids 1-Mile, part of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. In fact, “I wasn’t sure” is the understatement of the year – […]

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Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish, which trumps Did Not Start

January 16, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter, Sarah Kate, who has cerebral palsy, came home from running club with a flyer for the First Light Marathon Fun Run – a 1.2-mile event being held in Mobile on January 12. I was registered for the half marathon, and I was happy that she was so excited […]

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Sometimes It Pays to Be Last

January 17, 2013

If you saw Tuesday’s post, then you figured out that we did, indeed, make it down to Disney for marathon weekend. Nathan hasn’t missed one yet (including when he was in the womb), but it was Sarah Kate’s first. I didn’t plan to take her, but her school had half-day off on Thursday and all […]

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Ten (Photos) for Tuesday: Disney Magic

January 15, 2013

I’m sitting here at my desk late on Monday night, wishing I had the energy to weave a tale together for you about the past few days (and honestly, to edit these photos quite a bit more!), but it just ain’t happening. So I’ll be a little bit of a tease and post some photos […]

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Strength vs. Fragility: Tiger Parenting, Disability and Expectations

February 16, 2012

  This week, the Washington Times published a story about Moshe Kai Cavalin, a California boy who completed two associates degrees by age 9 and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UCLA at age 14. Most of us would categorize Cavalin as a genius, but he doesn’t see himself that way. In fact, he’s […]

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