Monthly Archives: September 2009

Vacation Anxiety

My family has taken only two vacations in the last ten years. Because I am a single parent of four children, three of whom have significant disabilities, planning a vacation overwhelms me. For instance, one of our two vacations has been a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. That one worked pretty well because I had…

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Special Exposure Wednesday.

    Ivy. Our everyday princess. Got a photo to share? Why don’t you join in this Special Exposure Wednesday.  Please remember your comment love at each link you visit. Also blogging at Three Ring Circus

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No H1N1 vaccine for us, thanks

A few weeks back my mom asked if I was going to get the “swine flu shot” for Bear. My answer: “NO!” She looked at me like I am nuts (a look I get from her and others all.the.time.) and I proceeded to ramble off my reasons for choosing to not get this new vaccine….

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Forget the kids—let’s talk about US!

Me: I remember her fondly. That is, the me who used to spend Sunday afternoons reading. The me who used to go out dancing on Saturday night with girlfriends, and end up grooving with some cute guy on the dance floor. The me who used to love planning exotic vacations just as much as going…

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Magic Marker Monday — Tea Time…

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” ~Pablo Picasso Welcome to Magic Marker Monday! If you haven’t heard about Magic Marker Monday yet, click here and then hurry right back… In the words of a seven-year-old… It’s our whole family havin’ tea, Mommy! I din’t…

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Shifting goals

I am scheduled to run a 5K next weekend. Well, I could run or walk, but I’ve committed to run, albeit very, very slowly. I am not an athlete. I have never been an athlete. In high school, I was girl who played trombone and acted in the local drama productions. In college, I played…

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Why It Hurts

This is a re-post from my blog from March 2008, but the words still need to be said over and over until everyone gets it. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but hopefully someone will read it and find it helpful today. Tonight I have been surfing the net and checking up on…

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Pretending

“Mom, I’m calling you about something important,” Matthew said earnestly, “listen very carefully.” I could almost feel his brown eyes glaring through the phone – I could see his eyebrows framing them with concern. “I very seriously need to move in with a girl for a very good reason,” he continued. Matthew had just moved…

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand (among other things)

I’ve got birds – I’ve got bees – what I don’t have is a teenage daughter who understands her sexuality. But that teenage daughter is longing for those things she is having trouble labeling. My 18 year old daughter, Jessica, is significantly intellectually disabled. But her hormones work just fine, and she is trying to…

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Today I…

Have a meeting with Spiff’s team at the high school. My post will be about that meeting, because I’m sure it is going to be a doozy. So stay tuned. Watch this space. I love it when people don’t read IEP’s. It makes my job (and my son’s) just that much harder. Sigh. Back with…

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