Monthly Archives: May 2011

On Vacation This Week

I wish that could report to you that I’m laying on this beach sipping a cool alcoholic beverage and thinking about all my daily struggles that I left at home. But in truth …

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I Am That Tiger

I originally posted this years ago when I blogged under the name “Mia Hysteria”…yes, you know, General Hysteria. Don’t go looking, that site is no longer up. I’ve since come to peace with our family’s life and what was that blog’s purpose is no more. Digressing…. But this piece still holds true for me. Does…

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Managing My Girl’s Tough Bipolar Weeks

Tough week here. My 9 year old forgot to take her meds once last weekend, and she spun into a pit of moody darkness for the rest of the week. It’s just part of the job with a neuro-atypical child, these zero-to-sixty meltdowns. It’s the crappy part of the job. Here’s how I handled it…

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The one where I’m “JUST” a mom

I have this terrible terrible habit. You see? I introduce myself as “JUST” a mom, ALL the time. A few months ago, I was on facebook when I saw something come across my newsfeed from Holland Bloorview. They were looking for family leaders. At that time, we had just become patients there. But, true Cheryl…

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Magic Marker Monday — Playing With Acrylic Paints…

“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…     A few weeks ago, I picked up a few packs of board canvases…

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Giving Back

The first few years in Precious’ life were pretty hectic.  During the first year, she sometimes had 4 appointments a week, and I had a 2 year-old and a 3 year-old at home with their own activities and appointments.  Now that Precious is in the Primary Special Needs class for next year, and the other…

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Speechless…finally!

Hello all! Today, I took my son on a “Thomas the Train” ride with both of his grandmothers.  It was a little cooler today, last year it was SOO HOT, I prefered it this way.  Our local Children’s Hospital received some donated tickets for the kids, and one of our therapists thought of us (even…

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A Prayer For Memorial Day

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day Holiday in the US, I thought it’s fitting to take a moment to pray for our Armed Forces. While I realize that not everyone who reads the posts on this site might share my beliefs, I hope nobody would find this prayer offensive. Furthermore, I hope everyone, in…

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I have it…

…it being–summeritis. It happens every year. At some point in April, I start realizing that school is finally going to be over. And I love that! This week is the end of school for us, and we’re up to our eyeballs in finals, papers, and turning in supplies. I get giddy about summer. Even though…

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iPod Touch and iPad Apps for Special Needs

In my last post I mentioned how we use an iPod Touch to help Peanut communicate.  Dana, a speech pathologist, asked me what apps we have found useful in helping Peanut with her communication.  We have found a few apps that we like, but I thought it would be fun to see what everyone else…

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