Category Archives: Laughing Through The Tears

Conversational Carousel

The other day I took the child to a nearby amusement park. We enjoyed our mommy-daughter outing with one of her friends and her mom. One of the rides we most enjoyed was the 100 year old carousel. It was truly beautiful. The horses had hair tails instead of painted ones, and there were even…

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Trusting Our Kids to Live Their Strengths

Sometimes, I’m amazed at my own craziness. Like when I plan to go to the store at the last minute before dinner with hungry kids and a child with SPD who forgot her jacket. Or when I go hiking in flip-flops…. “Mom! Are you okay?” My 4 year old yelled over the rushing water that…

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My buddy and me~~

Ok, maybe it dates me that I can remember that tune that played out on television…”My buddy, my BUDdy, My buddy¬†and me can climb up a tree, my buddy and me¬†are the best friends we can be~~ My buddy and me” I wish I could turn the picture for you…but editing isn’t letting me. Anyway,…

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Old school still stings…

I don’t have to tell anyone, I don’t think, about how HOT it’s been this week. As I said before I’m a facebooker too, and sometimes my saturday posts get away from me, sorry. Some days blend into the next, but I digress. My father’s family has all kind of “drifted” apart (not saying that…

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Strange Milestones We Have Met

Something strange has happened to my perception of childhood milestones. Perhaps because it took my daughter a little longer to meet many of them, I’ve sort of made up my own list along the way. It’s not that I’ve given up watching for the standard markers, it’s more that I appreciate events that other parents…

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Update & buying friends…

So here goes, today was the orthopedic appointment I talked about 2 weeks ago. No surgery this summer, is what the doctor said. But he may need it further down the line probably 2 more times. I checked to make sure he wasn’t near retirement yet…he assured me he had at least another 15 or…

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Two Peas in a pod…

Two peas in a pod may sound like twins but I swear if you looked at my husband and my son you’d see that they were cut from the same mold. They look so much a like it’s just unreal! I appreciate my husband and all that he does…even tonight when I wanted to come…

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Anticipation of Orthopedic visit

It’s the night before surgery, and the house is a wreck. Tristan is sleeping but the bag is not packed. I’m on the internet, Steve’s watching t.v. We’re both in denial that it’ll soon be here. Early to rise, to arrive at 6:00, not looking forward this, I feel sick at the thought. I think…

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Our Bipolar Happy Hour

It’s always the same. Like Bill Murray’s movie, Groundhog Day. It’s the same in our home every single day, no matter what we do, what medications we try, what therapies we employ. My 9 year old just lives on the relentless Bipolar mood roller coaster. Every. single. day. Every day: …I wake her gently, quietly……

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Language is Amazing

For the most part the child’s language seems pretty typical now, but every once in a while something pops up that just highlights how differently she processes words. The exchange yesterday between the child (age 7) and her little sister (age 3) went something like this… 7 yo: “You Dare!” 3 yo: “I’m not a…

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