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I'm a WAHM to a 7-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. Left the full-time work field in criminal justice and mental health to be at home with my children. Haven't lost my sanity yet! :-)

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April 10th, 2014

Spring Bird Using Child’s Footprint

I thought this was adorable. The Younger made this in class, so I wanted to share it. It looks easy enough, and I think it would make a great Easter project/gift for Grandparents or other family members. Maybe even a good gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!


February 12th, 2014

Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

While I’d like to take credit for these, I didn’t come up with the idea myself. I saw it on Pinterest, and all I can say is that I did go to the store myself and I punched the designs into the paint chip cards. Not much effort on my part, but I’m still impressed that I did it…

The Younger and I had a good time with these, after a lot of silent cursing and bruised thumbs because I bought the worst craft punches ever. She got to cut the ribbon and told me where to punch the hearts and stars, and then she did some “free” art with the cutouts. Read the rest of this entry »

December 13th, 2013


My son turns 10 today. I’ve been saying it out loud to let the words roll over my tongue in an effort to make them sound real and to get used to saying them. He’s a decade old. A fourth grader. A 10-year-old boy. A pre-teen. A fighter. A warrior. A hero.


I pulled out some e-mails that I don’t read very often. I was feeling nostalgic over things I couldn’t remember and wasn’t even sure I wanted to, and sometimes these glances into the past are as shocking to me as they would be to someone who hadn’t lived through what we did.

“Yesterday was a little rough… They promised me I could hold him and feed him after getting some blood from his feet.. he was crying… his head had swollen so much!… I was told I couldn’t hold him because his respiratory rate was too high… I got to hold his feeding tube so it was sort of like I was feeding him… They had to pump the remaining cc’s of milk into him since he couldn’t hold it…They’re going to try the open-air crib tomorrow and monitor him…”

Some of the memories come crashing back Read the rest of this entry »

November 26th, 2013

Thankful Turkey

I’ve been promising The Younger that we would do our thankful turkeys, but we’ve been so busy getting everything ready for the Cub Scout camping weekend, I didn’t have time before today.

This was super easy to make, and both The Younger and The Older had so much fun making them! All you need is construction paper, paper bags (the lunch size ones), glue, a pen, old newspaper, and some googly eyes (if you want them). Read the rest of this entry »


August 15th, 2013

What Is Normal?

“But he looks so normal!”

I hear this frequently, and every time I do, it gets a little easier. I used to try and figure out if the well-intended speaker meant that my son looks too normal to have the kinds of trials he does, if they meant I was “lucky” that he looks like “all the other kids,” or if they were just in shock that his outward appearance doesn’t quite match up to what’s going on inside his mind and body. Over the past 2 years since The Older’s diagnoses, I’ve learned to just say “thank you,” because what else is there to say? I don’t expect anyone to know the appropriate things to say or what I ‘need’ to hear from them on any given day; honestly, things change so much in our lives, what was good yesterday may be something I don’t want to hear today. I would like to think that those who utter this phrase mean it in a kind way, and I take it as such even if the delivery and what follows sometimes makes me think otherwise. What comes to mind when I think of this is the time I met someone briefly, and when I explained why The Older was talking a blue streak about his doctors and how much he hated that another medication was added to his 7 daily medications, she said, “But, he looks so normal!” Not ten seconds after that, she whispered, “How do you stand it, all of his problems and doctors and such? Does that get in the way, or can you still work?” I don’t need to tell you that I could have taken that in the very worst way, but I didn’t. As a mother of a child with “Special Needs,” you have learn to let that stuff roll off your shoulders and box it up neatly somewhere deep inside yourself or you’ll go crazy.

As you can tell Read the rest of this entry »

August 13th, 2013

Working Out Without Knowing It

While we were in New Hampshire last month, there was a great hill we had to walk up to use the neighbor’s pool. The kids ran up like it was nothing, and it reminded me how small people exercise without even realizing it. I had to wonder when that sort of ‘natural’ working out stops in our lives and how we can get it back. It seems like we have to carve time into our schedules to move our bodies, and that saddens me. I’ve been trying to take a cue from my kiddos and be active whenever I can (in the pool, outside while they’re playing, in the house cleaning or whatever), and I’ve been a bit more successful. There’s room for improvement, of course, but I’m trying to restructure my life a bit so it’s more “normal.”

July 15th, 2013

Summer Reading

Admittedly, The Older dislikes reading. By “dislike,” I mean the roll-on-the-floor-screaming-when-asked-to-read  type of dislike. It’s one of the biggest struggles here at home, unless there’s a school competition going on or some way to earn things (like our local library’s Read Your Way to the Rays program). I struggle with this every year, so I was so pleased when I found this in Target’s $1 bin!

It’s basically a way for me to see what he’s reading, make sure he understands what he’s reading, and gives him a chance to give his opinion about the book.

I figure if I combine this with local reading programs or programs on the internet like the Scholastic Summer Challenge, we’ll be set!


May 14th, 2013

Magic School Bus

There was a Mamasource deal a few weeks ago that I spent a lot of time thinking about, and then I bit the bullet and bought it. It was for a discounted 12-month subscription to the Magic School Bus Young Scientist Club, and when I showed it to The Older, he went crazy over it. Since he got moved to the advanced math and science classes he’s gotten more interested in science (the whys and hows, not just the that-looks-cool-now-let-us-move-on). He struggles a bit with the science part, however, so I thought this might be a nice way to work with him over the summer. I’m going to be working on my lesson plans again so I can work on reading comprehension and science, and I am excited to see what the first kit is going to hold so I can try to weave it all together. Can’t wait for the summer to begin!!!

April 17th, 2013

Easy Caprese Salad

I love Caprese salads, but I’m used to having them in their “full-sized version” with an entire slice of tomato, whole slice of mozzarella, and a basil leaf. In trying to cut back on calories, I came across a version that cut down on the calories and fat but NOT on the taste! I modified it a bit to my own liking, and I came up with a version that The Younger can help me with and that satisfies my craving! (I cut everything up, and The Younger got to arrange it in the bowl and add the vinegar. She had a great time and even tasted it, although the vinegar was a bit strong for her liking).

This would be a great for in the summer!

  • Sliced organic cherry tomatoes (4)
  • Chopped organic basil leaf (1)
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese (1 oz)
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinager
  • Mix the above ingredients and serve

March 20th, 2013

Reusing Pasta Boxes

… to hold birdseed!

I’ve had these old pasta boxes around, and I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with them. I had one on the kitchen counter from making baked ziti, and boy was I glad it was there when our bag of birdseed broke! I was able to salvage most of it, and now I can put it safely in the cabinet. It’ll be easier for the kids to open and get their hands into as well, and now I don’t have to worry about spilled seed all over my floor :-)