Posts By Kel

KelThese days, I feel like I wear many hats: chef, secretary, financial planner, immigrant, speech therapist, that crazy lady down the street... At the end of the day, though, it always comes down to being a loving wife to my husband John and a mom to our two kids, Eric and Danny. It amazes me daily how quickly they grow and how much they fill our lives with joy. I spend most of my time blogging about the daily adventures of motherhood, and I am proud to be a part of the JustMommies blog family both as a contributor and editor. <br> <br> John and I are blessed to be parents to a special needs child. Our younger son Danny was born with congenital CMV, and I am active in the community trying to spread awareness of this surprisingly common illness. Among his challenges, Danny is deaf, and he uses cochlear implants to hear.

Differences in Equality

Back in high school, I had an English teacher who once spoke about the dangers of equality. Dangers is perhaps too strong a word – but the point was that pure equality, much like pure socialism, is only wonderful in theory. In reality, if we treated everyone completely equal, it would ignore everyone’s individual abilities,…
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Float Your Boats!

Need something new for your pool? Ice boats will mix it up! By this point, I think the boys know our few pool toys inside out and backward. So, I made new ones! Fill up a muffin tin or three with water. Cover the tins with foil and stick in toothpicks – the foil will…
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Trust is Hard

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly this child grows and learns! He has been discovering how to use his hands, and I can just sit and watch as he stares intently, then works so hard to open those tiny fingers just at the right time. He is getting it down, and has discovered…
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Not a Volcano…

…but I’m not sure what to call it, either! I found another idea for a cool experiment, for lack of a better word, and decided on a super-hot afternoon to try it out. Unfortunately, this one did not catch Danny’s attention near as much as I thought it would – but Eric thought it was…
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On a Stick

Eric has decided, this summer, that food is better on a stick. Whether it’s apple slices on toothpicks or a sandwich-kebob, he gobbles it all! Going with the kebob theme he’s got going, I’ve found a few recipes for yummy treats on a stick – my favorite, I think, being blueberries and strawberries on a…
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Lava Lamps

There aren’t many crafts that catch Danny’s attention, but now that summer is here and I’m doing more table time with Eric, I’ve been trying to find activities they will both enjoy – or ones I can easily modify and do at two levels at once. When I saw a craft for lava lamps, I…
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Baby Time!

I’d been having crampy contractions off and on started on the 29th of February, though I was trying not to make a big deal out of it since I knew it could stretch for quite a while. Thursday (the 1st), I didn’t have many, but Friday they lasted much of the day. Still, they weren’t…
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37 Weeks: Making Life Interesting

I keep being told by people that I am “so small,” “too small to be so close,” and variations along that line. Even my doctor has said it! And I’ll admit, while a part of me feels good about that…I know it’s a total sham. Granted, I am not an “all belly” carrier of babies;…
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Valentines for Boys

In Kindergarten, at Christmas, the kids made calendars for the adults in their life (parents/grandparents/whoever – they call them “your adult” to be safe). For January, Eric drew a family of snowmen, and it was cute. For February… “Mommy, I drew you some hearts for Valentines Day, because I love you! But the hearts are…
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Reading… Kindergarten Style

Eric seems to have found the “keys to the castle” when it comes to reading…because suddenly, he is doing an amazing job of it! For a while now, he has been bringing little poems and books home from Kindergarten, and he reads them himself. He has been wanting to read more books, but all of…
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