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I am a below knee amputee. More importantly, I am also Mommy to two boys, a very active 10 year old (Robby) and an mischievous toddler (Timmy). I have learned that being a parent with a disability can create some unusual and sometimes humorous situations. This blogger is available for hire! Let's talk and learn how a blog can expand your business.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Back on Track

Our first day back to "reality" was as hectic as I anticipated. Timmy lamented Circle Time and complained until the virtual classroom loaded. As soon as he saw his friends and his teacher his mood shifted and he seemed to completely forget that he had been fussing.

I was busy all day. Between my work and trying to keep the boys on task with their assignments, I didn't have time to relax or even sit down until after dinner. Our activities seem to go from zero to running around ragged with very little in between. I had a great vacation, but yesterday I had no doubt that it was over.

The constant rain did nothing to elevate my mood. By mid-afternoon my leg was aching and sore. Between the constant walking and the cold rain, I was feeling every bit of my age. By the way, getting older stinks!


Monday, November 30, 2020

Holiday Spirits

 After a few laid back days of Hallmark Christmas movies, baking and decorating, this morning we are returning to reality. The boys had a week off from school, which was a much needed break for them. Although I was still working last week, not having to juggle their class schedule minimized the chaos and stress that I feel on a daily basis. 

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Today we will return to our school day schedule, including Circle Time and homework. I suspect that everybody is going to feel frazzled by the sudden jolt back to responsibility, but hopefully it will be short lived. 

I felt so bummed out that I wasn't able to visit with my Mom on Thanksgiving. Instead of focusing on what we weren't able to do, I made a concerted effort to remain positive. I kept reminding myself that the boys were looking to me for their reaction. If I lamented the change in our tradition, I know that their disappointment would have intensified. Instead, I spent the weekend actively harnessing as much of the holiday spirit as possible. 

Our yard is decorated with all of our large inflatables. My kitchen counter is covered with five gingerbread houses and a train, all completely assembled and ready for decorations. My house is now merry and bright, and my spirits are lifted. 

Here's to a great week! 

 





 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

 Happy (belated) Thanksgiving. 

Our holiday can only be described as weird. It felt awkward staying home, preparing a big dinner for my small little nuclear family.  I was flooded with memories of Thanksgivings past all day, but especially when I was cooking. I did my best to put on a happy face because I didn't want to bring anybody else into my holiday funk.

Even though we weren't together, we were able to share the meal virtually. I sat our Alexa at the end of the kitchen table, with Nana's cardboard cutout behind the device.  My mom, my niece and my sister all video chatted with us as we ate our dinners together. It was different, but it was nice to see everybody!

I hoe everybody had a wonderful holiday! Stay Merry- and Stay Safe!





Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Prepping

It is amazing how one single dinner can take so much preparation. Between creating lists, timelines and prepping, I spent an inordinate amount of time getting ready to make Thanksgiving dinner. I always knew it was a lot of work, but I don't think I appreciated the scope of the effort until this year.

Today Robby is going to use the Alexa to virtually make the stuffing with my Mom. I have all of the ingredients (I think) and she will be making hers at the same time. While it isn't the same as being there in person, I know that Robby is really looking forward to it. Hopefully, with her guidance and Robby's hands, we will end up with a stuffing that is at least similar to my mom's. 

Timmy has called dibs on pie preparation. While I would like to think that it is because he likes to bake, I know my little Hamlet too well. He loves Cool-Whip, which is slathered over our chocolate and vanilla cream pies. I know he is hoping for multiple tastes during the assembly. He has been eyeballing the Cool-Whip in our refrigerator like a dog coveting a steak. 

Between working and preparing for Thanksgiving, today will be busy. At this point I would rather stay busy because it keeps me from becoming too sad. I miss being home with my Mom, but I am trying to make the best of it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Staying Home

 After a long conversation with my Mom and carefully weighing the risks against the benefits, we made the difficult decision to celebrate Thanksgiving together virtually this year. This is the first Thanksgiving I will not be in Pennsylvania with my Mom and the decision to stay home was heart wrenching. 

The decision, although heartbreaking, was clear when I learned that every body in her household has not been practicing the same levels of social distancing. From sleepover play dates, visits with friends, and a plethora of leisure community exposure, we just couldn't justify the Covid risks. I would worry for weeks about a potential exposure, sapping any holiday spirit that we have been able to muster.

I recognize that not everybody views social distancing through the same lens and that the risk/ benefit scale is different for everybody. Scott and I have remained vigilant about following all of the CDC and government recommendations. I don't feel like this is the time to go against those standards. Like everything else this year, Thanksgiving will look and feel very different.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Holiday Fun

Our Christmas tree has been retrieved, transported home, unpacked and set up. It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our home! Timmy and I spent the weekend decking our halls and our tree. Even though the majority of the decorations are hung/ placed at four feet and below, I love how everything turned out.

Our tree is one of the largest we have ever had, which necessitated us rearranging our furniture to make it fit. After a lot of trial and error, we managed to fit both the tree and all of our furniture in the living room. The flow of the upstairs has been altered and, although it isn't my preference, it is definitely worth it. Our tree is grand and beautiful!

While I was busy moving furniture, Timmy took his decorating and stacking skills into the bathroom. He carefully crafted a toilet paper tree, which feels appropriate for 2020. After he proudly unveiled his creation, I helped him add some lights and tinsel to create a more festive touch. I think he did a great job!








Friday, November 20, 2020

Tree Pick Up

And just like that, we're back to Friday. These weeks both seem to simultaneously drag on and pass in a flash. Pandemic life is creating a perpetual look with everyday feeling identical. Weekends, which are still non eventful, are anticipated simply because they provide variety.

Last month we went to the tree farm and tagged our tree. Because we took advantage of tagging, the farm is allowing tree pick up the weekend before Thanksgiving. This early pick-up is being encouraged to help the farm comply with social distancing during what is traditionally a very busy time of year. 

On Sunday, we are going to pick up our Christmas tree. Yes, I realize that it is early and that we have not yet celebrated Thanksgiving. Spending so much time at home and having had to give up every other seasonal activity, I'm determined to enjoy the holiday as much as we can. For us, that means having a bright and tall tree. 

Because we tagged such a large tree coupled with the ongoing pandemic, we opted to pay extra to have our tree cut, drilled, shaken and bound before we arrived. (In all honesty, nobody really enjoyed getting on the ground with wet pine needs to struggle to cut down a frozen tree.) Now all we have to do is drive up and the tree will be tied to our car. If things go as planned, this should be easy and stress free.

Have a great weekend, and I'll post tree pics on Monday!