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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.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


My hair has been colored and sundresses have been purchased. A base tan (albeit weak) has been achieved. I managed to shed those pesky 10 pounds, leaving me hungry and a tad grumpy, but feeling more confident and attractive.

California, here we come! Of course, before we could go and enjoy our West Coast adventure, there was one more small detail to tackle. I had to pack.

Here is my packing list for our California trip. Who would have thought that a toddler and a Mommy would need so much stuff? I also discovered that my prosthetic legs take up a lot of room in the suitcase necessitating the use of another large bag.


We are now packed, with the exception of Black Bear who will be grabbed tomorrow morning. (He is needed tonight.) I also found Robby's "leash" so that I can maintain control over him at the airport and Disneyland. He will not be happy being tethered, and I am anticipating a vocal exchange. I will win!

Wish me luck flying alone. Maneuvering through security with a prosthetic and Robby could be tricky. Thankfully our flight is early (7:00 am) so we should avoid crowds. At least, that is my plan. I have learned that each security gate approaches an amputee differently, so I never quite know what to expect.

Traveling to California resulted in a windfall of new toys and games for Robby. He will (hopefully) be entertained with his new Leapster 2 and assorted games (thank you Nana), his travel Memory game, his new Hidden Pictures books, Colorforms and Aquadoodle. If the toys fail to entertain him, we spent a fortune on various snacks and treats. Yes, I fully intend to bribe him.

Hopefully the next time I post we'll be in California, enjoying the sun and the pool. I continue to be worried about traveling alone with Robby and about the experience in general. I am also excited and ready to embrace this adventure. After all, worse case scenario we get kicked off the plane somewhere in Kansas, and I have to rent a car and drive to California. Believe me, I will let you know if that happens. Until then, I continue to be optimistic. California or Bust!


  1. I know the mommy worries you have (flew with my oldest at 3 while pregnant with my daughter) It's scary and the mommy worries and nerves will attack, but in the end you will have a most excellent adventure with great memories with Robby--I found that once I landed at my destination with my toddler the experience was fun and relaxing, because without my hubby as back up, my son and I relied heavily on the security of knowing each other among all the strangers :0) There will be moments were a toddler get's tired and grumpy--but you've had practice and are a perfect mom! Have a blast, try to relax and I can't wait for your next blog! And if the worst happens in Kansas--watch out for tornado's, dog's named toto and odd green women ;0)

  2. Tina, thank you for your kind comment. I am hoping that you are right, and that Robby will behave merely because he won't know anybody else and will be unfamiliar with everything. At least, that's my hope... and it makes sense.
    Kansas won't be too bad...