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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.

Friday, December 29, 2017

One Last Adventure

My adventure for yesterday never panned out, so my idea has been put back into the pile of possibilities for another time.  Because of the bitter cold we opted to stay home and play games and the kids had as much fun as if we had gone somewhere. I bought a cake to turn game night into a party because, let's face it, everything is more fun with cake!

Today Robby, Timmy and I will head back to Virginia. It is hard to believe that our vacation week is coming to a close. My goodness it went quickly. Next week everybody will return to their normal school schedule, again filling my house with laments and complaints each morning.  I don't think I'm ready for reality!

Before we return to school, we have one New Year's Eve adventure planned.  Scott and I were comped a night at Great Wolf Lodge because of the malfunctioning pools on during our last visit. (A water park without pools was a bit of a let down, but props to the company for making it right!)  We decided to redeem our night on New Year's Eve, and we have a room big enough for all of the Cousin Crew.  

Usually the kids don't know the details of my adventures, but I had to let them into this one. They are absolutely ecstatic to be ringing in 2018 together at Great Wolf Lodge. I think it is going to be a fantastic start which is sure to be a wonderful year!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

FeVR Gaming

Aunt Peggy managed to pull off another Cousin Crew Adventure! 

In spite of the bitter cold, we all bundled up (including Timmy) and headed to a local park to introduce Geocaching into the cousin's lives. They were ecstatic running through the park with my GPS in search of a hidden cache. When they managed to work together they found the hidden treasure.  Everybody contributed during the activity, except of course for Timmy who happily straggled behind so he didn't miss the excitement.

After we warmed up and tucked Timmy into bed for the night I took the Cousins on another adventure to FeVR Gaming, the new VR Gaming arcade in my Mom's area. I had no worries about the boys loving the experience but I had some doubts about how it would be received by my niece. She isn't a gamer and I was a tad concerned that she would quickly become bored. My worries were for naught and everybody was in awe of their individual virtual worlds.  

I thoroughly enjoyed watching them jump, spin and react to the stories unfolding within their realities. After thirty minutes I finally succumbed to my curiosity and agreed to enter the VR world. I only went through the tutorial session (which was free) but my goodness it was cool. I could have swatted virtual balloons all night long!  I can definitely see why VR is the newest craze, and I have no doubt that it is the wave of the future.  

Today it is going to be bitter cold again, so our adventures will have to be inside. Hmmm... I wonder what I'll come up with today. Tune in tomorrow to find out!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Pennsylvania Trip

Greetings from Pennsylvania!

Yesterday morning I packed up the kids and headed to visit my Mom for a few days. Robby was begging to continue playing with his cousins, and lacking any good reason to stay in Virginia during break, we decided to head north. Because my niece and nephews go to their dad's house every weekend, the "Cousin Crew" can only reunite the week during school breaks. They like to make the most of every opportunity.

Last night the Crew stayed up late, giggling while watching television and gorging themselves on cake. Timmy tried to keep up with the activity but ended up succumbing to exhaustion by the time the sun was setting. It's hard trying to keep up with tweens when you are only three!

I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do with them today, but I have a few ideas.  (I can't write about them because some little sleuths have started searching my blog for clues as to our adventures.) Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas Recap

Merry Christmas!

Putting Timmy to bed on Sunday night I wasn't confident that Santa was going to be a welcome visitor. When I encouraged my little guy to help put out cookies he frantically responded "no no no Santa. NO!" Each time I put the plate of cookies in front of the fireplace Timmy took them and tried to put them back in the kitchen.  While I hoped that his visceral reaction to Santa would lessen when he discovered the presents under the tree, part of me was worried that it would simply freak him out more.

Timmy woke up early (per his schedule not due to excitement) and was flabbergasted when he discovered a pile of toys in the living room.It turns out that presents and surprises were enough to forgive Santa for the home invasion. Or perhaps he decided to just ignore the source altogether since trains were involved. Either way, he was absolutely delighted and quietly played with his new Super Station until everybody else woke up.  I have to give him credit for the restraint he demonstrated by not tearing into all of the wrapped presents! (However his restraint expired in the morning, and as soon as he discovered the joys of tearing open wrapping paper he was a destructive tornado who was difficult to contain.)

Although he hasn't verbalized the information, it is quite obvious that Robby no longer believes in Santa. It saddened me that he no longer wanted to put out reindeer food, and he happily allowed Timmy to assume the greeting preparation responsibilities. I know that he is growing up and decided to not push the issue. He plays along with us enough to not spoil the magic for his little brother, which at this age is all I can expect.

Even though the bell no longer rings for Robby, we had a fantastic Christmas. All of the kids were delighted with their presents and cheerfully played and giggled throughout the morning. After our traditional breakfast at IHOP we came home to learn that we would be hosting five more for dinner. My Mom, my sister and all of the kids had decided to make the trek to visit. 

Our house was full of both commotion and laughter as the cousins played and celebrated throughout the day. Thankfully I always cook too much food, so we had more than enough for the extra visitors. I'm so glad that they decided to come down to spend the day with us. I know that driving five hours (round trip) on Christmas was a huge effort, but my goodness it was fun having a full house!