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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, May 31, 2019

Birthday Recap

Even though he shed some tears sporadically throughout the day, Robby had a great birthday. Thank you to everybody who took the time to leave him a message on Facebook, Instagram or through email. He was touched that so many people care and could relate to his growing up angst. I know that it made his day extra special.

The birthday celebration continues for my Koopa today. He and Scott are headed to a Night Ranger concert (a gift for Scott's birthday back in March.) As an added surprise, the pair are picking up some VIP backstage passes before the show. They are ecstatic to actually meet the members of their favorite band!

I can't wait to see photos and hear their stories. I hope that they make memories to last a lifetime and that Robby will always remember rocking with his dad for his birthday. While the fans are busy at the concert, Timmy and I will be on our own. I think we are going to head to another indoor playground (it is swampy outside and the bugs are icky). Even though we won't be at a concert, I am going to try to make the day special for him. I think we might even cap our day with ice cream for dinner. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Happy Birthday Robby

And in the blink of an eye, I am the mother of a teenager.  It's hard to believe that my sweet Koopa is celebrating his 13th birthday. My goodness, where did the time go?

Robby, you are growing into an amazing young man. I am so proud of your empathy, your caring demeanor, and your unyielding willingness to stand up for what you believe to be right. Your passion for helping animals and people in need is simply inspiring. I continue to be amazed by your wit, entertained by your humor and impressed by your intelligence. 

I know that you are having a difficult time growing up. In so many ways we are alike. I remember struggling with growing up when I was your age, afraid that my world was going to suddenly change because of the turning of a calendar. I promise you, you won't grow up before you are ready. 

The truth does not extend for me because I will always see you as my little boy. Being your Mom for the past 13 years has been the greatest gift. It has been amazing watching you grow into the young man I see today. I love you the moon, the sun and all the stars in the sky.

Happy Birthday Robby!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Snake Wrangler

I spent most of yesterday with a triple mission: to beat the heat, to entertain Timmy, and to keep my walking to a minimum. I accomplished all three handily with a trip to the indoor playground.  Timmy was thrilled to run and play the afternoon away with new buddies, becoming both sweaty and tired in the process. While he was busy running around I was able to sit quietly in the lounge, resting my leg and hoping healing thoughts.  

Timmy loves playing at the indoor playground. Without a doubt, it is one of his favorite places in the world. Every time we go he meets new friends and has a great time. As soon as we arrive he ditches his shoes and takes off in search of adventure. I usually only see him when he needs something, and yesterday was no exception.

Contrary to tradition, his brief exchanges with me did not involve food. Instead, he was grabbing tokens for the games. When we first arrived he had won a long sticky snake.  Apparently, the prize made an impression on his new buddies. Generous in nature, Hamlet was on a mission. He ended up spending all of our tokens winning sticky snakes for every other child in the play zone.  

Soon every child was running through the play zone, whipping sticky snakes above their heads like lassos. Timmy was in his element as head snake wrangler and playground hero. He had a fantastic day, and my leg is feeling better after the rest.  

The prizes were not limited to snakes, leading us to accrue a vast supply of sticky hands, feet, and assorted bugs in the process. When the playground closed we packed up to go home, piling the extra sticky prizes into a cup. Rest assured the prizes did not go to waste. 

While I was busy making dinner, Hamlet occupied himself by flinging the sticky toys onto our ceiling. My living room vaulted ceilings are decorated with a variety of sticky, ugly toys which are now thoroughly attached. They are still hanging there this morning, and will probably remain until we repaint in a few years.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


After a fantastic weekend at my Mom's, I'm back to reality in Virginia.  Scott has a few more weeks of work before his summer vacation begins, but there is no doubt that he is in the homestretch of completing year 25.  As soon as the standardized testing is complete, I know that the work stress will begin to lift and the end-of-the-year festivities will commence.

Robby has a smattering of small projects and assignments to finish before 7th grade is officially over. Although he has until the end of June to submit his work, I am pushing for him to finish this week. Being able to visit with his cousins without the pressure of schoolwork will hopefully be the motivation he needs to get to the finish line. 

It's going to be hot again today and I'm hoping that my leg is up to the challenge. My limb did not respond well on Sunday, rendering me virtually immobile yesterday. My leg was swollen and distorted due to swelling, making it extremely painful to wear and to use my prosthesis. Ice packs and rest brought my limb shape back to normal, but I'm worried that this will be a trend for the summer. 

I think I'm going to spend today working the phones, trying to speed up the process for my new liner. I've been dealing with these issues for almost two months, and the delay borders on absurd. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day

Welcome to the unofficial start of summer!  

Yesterday the weather went into overdrive, reintroducing us to the summer heat and humidity which has been absent for so long. Oh my goodness, I'm not sure I'm ready for the red-faced, sweat-laden days ahead. The heat blast took us all off guard, rendering the adults wiped out while fueling Timmy with an abundance of energy. I am definitely going to have to work on sourcing a pool pass in the coming days.

Today we'll be heading back to VA. Robby has a few strangling school projects that he needs to finish this week. It's hard to believe that he is wrapping up 7th grade already! The year has flown by and, although the transition was difficult, I am delighted with the outcome.

Happy Memorial Day!