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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, April 10, 2020


The wind was blowing with such force that we had to stay inside for most of the day.  The boys and I were able to escape on our bikes for a brief trek in the morning, but we abandoned our ride early because of the strong winds. Instead we opted to watch the raining twigs from the safety of our living room. 

Although Timmy pleaded to play outside, dodging falling branches and nuts in a quest for fresh air didn't feel like a strong trade-off. (It is also a really bad time to go to the ER should one of us become injured by flying debris.) Instead I opened some windows and transformed our living areas into an obstacle course. Decided to up the excitement level, he completed the course wearing his roller skates. 

It feels foreign to me that Easter is this weekend. With the country on lock down, celebrating feels unnatural. I'm going to do my best to get into the holiday spirit, but I'm just not feeling it at the moment. Maybe this is a situation where I just need to fake it until I feel it?

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Egg Hunt

Yesterday was bright, warm and sunny, allowing us to spend the majority of the afternoon outside. Days spent playing outside always pass quickly. Social distancing at home is so much easier when we can roam through the yard, play in the stream and ride bikes through the neighborhood. 

Last night the boys colored some Easter Egg coloring pages.  This morning Robby is going to ride his bike throughout the neighborhood and tape the eggs to poles, signs, random trees etc.. Our goal is to have eggs "hidden" throughout the neighborhood. In essence, we are hosting a neighborhood wide Easter egg hunt- social distancing version. 

This year we won't have our photo with the Easter Bunny, and coloring eggs feels like a waste of eggs instead of a fun activity. I thought that the coloring sheets might be the best solution for all of our Easter woes. At the very least, it is a good way to spend a few hours.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020


Our days are definitely starting to run together. Like everybody else, I feel like we are living a weird version of Groundhog Day. Everyday feels the same, and there doesn't seem to be new experiences or adventures on the immediate horizon.

Even though we are at home, I am trying my best to keep the kids both entertained and happy. Robby has been relatively low-maintenance. Between his classwork and playing online games with school friends, his has not complained about being home. Timmy, on the other hand, is a completely different story.

Timmy misses playing with friends, and he wants to go to the playground. We've tried to explain that we need to stay at home because of the "bad germs," but I know that he doesn't really understand. He wants to visit his Nana and his cousins, go to playgrounds and hang out with buddies. As much as I try, I am a poor substitute for a playmate.  

Between working and occupying Timmy, my time is completely taxed. I'm tired, and I want to escape. Unfortunately that isn't an option right now. 

Ugh. Quarantine stinks!

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Mud Monster

The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday. Although I hate the reasons for our pandemic mandated house arrest, yesterday I did not mind staying home and just playing in the yard. I was able to disconnect from the constant stream of bad news and concentrate on having fun with my little family.

Robby and Scott went on a long bike ride while Timmy and I went to conquer the stream. My little adventurer loved splashing in the water, trotting through the mud and trying to catch fish. Although he promised that he wouldn't get dirty, he failed miserably at keeping his word. Of course, he claimed that it wasn't his fault because, and this is a quote, "the mud was muddier than he thought."

By the time he was done splashing and playing he looked like the mud monster. His smile was broad and his giggles resonated throughout the yard. For him, splashing in the stream and playing in the mud was the greatest adventure ever! 

Like I had done with his brother nearly a decade ago, I stripped Timmy down at the front door and directed him to the bathroom. He took a daytime bath (another great novelty) and changed into a clean set of clothes while his muddy attire was thrown into our washer. By the time he was cleaned up Robby and Scott returned from their long ride.  

We topped off the day with a dinner prepared over our fire pit and a few rousing games of ping pong. All in all, it was a great day.  Hopefully we will have more favorable weather days in the coming weeks because playing outside all day certainly helps calm my pandemic anxiety.


Monday, April 06, 2020

Making Masks

Since the CDC recommended that everybody wear a mask when in public, Scott and I decided it was time to get out my sewing machine. I don't have a lot of fabric stowed around the house, but I did have a quilt top that was pieced together years ago which had never been turned into a blanket. Since I had no plans for the quilt, we took it apart to use the fabric for our masks. 

After several trials and some frustration getting the sewing machine to function properly, our family assembly line started to crank out colorful face masks. Robby and Scott cut the fabric according to the pattern while I worked on the sewing machine. It was definitely a team effort, but we managed to turn the quilt into 16 colorful face masks. 

To increase the protection, we took apart a virus blocking furnace filter and included a piece inside the pocket of each mask. I know that the protection is not medical grade, but it is definitely better than nothing. While we still don't have plans to break our quarantine by going into public, it is nice to know that we have masks if we need them.