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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, June 12, 2020

Back Home

After a fantastic getaway to visit my Mom, yesterday we packed up and headed home. It was hard to say goodbye, especially since the last time we were separated for so long because of the pandemic. I'm hoping and praying that the virus continues to decline so that the Cousin Crew can still have an entire summer of fun. Their laughter and giggles make every stress and anxious moment simply slip away. 

Timmy took leaving my Mom's especially hard. He cried for the majority of our drive home, lamenting that he would "never see his Nana again." We tried logic to no avail. We finally stopped for a milkshake which seemed to soothe his heart. Thankfully he is at an age where he is still easily bribed and swayed. 

Today will be spent catching up on laundry and housework. Even though it has only been a week, I feel like I have been gone for a month. The clutter around my house suddenly feels claustrophobic. I guess my weekend will be spent cleaning and organizing.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Spaghetti and Meatball Challenge

It was hot yesterday, with the humidity we were bordering on miserable. Timmy enjoyed playing on his Slip 'n Slide for about an hour, but even he was content to stay inside for most of the day. While he was watching Spongebob and Robby was busy with his cousins, I took the opportunity to get a lot of work done.

By dinnertime I had revealed the next challenge in our book. The challenge, eating your dinner without your hands, sounded perfect for a spaghetti and meatball meal. Luckily my Mom was game and helped me put the plan into motion.  The Crew knew that we were up to something but their guesses weren't even close.

Wearing old shirts and standing next to the table covered with plastic tablecloths, the kids were immediately both intrigued and perplexed.  I took the big wok of spaghetti and meatballs and dumped it into the center of the table.  I spread it out so that everybody had a portion within reach before we explained the challenge.  After that, it was game on.  

I wasn't surprised that Timmy was a natural at this challenge. He loved sticking his head right into the mound of spaghetti and had no inhibitions about being dirty. He happily slurped noodles and munched meatballs, giggling and laughing throughout the dinner.  My mom even got into the action!

Because of the contamination, I knew that nobody would want to eat the leftovers. Instead, I balled up the disposable tablecloths and called the kids into the backyard. I opened up the pile of leftovers and invited them to a food fight.  As soon as they heard those words, it was game on!

Today we are heading home. I'm sad to be leaving, but so happy that we were finally able to visit. I'm hoping that the pandemic continues to weaken so that we can return again soon.  


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Birds and a Battle

Yesterday morning, while I was quietly drinking my coffee and trying to get some work done, Timmy was playing under the deck on his "gym" equipment. Suddenly he came bounding up the stairs, excitedly screaming me to follow him. He grabbed my hand and pulled so hard he nearly lifted me from my chair. 

At his urging (and insistence) I quickly followed him down the stairs. He led me to the corner of his gym (playground) and pointed to the rafters. There I saw a next with two tiny little baby bird heads peeking over the top. Their eyes were still closed and their covers were matted. Timmy then told me how he watched them hatch.  He was ecstatic by the experience!  

He spent the majority of the day playing in his gym and watching the newborn birds. In order to escape the heat, the big kids played inside for the most of the day. By mid afternoon the kids were becoming bored so we scratched another square in our Family Adventure Book. This time they were directed to open up a pinata using only their best martial arts moves. We ordered the supplies and they had a great time beating up a taco pinata.

After Timmy went to bed, the cousins engaged in another round of Bomb!. When the temperatures began to cool in the evening, the Crew headed outside with their Glow Battle swords for an epic battle.  I love the sounds of summertime giggles in the night!


Tuesday, June 09, 2020

School Work

Robby's school year is winding down. It is now time for him to finish all of the assignments he skipped and to tie 8th grade into a neat little bow. He had been doing a great job of self-pacing until the pandemic. With Scott home everyday, Robby's motivation to keep working dwindled. Thankfully he doesn't have too many delinquent assignments, but he cannot take his finals until everything has been submitted. 

Math continues to be his weakness, especially since his tutoring suddenly stopped due to Covid-19. We did our best to keep up, but it was a struggle. I know the assignments he skipped were multi-stepped and laborious. Thankfully we have some friends and family members who are gifted in math and have been willing to help him through the assignments.

Yesterday he was feeling the pressure to finish and managed to submit all but two assignments.  Those will be completed today, so hopefully we will be ready to to take finals by Friday. This has been such a wonky year. It will be nice to finally put all of 8th grade behind us!

Monday, June 08, 2020


This weekend was fun, albeit laid back and way too short. Unlike other days of quarantine, cousintine days seem to fly by. With the house filled with giggling, games and water fun, it is impossible to not feel happy and at peace. 

Sticking with our protocols, we are continuing to self-quarantine. We didn't go out, and all of our adventures were conducted at Nana's house. We engaged in an epic lip sync battle and water gun fights. We also had a great time (especially Timmy) on the Slip 'n Slide. This was his first experience on the slide and he is hooked! For my little adventurer, the Slip 'n Slide reigns supreme right now.

On Sunday the Cousin Crew designed their own flag, which they plan to fly proudly whenever they are all together. Tie-Dyed and filled with memories of adventures, I hope that the pandemic continues to ease so that they can fly it a lot this summer!  

Last night we ventured beyond my Mom's yard for an adventure. I packed up the kids (minus Timmy, who was asleep) and we went to the drive-in movie. The kids had never been to a drive-in and, since we never left the confines of our car, I thought it was the perfect socially distanced activity. 

We saw the movie Goonies, which the kids loved. My niece was surprised that it was in color (she thought 80's movies were considered old) and Robby was impressed that the humor was still relevant. There is nothing like showing your kids a movie from your own childhood to feel old!  We had a great time at the drive-in, and we will definitely be returning this summer.