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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, August 07, 2020

Laid Back Fun

 Yesterday was a day of rest for the Cousin Crew. Everybody was tired after the marathon drive to visit the cemetery. It turns out that ten hours in the car is exhausting for everybody, not just the driver.  

I wanted to keep the day relatively calm but I still wanted to have some fun. We opted to go bowling, which is always a fun activity for everybody. The bowling alley owners went to such impressive efforts to create a safe environment that I am happy to make several trips with the kids.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Adventure Time

Yesterday the Cousin Crew (minus Timmy) piled into our rented mini van and headed west. I was cautiously optimistic about the drive. I knew that we would be safe, but I worried that the kids would easily become bored and start bickering.  To my surprise, the opposite happened.

Not only were the kids not bored during our 9 hour drive (round-trip), but they laughed, told stories and played games the entire way. The van was filled with giggles and roaring laughter throughout the drive. With the exception of when we pulled up to the cemetery, the kids were giddy and never stopped laughing. Even though it was a long drive, the fact that the kids were having so much fun definitely made it enjoyable.

I approached the cemetery with dread. The last time I visited my Dad was when his headstone was unveiled three years ago. I was disgusted by the stone that his widow picked out for him. Proudly proclaiming her name on his stone, with little mention of any other relationship in his life. was in poor taste and hurt us deeply.

To my absolute delight, it turns out that I wasn't the only one who was horrified by the original stone. Sometime in the past three years, my Dad's stone received an upgrade. Her name and wording remains, but underneath "LOVING FATHER, GRANDFATHER, AND BROTHER" is etched in black. My Dad was so much more than a husband, and I'm thrilled that his stone is now more reflective. The mystery engraver remains a mystery, although I have a suspicion as to the identity. (I know that it was not his widow.)

While the Cousin Crew was cruising in a van, Timmy was having an adventure of his own. He went with my sister and her new husband's house to swim and play for the day.  He lifted weights (a favorite activity), swam in the pool, played in a lake and rode a horse. He was smiling from ear-to-ear in every photo I received and I could tell that he had a phenomenal adventure of his own. 

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Long Drive Day

Yesterday was relatively laid back. After playing outside for most of the night, the Cousins didn't wake up until early afternoon. When everybody was finally awake I took the kids to shop for school supplies. Never a coveted activity, but they had fun because they were doing it together. 

This year we had another shopper on our list. Timmy is enrolled in kindergarten (gulp). While the big kids gathered their notebooks, backpacks and folders, Timmy and I selected crayons, colored pencils and glue sticks. Because all classes are virtual this year we took an educated guess as to what would be needed. I probably could have waited until classes started, but I wanted to try to build school days excitement for Timmy.

Last night the Cousin Crew painted rocks to leave on Candy Papaw's grave. Despite asking for years, they haven't yet seen my Dad's headstone. Today we are making the long drive to Butler so that the kids can "visit" their Candy Papaw. I am sure that they will have a good time on the drive, but the cemetery is sure to be an emotional experience.  They all miss him dearly.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Bowling Adventure

There is nothing that brings me as much happiness as hearing my kids laughing and giggling for hours. We are visiting my mom's house, and the Cousin Crew is finally reunited. Although our summer adventures are different because of social distancing, the kids have found unique and creative ways to become silly and have fun. It is impossible to feel sad or overwhelmed when the house is overflowing with laughter and mischief!

Yesterday afternoon I packed up the Cousin Crew and we headed bowling. The local bowling alley has gone to herculean efforts to provide a safe environment to play during the pandemic. They installed barriers between between every lane, they are thoroughly disinfect each ball after use. Each lane is pre-filled with a selection of bowling balls, eliminating the need to go and try to find your own. Every group of bowlers are distanced from another by at least two empty lanes. Between the barriers blocking us into our lane and the distance between other bowlers, we felt like we had the entire alley to ourselves.

In the evening, after our traditional card games and Bomb! trivia, the Crew took to the yard for an epic glow battle. They laughed and played outside into the wee hours of the morning. Between the full moon and the pre-storm stillness, it was the perfect time for outdoor glow games.

Today is raining, but I have no doubt that we will find something fun to do!


Monday, August 03, 2020


Although he was nervous, Robby took to the stage like a seasoned professional. He was poised and confident as he struck the first strings on his guitar. After the first few notes I could see his shoulders begin to relax and he started to thoroughly enjoy the experience.

This band went through a lot of obstacles to make it to the stage. The pandemic forced rehearsals online, which is difficult for emerging musicians. The songs were not as tight because the band was only able to practice in person two times. Considering all of the issues faced, the kids did a fantastic job. More importantly, Robby had fun!


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