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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 07, 2021

Escaping to the Farm

Desperate to escape the wiggly tooth drama, yesterday I jumped at the chance to take Timmy to play at the farm. The weather was beautiful, a welcome change after a week of rain, and I thought that getting outside for a few hours was exactly what we needed to reset. Selfishly, I was also hoping that Timmy would stop obsessing about his tooth if he was busy playing.

My plan worked, and I had a wonderful (drama free) afternoon in the sunshine. Timmy thoroughly enjoyed playing and exploring. He stopped worrying about his tooth and, for the first time in nearly a week, I saw the anxiety melt off of his face. He was happy and carefree, which is exactly how a seven-year-old should feel.

His tooth is still wiggly and intact, but at least he has stopped obsessing about it. Hopefully he has put his tooth-anxiety to rest. If not, I know we can always escape to the farm.

 












 


Thursday, May 06, 2021

Still Wiggling

I am truly at my wits end concerning Timmy's tooth. It is still loose, and he is still fretting and scared. For a few hours yesterday I had him convinced that wiggling it with his tongue was akin to exercise (and hence motivating). Unfortunately it was short lived. 

I wish I knew how to help him. I don't understand his anxiety, but I accept that it is real. He is completely paralyzed by a wiggly tooth, rendering him unable to concentrate on his schoolwork or even games. Every night I go to sleep convinced that the tooth will fall out while he is sleeping. Yet each morning I wake up to see that it is still hanging onto his gum.

He isn't in pain, which is why I haven't rushed him to the dentist. He admits that it doesn't hurt, but that he is simply scared. Any ideas are welcome, because I am at a loss on what to do.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Mr. Bill!

Sigh. Another day has come and gone, and Timmy's increasingly wiggly tooth is still attached. He is absolutely petrified by the change. Our efforts to assure him that this is normal, and to celebrate the loose tooth, have fallen on deaf ears. The kiddo is terrified and is determined that his tooth is not going to fall out. 

His efforts to keep his tooth have been nearly herculean. He refuses to use his tongue when speaking for fear that it will bump the tooth. He struggles to drink without using his tongue, and he is refusing to eat. I'm beginning to worry and I am not sure what to do to help him. At this point, I'm tempted to just wiggle it out when he is sleeping.

In the midst of the tooth drama, we had an unexpected visitor. Mr. Bill stopped by! My goodness, I have missed him. Having him sitting in my kitchen, munching on a cookie and regaling me with stories I felt a mixture of emotions. It was wonderful to see him, but I was also reminded of the void that his move has caused. 

Mr. Bill has survived two heart attacks and subsequent surgeries since we last saw him. After not seeing him for several months, it is easy to see his age creeping up. He is both slower and thinner, but his stories flowed without a hitch. 

Our visit was quick. He was traveling back to Florida to attend his grandson's graduation. As we were hugging him goodbye, I couldn't help but worry that this may be the last time he visits. I really hope I'm wrong!





Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Sick Day

We had a rough day. Timmy woke up vomiting and coughing. I have no idea when or how he became sick since we are still in our bubble, but my little guy was down for the count. I was up most of Sunday night/ early Monday with him, trying to keep him comfortable as his fever continued to climb.

He spent the majority of the morning sleeping. After a few hours I was able to coax him into finishing a glass of water. He took another long nap in the afternoon and woke up feeling better. He still wasn't well, but he was at least drinking and moving (a little). 

I hate seeing him sick. I always feel so helpless because there is so little I can do to help him when the fevers start to rage. Hopefully today he will continue to heal. (On a side note, the tooth has still not fallen out.)





Monday, May 03, 2021

Teeth!

If this past weekend had a theme, it would definitely be teeth. Between Robby adjusting to his new aligners and Timmy experiencing a loose tooth, it feels like every conversation revolved around teeth. Coupled with Scott's very real dental phobia, I'm a little worn on the topic!

Robby had a rough day on Friday because of his aligners. His teeth and gums were sore, and he was simply miserable. It turns out that he is not a kid to suffer in silence. When he is uncomfortable, he wants everybody and anybody around him to know it.

By Saturday morning he was adjusting to the aligners. Although he was uncomfortable, his gums and teeth were no longer sore. His complaining began to wane almost as soon as his little brother's started.

Timmy's front tooth is loose. Typically this would be an exciting time for a little kid. Of course, my little Hamlet is anything but typical. He absolutely freaked out about his loose tooth and spent the weekend crying and fretting about it falling out. 

Scott, Robby and I tried everything to calm his worries. We read books about teeth falling out, discussed the Tooth Fairy and watched videos about loose teeth. Nothing worked, and it seemed that our efforts only served to increase his anxiety.

By Sunday evening we were all frazzled. Timmy continued to whine and fret about his increasingly wiggly tooth. He resisted all of our efforts to help, and he refused to wiggle it out with his tongue. Instead, he opted to walk around the house all day with his mouth agape, complaining that he was uncomfortable and thirsty. (He refused to eat or drink because of his tooth, despite our assurances that the tooth would stay in place.)

Sigh. Until this tooth finally falls out, I worry that he will continue to obsess. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Aligners

After weeks of waiting, Robby's aligners arrived yesterday. He has been self-conscious about the gap between his front teeth for years, although he only revealed his insecurities recently. I've always found his gap adorable and charming, but if it is something that bothers him we wanted to help him find a solution. After lots of research and consultations, we opted to go with the invisible liners treatment option.

Over Easter break he had a 3-d scan of his teeth and mouth captured and sent to the lab. Yesterday afternoon, after nearly a month, his aligners finally arrived. He was excited to open the box and get started.

Unfortunately, his excitement waned as soon as he felt the discomfort of the aligners. Similar to braces and other orthodontic treatments, Invisible aligner treatment is not pain-free. As his teeth are gently shifted into a new position, his mouth will be sore. I am hoping that the discomfort is short lived, because my Koopa was miserable last night. 

In four months, Robby should have a brand new smile. My goodness I am going to miss his little gap. But I'm certainly looking forward to him feeling more confident. It will be nice to have him smile (for real) in photos again!


 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Screeching

My leg is squeaking. Not an occasional little squeak, but something akin to fingernails across a chalkboard. Each step emits a loud screech which lasts as long as the foot is weighted. It sounds like cicadas are being tortured as I walk around the house!

At first the screech was annoying. After several weeks, the annoyance has grown and has since morphed into aggravation. It has gotten to the point where I have to stay as still as possible when the boys are live streaming classes because of the unnerving sounds.

A de-laminated foot is the culprit of my cicada screaming foot. I am in the process of getting a new prosthesis, and I'm hoping that it happens sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I won't be sneaking up on anybody!


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Butterflies

Yesterday we had another exciting day in our house. Two of Timmy's caterpillars popped out of their cocoons, stretching their wings for the first time. I was making dinner at the time when I noticed the cocoons start to shake on their perch. I called out Timmy, and we were able to watch the miracle of butterfly "birth."

Timmy was amazed as he watched the butterflies emerge. I wish I had a video, because his offering encouragement to the butterflies was absolutely adorable. "Come on little guy. You can do it. I believe in you. Stretch the wing a little bit more. I know you can do it. Yay! You are born. Happy Birthday Butterfly."  He then followed his coaching by serenading his butterflies with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday to you. 

I'm not sure which was more impressive: watching the butterflies emerge or witnessing Timmy's reaction. 


 


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Water Class

Yesterday was an exciting day for Timmy. The stars (and schedules) finally aligned, allowing him to enjoy his very first in-person class. Several weeks ago I signed him up for the "Science in the Park" through our county recreation board. The series of four classes ended up being a single experience due to low enrollment. Thankfully, yesterday's class met the minimum participant requirement to proceed. 

My typically outgoing and confident little boy became shy and nervous as we drove up to the class. I knew that he was excited, but also scared. Because this was a class and not daycare, I had to stay on site throughout the two hour experience. He initially clung to me but, after about 20 minutes, he acclimated and really didn't give me a second thought.

The class involved learning about the water cycle and aquatic animals. He enjoyed the games that were played and interacted beautifully with his classmates. I saw both the relief and pride wash across his face when he called out the correct answers to his teacher's questions. It was great seeing him with his peers!

There is no doubt that his favorite part of the class was the creek exploration experience. He grabbed his net and walked into the creek like he was a boss. He wasn't about to let the cold temperature (the water clocked a whopping 51 degrees) stop him from his mission of finding an aquatic animal. While all of the other kids were hanging around the shore, mine was waist high catching craw fish and baby salamanders. 

Despite his only having one class instead of four, he had a great time. Hopefully the pandemic will continue to fade so we can do more of these experiences.










 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Celebration Saturday

Between Timmy's birthday and Robby's performance, Saturday we were in full-blown celebration mode. Friday even was hectic as I prepped and prepared for the birthday/ performance party. Between cleaning and decorating the house and wrapping presents, I was exhausted by the time I finally went to bed. Even though I was tuckered out, my efforts were worth it when I saw the smile on Timmy's face when he woke up on Saturday.

My sweet little Hamlet thoroughly enjoyed his 7th birthday. He was surrounded by love and completely spoiled throughout the day. Between enjoying his favorite meals, ripping through a small mountain of presents and spending time with his Nana, I don't think he could have asked for a better day. 

Even though it was Timmy's birthday, I wanted to make sure that Robby's band performance was not overlooked. He worked hard for the past few months and deserved to shine on stage. I was so glad that my Mom made it down for the show. I know that having her in the audience meant a lot to him. 

Looking around my house Saturday night, it was impossible to tell that I had spent the previous night cleaning. Bits of wrapping paper, decorations and toys littered my previously clean floors. I spent most of Sunday uncluttering my house from the celebrations on Saturday. 







Friday, April 23, 2021

Happy Birthday Hamlet- and Rock On Robby

This weekend will be full of excitement, chaos and emotions. Robby has his rock band performance on Saturday, the culmination of months of practicing and hard work. He is both nervous and excited and, although I know he will lean more towards scared on Saturday morning, I have no doubt that his adrenaline will kick in and the hours of practicing will take over. He is, quite simply, going to rock it!

Saturday is not only the big band performance, but it is also my sweet little Hamlet's 7th birthday. How could my little baby, my greatest surprise, be 7 already? Wasn't he just a wee little baby? And now he is running around, digging up worms and learning to read. Time is moving way too fast for my comfort.

The birthdays of my boys always fill me with a quagmire of emotions. I love to celebrate them, but each candle blown represents the passage of time. Sigh. Being a mother is wonderful, but I was woefully unprepared for how much it would sting to watch them growing up. 

I miss my tiny little baby, but I adore the young boy that greets me with a mischievous smile each morning. He has such a wonderful mind, full of questions about the world. He possesses the confidence to try and he doesn't fear failure. 

Unfortunately, these same qualities have also led to some nail biting experiences. The time he climbed the ladder and decided to dance on our roof nearly put both of us in the grave. I have caught him with puppy blanket hung around his shoulders as he prepared to leap from the top stair of the deck, convinced he could fly if he believed. 

Timmy likes to flip on the trampoline and roller skates faster than I would prefer. He is fearless on his bike and he picks up snakes with the care that he handles butterflies. He is an enigma, keeping me young while simultaneously making me age with worry.

Happy Birthday Sweet Timmy Hamlet. Being your mom is, without a doubt, one of the greatest gifts I've ever received.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Inside Again

After a fantastic farm adventure in the beautiful weather, Mother Nature decided to keep us inside. Between the cold temperatures and the howling wind, it felt more like November than April. Timmy was sad that we couldn't play outside, but when he saw the trees swaying he finally agreed with my decision.

Our day was spent catching up on work and household chores. With a birthday coming up this weekend, I want to make sure that the house is cleaner than usual. (It is hard to believe that my sweet little Hamlet will be 7 on Saturday! My goodness the time has flown.) My Mom is coming down on Saturday to celebrate the birthday and to attend Robby's band performance. Even though she is well aware of my housekeeping skills, I feel like I should make more of an effort than normal.

Today will be cold and rainy, so we will again be sequestered inside. After such a fun day under the warm sunshine, it is hard to stay inside. I hope the weather turns again soon, because I had a taste of adventure and I'm yearning for more!




Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Farm Adventure

Yesterday was one of the best days that I have had in such a long time. The weather was perfect, mid 70s with bright blue skies, and the boys finished their schoolwork in record time. Left with a free afternoon under ideal conditions, I decided it was time for an adventure. We packed up and headed to our farm.

We haven't been to the farm since the season ended in 2019. I wasn't sure that Timmy would remember the farm, but as soon as we pulled into the parking lot he began to squeal. Robby, who is typically reserved and uninterested in family adventures, was excited to join in on the fun. 

Between completing the obstacle course several times and feeding the baby piglets and goats, we had an epic family adventure. I felt overwhelmingly happy to be at the farm with the kids. I knew that I had missed our normal outings, but I don't think I realized how depth of the loss. 

I wasn't the only one relishing our return to normalcy. After going down the slide with Robby for probably the 10th time, Timmy declared that he thought he might die because his "heart was going to explode with happiness." Hamlet nearly exploded with excitement when Robby surprised him with a mining kit so that he could pan for gems. 

After spending the afternoon sliding and playing, we were all tired by the time we arrived home. Even though we were worn out, we all kept smiling through the evening. Timmy is already counting the days until we can return to our farm for another adventure.  

Things are definitely looking up!












Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Bittersweet

I wish that we could have stayed and celebrated my Mom's birthday all day, but our schedules forced us to return back to Virginia. It is always so much fun to visit, and leaving is always bittersweet. I was glad to be home where I could tackle my projects, but I wanted to stay and spoil her all day. As we were pulling away from her driveway, Robby and I were trying to focus on the positive. It was sad to leave, but the fact that we can visit again is absolutely awesome.

I arrived home in time for a scheduled conference call, followed by some quiet time for me to focus and work. Robby had his cooking class in the early evening and prepared one of the best meals I've had in a really long time. I love his cooking class. Not only is he learning a life skill, but I get a night off from my dinner cooking rut. 

Timmy was quiet for much of the afternoon, content to be home and to play by himself. He was mischievous and chaotic during our visit and I think the energy expenditure caught up with him. Hopefully he will return to a more normal activity level now that we are home. 

Today we are back to normal and, yet again, trying to play catch up. I feel like the past few months I have constantly been falling behind and catching up. I wish we could just stay on pace, but I don't think that is in our cards this school year.  At this point, I'll take finishing as a win.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Happy Birthday Mom

We had a nice albeit quick weekend away. Today is my Mom's birthday and I'm glad that we were able to spend a few days with her to celebrate. We didn't do anything spectacular, but I was able to help her with some projects around the house.

Timmy spent his time rollerskating and playing around my Mom's yard. He thoroughly enjoyed being the center of his Nana's attention, regaling her with stories and inventing games. I love hearing the two of them laughing and talking! Robby was content playing video games and cyber chatting with his friends from the comfort of my Mom's Lazy Boy recliner. I worried that he was bored, but in reality I think he rather enjoyed being left alone.

Today we are heading home. I wish I could spend the day with my Mom, but life and school are waiting for me back in Virginia. If you see my Mom today, or know her email, please wish her a very Happy Birthday!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Homeward Bound (again)

The rain finally let up, allowing Timmy and I to play outside. I continue to be amazed by how being outside lifts my mood. Timmy had a blast rollerskating up and down the road, giggling as he rolled over the bumps and sped down the hills. It is so hard to feel overwhelmed when I am surrounded by his squeals and smiles. 

It has been a long week, and I'm  glad that it is Friday. My Mom's birthday is Monday, so the boys and I are headed up to visit with her for a few days. After a year apart, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude that we can resume our visits. Thank goodness for our vaccinations!

We don't have any great plans with my Mom, but it will be nice to just hang out and relax. I think she has some projects around the house and yard that she wants help completing. I really don't care what we do, I'm just glad that we are able to get together again.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Boots

I am not somebody who becomes excited by shoes. Even when I had two biological feet, shoes were merely something that I slipped on to protect my feet. I had friends who were borderline shoe addicts, stashing new styles and colors into their closets as if they were treasures. I tended to kick my shoes off at the bottom of the stairs so I knew where they were in the morning. Style and fashion had little to do with my choices. Since I became an amputee, my utilitarian perspective towards footwear has only exacerbated. 

Imagine my surprise last night when I found myself giddy over a pair of boots. These aren't any boot, they are the new Ariat EZ Zip boots. Instead of using shoe horns, plastic bags and an assortment of tools to cramp my prosthesis into unforgiving footwear, these boots were designed specifically for amputees. 

I have given up on wearing boots more than twenty years ago. I have one boot that I wear in the snow to protect my biological foot, but it has been too frustrating to try to get the match onto my prosthesis. I love the idea of wearing matching shoes in the snow and bad weather.

Perhaps more than just matching in the snow, I love the idea that I can match my boot-loving boys!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Bad Mood

Well, I'm hoping that today is better because yesterday was certainly not my best. It wasn't a bad day, per se, but I definitely was not the Mom that my kiddos deserve. I felt myself on edge all day, and in retrospect I was probably less patient than normal. 

I struggled all day to maintain my composure. I smiled and tried to be calm, but inside I felt like hiding in the tree house while eating ice cream sandwiches. I think sometimes we all need a break, and yesterday must have been my day. 

With social distancing, I haven't really had a break in over a year. When I hear about my friends going out and resuming their lives, I feel twangs of jealousy that make me uncomfortable. I don't begrudge their happiness, but I also know that relaxing protocols to that degree is not feasible because of Timmy. I think I'm just feeling claustrophobic in my own house.

There was nothing that set me off or put me in a sour mood. I just didn't feel like myself all day. Hopefully today will be better, because I don't like feeling that edgy!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Milestone

Gulp.  Yesterday was a big day for my not-so-little Koopa. Last night he shaved for the first time. His shaving has morphed into a family affair.  From thoroughly investigating the best electric razors for teens to a special father and son excursion to pick out his own shaving cream, we have tried to embrace this milestone as a coming of age event. 

It is strange to think of my sweet little boy as needing to shave. As if his 5'11 inch frame isn't enough of a clue, is emerging mustache and sprouting beard serve as constant reminders that he is growing up. I really wish I could freeze time. But since I can't stop him from growing up, I plan to fully enjoy every phase and experience. Last night, it was shaving.

Other than some technical issues with the razor, the "event" went off without a hitch. Robby didn't have any nicks and felt both comfortable and confident with the experience. Even though it felt surreal to watch him shave, seeing him clean shaven felt comforting. With the facial hair gone, it is easier to see my little boy.



Monday, April 12, 2021

Iron Curtain

My teen who typically hates getting up early and is grump before 11 woke up at 8, and smiling from ear to ear when he met me in the kitchen on Friday. After a three week hiatus, his enrichment classes were resuming. My goodness he has missed his friends. Although they have remained connected through VR chat and text messages, nothing can replace the in-person experience. 

I love witnessing his enthusiasm for his classes and his friends. We spent the drive to school reviewing his classes and working out a plan for Russian domination. On his last class before break, Robby was elected as the head of the KGB in his Cold War Role Play game. He spent the break researching his options and developing a plan to spread the propaganda across the globe. 

I'm sure that our dinner conversations would sound odd if other people were listening. (Thankfully, we are still social distancing so there was no risk of eavesdropping.) Talking about snuffing out the CIA and expanding the iron curtain have monopolized our conversations during break. I never thought that we would be rooting for communism, but here I am, living the dream.  

Before the emails start flying towards me, we had no control over which side of the conflict was assigned to Robby's class. The luck of the draw assigned the Russians to Robby's section and the Americans were assigned to the virtual class. The two sections compete against each other in a game of strategy and espionage, using the Cold War as the backdrop for the experience.

His weeks of strategizing paid off. When I picked up Robby from class Friday afternoon, he almost ran to the car. He recounted the successes of the messages and his strategies for the remainder of the drive. I love seeing this kiddo so happy!


Friday, April 09, 2021

Pool Delivery

I am loving this Spring weather. Unplugging for a few hours every afternoon to go play outside has been good for Timmy and my soul. He adores playing in the woods, throwing his parachute soldiers off the deck and fighting pirates invaders from his tree house. I find his imagination inspiring.

Yesterday we made an exciting discovery when we headed outside to play. The UPS driver had delivered our new pool. Timmy squealed and began to jump with excitement when he discovered the large box in our driveway. I wish I had taken a video of him when he found the box. His reaction was so pure with delight.  

"Look Momom. Nana bought me a big pool. It is my dream come true. This is the bestest day of my whole life. I told Nana through my heart that I wanted a pool and she heard me."  Just to be clear, I was the one who researched and purchased the pool, but my Mom got credit. I am fine letting her play the role of hero though.

Now we just need to wait for the warmer weather to set it up. Like Timmy, I can't wait!



Thursday, April 08, 2021

Comfort

I am entering the third week of my new prosthetic set-up, and I'm delighted to report that I am still comfortable. After struggling for years with an inadequate liner and a painful socket, the newly reclaimed comfort is liberating. I am kicking myself for not making the change earlier, but I am also working towards extending myself some grace. At this point, the only thing I can do is appreciate where I am and learn from where I have been. 

Even the boys have noticed a change in my gait and demeanor. I am no longer struggling with stairs (out of fear that the leg would fall off) and I am able to run with Timmy in the yard. While I'm still cautious because of divots, I am not nearly as worried when I am outside. Dare I say, I am starting to rediscover my normal.

Today is supposed to be beautiful, so I'm hoping to give my new set-up another workout. Hopefully I'll be able to take it for a walk down to the stream. The temperatures are going to be warm enough for Hamlet to splash and look for tadpoles. I don't think I'll have to invite him twice!

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Catching Up

Yesterday was the first day back to school after our getaway and, as anticipated, it was stressful. I think we all felt some pressure to get on track and to get the work done. Somehow, we all managed to buckle down and together we tackled the to-do list. We are back on track and ready to cruise through the rest of the year. Getting away and unplugging is always wonderful, but I hate the price that is paid when we return!

Unfortunately, the amount of work we needed to do made going outside to play impossible. Thankfully the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny today, so hopefully we will be able to spend some time in the fresh air playing and relaxing. The boys did such a great job focusing and trudging through their work yesterday, I would love to be able to reward them with a long bike ride through the neighborhood.  

Hopefully tomorrow I will have something more exciting to write. I'm afraid that catching up on work is a boring necessity.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Normalcy

After a great spring break at my Mom's, yesterday we packed up and returned home. I'm always sad to leave, but this goodbye was even more difficult. After such a fun few days, we were all sad to have our vacation come to an end.

I am hoping that Covid will continue to retreat and that we will be able to increase the frequency of our trips. I have really missed hanging out with my Mom, and I know that the boys have missed their cousins. With the number of vaccines increasing, I am starting to feel a sense of optimism about a return to normal. Or, at the very least, a modified version of normal that feels more natural.

Today we are back to our school/ work schedule. The boys have to hit the books (figuratively because they are all on computer) to get back on track. I know that it will only take a few days to get into the flow of our school day routine, but it always feels overwhelming after a break.  

Fingers crossed the transition to reality is smooth!

Monday, April 05, 2021

Bestest Days

The weekend passed by in a flash. Laughter, adventures and late-night games filled the hours and my Mom's house. It has been wonderful watching the Cousin Crew reunion. Although they have been separated for months, they resumed their antics without missing a beat. 

While continuing to follow all pandemic protocols, we managed to squeeze in some amazing adventures. On Friday Scott arrived and we piled everybody into the car to go drive some go-carts. Timmy was beyond excited to drive his own little car.  Despite this being his first experience, we were gobsmacked by the confidence and the skills that he demonstrated behind the wheel. My little daredevil is a natural! Timmy quickly declared it to be the "bestest day of my whole life."

On Saturday we headed to a Rage Room. Because Timmy was too young to participate, he was able to go into the paint splatter room. Although he initially complained about leaving the big kids, he was delighted to splash and spray paint all over the walls, floor and the ceiling. To everybody's delight, he actually got some paint onto his canvas as well! Again, the day was declared the "bestest" of his whole life.

With Timmy busy in the paint room, the big kids geared up, chose their weapons of destruction and entered the rage room. They were able to smash and destroy assorted items for 15 minutes. They had an absolute blast!

After recovering from the Rage Room, we headed back out to Rock 'n Bowl. This was the first time Scott came bowling with us. With the live band and the dance lights dancing on the lanes and the walls, it felt like we were at a party. (We were still sequestered into our own divided lane and did not come close to other patrons.) The kids bowled, danced and laughed the night away.

Yesterday Timmy woke up to discover that the Easter Bunny left toys, lollipops (which sprouted from planted jelly beans of course) and 100 candy filled eggs littering his Nana's yard. True to form, it was the " bestest day" of his whole life.

I hope that he continues to live the best days ever!