autism · Family · Writing

Unexpected Magic

We’ve been planning this trip ever since we knew we’d be living this close. As we entered the gates and I saw the spires of the castle, the familiar characters, the Christmas carols playing over the sound system, I was overwhelmed. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been here. Magic Kingdom - Holiday Season There… Continue reading Unexpected Magic

Family

Red Flags

We survived spring break! We didn't do much, more of a stay-cation really - but it was nice to have no where we HAD to be. The kids, of course, not wanting to miss a minute of the nothingness, continued their pattern of "up at o'dark thirty". That was until this morning when it was… Continue reading Red Flags

Family

Merry Christmas!

When I was around 6- or 7-years-old, my parents got me an entire bedroom set. It wasn't furniture under the tree or in the garage. We went to bed just like any other night. After I was well asleep, they transferred me into their bed and set to work. When I woke up Christmas morning,… Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

Bah Humbug

I've been fighting it for a while. I just can't seem to get into the holiday spirit this year. Part of it is that we are far away from family and in a new state. Part of it is the weather. It's kind of hard to feel festive about Christmas sweaters when it's 80 degrees… Continue reading Bah Humbug

Family · Health and Fitness

When Coming in Last is a Big Win

Last year we ran the St. Patrick's day fun run out on base. We did the 1 mile run, knowing the kiddos wouldn't be able to do much more than that. We also had the benefit of the stroller while Eric was deployed, so worst case scenario, they could take turns taking breaks. It's amazing… Continue reading When Coming in Last is a Big Win

Health and Fitness

Goals and Year End Stuff

I had a whole list of goals this year, and many were accomplished. One was to run/ride at least 500 miles. Yeah, that one didn't happen. (I checked my stats and I hit a dismal* 180 miles.) I killed myself last year running crazy miles to achieve the goal of 300. I felt great though,… Continue reading Goals and Year End Stuff

Family

Holiday Hiatus

I "decided" to take a holiday hiatus. It wasn't really planned, but just sort of happened! Now that the family has left and the after-Christmas calm is settling in, I thought I'd sneak in a post before I return to my unscheduled break. This year we were fortunate to be able to spend Christmas with… Continue reading Holiday Hiatus

Family

The REAL Mother’s Day

Upon returning from my workout this morning, I opened the door to find my husband and the minions diligently laboring over the mixer. I smiled as the kids exclaimed they are making chocolate chip cookies and later they are all going on "an adventure"! Looking to my husband for the plan of the day (he's… Continue reading The REAL Mother’s Day

Family · Health and Fitness · Photography

And….The Honeymoon Is Over

Well, not really. It's just back to work and regular life. We've had the best time over the last few days just spending time as a family and reconnecting and getting out and about! The 4th of July was great - celebrated by going to a parade (complete with puking Jacob as he gagged on a… Continue reading And….The Honeymoon Is Over

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Health and Fitness

Freedom

Ahhh, Independence Day. Yes, the big one for our country, but also the one that's a bit more personal for our family, and for me. I ran my first run yesterday. The first solo-non-stroller-pushing/non-dreadmill trail run in about a year. No races. No bib numbers. No PRs or time clocks. No having to ensure the minions in… Continue reading Freedom