Autism Awareness Month is every day for me April is National Autism Awareness month and while I celebrate Autism Awareness every day, I thought it would be nice to share with all of you what Autism means to my family. My son, Jamie, is almost 16 years old. He was born 5.5 weeks early and…

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Let’s talk about sex, baby. I am a firm believer in telling our kids the truth, minus the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy – but that’s a blog for another day. So when my daughter started asking questions at age 5 about where babies came from, we told her just enough to…

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Well, it’s negative 10 degrees today in the Twin Cities and Mama is just about over this freakin’ cold. Okay, I’m seriously over it. I won’t lie, it has done a number on my psyche this year. (Currently, I am not earning anything off the links I am supplying here. These are not affiliate links.)

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I recently had a Mama Meltdown. You know the kind. You’re stressed. You’re under pressure from the day and one tiny little thing just sets you off. For me, it was my adult-sized son pooping in his pants. He didn’t make a huge mess. It certainly could’ve been worse but the code brown, while I…

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We are traveling again. Soon, our family of four will be packing up and heading out to a family wedding. This entails us (me) packing for four people, planning the dog’s stay at Grandma’s house while we’re gone, and of course, making all of the travel arrangements. The hubs tries to help, but honestly, he’s…

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A Family Trip I Don’t Enjoy Sometimes, family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I mean, I absolutely LOVE my family. I would do anything for my husband, kids, sister, brother, the in-laws, nieces, and nephews. This includes the family I’ve chosen for myself, the friends who are family, or framily. But there are…

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One of my children has special needs. One of my children does not. Ri is completely neurotypical and goes through everything 10-year-old girls do. Because my kids are so developmentally different, I struggle to parent my youngest without losing my patience. I find that with my oldest, Jamie, I have an infinite amount of patience…

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New School, New Assessments Two weeks ago, Jamie started at his new school, bringing along a whole slew of issues that we have faced in the past and are pretty much used to. For instance, there is always the phone call from the nurse asking all sorts of questions about his health history and how…

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The Overwhelming Moments of Motherhood Most days I feel like I have it together…pretty much. I get up, get my kids ready for school with the help of my awesome husband, get breakfast ready, make the coffee, get myself ready for work, and send everyone off for their busy days. I’m no different than millions…

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Oh, Summer. That fleeting time where it’s warm and sunny and the need for sunblock and bug spray abounds. Before you know it, the kids are heading back to school and I don’t know about you, but I’m happy about that. I love when my kids are home and we get to do fun stuff…

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Last summer I was scrolling through Facebook while Jamie and Ri watched a show. I came across a post by the Laurie Berkner Band. If you haven’t heard of them, you’re probably living under a rock and probably not reading this right now because you don’t have wifi under said rock. The Kids’ First Concert!…

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Oatmeal and peanut butter are hard to clean up. They both stick to everything they touch. “No” doesn’t always mean “no” to the child who hears it. Selective hearing is a real thing. Kids say exactly what they are thinking, especially when you don’t want them to. Potty training happens when your child is ready;…

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There are days when I wish more than anything that my son could talk.  He is 10 years old and is non-verbal.  I know I’m not alone in wishing this.  A lot of Mamas and Papas out there have never heard their child utter a single syllable.  Some of us have heard our children speak…

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Joel and I took the kids to Disney over the Christmas break.  This doesn’t sound like a major undertaking, but it wasn’t easy, either.  With Jamie’s disabilities, we had to make sure he would be comfortable, warm (even though it’s Florida, it DOES get cold), and wearing dry pants (we’re still in the midst of…

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There are a lot of folks out there who are against the whole Elf on the Shelf idea.  I’m not sure why.  Some say it’s because he’s creepy, or that he is used to bribe kids to behave (don’t we already do that with Santa?).  For our family, it’s just another fun tradition we do.…

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