The Puzzle’s Sooner Respite of Epic Magnitude

The following is a tale of epic proportions – the accounting of a brave couple for which they made the intentional decision to pack their 4-year-old and 7-year-old into a minivan and travel millions of miles (OK… hundreds… but it didn’t feel that way) to visit family in a mysterious land far, far away… Oklahoma.

It cannot be said for certain if this story is true or the creative ranting of a man trying to make sense of reality through the practice of fictitious storytelling, but perhaps you will find your own truth in the text that follows… the truth is out there…. (Fox, don’t sue me…)

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Family Tradition: “Big Breakfast”

Big Breakfast Time!

Big Breakfast Time!

It’s not easy for our family to sit down at dinner. Often times Kelli or I will have something going on in the evenings, or we are not hungry when the girls usually eat. Most nights the girls get their dinner earlier and Kelli and I will enjoy a dinner together later in the evening after the girls go to bed. There are rare occasions where we have tried to have a common dinner but often times the cuisine that Kelli and I enjoy is far from the more simple tastes the girls will eat.

There is one meal that we all agree on in regards to time and menu: breakfast. We’ve made it a tradition to – whenever possible – sit down to a breakfast together on the weekends. (more…)

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Whoa! It IS alive!

Yes, yes… we haven’t posted anything in a while. Kelli’s been trying to gear herself up for getting back in the habit by posting older blog articles on Facebook and I simply haven’t had time. It’s been a busy six months! (Yes… it’s been six months…)

So, what’s been happening, you ask? Michaela finished her 1st grade year and Melanie finished her first year of pre-school. I’m busy at work (as usual) and Kelli keeps busy with church and raising the girls (as usual.)

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Another Halloween bites the dust!

2012 Pumpkins

Our pumpkins for this year’s Halloween. We got quite the response from our logo!

Well, another ghoulish November-eve has come and gone. Everywhere one could look there were ghosts, zombies, Michael Myers, that scary dude from the Scream movies, a Ghostbuster, Spidermans, Batmans, Iron Mans, princesses, a Tinkerbell (or two – can’t remember), and a very well camouflaged kid decked in hunting garb who was annoyed when I joked with him about “not seeing him.” Grandma and poppy joined us for this Halloween, with grandma and Kelli escorting the girls throughout the neighborhood. In all, it was another busy but wonderful Halloween in our neighborhood. (more…)

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Transition is HARD!!

The definition of transition: movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

It doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adult, transition is hard for everyone. Especially for those who are extra sensitive to change. Most special needs families are well aware when your child turns 3 years old a huge transition occurs.

For example, your child can receive early intervention (which is state funded) from birth to 3 years old. Soon as your child turns 3 years old the world opens up to many opportunities and tough decisions. Do you want to have your child evaluated by the school district to see if they qualify for special education or go the private therapy route (if you have the money)? As parents, we want what’s best for our children to provide the best services we can to help them succeed and grow. (more…)

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