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Farewell NYC, Howdy Texas

Sometimes there’s so much to say that words will only mess it all up. But you know I’ll give it a go anyway.

I wish I could tell you that there was little heartache involved with our decision to move across the country (my husband certainly would!). Today Adam looked at me from the pullout sofa in our tiny, temporary Brooklyn apartment and said, “how many minute20140623_201619s until we go back to our home?” I paused, and said “well, we’ll be in our home in a few more sleeps, after we get to Texas.” He said,”No, I mean how many minutes until we go in our old home?” I said, very carefully to my most tempestuous child, “We aren’t going back, we’re going to living in Texas now.” He replied, “Until we go back to New York.” “We are not going back to New York.” The words struck me then. My God, we were leaving New York, probably for good, in just a matter of hours. Read more…

Adaptive Water Sports For Special Needs Kids

August - September 2010 158Check out my latest article on Mommy Poppins, about the variety of amazing free and low cost water sport programs offered in and around NYC.

 

Central Park Challenge 2014 Highlights

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Sincere thanks to all who supported and participated in our last Central Park Challenge!

5 years later – can The Foorce pull it off?

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This is our team, 3 kids ago (I was equally pregnant in this photo as I will be tomorrow).                      Where does the time go?

Just when I thought we had missed out a year, I found it.  Now the question is, will we get a picture of our team (or at least part of it) on the YAI website for our fifth and final Central Park Challenge?

Tomorrow will be a fun, exciting, and incredibly bittersweet day for me. When I get settled in Houston you can count on me finding something to replace what has become an amazing, memorable and meaningful tradition in our family.

And I would be remiss not to mention that it is not quite too late to help us reach our final fundraising goal for a very worth cause. Click here to visit our team website!

Monday Minute: Memorial Day Thanks

SSPX0202Me: So we’re going to Greenwood Cemetery for a Memorial Day concert.

James: Memorial Day is to celebrate soldiers and honor them for fighting in war.

Me: That’s right.

James: Not concerts.

Me: Well, we’re honoring the soldiers at the cemetery with some American music.

James: And they can have some of our picnic, right?

Me: Hmmm, well they could if they wanted – but I’m not sure we’ll see any soldiers today.

James: But you said we would give some of them our little American flags.

Me: I did…… well, those soldiers are the ones that died. We’re putting flags by tombstones.

James: What?! How did they die?

Me: Protecting our country in battle.

James: Can they hear the concert?

Me: I like to think so.

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Moms, especially special needs mothers, are often compared to soldiers. But today, let’s not forget who gave us the ability to be home caring for, laughing with, stressing out over, hugging, reading to, even yelling at our loved ones, while they leave theirs behind.

Thank you.

Special Needs-Friendly Amusement Parks Near NYC

August - September 2010 117Check out my latest article on Mommy Poppins about amusement parks within a couple hours of NYC that have some great special needs accommodations! Read more…

Poems and Thoughts To Celebrate Special Needs Mothers This Weekend

Need something for the card you haven’t bought yet? Hopefully these poems, written by special needs mothers, will help inspire you. Read more…

Top Ten: Easy, Quick and Delicious Recipes So Dad Can Do The Cooking On Mother’s Day (or more realistically, so mom can make something easier than usual)

Chef_RamsayWhether you’re a husband looking to do something nice for Mother’s Day (this weekend, folks) or a mother in need of more recipes (and more time) this Top Ten may be for you. The following meals take very little time to prepare and are enjoyed by my 3 and 5 year olds, special needs teen and husband alike, which has to mean it’s more than empty bragging when I offer these meals up as solutions to the dinnertime crunch.

The recipes that follow only call for a few ingredients, require even fewer steps to prepare and as an added bonus don’t really need to be measured that carefully. Like garlic? Add some more. Don’t like onions? Nobody will miss them. In the end, chances are in your favor that the meal is going to look good and taste even better.

For those of you mothers who (like me) plan to cook dinner on Mother’s Day as usual (and be spoiled in other ways, of course!), maybe this list can bulk up your “I don’t feel like cooking but this barely counts and is better than take out again” recipe collection. Add a loaf of bread, salad or some green veggie (frozen peas count) to most of the meals below and you have a complete, delicious, and most importantly, easy dinner on the table. Read more…

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