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Breaking News: Missing NYC Woman Rumored To Be Seen Crying In A Walmart Parking Lot. In a minivan.

November 7, 2014 5 comments

Walmart_Supercenter,_Ft._Worth,_TXHOUSTON. Reports have surfaced that Michaela Searfoorce was recently spotted in Friendswood, TX, four months after she went missing from New York. Searfoorce, an active wife, mother and writer, has not been seen or heard from since her sudden announcement that she was relocating to the Lone Star State, a move some declared a “publicity stunt” for her popular blog, The Foorce. However, as time passed with no word, concern grew that perhaps foul play had come into the mix.

Relief and confusion were the most commonly expressed emotions upon hearing that Searfoorce had been spotted near a gray Honda Odyssey in a Walmart parking lot, a popular hangout in the Houston area. “Michaela doesn’t do stores – she orders everything online,” a close friend commented. “A minivan? Whaaaa-? You must be mistaken,” another sputtered into her Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte.

Contradicting reports have recently come out that the woman was not in fact crying, but sweating, as she loaded groceries into said minivan while wearing an adorable, redheaded newborn, a grimace, and a slight paunch. Of course, this was in 90 degree heat with 100% humidity so either sweating or crying would have been appropriate, making it hard to tell definitively. But those close to Searfoorce remain steadfast in their opinion that “She would definitely be crying if she were driving a minivan or grocery shopping in a store with all of those kids,” and, “It’s ludicrous that you think Michaela’s actually in Texas!”

In other news, Searfoorce is rumored to be working on a new blog, slated to come out this Fall. Stay tuned for more info.

AHRC New York City: Assistance For Families With Special Needs

Special Needs Music Classes and Lessons in NYC

Click here to read my latest article on Mommy Poppins about special needs music classes and lessons around NYC. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget dancers – they have their own post coming out soon 🙂

Special Note: DMF’s big spring concert is on May 19th this year – the theme is Motown (oh yeah). There are two performances, and since they are both awesome and FREE, seating is limited and fills up fast. You can visit http://www.danielsmusic.org or email daniel@danielsmusic.org for more information. James will be performing again, so hope to see you there!

YAI NYC: Autism and Other Special Needs Services for Families

Click HERE for my latest review on Mommy Poppins about one of my favorite organizations in NYC.

Top Ten: Things I’ve Cleaned Off Of The Floor, Today (And Why It’s Okay)

August 10, 2012 1 comment

Stop. Do not look at the list below yet. If you’re like me, you may find it more entertaining to guess what kinds of things you will find on this Top Ten before reading it (ah, the things I ponder over my morning coffee).

By the time my husband left for work today I was already ranting about how many messes I had cleaned off of the floor (not counting the ones that still littered the ground as the door closed). An hour later I had cleaned the remaining items off of the floor, only to find a new disaster waiting for me in James’s room. Ranting turned into resigned (as it often does).

Later in the morning I was googling “how to turn breech babies” (this baby seems to be as stubborn as his siblings already) and read that one way to make the baby flip was to spend 20 minutes a day on all fours. Yeah, right, I thought. As if I don’t spend enough time on all fours picking up after these kids. But after several mothers commented on the success of the “all fours method” and another commented that it would encourage her to scrub the floors more often while pregnant, resigned turned into intrigued. Where could I find the next mess? I crawled back into James’s room.

So don’t feel bad for me as you read how many times I have been on my hands and knees, eight months pregnant, windex, rag and/or garbage bag in tow. Instead, imagine me joyfully scrubbing the house clean while baby #4 begins the turn that is 100% inevitable at the rate I’m going.

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Top Ten: Things I’ve Cleaned Off Of The Floor – Today (Repeats not included!)

1. Strawberry jelly and scrambled eggs

2. Legos (James is so much better at tossing them wildly than actually building anything)

3. Milk (from 2 cereal bowls, 2 “big girl” cups and one nose)

4. a roll of toilet paper, ripped up to make a bed for A’s baby doll.

5. Books, books and more books.

6. An unwrapped vase of seashells and assorted sands.

7. 1/4 cup of olive oil and a chewed up zucchini (spit out due to being raw)

8. An entire hamper of dirty laundry (it was apparently needed for a fort)

9. 10 pounds of packing paper (irresistible in its neatly rolled package)

10. Permanent Marker (since the 3rd time I’ve started labeling our boxes in crayon)

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Think I’ve hit 20 minutes yet?

New on childmind.org: Customizing games for your kids, spanking and mental illness, coming of age on medication

THIS WEEK ON CHILDMIND.ORG
July 3, 2012
I’m pleased to tell you about a rather delightful piece on childmind.org (just in time for summer vacation) about games—how to make them work for children of different ages and abilities. It’s delightful because the writer, Michaela Searfoorce, brings such insight and humor to the role of being a mother of three kids. A passionate game-player, Michaela has customized five popular games for her brood, which includes, as she puts it, “a special needs pre-teen, a competitive 3-year-old and a copycat 20-month-old. What’s the secret? We make up our own rules.”What makes her reinvented games irresistible is her acuity in creating fun and engaging experiences for kids. My particular favorite is what she calls “Trivial Pursuit – Dinnertime Edition,” in which she writes questions on cards for each child and deploys them to energize dragging dinner table talk. “This little game has saved many a dinner alone with the kids while Ryan works late and I am out of ideas. The cards make it an ‘official game’ so they will answer anything I ask—pretty genius, right?”——

If you haven’t read her blog, thefoorce.com, I recommend that you check it out. I’m hooked on her weekly installments of conversations with James, her 11-year-old son with multiple disabilities. James is unpredictable, imaginative, perceptive, and occasionally infuriating. In one recent post from the Long Island Rail Road, his little sister points out a train yard and asks him what it is.  “It’s kind of like a nursing home for trains,” says James. “When trains stop working or when they get old they go to train yards.” Here’s another one in which Michaela captures the humor in James’s bad mood on a very rocky morning—something we all need to do on those kind of days.

 —Caroline Miller, Editorial Director

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