Last Day of School!

It’s the last day of school, and I hope that means I regain a few hours (minutes??) of time for writing during the day over the next few months. These Takes are late, and short, but hopefully things improve in the coming weeks. This week had some nice, hot days which meant we could finally …

{SQT} Highs And A Low

Starting with the most important update: we lost our third level insurance appeal. The outside agency agreed with the insurance company’s decision to reduce our hours from 12 to 10. I believe there is another level of appeal I could go for that involves courtrooms and judges, but, based on the explanation letter from the …

{SQT} I Would Tell You In Person

Let’s recap another typical May week for posterity. Amy Welborn shared a great post recently on the type of information we share online, and her litmus test for what is worthy of sharing struck a chord with me. Therefore, you can rest assured that all the details of this post (which I write partially in …

{SQT} Filling In the Margins Of May

Thank you for your patience with my Takes, or lack there of. I’ve gotten out of the habit of jotting down ideas for Takes during the week as they hit me, so lately when I reach Thursday night, I’m wracking my brain for ideas. Our days follow a pretty set routine at this point, but …

{SQT} May Goodness

Happy May! Who else is ready for school to be over?!? Who else is counting down the days??? Our godson received his First Holy Communion on Saturday. We snapped some pictures outside afterwards and celebrated with dinner at Applebee’s. It’s nice that even though our children have already all passed this milestone, we can still …

Seven Funny Posts You Forgot About

No new Takes from me this week. Enjoy these archive posts you probably missed. How to Achieve the Perfect SAHM Body Vino Fitness Mom-lympics What it was like rolling over the boys in the middle of the night at our old house. (Tony and I slept on the second floor; Fulton and Teddy were on …

Good Books For Teens They’ll Actually Read

I got my second COVID shot on Wednesday, and I was feeling all: But then on Thursday I felt pretty blah from the shot (nothing extreme or unexpected) and arguably did not feel very invincible. But one day of discomfort is better than the alternative, and hopefully I’ll be able to try licking wild animals …

{SQT} Drinks, Movies, and Dissections

Happy Friday! Time for some Takes. On Sunday Tony and I finally tried the new distillery in town. Like everything else, we could walk to it. We enjoy supporting local businesses, and were prepared to force down some pretty raw stuff, but thankfully it was all really good. They’re specializing in fruit liquors, many of …

{SQT} Food, Movies, and Books

Happy Easter Friday! Enjoy some meat!  We had a beautiful Easter Sunday. The kids woke up and immediately gorged themselves on candy (and maybe I did too). We attended Mass, came home and ate some appetizers including the amazing crab rangoon dip from Aldi’s (definently snag some if you see it). We wound up with …

Good Friday Takes

Yes, I redesigned the blog again. I was looking at some other “author” websites and realized I wanted something a bit more “I’m a real author.” and less “I blog in my bathrobe with a cup of cold coffee when I should be educating my kids.” Getting a professional headshot is still on the to-do …

Special Needs Families in Quarantine: One Year Later

As many states open up and do away with mask mandates, special needs families are trying to find a safe way to get back to normal. Struggling with a lack of in-person therapies and services, many families have seen their children reject or not benefit from the online options offered. The isolation of quarantine has …

Byron, Fulton, and Teddy’s Film Debut

Look out Hollywood! Byron, Fulton, and Teddy (and their friend Leo) have made a film for the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge (EDFC). I’m not saying it’s an Oscar contender, but don’t be surprised if it becomes the first in a long line of blockbuster classics. ….but maybe I’m biased. Last year we first learned about …