A Little Moxie - Travel, disability & living life with some courage

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  • Potty Training (with & without Down syndrome)

    [Translate] Buffer The Best School Ever said that it’s okay that Moxie isn’t potty trained, they want her (and more stuff like that that has me looking at my toes because I’m always worried I’ll start crying over their total awesomeness). But even with them saying so, I know it’s a good thing to get […]

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  • Waldorf, Roadschooling & The Best School Ever

    [Translate] Buffer The Best School Ever is exactly that because of their flexible approach to education and inclusivity. Let me explain that a little bit. You see, everywhere up until we went there, we met a lot of distance with Moxie. I’m deaf; I see a lot. I saw the way that people’s eyes shuttered […]

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  • A Golden Moment: Moxie in the Meadow

    [Translate] Buffer She is as naked as the day she was born, running through the small meadow, the tall grass swaying in the wind around her. Her hair catches the evening light and a halo is born. She is a small girl, clearly loving the feel of her body, her skin, her world – she […]

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  • Summer Blogging Series: CATCH UP!

    [Translate] Buffer I caught this guy napping on the couch AGAIN, and she was over in the next room, snoozing instead of writing… and I totally get it – it’s not easy writing or following a bunch of thought provoking prompts when you have little children screaming all over you, crying, moaning, needing, wanting, neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeding […]

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  • 21 Day Fix: Weight Loss Update

    [Translate] Buffer Hey! I’m still at it! Chugging away at the weight loss, one pound at a time. I had a rough go of it recently with one of my best friends coming to visit and we went The Ice Cream Route because really, that’s So. Much. Fun!! It was worth it, but like anything […]

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  • Robin Williams and Cancer of the Spirit

    [Translate] Buffer I love Elvis, I really do. I think his voice was simply magic, like the male version of Karen Carpenter, it’s liquid velvet on a rainbow. Anyway, I was watching “Elvis on Tour” the other night with the kids and I was watching how everyone reacted to him. Sure, he was wearing a […]

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  • iPad Apps for the Kids

    [Translate] Buffer Since we’re cranking up for leaving in October, hitting the road again, I’m re-visiting books and the ipad… Both kids use the iPad quite a bit and I give it full credit for teaching Moxie the alphabet, making her super interested in phonics. It’s making yogis, readers, artists, singers and problem-solvers out of […]

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  • Round Here: A Photo Essay

    [Translate] Buffer There is a song called, “Round Here” by The Counting Crows. I didn’t like it half as well as I liked “Omaha”, but the chorus of Round Here catches my brain like an infectious ear worm - Round here we always stand up straight Round here something radiates I listened to that album […]

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  • Summer Series Blog Hop: Golden Moments

    [Translate] Buffer Hey! We’re back! First, THE BOOK. We have about 6 people who said they are in (and I’ll be emailing everyone this week to get started). Now, if you have a post or two that you’d like to see in the book compilation, that’s fine. If you have the whole series that you’d […]

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  • Why I am Not Touching the Story about the Abandoned Baby with Down syndrome

    [Translate] Buffer There is a story that is going seriously viral right now, about an Australian couple that had a surrogate mother in Thailand grow them twins. When one of the twins was born with Down syndrome and health complications, the couple apparently abandoned him and went on back to the Land Down Under with […]

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  • MICE ARE MAKING ME PARANOID

    [Translate] Buffer You have to understand, you guys: I grew up in FIJI. Hot, sweltering, FIJI, where cockroaches flying around were so large that some tourists would think they were some kind of shiny (slimy?) black bird. And I could crush those things under my flimsy rubber flip-flops without breaking stride in my conversations. The […]

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  • Breastfeeding: DONE! (with Carlton Banks)

    [Translate] Buffer I AM DONE. This is what happened: a couple of months ago, I thought I’d froth in the mouth if I had ONE.MORE.NIGHT of the nursing scenario that Mac-Q went through: the kicking, pushing, pulling, biting, squirming misery. On that night, I (somehow) got him to fall asleep without it and crept down to […]

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  • A Big (Kindle Heavy) List of Books for (Traveling & Homeschooling) Boys!

    [Translate] Buffer School will be starting next month over here at The Best School Ever, but we are starting to get our ducks in a row for the roadschooling we’ll be engaged in, come October when we hit the road again. The Best School Ever will be working with us on a homeschool curriculum for […]

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  • Disability: Connections, Comforts & Judy Heumann

    [Translate] Buffer Judy Heumann …is an attractive woman, perhaps a smidgen above middle-aged. An aura of authority and intelligence is around her, her voice is crisp, clear, firm. She is a strong woman and it shows. She is also one of the early leaders of the disability rights movement. She affected change on a level […]

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  • Summer Series: VENT!!

    [Translate] Buffer Hey! We’re back! First, a note of business: THE BOOK. Do you want to participate in a compilation of this series? I think it would be pretty cool to compile the posts, self publish and sell them for a few dollars. All profit will be donated to an organization that we all vote and agree […]

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  • floundering

    [Translate] Buffer I used to think that when you were 40, you were an adult. You were old, you knew what to do. And now that I’m over 40, I realize that there are no adults. The kids who played with their cabbage patch kids are now in charge of other human beings, that’s the […]

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  • Summer Disability Blog Series: Comforts & Connections

    [Translate] Buffer Hey! We’re back! Moving forward with the 3rd Annual Summer Blogging Series with the optional prompts A quick recap:  Week One: My Connection with Disability Week Two: Coming to Terms with Disability Week Three: A Letter to My Younger Self Week Four: Talking Raw, Talking Real: Challenges Related to Disability * all links […]

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  • Weight Loss Update

    [Translate] Buffer I finished the 21-day Standard Process Detox – which is where I eliminated sugar, gluten, processed foods and all that from my diet. I also made a truly foul shake every morning which was supposed to fill me up – but never really did unless I added stuff like coconut/almond milk to it, […]

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  • What the Down syndrome Community and Ostriches Have in Common…

    [Translate] Buffer My favorite lil’ online guy over there, Noah’s Dad, was posting in a Down syndrome Educational Support group on Facebook, trying to get people over to some post of his about information for parents who have received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. When asked why he was reinventing the wheel with this […]

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  • Talking raw, talking real: the challenges related to disability

    [Translate] Buffer My best friend in school would wake up in the morning and GO. She’d open her eyes, sit up, get out of bed, get dressed and that was it – her day was started. I thought about that – just… like, wow… open your eyes…sit up…get out of bed..dressed. Over and out, that’s […]

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