Monday, December 25, 2017

Natalie Jumps Into 13

For her “big friend birthday party,” Natalie wanted to go to the new trampoline park, called Planet 3. She invited some friends from school and church, and they had a wonderful time. 

A Just Us Christmas

As much as I love our extended families on both sides, my favorite way to celebrate Christmas is home with our little family. We do the candlelight Christmas Eve service at church, and open one present on Christmas Eve. Then presents and a somewhat special meal on Christmas Day. 

As much as I enjoy traveling, it’s exhausting and stressful with four kids and chronic health issues. Staying home is just so relaxing in comparison. Still, we love our families and hope we’ll see them soon. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Coco Dog

Look who I have! This is Coco, a 5-month old German Shepherd pup that I’m going to puppy raise with a potential to train him as a guide dog for myself. 

I decided to go with owner training for a whole bunch of reasons, one of which I get to puppy raise and bond sooner. 

Also, the red tape with having a vision impairment that doesn’t fit the usual legal criteria is really difficult to navigate, and this solves some of that too. 

I’ve researched owner training and it looks completely do-able. Also, owner trained guide dogs are covered by the same access laws. 

So this guy gets to be my shadow for a while and see if he has what it takes to train when he is old enough. If not, we’ll find a new home for him and try again.

And Coco, in his first few days home had these items to share with our readers. 

I am currently planning to play it safe and NEVER step off the rug. Not even for that piece of kibble that I really really want. #CocoDog

How to play with a squeaky toy:

1. Stick it to the Velcro on your Cone of Shame. 

2. Pause to contemplate the Universe. 

3. Flip it so the end is in your mouth. 

4. Squeak and enjoy. 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Makings of a Hufflepuff

Abi wants to be a Hufflepuff this year.

I couldn’t find a tie or little preppy skirt, so I got to improvise, which is, of course, my favorite thing. 

Yellow fabric and black paint made the stripes for the tie. 

A plaid shirt from the thrift store was easily dismantled and sewn into a cute pleated skirt. 

Walmart had a lovely witchy hat...

And the ensemble is coming together! Stay tuned for finished pictures in a few days. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Braille is BIG

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, hot off the embosser, makes a stack about twice as high as my coffee cup. 

Then, bound into five volumes. 

Then, it joins our Braille library up in the school room. :)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Two field trips in one day

Cody’s class went to the fire station, then Abi’s class went to the library. Two fun field trips in one long day!!

En Crois

Friday, October 20, 2017

On The Go

I made this today with items from my craft room:

On the go writing board. Velcro stuck to a clip board keeps (old) iPhone or iPad mini, Refreshabraille keyboard and Braille display, slate an stylus. Charging cables clipped to the back. Neck strap for easy carrying.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Punky Carving

For the first time, there was no adult help needed. And great was the rejoicing. 

"My pumpkin that I did all by myself. No help at all."

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Every once in a while, a day or two by myself in the woods is perfect for rejuvenating. 

Teaching Accessibility

Last week I went into Abi's fourth grade class to let them try out some of her tools, namely the Brailler and cane. They had a ball! I hope their takeaway is that using the right tools, blindness doesn't have to be a barrier to learning!!


Little Mister and Daddy have been doing a middle school chemistry class. Last week they did experiments with dry ice. This week, fuses and gunpowder! Hey, who says science can't be fun??

Practicing Grand Jeté

And just for fun, doing headstands and handstands. 

Also, a pic of her class last July. Mostly for me to remember.