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I Cried the First Time I Watched My Son Wrestle

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My middle son, Colt, told me not too long ago that he wanted to wrestle. We are a sports family, but wrestling has never been one of those sports. AND this child is on the spectrum . . . now, all that really means for him is that he's not going to pick up on any social hints you drop, he's incredibly literal, and he's finicky about sensations. Yes, the child who is finicky about sensations told me he wanted to wrestle - where people are constantly touching you and holding you down and forcing your body into positions you don't want it to be in. But I have always determined that I would not hold my children back by forcing artificial boundaries on them that they don't have for themselves - so if the boy wanted to wrestle, we were going to let him try it out.

A couple of weekends ago, we went to his first wrestling tournament. I was so naive. We were supposed to be there at 9 am, and, in all seriousness, I made plans for 11 am. I thought we would walk in, he would h…

Another Out-of-the-Box Gift Idea . . .

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Continuing our quest for unusual gift ideas this year, I came across this idea . . . 

How fun would this be?!?!? It's like packaging up a color run and letting your kids have all the fun to themselves. 

Just Add Color is now offering a Mega Pak that includes everything you need to add colorful powder games, color dances, color crafts, color photos and color experiences to any get together or fun outdoor time your kids are planning.

Everything is more fun with color...birthday parties, Friday nights with friends, having the team over, slumber parties, graduation activities, even gender reveal parties or class celebrations (with parent permission, of course). 

The Just Add Color Mega Pak provides you with the color, the tools and a how-to guide to make your next party TEN Times More Fun.

Right now, you can get a one-time-only discount that includes Two FREE Color Blasters, Money Back Guarantee and FREE Shipping on your purchase -  a $150 value for just $75!

Place your order at Just Add C…

Out-of-the-Box Christmas Idea for Families

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This year for Christmas, our crew is working hard to come up with some outside-of-the-box ideas. We already all have so much stuff, and this Momma is tired of picking up all of that stuff when it spills out over our house and car and yard. My boys are getting older by the minute and I want to take full advantage of it and enjoy every minute we can. 
We've been looking for activities we can do together as a family, and I found a great deal on one that I think my boys will adore!
Urban Quest Adventure lets you turn Dallas (or one of the other 98 locations across the US) into a giant game board with a fun scavenger hunt adventure. If you like the Amazing Race, you will love this three-hour city tour. Using your own smart phone, your team will make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. 

If your schedule is anything like hours, finding time to make a scheduled event is difficult, but you can play t…

Cowtown Geek Fair - November 3, 2018

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We have entered a new era in life over here . . . with me feeling better and all medical news looking positive and our boys now being 8, 11 and 12, we have found our activities shifting significantly.

One of our boys is fascinated by all things comic books, super heroes, science fiction, and he is asking about Comic-Con conferences. Having looked into them, several are really NOT family-friendly, so we were thrilled to find CowTown Geek Fair.


My boys are looking forward to trying this event out . . . and we will let you know what we think. 
Maybe some of you should join us!

Parents Off with Friends to a British Isles Cruise

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The Other Side

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I have to admit I was a little surprised by the wide range of response to my last post. I think there may have been some confusion . . . And maybe some didn’t read to the end.

Here’s the summary of what I was actually attempting to communicate:
Even though I’m on an amazing trip, we had an ugly encounter that caused us to miss a significant event. As I thought about how angry I was over the way it was handled, it caused a whole host of angry emotions to flood through. Many of them that had been held back for quite some time. Not the least of which is I have a callback visit scheduled in just a couple of days after I went and had a mammogram done at the beginning of March.  I don’t plan on taking back any part of what I said in that post. It was the truth - maybe a little raw, maybe jaded, maybe even somewhat self-centered - but it was exactly how I felt in that moment.
However, it is not the whole truth about the trip we took, and I feel it is only fair to make sure all of the relevant…

Keeping It Real

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Yesterday, I was pissed. 




Yes, I’m on vacation in Italy. 
Yes, I’m here because my business has done very well this last year. 
Yes, I felt well enough to make this trip and, a little over a month ago, I wasn’t even getting out of bed every day of the week.

But, yesterday, it all came slamming down at the same time, and I was pissed. The kind of fury that has been held back so long that when it comes pouring out, you feel it coursing through not only your eyes and your mouth, but your ears, your heart, your skin, your scalp. It’s scathing, and you hope no one you love happens to intersect with you in those moments because the likelihood of them avoiding becoming the object of that blind fury is almost non-existent.

How I came about being pissed yesterday specifically won’t seem as traumatic to you as it felt to me . . . We booked a tour through an independent, highly rated tour group. We were to take Fiats out into the Tuscan countryside and visit some of the various wineries and have lunc…