A Little Hard To See

Each Monday at school, Cordy’s class starts their week by writing down all of that week’s homework assignments on a homework log provided by the teacher. This helps the kids plan their week and, more importantly in our case, helps Aaron and I guide Cordy on her homework for the week. I absolutely love the homework log ....more

Thanksgiving Day Race Fail

I realized I left everyone hanging about the outcome of my foot. My orthopedic doctor suggested an MRI to determine the cause of the pain on the outside edge of my foot, wanting to rule out a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal. The good news is that there was no sign of any fractures ....more

Nine Lessons from Nine Years of Blogging

A week ago, I was looking at the date and thinking November 22 should mean something to me. It felt like a date I needed to remember. After some thought (and looking through my archives), I realized it was the date that I had started this blog ....more

Big Hero 6 Delivers On Big Action For All

Big Hero 6 is a movie we had been waiting on for most of this year. With Disney and Marvel coming off of huge successes from Frozen, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy in the last year, we had high hopes that this would be an equal success. After all, both Marvel and Disney seem to have hit their stride in storytelling – combining forces should be a slam-dunk, right? ...more

Stopped In My Tracks

At the beginning of October, I had officially caught the running bug. I mean, I had been running for awhile, but had finally reached that point where I looked forward to lacing up my running shoes. I wanted to get out on the road and leave any stress behind for 40-60 minutes ....more

Maleficent Comes Out Of Hiding Today

I’m not sure who came up with the idea of releasing new Blu-ray and DVD movies on a Tuesday, but it certainly makes your Tuesday a little brighter when a movie you like is now available to everyone. Today is one of those days: Maleficent is now available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. I reviewed this movie when it was released to theaters back in May, and my review of the film itself still stands ....more

Flu-Shot Shoulder Update

I’ve recently had several people ask me how my shoulder is doing since getting my flu shot at the beginning of January. It’s now flu shot season, and judging by traffic to this site, others have also been wondering if the shoulder pain they’re experiencing after their shot is typical or not. So I wanted to provide an update on it ....more

Spooky Fun at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends (Giveaway!)

Last month, I spent a weekend at BloggyCon 2014. This was a win-win for me: an intimate, low-key blogging conference, held in one of my favorite Ohio family getaway locations: Cedar Point. I loved all of the tips I picked up at the conference, and I was thrilled that I could bring my family and have a mini-vacation outside of conference sessions ....more

Top 5 Reasons to Pick Up Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition

It’s hard for me not to love Sleeping Beauty. It was the first princess movie that Cordy really liked, and Aurora was the first princess she dressed as for Halloween. I remember seeing the movie sometime during my childhood, too, and while the details are fuzzy, I do recall the slower pace, the beauty of the animation, and the songs that often had a soothing quality to them ....more

It’s IEP Time Again (Nobody Panic)

Last week, Aaron and I met with Cordy’s teachers for her annual IEP review. I know many parents who have felt like they needed to armor-up and prepare for battle before walking into their child’s IEP meeting each year, but we’ve always been fortunate to have never felt that way. Our school has always been welcoming to special needs, and I feel like the staff there genuinely wants to do whatever is reasonably in their power to help Cordy succeed ....more