A year ago, this month, I became the Director of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. ‘ADA’ stands for Americans with Disabilities Act (not the American Dental Association or the Americans with Diabetes Association!). I run one of ten regional centers that provides information, training, and guidance on the implementation of the ADA. The ADA was […]
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This past year, even grandma got involved! My retired mother has extra time on her hands and ended up in my daughter’s class on a weekly basis. Having this extension of our family in the school and participating only strengthened our tie to the school. Now, grandma and grandpa have a better idea of what […]
I don’t know about you, but the warmer weather and longer days have me longing for afternoons on the back patio, sipping adult beverages. To me, there is nothing more relaxing than my after-work cocktail. It allows me time to catch up on the day with my husband and soak up the warmth of the […]
Not only was I neglecting my family and friends, I was neglecting myself. I fretted and I lost sleep. I was tired… so, so tired. Some time away from my career allowed me to refocus on what is truly important in my life. Around the kids, I was much more relaxed. I could contribute more […]
I’m so proud of my kids and their lack of judgment towards others. At one point, after handing a sack to a man who was fixing his bike, my son said “He didn’t have any fingers. I bet it’s hard for him to fix his bike.” He wasn’t afraid, he didn’t mention this man’s dirty […]
I decided to take a month off of drinking in January. There wasn’t a single experience or some sort of event that made me want to become a teetotaler. Rather, I’d noticed over the course of the last year that I was having a drink (or two…or three) every night. This habit caused me to […]
So often I enter a new year with high hopes that it will be the “best ever.” I’ll leave the drama behind, cut out negativity, good things will manifest and all my worries will fade away. I imagine I’ll spontaneously drop to my pre-pregnancy weight, I’ll find the money for a stellar beach vacation, and […]
As it turns out, the incident in question was deemed to be an accident. Just as I suspected after I asked my child about it. Our childcare provider became involved and asked several other children what they witnessed. It was not a vindictive or intentional act.
My heart broke. I was not prepared for this conversation. Didn’t we have at least one more season of holiday cheer and magic ahead?! I quickly came up with a plan to minimize the damage. I told him that he was now part of a very exclusive and secret club.
As we settle back into the routine of the school-year, our family is busier than ever. There are after-school obligations and after-work obligations. With all the rushing around and varying schedules, it can seem impossible to get a healthy meal on the table, let alone find time to shop for healthy foods! Luckily, I have […]