Mack has his back to the camera and is cooking in his play kitchen

9/365: Mack in the Kitchen

Photo Story: I was thrilled to have finally completed the Ikea play kitchen (yes! me! I did it all by myself! unreal!) and I wanted a picture with the kitchen in it somehow, to commemorate the feeling. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long – Mack loves that thing like a mouse loves fresh cloth. […]

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8/365: Rocket Plant

Photo Story: I really wanted to get this plant clearly, with the background blurred and capture the gorgeous light. I struggled with the focus quiet a bit – when I got the camera to focus on the plant by pressing the shutter halfway and focusing, it would lose it and re-shift when I pressed the […]

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“Me! House!”

I was right to have been nervous about coming back. I mean, I found a mouse nest in my printer last year, remember? And alligator lizards in the sink and outhouse. I knew what we were coming home to. But what I didn’t count on – at all – was Moxie’s reaction. When we turned […]

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Moxie looks at the camera. The light is behind her, her hair is in pigtails. She is wearing a black and white striped shirt, a bright green cardigan and a dark green corderoy jacket.

7/365: Moxie Goes to School!

Photo Story: Moxie was very excited about joining Micah in school and was running around all morning. It was very hard to pin her down for a photo! I finally got this though; which while not as sharp as what I wanted, still captures the moment of her going back to school on a beautiful […]

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6/365: Micah Goes to School

Photo Story: Micah had been waiting for the past 5 months to go back to school. I’m talking, almost EVERY DAY in Mexico, we would hear about something related to his school. He loves that small structure with the small fellow-beings in it with his whole entire (huge) heart. So the day finally came in […]

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3 kids in a contractor tote- bathtub, with  a shower made of pallets around them. One boy is dumping water over the other boy's head; the water droplets are visible

5/365: Tub Time

Photo Story:  I was focusing on trying to get photos of the kids without their private parts showing! I was also trying to get some more interesting angles which was challenging given that my foot was broken and I was balancing on my left foot while trying to get stable. I was also focusing a […]

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Moxie, out of the bath

When It’s Hard

I’ve learned something about myself in the past month. I’ve learned that while I used to deal with BIG STRESS by falling asleep (by dint of narcolepsy), I now puke. And eat. Not eat-then-puke (that would be bulimia and I’m not bulimic), not puke-then-eat (I don’t know what that’s called). It just puke. And eat. […]

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4/365: Oops

Background: I’m not sure if this photo should be called “oops” or “damn, Mommy caught me”. Actually, the latter is way more accurate. I walked in and Moxie was there, happily dropping all of our freshly-laid eggs (by our very own chickens) onto the floor. I think she liked the crunchy sound it made as […]

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three small children ready to hang one. the small girl (Moxie) is looking at her older brother (Micah) while her the small boy on the other side of her (Mac-Q) is wearing sunglasses

Taming the iPhone

I had my iphone stolen 5 months ago, in Mexico. The replacement that I received couldn’t be activated in Mexico, so I went without. Now, I’m a person that loved my iphone with a passion. I was tethered whenever, wherever. I’d try to be subtle about it, but I’d be sneaking peaks all.the.time. It drove […]

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Preparing for Life Again Off the Grid

“Coming home” for us doesn’t mean driving up to an abode, opening the door, flipping on the light and unpacking our stuff before stepping into the shower to wash the travel off. It doesn’t mean peeking in the fridge before we make a list and head off to Safeway to get the ingredients for some spaghetti. […]

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11 Things That Gave Us Culture Shock, Mexico – US

We were traveling around Mexico for 5 months, which in the grand scope of everything, really isn’t a long time. But we still got shocked by some nuggets when we returned to the United States. Here they are: Free, Drinkable Tap Water We adored the little taco stands and street eateries we frequented in Mexico. […]

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Rainbow Farts

 My first picture with my phone!! I had to share that first because – holy cow – 2 weeks without a camera of ANY kind….!! Rainbow Sparkle Farts You know how you have all those layers in rainbow cakes, one upon another and it is layered with frosting and then something on the very, very […]

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A Big Update!

I don’t even know what to say, you guys. So much has happened, you have given me so much and I’m really fricking overwhelmed right now with life, with questions, with gratitude, with love, and with more questions. THANK YOU. For everyone who has contributed to our GoFundMe account, helping us get our stuff back, THANK […]

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All of Our Stuff Got Stolen

We were driving from Guanajuato to Zacatecas when we pulled into a roadside diner for lunch. While we were eating, our truck was broken into and pretty much everything we have of material value was stolen, including my laptop, both of my cameras, the iPad, iPod, iPhone, kindle fire. My laptop getting stolen was the […]

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A Day in Moxie’s Life

This post is for the A Day in the Life with Down syndrome project. The short term goal of the project is to celebrate World Down syndrome Day (coming up on 3/21) through stories about a typical day in a life lived with Down syndrome. The long term goal of the project is to have […]

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Banditos and Caravans, Part 1

There’s this book that everyone seems to use called, Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping: Explore Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize with Your RV or Tent (Traveler’s Guide series) It’s by the Churches, but it hasn’t been updated in 6 years. Plenty of campgrounds they write of have been closed, names changed, new campgrounds opened. But since there […]

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