Jack the Hibernating Chipmunk

We spent the morning at OMSI, and by the end of it Jack was exhausted. He gathered up some acorns and bedded down inside an old growth tree. See you after the long Winter, Jack.

Darin comes to Arizona!

Pictures from our day trip to the Grand Canyon.

Welcome to Holland

I know there are some special MOMS that will relate to this ever so true story about raising a child with a disability..... Hope it encourages you as much as it did for me!

'Welcome to Holland' by Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel.  It's like this....

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy.  You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans.  The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David.  The gondolas in Venice.  You may learn some handy phrases in Italian.  It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go.  Several hours later, the plane lands.  The stewardess comes in and says, ''Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say, "What do you mean Holland???? I signed up for Italy!!!  I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy!"

But there's been a change in the flight plan.  They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease.  Its just a different place. 

So you must go and buy new guide books.  And you must learn a whole new language.  And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. 

It's just a different place.  Its slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy.  But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....Holland has tulips.  Holland even has Rembrandts. 

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy...and they're bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.  And for the rest of your life, you will say, "Yes that's where I was supposed to go.  That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever go away....because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But...if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things... about Holland!

Kentucky Oaks 136

This is the photo finish for Kentucky Oaks 136. See that guy with the tiny camera who looks kinda out of place. That's me.

More from Arizona


This is bad quality taken with Brians phone... but I love it!

This picture melts me... It so captures my Halle. She loves to go go go! Shes sporting her new skates and being ever so safe with her knee and elbow pads...both had to be turned forward (defeating the purpose of the elbow pads) because she wanted to be able to see dora at all times :)

Saturday Snow Day


I was supposed to have class today (on a Saturday) but woke up to a beautiful snow day! 5-8 inches of snow fell on Durham and the surrounding areas.  Definitely a rare occasion in this part of the country.  Since class was cancelled and I seem to have caught a cold, I hunkered down for the day in my apartment.  I decided to tackle another sewing project and made the bed caddy shown above. I found the tutorial online and thought it was super useful. I'm still learning all about the world of sewing and must admit I got pretty frustrated today.  I put the project down for awhile (took a nap) and then got back to it and finished within a few hours. I wish the fabric matched my bedding a little better, but meh, whatever.

Can't believe this semester is already half way over! The time is flying! I'm looking forward to my upcoming trip to Boston next month and then moving to Arizona in the beginning of March.



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