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Mugs Half Full: A Narrowing Gap

Little kids can run you ragged, but at least their questions are fairly easy to answer. Join the mugs moms and fill up your cup with whatever you need to get you through these next few years!

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A Day in Our Family's Life with a Special Needs Child

There always seems to be activities, school functions, sports, church activities, etc. Adding in a child with special needs often makes things a little more interesting.

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Rediscovering the Little Girl Grandma

Just the other day my youngest grandson was trying to learn to blow a whistle. To my delight, he had an Oscar Meyer® Weiner Whistle!

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Finding Myself with Kids

Children can often take over the lives of a family. There are so many activities, school events, play dates, and other scheduled tasks involved with having children.

When your child has special needs, this is only magnified. We have therapy appointments, school meetings, doctor appointments, specialist appointments, trips to the pharmacy, phone calls with insurance providers and supply companies just to name a few of the things that fill our time during the day. At night, our time is filled with finishing feedings, applying monitors and machines, and managing a child that has difficulty sleeping.

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Surprising Thoughts of an Almost-Kindergartener

My oldest grandson is just about to enter kindergarten. I look back on these 5+ years and time has just zoomed by.

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Family Travel Tips

Summer in our house means vacation time. We love traveling, spending time together as a family, and hiking as much as we can. Our favorite places to visit are the National Parks where we work with the kids on Junior Ranger badges and see the beautiful sights. 

Traveling with kids always presents some interesting situations though, and adding in a special needs child makes it all a little more interesting. Here are a few things we have learned traveling with our kids.

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Strawberry Picking

There are few things I like to do in the summer more than take the kids strawberry picking. We spend the day combing fields looking for delicious, ripe berries and alternate plopping them into buckets and our mouths.

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Birthdays with a Special Needs Child

Children's birthdays are generally a time of celebration. Another year of life to be celebrated. A party with friends and family. Recognition of all the milestones they have met. Anticipation of what the next year will bring.

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I prefer teenagers

I prefer teenagers. I successfully raised two of them (if I do say so myself). And - I enjoyed being their parent more and more as they grew.

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Mugs Half Full: Sick Goggles

There's nothing quite like two straight weeks of sharing germs with your family to leave you feeling a little... sensitive. Load up on coffee and buy a new bottle of hand sanitizer for this month's Mugs!

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How to Make a Kaleidoscope

When the "snowpocalypse" arrived a few weeks ago, we were buried alive inside while the winds whipped and the white stuff poured down around us. It was too cold to go outside, much to my wondering children's dismay, so I needed to come up with something quick to keep the littles entertained. We had some recyclables that I had been saving to make a craft, and with snowpocalypse upon us today was finally the day!

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You drank what?

Poison control fields a call every 15 seconds every day of the year.

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A Battle of Batter

Stay tuned this week as the moms wage an epic battle of patience, strategy, and spatula skills. You should probably pour a little extra coffee for this one, as it's not for the faint of heart.

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Are Free Violin Lessons (Here in Omaha!) for You?

The benefits of music education at a young age are tremendous. Students do better academically, appreciate culture, practice dexterity, and cultivate confidence. For all of these reasons and more I wanted Aurora and Grayson to learn to play something. Not being musically talented myself or able to afford an expensive private tutor, it was remarkable to find a program offering free violin or cello lessons for five years!

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