We spent the day in Chicago yesterday seeing some specialists for Brenna – namely a pediatric dermatologist that is an ichthyosis expert, and a rheumatologist, to get more opinion on her arthritis in her hands and feet. Brenna was a total ham for the medical staff, jumping and dancing and laughing. Both kids behaved so well during our long appointments, and then we got deep dish pizza! 🙂
Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite reads, links and moments from the past few weeks…
My favorite recent read has been The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley. It explores education systems around the world and focuses on 3 U.S. high school students who study abroad in countries that are education superpowers. It was fascinating!
With the kids, we’ve been working our way through the Magic Tree House series this summer. Brenna is finally reaching the age where she is interested in and able to sit through a chapter, so we’ve been able to read chapter books at bedtime, which I love.
This is a beautiful piece from a family who adopted a little girl with physical differences from China. I cried when I read the way the dad describes the little girl’s affection “like being kissed by God.”
I really love this post from Modern Mrs. Darcy about self care.
My friend Mary Evelyn’s post, Disabilitini: for the highs and lows of disability living, really spoke to me 🙂
I raise my glass to that
Lauren Casper’s post called My Kids Aren’t Colorblind and Neither Are Yours: “I don’t want my children to be colorblind because this world is full of beautiful colors and people. I don’t want you to be colorblind because I want you to see us. Really see us.”
I’ve been freezer cooking like crazy to get ready for a busy back-to-school season, and I find lots of new recipes on Pinterest.
Apparently, I’m in a mood for Mexican fare.
We took the kids to their first outdoor theater performance during a function for Evan’s work – it was a pretty sweltering night, but we cooled off in the car between dinner and the musical, and we had Brenna’s cooling vest to the rescue! The performance was Seussical, and the kids LOVED it.
This girl gets goofy after her naps 🙂
Sprinkler afternoon with my buddy… drippy eyelashes are the best.
Painted toes for summer!
Commanding piggy-back rides from her brother. I love giggly evenings at home.
Quiet afternoon reading
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