Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Sean and I are blessed to have 3 wonderful kids.  Parenting is the hardest job ever.  Most of us when we think about having kids we only think of the baby.  We do not think about “tweens” frustrations or adolescence rebellion. Our oldest will be off to college this fall and our youngest moved out […]

Win an Ipad!

Posted by on March 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Raise Expectations is running a contest to win a new iPad!   The contest will start Monday March 4th and end April 17th 2013. Enter the contest by sending  in your answer to the question: “How did Sam describe her dad after trying out his new bike in their driveway on his birthday?” from the […]

“Pushing Myself”

Posted by on January 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

Dev just started a ski team here in Seattle called “SkiHawks”.   We have skied for awhile.  First just Sean and I, then on vacations.  Now here in Seattle we can ski almost every weekend!  It has been a lot of fun for most of the family….  Dev has always been our “reluctant” skier.  She would […]

Becoming a better Hobbit, Wizard or Human

Posted by on December 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

While riding my bike to work this morning I had one of those life changing moments when someone tried to run me off the rode then honked their horn at me as they did so. I was in there way and they were probably late for work.  This wasn’t some masked stranger but a neighbor […]

Looking in the Mirror

Posted by on November 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Catching sight of your self in the store window can sometimes wake you up. What do I look like to others vs what I look like to myself. And more still what do I look like compared to what I think I look like. We just found this great teaching video about DS done by […]

“Be a Fan of Unity”

Posted by on October 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

That is the slogan on the Special Olympics Blog site.   What a great sentiment:  Unity, coming together as one, working for a common goal.  It seem so obvious, why is it so difficult? We are new to Special Olympics.  We have had limited interactions, Sean helped with physicals for a few years in Florida […]

Summer Sleep-a-Way Camp!

Posted by on August 16, 2012 at 8:01 am

The first time Dev went to sleep-a-way camp I was scared, “how many glasses of milk will she spill, with the other kids be nice, will she keep her hands off her face…”  The second time I was worried, “will the kids be nice, will she get bullied”.  The third time I wondered, ” Am […]

Cheer Camp 2012 What an Experience!

Posted by on August 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

What a week!  First Dev got her new cheer uniform: Some how the uniform makes it all real.  It was a very nice afternoon, all the new kids on the team got together with the coaches and received their uniforms.  Lots of screams and excitement! Then on Monday the team headed out a tour bus, […]

Friendship Circle of Washington

Posted by on April 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The Friendship Circle program is amazing.  The main mission is to make a better world one friendship at a time.  This is furthered by facilitating friendships with individuals that have a difficult time making friends–kids with disabilities. There are chapters around the country.  The original one started in Michigan and they have an amazing program, […]

Open Dress Rehearsal for Shooting Star Cheer Team

Posted by on March 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hi everyone!  Sorry it has been so long, I have so much to write and catch up on!  School, Skiing, New Ideas, Looking forward to 10th grade, Nathan Hale Cheer, the Prom, Best Buddies and the Friendship Circle…and Shooting Star Cheer Team. So for time constraints I will tell you about the Shooting Star Cheer […]