The Accidental Sabbath: Plans for 2017

The last third of the year can become unenjoyably busy for our family very easily, with ten family birthdays and our anniversary sprinkled in among the bustle of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  So in 2016 Greg and I resolved to designate one day from each weekend in October, November and December as an "at home … Continue reading The Accidental Sabbath: Plans for 2017

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Adventures in Communication

I hope to share more formally about our adventures in communication with June, specifically the use of American Sign Language, verbal speech development, and her assistive communication device. However, for a few months I've been savoring some much needed rest and protecting a "margin" against over-busy-ness in my life and that of the kids, which … Continue reading Adventures in Communication

Coming Soon

There has been a flurry of activity here in the Safari Household recently as we transition from our dino-mite summer back into our typical routine.  Several posts are vying for very scarce editorial attention, and which one will triumph first is anyone's guess.  So in the meantime, I thought I'd share the topics of these posts which I … Continue reading Coming Soon

Updates and Free Printable for Parents!

A few updates: ♥  I am officially the mother of three kids under 4 years old.  I know because I now own a minivan. Meet our newest sweetie, Miles. The delivery went as planned, although I had a brief scare when he needed some oxygen after birth.  The medical team assured us this was a … Continue reading Updates and Free Printable for Parents!

Post-Hospital Haze II

We are finally emerging from the post-hospital haze, which is similar in almost every respect to the post-hospital haze from last year; it occurred during the same months, I went through the same cleaning rituals- mostly gutting the fridge and vacuuming dog hair- I FINALLY saw friends, and I'm working on reading a Brandon Sanderson book. … Continue reading Post-Hospital Haze II

Dinosaur and Pteranodon Quilt Finished!

Just a quick update to celebrate the completion of the Dinosaur and Pteranodon Quilt for Rowan! Like many things- laundry, cooking, sleeping in a real bed, and finishing the multiple blog posts that I have alluded to recently- finishing the quilt has been on hold since I'm staying at the hospital with June.  I finished … Continue reading Dinosaur and Pteranodon Quilt Finished!

The Special Needs Commute, or The Problem of Awkward Conversation 

One difficult aspect of being the parent of a special needs or medically complex child is that often you can't join in the casual camaraderie of the "you know how it is..."  conversation with other parents. A typical scene might proceed like: Parent one: I just don't know what to do about all that drool. … Continue reading The Special Needs Commute, or The Problem of Awkward Conversation 

Hi there

Just a hello to say I'll be back to blogging soon.  I've got more post ideas than I have time.  During my absence we've weathered a bad 2-week upper respiratory infection in June complete with an all-nighter in the ER, handled an unexpected week off from Rowan's preschool due to fire damage at the building … Continue reading Hi there

QOTD: now with ASL!

It's time for me to transcribe the kid quotes saved in my notepad app into the Quote of the Day journal, and this edition includes some fascinating American Sign Language quotes from June! Here are the highlights from the first quarter of this year. : Rowan is on track to outpace Greg and me on … Continue reading QOTD: now with ASL!

Floor Plan With Furniture Drawn to Scale (a nerd’s dream realized)

We have reorganized our home frequently this year, and there is more to come. That's why I am thrilled to finally finish this floor plan with moveable furniture. I took the necessary measurements six months ago after our FIFTH reorganization project of the year, but it's been sitting on my "maybe to finish someday" list … Continue reading Floor Plan With Furniture Drawn to Scale (a nerd’s dream realized)