New School Anxiety

This year the boy had to change schools. Not because we moved. Not because he is leaving elementary and going to middle school. No, it’s just the way the exceptional kids program works in our district.

Just in case you’re new to our blog, I’ll catch you up. We have two kids on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. The girl is in high school and the boy is in elementary.

Thankfully, I don’t have to worry quite as much about the girl these days. During her earlier years we were in a different school system where one of their big focuses was to teach our daughter how to advocate for herself. Since we’ve moved and she started a new school this ability has been huge. We are still there to support her and help her make decisions. But at those times that we can’t be by her side we know she can speak up and tell teachers or fellow students what she needs. BIG win. Continue reading

Back to School

OK. I want to get this out in the open.

I Am Strange.

I am a strange person. I am a strange daughter. I am a strange wife. And more than anything else, I am a strange mom.

And guess what? I’m OK with it. My family is OK with it. But I guess they don’t know any better so that might not be saying much. Continue reading

JoJo and Goliath

If you had a young child in the early 2000’s, and spent any time watching Playhouse Disney, if you may remember a show called JoJo’s Circus. It was a Claymation style show about a little clown girl named, of course, JoJo. Her parents were clowns. She had a pet lion names Goliath. She lived in a circus town and went to a circus school. And her friends were all different types of circus performers. Continue reading

Build Your Own Infinity Gauntlet

Join GeekMom as she shows you how to build your own Infinity Gauntlet. We will show you what materials you need and guide you through the assembly process. Below you will find a bill of materials.

We hope you enjoyed this build. GeekMom is always looking for ways to improve her builds so if you have ideas on how to do this please let us know in the comments below. Also if there is a cosplay accessory that you would like to see GeekMom tackle let us know and we will see what we can do.

Below is a PDF of the templates we used to make the gauntlet.

If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane

Yes, that’s a line from a Jimmy Buffett song. But, in my opinion, it’s one that holds more truth than most people realize.

Let’s be honest. Life is hard. Regardless of your situation, we all face struggles. And often the only choice you have in the midst of the struggle is how you’re going to react. Our family usually finds a way to laugh.

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A Classic Blunder

I fell victim to a classic blunder. No, I did not get involved in a land war in Asia. And no, I did not go in against a Sicilian when death was on the line. My classic blunder is blaming myself for my autistic son’s struggles.
Let’s be honest, all parents gauge their success at parenting on how their children are doing in life; school, sports, friends. Some parents even cross the line and try to “help” their kids in areas where they are struggling. We’ve set the bar so high for what is considered success that only a small percentage can achieve it. And then we compare ourselves and our kids to that small percentage. Continue reading