Pure Michigan

Last weekend was a girls getaway as my mom, Lola and I headed up to Michigan to see friends and family. For those of you that don’t know, I grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan aka home of Kellogg’s and Post Cereal. That was and is Battle Creek’s name to fame. I can recall waking up in the morning and enjoying the smell of cereal being freshly made. Perhaps this is why I’m still a cereal junkie to this day. My husband knows my dinner will be cereal if he isn’t around to deter me from it. But when your mother has a maiden name of “Flake”…well I guess it’s in my genes. So I was rather excited to be home when the Battle Creek Cereal Festival was...
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Lounging with Lola

Yesterday Lola and I laid around in the grass while Rob diligently cleaned our car. I didn’t participate much in the outdoor projects as I’m continuing to use my “I just got out of the hospital” excuse at least until the weekend is over. While I’m feeling stronger every day, I still feel rather punkish at various intervals which leads me to lying around with the Babe. I love these pictures because Lola is actually looking at the camera. I’m fascinated with her continuous vision improvement and she has recently become fascinated with the camera. Lola and I gazed up at the sky and talked about the wonders of life when suddenly our mailman, a total Jerry Garcia look-a-like blurted out that we had a package. I love...
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VIPS

When we first moved back to Indianapolis, I was frantic to find vision services for Lola. I knew the vision therapist with First Steps was going to be on maternity leave so I reached out to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in an effort to learn more about Lola’s condition. I was given the number of a woman who recently retired after over 35 years as a teacher at the Blind School. After weeks of procrastinating thanks to a busy work schedule and just a busy life in general, I finally called Ann today and wow am I happy I did. While Ann was under the weather with bronchitis today, she still took the time to explain to me what to expect from her....
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A Visit with my Mom

Last week my mom was here for a short five day visit. We had such a good time just catching up, spending time with Lola, eating lots of yummy meals and of course…shopping! While I love the time we got to spend together, it seems to get harder every time we have to say good-bye. For selfish reasons, I wish that she lived closer. I’m at the point in my life where I long to learn about domestic things from my mom such as when to plant perennial bulbs, how to get my grass to grow thicker and how to make my grandmas fried chicken for Rob. We would go on walks throughout the neighborhood and she would point out tips for my future gardening days. It’s those...
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Last Step with First Steps

Yesterday we had an in-home meeting with our service coordinator from First Steps. Ms. Davis came out to welcome Lola into the program, explain to us what to expect next and finally she wrote up a 90 day therapy plan that Lola’s therapists will try to adhere to. We were to come up with short term goals for Lola which included everything from creeping to crawling to learning how to stack toys and much more. Lola was advised to have a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a developmental therapist who will focus on her vision. Each therapist will come into our home on a weekly basis for one hour per session. So that means Lola will get three hours of therapy a week, in our home and...
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