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8-year-old Adam! (one and a half months late!)

Posted by in family, family fun

This post has been in my drafts folder since June 10th, his actual birthday.  We had a big celebration – with friends, minecraft party, and presents. He introduced us to the world of the Leopard Gecko. We now have two, and we will soon have three (all three boys wanted one for their birthdays this year!). Happy Birthday, Adam Henry!

Lyme is the Enemy

Posted by in family, hobnob theatre co.

today i spent more time in doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and my car than one who has a full-time job.  from 7:00-3:30, i drove from a medical lab to the dentist office to a pedatrician office to two different pharmacies, and finally landed at home at 3:35 pm. the medical lab was for me, where i “donated” four vials of blood for more of the same-old testing that i’ll probably undergo for a few more months. the dentist office was a “date” for my husband and i to get some routine…read more

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its not just about reading labels

Posted by in celiac, food

after going public with my celiac diagnosis (it took me two months to admit it outloud), i heard over and over: “at least there are lots of alternatives for you. it’s so easy to be gluten-free these days!”  i’ll get into this more in a minute, but i assure you this: ~ there is NO alternative for a guinness. ~ there is also no way to replace the deliciousness of Twizzlers (they contain wheat flour). ~ and forget about coming near to replacing a prantl’s burnt almond torte. no matter…read more

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11-year-old Rowan, and a slow, steady summer.

Posted by in family, hobnob theatre co.

Last Wednesday was a very busy day. Actually all of last week was busy. Rowan Tucker Smith, the boy who made boy Kenny and I parents, turned 11. He decided that he really wanted a Leopard Gecko just like Adam’s…so we found ourselves with a new little guy in the aquarium a few days before his birthday.  We ended up having to take that gecko back because it didn’t eat. Even after force-feeding it (hearkening back to the days when we were force-nursing newborn lambs!), it was not interested in…read more

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…for the rest of my life

Posted by in celiac, food

When I turned 30 (11 years ago!), Kenny surprised me with a weekend away at Deep Creek Lake with friends. When we arrived, he had a huge spaghetti dinner for me that night knowing that was my favorite meal. When I was in college, I frequently scarfed down a bowl (or two!) of cereal from the cafeteria FOR DINNER on my way to play rehearsal. To this day, pancakes are my favorite thing to eat on a lazy weekend morning. I share this with you because I am a typical…read more

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