Boundless energy

If I’m not mistaken, around the time of middle school is when children seem to slow down. They stop “playing” at recess, and instead they stand around talking with one another or in groups. They may go for walks. It’s quite a change when it happens. This hasn’t happened yet for Frances. She still plays,Continue reading “Boundless energy”

Lego in motion

Not only has Frances been nonstop energy 18+ hours per day since she was 13 months old, she has always sought or invented alternative methods of transportation. At the age of three, she began asking for a “motorised vehicle,” but we’ve always thought that she moved around enough without the assistance of a motor. TheContinue reading “Lego in motion”

This must be Thursday…

The weather here has been ridiculously cold. We’ve all bundled up under extra blankets for windchills in the -20s and -30s. We’re approaching the end of January, and, unfortunately, Frances has been pretty sick for much of the month which has prevented her from enjoying the snow whenever it appeared. In fact, my highly active,Continue reading “This must be Thursday…”

Changes

Things have been insanely busy around the Pink Cup House, but I wanted to catch you up. Frances, at nearly 11.5 years, is changing. For one thing, she has become very tall and lanky, and she’s starting to appear more teenager-ish. For another thing, she is now likely to share facts with people as aContinue reading “Changes”

Milestones: the infancy through toddler years

So, we reached a milestone yesterday, but I really think that I should put it in some perspective, give it some context. Frances has had many milestones to reach over the years. You wouldn’t know it unless you had been around us at the time, but there was a point at which we didn’t knowContinue reading “Milestones: the infancy through toddler years”

Honesty as truth speaking…

Yesterday, we had a support worker from a respite program come to our house for an interview. We are members of an organization that offers this summer service (a support worker comes to take Frances out into the community for a few hours each week) as well as monthly opportunities to socialize at well-planned events.Continue reading “Honesty as truth speaking…”

Climbing the walls

When Frances was younger, starting as a toddler, she would climb anything and everything. It was quite impressive even though it was frightening. When I mentioned this to her wonderful doctor (a developmental paediatrician), a few years later, he asked: “Has she ever fallen?” The answer was that she had not, and still has not,Continue reading “Climbing the walls”

Happy New Year!

I haven’t written anything in this new year mostly because — at some point in 2017 — my life became insanely busy. Pink Cup Sister, who has a learning disability and a social anxiety disorder, now has the symptoms of a severe tic disorder. This disorder includes vocal, phonic, and motor tics, the latter ofContinue reading “Happy New Year!”