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A few years ago I bought myself a Kindle HD Fire, hoping that it will help me with my studies. I was thinking of ways to save myself money by downloading my college books or other reading materials for my classes, though ebooks for college courses are not as cheap as I had imagined.

I also purchased the kindle during the time my daughter began her therapy sessions. My intentions were for me to use the kindle for school, but I didn’t have luck in way of obtaining WiFi coverage at the college I was going to, unless I could find one of the very, very few hotspots where I could use my kindle; so it was generally used at home.

During the summer months, I kept my daughter home, rather than put her in daycare. It saved me money, plus, I was home majority of the time and would rather spend that time I had with her. Since she wasn’t going to daycare now, her therapists began visiting her at home. Upon their many trips to my house, I noticed that they were using an iPad as a tool for part of her therapy. They showed me a few apps I could download for her that would be beneficial for her in OT.

Since I had a tablet, of the sort, I began downloading all kinds of free apps for her, to help teach her the ABC’s, counting, colors, shapes, all kinds of helpful learning apps for children her age. At that moment, my kindle became her kindle and has been ever since. It’s encased in a pink hard leather case, decorated with many stickers from our trips to the ER or doctor visits, though some of those stickers have since been ripped off. The kindle has been a treasured item for my daughter, who is easily bored when there isn’t any form of entertainment for her.

Flash forward a few years and to the present…it’s endured water, juice, and milk submerges; many drops to the floor (carpet and concrete covered); a near attempted meeting with the toilet; an almost attempted dunk into the Arkansas River, landing in the muddy river banks; a trip to Disney World, followed by a trip to the beach; a couple of family reunions during the hot summer days; and many roads trips thereafter and is still working. Only once had I taken it back to Best Buy, where I had purchased it, for a reboot, but it has been one tough piece of wonderful electronic device I had ever purchased and to have survived my five year old for the past three years plus.

Though, yesterday, the wonderful case which holds the kindle from meeting its dreadful doom, finally met its match…a pair of scissors. Those scissors are usually kept up high, so that tiny little hands can’t reach them. Those scissors have chopped bangs a tad bit too short, chopped up a tail of a stuffed dinosaur, chopped hair off a stuffed Pegasus to mimic a horrible mullet. Yes, those scissors have many reasons to be kept put away…in a safe place…until yesterday, when someone left them lying on the kitchen table, where they were being used to cut quilting fabric.

Mini me came running into the office, holding her kindle, still encased, though now in two pieces. My first reaction ‘Man, it finally ripped right in two’. Then, the careful learned forensic archaeologist that I am studying to be, looked carefully at the hard leather case and saw cut marks…this pattern looks strangely familiar. I didn’t get mad. The sad eyes I was given, followed by, “I’m sorry, Mommy” would only soften anything I would think to say, other than, ‘Where are the scissors?’

I followed her into the kitchen, took the scissors left lying on the kitchen table and put them back in a safe place. Then went to find my roll of duct tape, which coincidentally is the same color as my daughter’s kindle case. Duct tape, pink or any other color, can fix anything, including her kindle case. She just happened to have cut the case along the fold, allowing me the chance to save it, whereas, the many other things that she’s broken had not been savable.  But on this occasion, it was. And once again, I’m the Superhero Mom, whose daughter is now toting a kindle, whose case is held together by pink duct tape.

Bucket Lists


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Usually, when one hears the words ‘Bucket List’, they usually think of the movie that came out in 2007, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. They also think about a handwritten list of things to do before one dies. That is what the movie is all about, accomplishing feats, dreams, wishes, adventures, or whatever it is that you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”.

After I saw the movie I contemplated making such a list for myself. I had already done several things that would’ve been on the list, had I had one. The very first on my bucket list would have been to go to Rome and eat pasta, drink wine, see the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. I have already done all of that, although I would love to go back and spend more time sight seeing since I didn’t have that much when I first visited Rome.

A few years ago I actually started writing my bucket list. So far, I have crossed off things such as, learn to snowboard, learn to surf, go to Disney World, become a published author, and become a mom. Those really aren’t outrageous requests I’ve made for myself, but I’ve been happy to have been able to cross them off my list, especially when I became a mom. I waited until I was 30 years old, whereas many women have children much earlier in their life. I had done four years in the navy, which allowed me the chance to travel the world. I had traveled around the US and had moved around a little bit (from Arkansas to Colorado, then to Oklahoma). I had gone to college and obtained my associates degree in Aviation Airframe, then worked in aviation for a few years. That’s when I felt that my life was incomplete. Even though I became a single mom before I had my daughter, I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything in the world.

I still have quite a few things on my list, but won’t disclose any of them until I’ve crossed them off. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what have you crossed off your list?

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Weekly photo challenge: Three


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Once a month a small group of classmates along with a few instructors attend an Archeology Society meeting (lecture). Before we attend the lecture we all meet up at a restaurant and chat, eat, and have a good time. At one of the restaurants were we dined they had flavored crickets. This of course led some of the group members to purchasing a few and of course sampling some of the products. If it were chocolate covered, I would’ve tried them.

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Got to have Cadbury Bunny Eggs!

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Taken at the Memphis Zoo.

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She does this occasionally, covers herself with towels or paper napkins. Here she has three napkins.

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My sisters and I a long time ago. I’m the tall one on the left.

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My sisters and I at my boot camp graduation (2000).

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Our Disney World passes.

Disney Day 3


Day three went went to Animal Kingdom. Again we had to pay $14 to park, then took a tram into the park, dropping us off at the front entrance. My sister and brother-in-law and my daughter and I took our pictures standing in front of the big tree before separating to do our own thing.

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Dublin and I went off to meet some Disney characters. We first found Donald Duck who was also near King Louie and Baloo the bear as well as Chip and Dale. Pocahontas has a spot in that area as well, but wasn’t going to show up until later. We met with Donald then decided to go find Mickey and Minnie. After asking three different people their location we finally found them. I think it would be most helpful if Disney painted footprints on the footpaths leading towards the character locations. This would save time, frustration, and confusion. They were both inside an unmarked building. At least hang a sign on the wall saying this was where they were. Even though there was a Mickey mark on the map, it still didn’t help me find them.

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We stood in line for a few minutes, snaking our way to meet the famous mice. Once Dublin got the sight of them she started shouting Mickey Mouse’s name in excitement. I had promised her for the past two days that we were going to go find Mickey, though it took us this long to find him. We started to make our way over to stand next to Mickey and Minnie and Dublin started to cry. She loves Mickey and she is finally getting to meet him. We got both Mickey and Minnie’s autograph and our pictures taken and were off to find something else to do.

I started walking in the direction of the Rapids ride that I was wanting to ride, but first a stop for something cold to drink as it was really hot outside. After several minutes of waiting on my sister to come watch Dublin for me, I was off to ride the Rapid ride. I had a fast pass which helped me get through the line much quicker. I continued snaking through the queue all the while watching the lady in front of my don a rain parka. Who goes on a wet ride on a hot day and wears a rain parka? Honestly, that’s cheating! Lol! To my surprise I was seated on the same ride as her. We rode all the way through the wild river, getting splashed here and there. I got a little wet, but it was the two people to my right that got soaked. The lady in the rain parka, didn’t even get sprinkled on, so my thought was that there was no need for it. Ah well.

I found my sister and brother-in-law and we made our way to the animal safari. I knew Dublin was going to enjoy it. We saw quite a few giraffes, her favorite, and a few elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, and hippos. We also saw at least a hundred turkey buzzards. Honestly, I’ve never seen so many turkey buzzards in one location in my life.

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We finished the Animal Kingdom with a stop for lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, where we each got a military discount on our meals. The food was so good, the atmosphere was wonderful, and most of all my daughter was enjoying herself.

Next stop was Epcot. Since we had already paid $14 to park at the Animal Kingdom we didn’t have to pay the fee to park again at Epcot. Upon walking through the entrance there were two Disney characters standing in the shade, Daisy Duck and Goofy. Of course I had to go meet Goofy, he was my favorite! he was such a pleasure to meet and very funny to my daughter. I even got the chance to give him a big hug.

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Once again my sister and brother-in-law parted my company, leaving me to find something for me and my daughter to do.

Dublin was beginning to get cranky as it was hot and most importantly it was way past her nap time. We did manage to find the Nemo ride, which entertained her for a short while before I had to text my sister that I needed to head back to the hotel room to put Dublin down for a nap.

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If you decide to make a trip to Disney, make sure you add Animal Kingdom to the list. Go on the Animal Safari, you would enjoy it!

Disney Day Two


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Day Two – We got up early the next morning and stood in line to get into the park. The fun part was riding the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. We ate breakfast inside the park again, mini Belgian waffles with fresh fruit, which was really good.

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ImageWe found our way to the tea cup ride where we met Alice from Wonderland. Dublin was excited and greeted her with cheerful, “Hi Alice!” They chatted for a few minutes about finding the White Rabbit and then Alice signed Dublin’s autograph book before we went to ride the tea cups. Seeing my baby’s face when the ride started was priceless. She smiled and giggled and shouted “Wee!” the entire time the ride was going. When we got off the White Rabbit was hanging out with Alice and we had to go stand in line again just to meet him.  We continued to ride rides and meet characters, especially her most two favorite characters Merida and Tinker Bell.

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The best part was the fast passes. My brother in law, James, would go get our fast passes while we stood in line for another ride. The fast pass had a time on it where we could go back to that particular ride and cut to the front of the line. Most of the rides had signs saying how long the wait was. The worst part was how expensive everything was. I knew that it might be expensive before I got there, but Starbucks coffee is considerably cheap compared to coffee at Disney. But $2.50 for a 20oz bottled water and $4 for a small bag of cotton candy? We actually agreed on McD’s for lunch outside of the park, followed by a nap…for us adults. Though the nap was cut short due to an anxious three year old who wanted to go ride more rides.

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On our way back to the park we rode the Ferry instead of the monorail, then caught the train to the northern part of the park where Dublin and I rode the magic carpet ride. It was similar to the Dumbo ride except there’s a camel that’s spits water. It didn’t matter to Dublin, she was still enjoying herself, until the fireworks started. We had caught the light show parade, which was beautiful. Dublin pointed out to a few of the floats, shouting their names. It was great to see Pete’s Dragon again. The last time I saw Pete’s Dragon was…uh, a really long time ago. After the parade we met up with my sister and brother in law and made our way to Cinderella’s castle. The fireworks pre-show was absolutely amazing! They fly Tinkerbell out to the castle where she tosses some fairy dust onto it and the castle starts to change it’s appearance. Dublin was sitting on top of her uncle James shoulders, watching the show. Her face was just priceless that I had tears.

There was a few minutes interlude between the castle show and fireworks, which gave us some time to move closer to the exit. As soon as the fireworks started, everyone stopped moving and stared up to the sky. It was beautiful. Dublin started to get a little fussy as the sound of the fireworks echoed throughout the park.  All and all day two was wonderful. I was looking forward to the next day.

Disney Day One


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We left Georgia in the afternoon on Friday, arriving in Orlando after 10PM. We got up early the following morning and made our way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As soon as we made our way onto the main road, there were plenty of signs showing us which way to go.It cost $14 to park at each park every day. Though if you decide to visit more than one park on the same day you don’t have to pay an extra $14 to park, just show your paid parking ticket once you reach the parking booth.

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Once we got into Hollywood Studios we decided to find a place to eat breakfast. Only one place was found and wasn’t too far of a walk. The only problem is that it cost $24 a plate. The good thing is that my daughter can eat off of my plate. They had some characters singing I didn’t know singing and dancing, which Dublin loved. One girl is from Little Einstein’s, though I didn’t learn that until much later. She has a Dora likeness to her which Dublin picked up on and began to shout Dora. I thought it was cute and wasn’t going to burst her bubble by telling her it wasn’t her favorite cartoon character.

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My sister and brother in law decided to part my company and find things for them to do. I started to walk, walk, and walk some more, looking for something to keep my three year old occupied. I found the Muppet’s studio and thought that since I loved them growing up that maybe my daughter would too. It was a a cute Muppet movie in 3D, though Dublin didn’t want to wear the 3D glasses. Then some of the characters began to interact with the audience, which she had a hard time keeping up with. When the visual effects started she began to get a little spooked. There was a cannon that supposedly fired at the screen which caused the theater to “catch fire”. When that happened the fog machine started sending fog out into the audience, Dublin immediately started to whimper and jumped into my lap. As soon as the show was over I thought against taking her to another show. The only thing about it was that Hollywood Studios was mostly all shows.

Over an hour had passed and she was getting cranky. I knew she was bored and hot. It was also getting crowded due to the Star Wars theme in the park. There was Jedi Training, a Star Wars themed ride, and several Star Wars Characters throughout the park, to which I found Darth Vader and got my picture taken with him.

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My daughter and I met up with my sister and brother in law to go watch the stunt show. If you ever decide to visit Hollywood Studios make sure you watch the stunt show! I loved it. There are a few cars chasing one car around a nice sized studio lot and all the while a camera crew is filming the chase scene. After the chase scene is over they play the video. It’s neat to see how they filmed the scene with only the cars in the shot.

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After the show I decided to take Dublin back to the hotel room and let my sister and brother in law enjoy the rest of the day. I picked up McD’s on the way back. After eating it didn’t take Dublin long to fall asleep. I too took a nap, which felt good to get some rest.

I’ll post Disney Day Two tomorrow.

Safe in Georgia


I made it to Georgia, safely, after twelve exhausting hours. It’s the first time Dublin has been on a road trip that lasted longer than two hours. She began to get cranky after about two and a half hours on the road. Though she had a portable DVD player to keep her occupied, it stopped working. I didn’t blame her, I wanted to get out and stretch my legs too. We stopped in West Memphis at a McD’s for a quick bite and got back on the road. 

We made it through Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, then Georgia. When I got to Georgia it began to storm off and on. When It the rain stopped I saw a small part of a rainbow ahead of us.

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