Category Archives: Life of Riley

Shall He Walk?

There are many questions for myself today. But, I have very few answers.

Give Me Food

Not a self-promoting post… I network market products and companies that I truly believe in.   This month I decided detox, an Arbonne program… a great program… which is working for me. Yay! But seriously:   Ever try to go to Mother’s Day Brunch with an amazing chef and a pastry chef who has been rewarded so many awards and accolades? (have you ever seen two elderly women go after the last hand crafted, chocolate peanut brittle, covered in a white powder so innocent it will remind you of your childhood,

Keep the Beautiful in Bonita

Last Saturday the boys and I met up with Ronan’s Honor Society, BHS, in old Bonita to participate in the Keep The Beautiful in Bonita Springs.  I was determined to take Riley along

Valentine Wrapping

Classroom Valentine Art Feb 2015

The last few months of our journey have been a little extra challenging.  But now it’s time to resume Riley’s Smile.

Family Brunch

Out for Brunch at Collier’s Reserve Country Club, Feb. 15, 2015.

Last Thursday I discovered John working on Riley’s chair. 

a little voice

We are very fortunate to have a kind and caring team of driver and attendant. Truthfully we have been very fortunate over the past several years, discovering kind and compassionate people behind that school bus. Our driver this year has even gone to the Transportation Department successfully requesting to change the route to shorten Riley’s ride time. As usual, Riley is the most fragile on bus 27125 and both driver and attendant do every thing they can for their precious riders.

Welcome to 2015

Riley’s Smile was missing much of 2014.  This past year we took a few too many steps backwards and his smile actually went away.

My goal for 2015 is to return Riley’s smile to him and keep it there.

A Guide to Holiday Routine

A Guide to Holiday Routine (sucks but doesn’t suck)…
(subtitle ‘Tis the Season)

Routine will help you survive… Routine normally sucks. Every day the same. Know the schedule on the caregiving, medications, therapies, bedtime/awake time, naps (yeah, right!) … Routine kills me. As a former adrenalin junkie/Generation Whatever… But, routine can help for the holidays. Spend your time with the same people and in the same places: Rule #1

Halloween Tie Fighter

Riley’s Halloween costume was a great success!

Stranger Than Most

A pre-Halloween post… What is it about Halloween and Riley that is special to me?   Dressing up and pretending you are someone else…

Post Op

Recovery from Bilateral Hip Adductor and Iliopsoas Releases with Brace Application challenged our entire family. We were all patient and prepared but had been optimistic that Riley’s recovery period would be short given our dedication to his well-being.

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