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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…

Memorial Mega (ladon) Madness Sale

Start of Memorial Mega (ladon) Madness Sale: 100 (PLUS) fossils, PLUS “special” item (horse? Hemi (in photo, can you find it?)?, Puffer?, OH MY!)… For $9.00 (less than .09 cent per item)… normally $20. Jar is not included, but ID CARD IS (background) AND now through Friday, I WILL INCLUDE SHIPPING (within U.S.A.)!!!! Makes a great gift; or divide it up and resell it; or give it to your favorite teacher for end of year present! Private Message me or send me an Email (TheSharkToothGuy@embarqmail.com) to order. More to come… Just part of the Journey! Thank you for following mine!

John, The Shark Tooth Guy

Mega Madness Sale

Mega Madness Sale


Little battles

Riley and Ronan are seen here hanging out with Miss Southwest Florida 2012, Miss Caroline Kay Dixon, at Freedom Waters Foundation’sHeels & Reels last month.  Miss Dixon was very kind and sweet with my boys and was happy to don her crown again after a very full event for a photo.

One little battle after another.  This special needs life still feels like a war to me.  A never ending taking up of arms one moment and protecting my child the next.  This week they are just tiny little battles but I have become weary of heading out each day.

Our Wheels

Our wheels, our car, our transportation… should not define us.  They should not and do not, yet that great big piece of equipment over time becomes a huge part of our lives gets into our psyche and is often our outer shell society sees.  (The mustang was photographed by fellow Brooks student John Purcell in the hills above Santa Barbara, CA.)

Riley enjoying a walk along the Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk.

The Polar Express Chair

The holiday season has kept us pretty busy… Daddy makes sure Riley can participate in any celebration.  This is not an easy task so decorating the wheelchair is usually the first step.  Today Riley’s class will watch The Polar Express.  His chair is covered in lights as well as a musical ornament.  They’ll know he’s there today!

Here Riley is before fully awake waiting for his school bus.

Last week John let me tag along to his school presentations as The Shark Tooth Guy.  First he met Kindergartner’s in Mrs. Doyle’s classroom then on to the 1st Graders, including Ronan.

Buck Corner October 2011 Newsletter

Buck Corner
October 2011
Happy Fall Everyone!  Here in Paradise, windows thrown wide open, we are once again immersed in school activities, fundraisers, horseback riding and preparing for the holidays.
As you can see above, Riley maintains his celebrity status (read about “his interview” on NBC television in Rileys-Smile and the newspaper). 
The Shark Tooth Guy is launching a new line (photo above/see below for more details).  New fossils?  Is he still alive? 
Don’t let YOUR SKIN BE THE SCARIEST thing this Halloween Season… Arbonne Skin Care and Nutritionals.  Is offering new promotions and products (coupon in this newsletter!).
We sincerely thank you all for taking a moment to share our endeavors and the positive encouragement we have received.  Questions and inquiries are welcome and we look forward to hearing from you.
Plant you now, dig you later,
Stacie & John


DID THE SHARK TOOTH GUY GET EATEN!!!!???  No, John has been working 6 days a week (real life job) and had a major ear infection that has kept him out of the water.  But, he has used that time to create some ideas/new lines that will be presented in November.  Small hint:
Website/Blog devoted to Shark and Fossil education (geared towards kids and “adults who are kids at heart”).
A new line of fossils that make for interesting displays for the serious collectors all the way down to someone who wants to own to prehistoric pencil holder!
Activities/links that you can participate in to learn more about fossils and have fun discovering (ages 4-100)
Stay tuned (be patient (but not 6 Million Years!)
Fossil Kits &   Healthy Treats:
Grandkid Favorites
Fossil kits are still available ($20-$60 including shipping). 
Interested in giving out shark teeth for Halloween instead of candy?  200 teeth/fossils (and cards explaining the fossils inside) : $35  (limited supplies).


Having a Halloween Party?          Chocolate is a must.
Chocolate Cheesecake….. $25
(Special Spooky Halloween Design)
Delivery included:
Naples/Bonita/FM residents
Tailgate Special for the man and woman: Chocolate chili (a robust sausage chili with hints of cinnamon and Mexican Chocolate).
Going to a Halloween Party or Holiday Event? Call and discuss how we can cater an easy but gourmet dish for you to bring ($19-$65)
Does your body feel like you are wearing a costume?  Does your skin look worse than a Mummy?….
Introducing Arbonne Essentials!
Just What Every Body Needs
Announcing the
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A Halloween Treat for Mom or Dad!
What is your costume? Scared of those lines and wrinkles?   Arbonne has a treat for you!
This coupon entitles you to a 15% discount on any Arbonne order placed prior to Halloween!
Certified Vegan Makeup  (cow approved)


Arbonne Holiday


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Freedom Waters Foundation
We have geared up for our first big event of the season, The Stonecrab Festival 
 Oct. 28—30, 2011!  
We are prominent at Tin City WE NEED YOU THERE!

Seahorse to Seizure

Our weekend started of full of promise and excitement.  Our weekend began with a visit from “ReRe,” John’s mom. Ronan chose to bake Pineapple Upside Down cake with his grandmother.

Little Miss L. shared joined us for an evening and brought along her latest camp project from the Bonita Art League.  Note, Ronan has discovered camouflage tie dye…. no stopping him now.

Saturday morning, having arranged for Ronan to spend the day with ReRe and Riley with a respite nurse from PIC, John and I were able to have a day together.  We drove northward to fossil dive off Venice Beach.  The primary goal was simply to have some fun together.  Fun has been sacrificed in our lives with the intensity of caring for Riley.  Sometimes we wonder if we even remember how to have fun.  The opportunity for respite is very new and rare in our lives that time together for just the two of us is nearly impossible.  We had some great fossil finds… those will show up later on The Shark Tooth Guy.

My happiest moment was stumbling over a Seahorse  (no we don’t currently carry an underwater camera so I found a link).  Over the past 17 years of diving I have seen many incredible creatures, however seahorses have eluded my all but once before.  This time I made the discovery myself.  She allowed my to reach out gently and she moved onto my hand and then to John before we had to move on.  Those encounters together are magical.

We were home by late afternoon and reality quickly reasserted itself.  Do John and I really have the right to freedom at all?  Riley was suffering for a day without us.  He refused to eat dinner and vomited up his medicines.  Perhaps positioning and activity for Riley throughout the day has become intuitive to us but it seems that even R.N.’s dedicated to special needs children cannot work with him properly and we pay for that time away.  Of course he lost all his medication.  Riley took Zofran for the first time and to our great relief the vomiting stopped.  However, by morning Riley suffered Seizure #82, needing Diastat to end the event, and was mostly unresponsive throughout the day.

We want to believe there will be some relief for all of us…. mostly for Riley, but as his parents we need a little joy in life too.  Or perhaps we do not need those moments, we certainly pay for those few stolen moments dearly.

We are all special… by Stacie Wiesenbaugh

State of July

Keeping up with my blog is a challenge I gladly accept, however it may be more than I should have taken on.  This mommy is feeling a little sad and run down and really shouldn’t share it all, yet I blog on.  Visiting other special needs blogs,I find many of them have autistic children who at least feed themselves or regularly scheduled nursing visits to get them through the day or some sleep at night.  There is the occasional blog where the writer/parent is in the most difficult stage of their child’s disability and has found this one outlet to vent.

Speaking  of other blogs, here is an honest account ofa special needs child finding his smile at Christians Journey. Also, I strongly recommend a video on Youtube that is definitely worth watching and sharing, The Strongest Dad in the World.
Do not mistake me, there are many moments to be grateful for in the past several days.  First on my mind, John and I had some fun together!  Really.  We did. I think it’s been a year since I was out scuba diving last.  Our very precious respite hours were arranged through Partner’s In Care (PIC), bringing Miss Debbie to watch over Riley.  Ronan spent the day with a schoolmate.  John loaded up the car and off we went to Venice for a day of fossil diving.  John got me aboard The Shark Tooth Guy’s kayak and he swam alongside.  Strangely he was winded long before me:-)  Visibility was dreadful and John searched until discovering that the blocks (an artificial reef area) off Alhambra had at least 1-2 feet of visibility.  I held onto him most of the time but frightened him quite a bit by getting lost at one point.  I was lost, he was worried.  After lecturing me above, he recovered and we had quite a nice day together.  I regrettably supplied lovely fodder for The Shark Tooth Guys facebook page.  My first return into the kayak did not go smoothly, not that I expected it to be graceful.  John coached me on how to maneuver myself back into the kayak after he lifted all my diving equipment back in for me.  I tried to push my weight toward the far side but managed to tip the kayak swiftly into my face and now sport a fat lip.  The triumph was that we didn’t lose any equipment into the ocean depths!  Not so bad then.
Here is the weekend’s fossil collection.  This is a riot, everything in our lives now includes a burp cloth, one of the many cloth diapers we use to be prepared for Riley.  I leave trails of them everywhere I go and now they are even used for photo backgrounds.
Fourth of July we stayed home.  The big activities of the day was swimming.  Ronan was determined to have time in the pool with Daddy. I don’t believe he noticed the deluge of rain, but I know John did.
To the other sad and run down special needs parents and caregivers searching for your child’s smile wherever you are, I invite you to share your story.  I see you visit silently from all areas of my little widget globe.  No judgment from me.  This is simply a place to paint a portrait of the special needs life.  Send me a comment and we’ll work it out.
We are all special… thank you for stopping by, Stacie.

Here is a discussion on inclusion by Galen which all special needs parents debate.
Since I am really into sharing today, a special needs mom shares her heartache on Serendipity.

One more interesting link for you, The Amazing Art of Disabled Artists.

Beyond Gluten-Free: The Chitin Binging Bombshell

There are no plans for me to stop eating wheat, especially when paired with sugar.

This newsletter linked here sent out by Sayer at our local health food store helps me understand some of the mechanics John and I practice when planning Riley’s meals.  Riley’s severe food allergies dictated our daily lives for quite some time.  His tiny little body was so sensitive to everything he consumed.  I plan on pursuing this more in depth on a later date.  Perhaps there are other readers who could use this information now for their younger and very sensitive children.  I trust some will find this helpful.  You can find more on www.GreenMedInfo.com.

Should anyone find my posts helpful… I would love to hear about it.

Since I have your attention… here are some recent finds by The Shark Tooth Guy, aka John!

I will catch up with you all later… there is some freshly baked lemon blueberry bread calling me.
Good Night!  Stacie

A Moment to Breathe

My greatest challenge is simply the constancy of being a special needs mom.

John, my husband, would prefer that I not use that term, “special needs.”  Everyone has their issues and he is correct.  I see this one issue as unique and something which should certainly be address.  We have one special needs child and one typically developing child… there is definitely a difference in raising the two.  For instance, Ronan, the typical child, is out at a Pokemon Tournament with “Kappy” (my mom Kathy).  John is fossil diving  in preparation for a presentation tomorrow morning at The Village School.  Riley is naturally right beside me.
Riley has been right beside me all day and all night.  He requires constant vigilance.  Even as I write this post I am half aware of my task while I watch and listen to his every breath.  He is working very hard in his stander, because as you may remember that is very important for his well being.  This is however, my moment to breathe as he is not actually in my arms at this moment nor am I holding his hand while he sits beside me.  Only recently have I gained these precious moments and I remember all too well what it is like to exist without them.  We have come very far… especially Riley and I am proud of his amazing achievement to be able to process and live in this challenging world.
There will be more on this… I am not really certain how to communicate this constant alertness.  Fortunately, as I mentioned before, this is a blog and I have time.   Though I was kind of looking forward to the end of the world yesterday… oh well, guess we keep on going!  Perhaps there is another parent out there who knows how to explain this who may be willing to share?
Better go now… he has been in that stander long enough and must be quite thirsty by now!
We are all special… by Stacie Wiesenbaugh

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