3 05, 2011

Well (And Aware)

2018-10-08T15:54:29+00:00By |Friendship, Parenting, Write On!|

Just how does a “seasoned” autism mom spend her Autism Awareness Month? Glad you asked! For the past few years one of my closest friends of mine and I had pretty much gone into hibernation for the entire month of April. She too has a son diagnosed with autism, but neither of us felt particularly inclined to participate in any [...]

26 03, 2011


2018-10-08T15:54:29+00:00By |Parenting, Write On!|

Sick cute. One of the perks of J.R.’s autism is his out of whack (as in super-immune) immune system.  For some reason the kid RARELY gets sick.  I honestly think it’s God’s way of throwing The Vannattas a bone, because when a bug does penetrate his candy-coated shell, LOOK OUT!  The worst part?  My memory constantly fails me.  I forget [...]

2 03, 2011

The Boogie Men

2018-10-08T15:54:29+00:00By |Birthdays, Parenting, Siblings, Write On!|

I am pretty sure I have already mentioned how hard it is for someone like me to raise someone like J.R.  I think I am easy to please (my husband's wallet may strongly object to that statement) and it doesn't take much to turn me on.  Really!   Just noticing double Box Tops for Education rewards at the grocery store can [...]

15 01, 2011

Wrestling with Typical

2018-10-08T21:17:52+00:00By |Parenting, Siblings, Write On!|

Let me tell you a little bit about my typical three and a half year old, Jackson.  What a nut. When I picked him up from school yesterday I asked him what he ate for lunch and his response was “fart pizza.”  He was so impressed with his own joke that he laughed hysterically for the entire ride home (and [...]

6 12, 2010

The Ghost of Christmas Present(s)

2018-10-08T21:19:48+00:00By |Friendship, Holidays, Parenting, Write On!|

It’s so hard for me to get geeked up about the holidays- this coming from a person who nearly pees her pants at the sight of a new US Weekly.  I get excited about nearly EVERYTHING.  Grocery store BOGOs, the sound of the mail truck, and the anticipation of learning which home will be chosen at the end of House Hunters all have me [...]

29 11, 2010

A Wishbone, A Backbone, & A Funnybone

2018-10-08T15:54:29+00:00By |Holidays, Parenting, Write On!|

bastardized invitation courtesy of evite.com Over the holiday weekend (which I was SURE I would not survive), we received an invite from our good friends the Popritkins for a Thanksgiving leftovers luncheon.  Clever idea, huh?  I hope to make it a tradition, as long as it’s mostly their leftovers of course. I can’t cook to save my life. [...]

18 11, 2010

Thanks, But No Thanks

2018-10-08T15:54:30+00:00By |Friendship, Holidays, Parenting, Write On!|

Raising a child with autism is like being shoved on to a roller coaster when you are afraid of heights. FYI, I am PETRIFIED of heights. Raising a child with autism is also a never-ending mind screw.  Just when you think you know what you’re doing, you’re proven dead wrong.  Ask me how many times a day I put that theory to [...]

8 11, 2010

Picture Imperfect

2018-10-08T15:54:30+00:00By |Holidays, Parenting, Siblings, Write On!|

a rare pic of my children sharing the same space Trying to be on the ball for once this year, I scheduled a holiday photo session for this past Saturday.  Like most South Floridians who live in total denial that the weather will dip below 85, I waited until Friday morning to come to terms with these facts:  [...]

5 11, 2010

Not Your Average, Average Kid

2018-10-08T15:54:46+00:00By |Parenting, Write On!|

Yesterday we received J.R.’s report card.  Basically he earned all C’s (well except that "A" in P.E., duh!).  Average.  Okay give me a minute to breathe that in.  Average. J.R., unlike an average, average six-year old child, has been graded from a very early age.  When we wondered why he couldn’t put two syllables together at two-and-a-half, he was given a [...]