Surfing Sunday 04.21

Happy Easter and Passover to those who celebrate! My feelings around Easter are always complicated because of the timing of Maddie’s death, but it helps that her brother and sister LOVE the day and all the activities that surround it. It also helps that I’ll get to spend time with my cousin’s squishy six-month-old, who is yummy and delightful. I hope you all have lovely days with family, friends, and loved ones, regardless of what you celebrate. xoxo

Around The ‘Net

~I Taught At Columbine. It Is Time To Speak My Truth.

~The Children of the Children of Columbine

~20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: ‘We’re sorry we couldn’t stop it.’

~Avett Ray is a self-taught piano sensation at age 7. He’s also blind.

~Girl Dies After Allergic Reaction to Toothpaste, Prompting Warning From Parents

~Pig brains partially revived hours after death. Here’s what it means for people.

~The Future of Wearable Tech Is Called a Hearing Aid

~Rare ‘Bubble Boy Disease’ Likely Cured with New Gene Therapy

~How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer

~Richard Cole, 103, Last Survivor of Doolittle Raid on Japan, Dies

~Hot People Are Stressful

~How to Improve Your Memory (Even if You Can’t Find Your Car Keys)

~Jeopardy Wasn’t Designed for a Contestant Like James Holzhauer

Spring Breakers

We’re wrapping up Spring Break here, which we kept very mellow. We played in the backyard a lot, went to the park, and went to an indoor “Ninja Warrior” complex where the kids jumped and bounced and climbed all over a million different obstacles. James especially loves this place as his current dream in life is to be an American Ninja Warrior (that’s also going to be his birthday party theme). He’s strong and fearless, so he’d probably make a great contestant someday, LOL. In the meantime, he has to keep himself content by “training” around the house (aka making obstacle courses and climbing all over the walls and counters of our house).

He’s why we can’t have nice things.

Fun Finds

~The rec softball team I manage is in the playoffs this week, so to fire the girls up I bought this ridiculous shark hat to wear during the games (our team is the Baby Sharks).
~We’re going to need this unicorn sprinkler for the summer!
~If I could figure out a way to hang this Ninja Warrior kit in my yard, I’d be James’ favorite person in the world.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Surfing Sunday 04.14

Last Sunday sucked. I still can’t put into words how it feels to know Maddie has been gone for ten years. It’s hard to fathom that I haven’t hugged her, kissed her, or heard her voice in ten years. All of the “what ifs” and questions that I don’t usually allow myself to linger on…

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Surfing Sunday 03.31

I’ve received a lot of messages lately as the anniversary of Maddie’s death gets closer. First, it really means so much to me that so many people a) remember and b) reach out. Next Sunday will be ten years since she died, which is obviously a crappy milestone. I’ve been trying my usual technique of keeping…

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