Book Review: Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults by Audrey Monke – 5 stars!

If you’ve seen my other recent posts, then you know that we just sent my 11-year old son to overnight camp for the first time. It was quite the learning experience for all of us so I was extremely interested in reading Happy Campers by Audrey Monke. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect…was she […]

Camp Review: Part 2 – Camp Woodward – Action Sports Camp for My PANDA?

As promised, I wanted to provide you with additional information about our experience at Camp Woodward now that my PANDA’S week has completed. You can review my initial post about camp prep and Day 1 here: https://mamapandabear.com/2019/06/03/camp-review-background-info-and-day-1-camp-woodward-action-sport-camp-for-my-panda/ I’ll admit, Spencer didnt’ make it through the whole week. Homesickness kicked in around Tuesday morning and by […]

Camp Review: Background Info and Day 1 – Camp Woodward – Action Sports Camp for My PANDA?

Well…we arrived in Woodward, PA yesterday for Camp Woodward and I’ve been dying to tell you about it! Camp Woodward is an ACA-accredited action sports camp for ages 7+. While there are several Camp Woodward locations and they offer camps for several different action sports, my PANDA is attending Scooter Camp at the location in […]

My PANDA: A Year in Review

For those of you fighting PANDAS or just fighting to keep your child’s life normal in the face of PANDAS, I think it’s fair to admit that this may have been one of our worst years for symptoms since Spencer was diagnosed! Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun and I wanted to take this […]

Hey! Where’d she go?

January 2010, Facebook:  ‘My little guy came home from school today and his daily sheet said that he had been very sweet and wiped the tears of a friend who was crying. I told him, “Spencer…Mommy is so proud of you. Your teachers said that you were very nice today and wiped your friend’s tears […]

Back to Why Mama Panda – Part 5

Facebook, August 2012:  ‘Funniest moment of the day: Having given him 15 minutes to swim before bedtime (our house has its own pool), we set a timer for the boy. Suddenly the back door flies open…he has decided he needs to poop and is yelling, ‘Stop the clock! Stop the clock!’ So we took our […]

The Rest of the Birth Story

This is the last installment of The Birth Story but it’s a long one.  Thank you for sticking with me! So, Kylene didn’t feel any cervix and I wasn’t totally clear about what that meant (not to mention the fact that I was in hard labor and was probably not sure what anything meant!)  Hubs […]

The Birth Story – Part 3

So I included the picture above for those of you who don’t REALLY want to read the details of a birth story.  I thought the fact that The Dude is still covered in vernix and my ‘bits and pieces’ are nearly showing would be a good indicator of exactly how much detail we’re about to […]

Halloween is Melancholy for Mama Panda

All these photos are from the year before The Dude was diagnosed with PANDAS.  He literally had 7-8 costumes and wore them every day throughout the month of October.  He loved Halloween and it made me so happy because I love it too! Halloween is melancholy for me now for a couple of reasons: My first real […]