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 […]

Rockin’ It!

Its been a little while since I last posted and a lot of things have happened!  Perhaps most surprisingly, I’ve become a model!  I know, right?  I’ve been a customer of Gwynnie Bee for nearly five years and have loved having the opportunity to ‘rent’ my clothes.  Since I had surgery in 2011 for an […]

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 […]

That’s ME! What Should I Read Next? Episode 106

What Should I Read Next? Episode 106 I’m honored to have been asked to participate in Anne Bogel’s amazing podcast:  What Should I Read Next?  I’ve been a huge fan for a couple of years and have listened to every episode so I was incredibly excited to get to be Anne’s guest for Episode 106. […]

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 […]