Tag - video

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Surprise Puppy!
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Have You Seen This Video?
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Paper Bag Princess
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What Do You Think Of When You Hear “Like A Girl?”
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A Video For A SPECIAL Sister
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Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance
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Disney Surprise Scavenger Hunt (video and clues)
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A Unique Teacher Imparts Real Life Lessons
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Her Voice

Surprise Puppy!

Before you say it, I know. And I fully agree. Puppies are not usually an appropriate Christmas gift. But, when you’re already planning on adding a pet to the family, being able to coordinate it with Santa is a parenting coup.  Our daughter Avery adores animals. She lives and breathes fur. I also breathe fur, hence my weekly allergy shots. But that’s a story for another time.  Avery’s first pet was our rescue dog, a terrier/chihuahua Roger. We got him when Avery was a toddler and her physical therapist suggested a dog as motivation to get her walking. It worked.  We also had a guinea pig. Sadly, he’s in pet heaven now. RIP Ernie.  And if you are familiar with my Instagram account, you’re painfully aware that we have a big orange tabby named Kevin. He just so darn photogenic that I can’t help but share pics and videos of him. A lot. Like, a “crazy cat lady” amount.  Now that Avery is eleven and is responsible enough to start caring for a puppy—learning to feed and train her very own dog, we were happy to make this wish come true.  Though she asked Santa for a puppy (she actually[…]

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Have You Seen This Video?

  “What video?!” you ask. I said there would be a charming video here today, but there’s nothing but this empty video player.  Yes I announced with great confidence yesterday that I would be posting all sorts of video content going forward. So much video. I even went on Facebook just now and blabbed about the first of said videos and teased you with a link.  The link took you here. Sorry, just words. No video. But before you scold me for unfulfilled video promises (the video I started today wasn’t going to be very good anyway, so it’s actually a blessing) I want to explain why making videos is paralyzingly difficult for me. And maybe for you too? It’s not like I don’t have anything to talk about. Ask my friends and family—I rarely shut up. But when it comes to turning thoughts into actual watchable video content, there are some very real obstacles like: I can’t find the camera cord that connects my camera to my computer. I saw it somewhere but all the cords look alike!  I could use my iPhone to shoot the video but I need to charge it. I swear my phone is eternally at[…]

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Paper Bag Princess

  My daughter read “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch and then did this project (with help from her EA at school). Cute right? Know what else is cute? This REAL LIFE Paper Bag Princess. (Filmed by her brother while they were BOTH supposed to be helping me pull weeds!) 

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What Do You Think Of When You Hear “Like A Girl?”

At some stage in life the meaning of the term “like a girl” twists from something incredible into something insulting. When I was asked to spread the word about the #LikeAGirl movement, intended to remove the negative connotation associated with the phrase, I enlisted my son’s help. I planned to share a clip of his feminine impression how a girl might run. However, it seems he’s on the cusp of the aforementioned twist. At eleven he still views males and females through equality coloured glasses. When I asked him to demonstrate a “girl run”, he ran hard and strong. It wasn’t the stereotypical reaction I had banked on. I considered grounding him for ruining his mother’s blog post. 😉 So how do our sweet kids suddenly sour? What dark force clouds their minds thus creating this negative point of view? Oh wait a minute… “You throw like a girl!” “Shoot me if I ever start running like my mother. She runs like a girl.” “He screamed like a girl for the entire ride. It was like riding a roller coaster with Ned Flanders.” All of these gems above? Me. All me. (I made the Ned Flanders crack just last week[…]

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A Video For A SPECIAL Sister

  He wanted a way to explain to his peers about how his sister is very different from, yet exactly the same as everyone else. Our son made this video to share with his schoolmates. He said it would be easier if people would just ask him what they want to know, instead of staring or whispering or making ignorant remarks. These are his words.  These are their photos.  This is his thoughtful message. *Over the course of a week he went from class to class to share this video with his schoolmates. He started by introducing his sister who was there with him. Then he played the video and answered questions at the end. Related: Creating a “Special Needs Script“

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Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance

Come on, get your freak on!  * This is much better, or far worse…depending on how you look at it, with the music turned on. (click top left to turn on music). ** A friend watched this and said, “Just how drunk were you?” Sadly, this is me sober.The Thornburys are known to randomly break into dance or song for no apparent reason. So if you plan to visit, consider yourself forewarned.

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Disney Surprise Scavenger Hunt (video and clues)

  We finally did it. We decided. We’re going to Disney World!! We booked it! The most fun was deciding how to spring the news to our kids! Step-by-step Disney for Newbies planning post here. A scavenger hunt with the final clue as the big reveal would be our tactic. Twenty clues hidden around the house with various props and off we went.  The video of how it went is next, but before you watch, let me say… “Wow, that sure didn’t go the way I had imagined.“ Our nine year old was not thrilled about me taping the scavenger hunt. He told me afterwards that he felt self-conscious which is painfully evident when you see his reaction.You’d think we’d told we were going on a trip to the dry cleaners. * yawn *  He said he knew I’d show the video to “the world” {Um kid, I think you’re grossly overestimating your mother’s blog reach} so he didn’t want to over-act and chose to play it cool. Oh dear, it looks like we’ve reached “that stage” where his life is now his and not his mother’s to parade around on the internet. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Plus, I[…]

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A Unique Teacher Imparts Real Life Lessons

I started watching this video through “teacher” eyes; interested in what makes this particular educator unique. I didn’t expect to be so incredibly moved by his experience as a parent.  I wonder if his parenting a child who has a disABILITY makes him a more compassionate and intuitive teacher? I can’t see how it wouldn’t. It’s clear he has been able to incorporate his personal struggles and strengths into his teaching. He generously shares his positive attitude and can-do outlook with the world and his students are benefitting.  Sometimes even the most seemingly ordinary people live the most extraordinary lives. And they are often the people who teach us the most important lessons about life.  Watch this. It’s truly wonderful. 

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Her Voice

Avery uses two-three word phrases and a wide variety of ASL signs to communicate, but often struggles to get her message across.  Just imagine the frustration of having something to say, but not being able to say it. My son’s (awesome) teacher sent me the link to this amazing video. I defy anyone to watch it without getting emotional when the father in the clip speaks about his daughter who until recently, has been silenced by Autism. Avery is not Autistic, but as the parent of a unique child, I related to similar challenges. We should never assume to know what our children can or cannot do. A child’s voice may be faint, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have something important to say. Perhaps they will live life in a whisper, but perhaps one day their voice will ring out strong and clear for all to hear. If you have a few minutes, it’s worth listening to Carly Fleishmann’s unique voice. 

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