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Adventures with Liam


Where we’re goin’ and where we’ve been- Inclusive adventures and experiences coast to coast in Michigan. Join us for learning on location, visiting our favorite places, and warming up to new ones.
If you have a special needs friendly place or event we should check out, let me know.  We are always up for an adventure!

  • It’s a new homeschool year.  We do year round, so January is when I, initially, set plans and goals.  Our goals focus on the areas of wellness.  Many of our goals are the same or similar and the others are related to one another’s.  Our method for setting SMART AF goals has been the biggest reason for our growth as individuals and as cooperatives. I’m so pumped for 2019 and excited feeling like I have more of my shit together. 👊 Here’s to moving forward.  If you’re interested in my goal setting method, I shared my post, how to set SMART AF goals with your kids, on my blog. link bio.🌷 #smartaf #goalsaf #homeschoolgoals #momgoals
  • Eskimo kisses 😘 This kid could live on a farm...until I tell him he’d have to leave the city. 😆

I’m not sure what it was...but this big guy was drawn to Liam and couldn’t resist bopping Liam’s nose. (Hat maybe🤷‍♀️) He didn’t seem interested in other people around us. He followed Liam along the fence. Very sweet. 😊 💋The weekend AND year end is almost here...hold tight!  P.S. Does anyone else shout “look at the horsey!” everytime you see a horse? 🙋🏽‍♀️ #eskimokisses #lookatthehorsey #peacockroadfamilyfarm *
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  • Merry Christmas + Happiest Holidays! Santa was very happy with the gluten-free cookie Liam left out. 😉 It’s been emotionally difficult navigating holidays and social events with food restrictions.  It’s another box to check in the long list of “reasons” to be excluded from something.  Until @strangematterco (our FAVORITE ☕️ + 🍩 place) held a ticketed event for kids to decorate 12 premade cookies and donuts INCLUDING us with their gluten-free option. 💝 They took care to notify people around us to not mix up the sprinkles and to not get into our space. 🍩 We even took a tour of the kitchen, which is always fun to peek inside.  Liam asked the hard hitting, important question- “where are the gluten free donuts made?” ☺️He’s learning things “HAVE to be separate to be safe.” She gladly explained their GF process and different and separate pans and things used. ✨ This was so exciting and we’re SO grateful for the event and the timing. Good lookin out @strangematterco . Up top! 🙌 #afewofmyfavoritethings 🍩☕️👦🏼
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  • I had a hard time choosing which Santa pics to post. There’s so many from so many events. 😜Merry Christmas Eve. 🎄
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  • Take a knee, Rudolph!  Liam + I discovered a NEW one! 💚😉 I hope everyone has found some calm amidst the holiday chaos.  If not, maybe this BOOP will make you smile. ✌️ #moveoverrudolph #boopmynose #adventureswithliamloowho @peacockroadfamilyfarm 🎄
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  • Liam had his annual genetics visit.  This was our first time meeting Dr. Amalfitano.  Apparently, Liam was on his bucket list to meet before ending his career seeing patients and accepting the position as Dean of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU and dedicate his time in the lab (doing some seriously incredible things). I’m no stranger to specialists wanting to meet him. No stranger to doctors/professors wanting their students to meet him.  After recent pediatric visit, the doctor and student left the room and I heard the student say, “that kid is incredible.” I heard his doctor respond- “that’s why you must see past what’s written in the file and see the person.” The first time we saw a geneticist , there were several there...just to see him.  At one point Liam and I left the room and came back to one calling Liam “an anomaly amongst the rare.” During his autism evaluation at Henry Ford, geneticists who weren’t involved in the evaluation- lined the hallway to meet him. 
This time was no different. Amalfitano gazed at Liam with a smile, shaking his head. “I can’t believe it.  Genetics is my life and I’ve never seen anything like him.” He may have been extra impressed when he tried to shake Liam’s hand and instead Liam poked out his elbow saying, “cooties are a thing, chicken wing.” 😆The visit consisted of watching Liam play, him asking me a million questions about Liam and me asking him a million questions about genetics and shared theories on how Liam came to be and how we’ve been so damn lucky.

He told me he always has an earful for parents but he had nothing for me. He thanked me a dozen times for meeting him (instead of our usual) and told me I’m doing everything right and to just keep doing what I’m doing. 😊  At one point he asked Liam to make a repeat after me verbal agreement with him- “I promise I will always trust and listen to my mom.” He told Liam he was “lucky to have an amazing mom” and as long as he trusts and listens to me he “will continue to do well.” 💗😭 #trisomy13awareness #trisomy13life #compatiblewithlife #fullheart #trisomy13
  • #texastamalecompany -The next best thing to having a tamale lady.  I miss you Maria. 😘 Trevino Tamale tradition from Mexico: eat with coffee, cream, + sugar🤤 #glutenfreemexican @drpraegers @freshthyme #gotitfrommydad @eattexastamales *
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  • Twinning! 😍// Every weekend since October has been filled with some holiday event. It’s exhausting and SO much fun. // Is it this busy for ya’guys too?  What did your weekend look like? 🎤 P.S. Liam met some very friendly kids while we were there too.  I froze my 🍑 off just so they could play.  #whoworeitbetter #reindeergames #adventureswithliamloowho 
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