What Made Me Happy - Week 8
02/20 Ainsley Put on Her Own Coat
When you have a differently abled child it really is the small things that make you happy. Today I was in the kitchen and looked over to see Ainsley in her coat. Well actually it was Evie's coat that I pulled out of the garage and was going to wash. Ainsley decided she wanted to wear it and put it on all by herself. HUGE this is! I think this is the first time she has ever put on an article of clothing by herself, other than a hat (which is nearly too easy to count) or a pair of my underwear on her head. You know what I mean....appropriate and correctly placed clothing.
I LOVE soup. I'm pretty good at cobbling together soups out of ingredients on hand (though this time I planned ahead). But for some reason I haven't been making a lot of soups lately. It was a blustery day and having a bean and vegetable soup and a crusty loaf of bread was perfect.
Curiosity keeps us young and I love it for that reason. But I also love it that Ainsley is curious. That she notices when things are different, like in this case with paper shaped like a person oddly placed in our laundry room, and "asks" me "What's up with that?!" Of course she had to use her eyes and body language but I got the message loud and clear.
02/23 Being Able to Chaperone
I am very lucky to be a stay at home mom. I worked for the first year and a half that I was a mom but felt I was missing out so I left. Of course it's not all roses, being a SAHM is hard work, but it does give me the opportunity to do things like chaperone a field trip. In this case to the State Capitol Building with Evie. Of course there is one little issue......Thanks Sheryl for coming to watch Ainsley!
02/24 Learning Something New
I'd heard of Sculpey, yes I had. I just had never worked with it. Nor have I ever tried to make beads. It is much harder that you would think to retain the shape and make the hole. But I am always up for a challenge and like to learn new things. After a lot of practice I figured out a technique. More about these beads later.
02/25 Artistic Ability
I am proud that my father is a painter. I have some ability to paint. And Evie loves to paint. I am very proud of her and it makes me very happy that something so cool "runs in the family".
02/26 The Sound of a Recorder
Hold on, hold on. Let me explain this one. I don't know if every grade school makes playing the recorder part of their curriculum but here in Washington they seem to. Evie learned to play the recorder at the old school and now it's Adrian's turn to learn. He has been so cute practicing "Hot Cross Buns" all the time. Ainsley is a little monkey. Monkey see, monkey do...you know? She found another recorder in the musical instruments and pulled it out. She actually was able to make a sound. We've tried all types of whistles as "therapy" with no success, with the trach she just hasn't been able to blow but today she DID! So this is one time when I LOVED the sound of a recorder and it made me very happy.