Feb 27, 2012

Happiness Week 8

Happy Monday! I can't believe it's Monday again! I've been very busy with party planning but we're on the home stretch. Hopefully I survive. The fact that I'm doing this again proves that I'm crazy....just in case you ever doubted it.

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.

02/21 Soup
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.
02/22 Curiosity
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.

Have a great week everybody! To view a slideshow of the entire Happiness Photo Project click here. For more about what this is all about click here.


  1. I'm beginning to think you're one post per week isn't cutting it. I want to know more about a lot of the things you mention! That bean soup looks yummy! Recipe please? And what's up with the beads? Party stuff?

    Oh, and that's so funny about the recorder. We've tried whistles and stuff, too, but nothing works as good as a recorder. I bought one for Harlie and she does great with it!

    And awesome about Ainsley putting on her own coat! Well, Evie's but you know what I mean.


  2. Christy I love that you want to know more. This is one of those weeks where if I wasn't doing the Happiness Photo Project there would be NO post at all. I don't want to give away too many party details before the event. But I will after Saturday. :)

  3. Hope Week 9 is going well! Good luck with Evie's party. Can't wait to see pictures.


  4. That's awesome Ainsley!! Love that she put on "her" coat.
    Huge accomplishment.
    Sloan has been making paper beads, they are pretty cool. I will have to look into Sculpey.
    I love that painting runs in the family, I love art and have stepped away from it for a long time. Both Girls love art, not Gage. Anything crafty that comes out he cries and gives me the all done sign.

  5. I make beads and use Sculpey, and Fimo. if you want to make round, oblong, or bicone style beads there is a small tool that can be used to make them all uniform. Easier to make the hole before you bake them. Also a baking rack with piercing tools is very handy.