Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Yesterday we made balancing butterflies. This projected was featured on Childhood Magic and it is quite a magical activity to do with children. First I made a symmetrical butterfly template by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting out my design. Then I traced the design onto watercolor paper and the children painted them. To make the butterflies float you must evenly apply pennies to the underside of each top wing. We used tape...I am not good with super glue:)
Once secure the butterflies will magically float! We had a blast with these butterflies! The children walked around all day with them balanced on their noses, heads, shoulders, and toes:) I must say I equally enjoyed the whimsical quality of these creatures....(she types as a butterfly alights her shoulder).
Saturday, July 17, 2010
That folks is the last picture taken of T before life as we knew it came to a screeching halt......it was taken the day before he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4. On this day we played at the beach, ate crabs and reveled in complete and ignorant bliss of what the future held for us. 7/17 will always be a day of grief and celebration for our household, it is D-Day....Diagnosis Day. Everyday, but particularly this one, I think about how different our lives would be if we didn't have to face this disease. I grieve for the things my son will be barred from, the ramifications to his health, and his unattainable dreams.....no astronaut for him, no CIA operative, no sailing solo around the world. Luckily T has not come to this realization yet, and I let him dream big as every child should. While this day brings me sadness it also brings me great pride. I am so very proud of my son. He faces this disease with optimism and courage each day. He rarely complains, never asks why me, he just accepts this burden with grace. So on this day we celebrate him. He gets to do whatever he wants. Today he wanted Coldstone Creamery, the Olive Garden and a new book. So that is exactly what he got...that and a whole lot of insulin.
(Our first night home from the hospital T sleeping with his new glucose monitor)
Please know and recognized the signs of Type 1 Diabetes. There are no known causes, it can strike anyone at anytime.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
nightfall I sink
into dishwash meditiation
streaming china prayer wheels
crystalline bells of the lost horizon
chanting din and lull of running water
moist heat muscles soften
zen poems drip from silverware
my air humming out
in a cleansing melody
washing the frantic stew of a whole day
down the drain
along with the suds
those transients rainbow things
with the thin skin of
a passing moment
Each moment is a gift...even the ones filled with dirty dishes, stinky laundry, and grumpy kids...savour it!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
(I was able to find all natural jelly beans, sprinkles and marshmallows at Whole Foods...SCORE!)
One Very Pooped Fairy Princess