Yes, we got some more animals. We now also have a guinea pig and a bird. The kids are very excited and love them already. Maggie holds the guinea pig like a baby. Joaquin and the bird have become fast friends. The bird sits on his shoulder and also, now on his finger no pecking! He is very excited.
Joaquin has Autism as I have mentioned before. When he has something of a living, breathing companion he feels secure. I have always found it interesting that he loves birds. They have flight and in some ways that seems gravity defying. Joaquin has sensations quite often that he is losing his gravitational pull. He was get visibly and vocally upset. He needs rocks in his pocket and....someone to hold is soft pudgy hands.
Maggie probably has ADHD, and maybe be Bi-Polar. This is what has been suggested but, without proper diagnosis. Either way, like Joaquin we still love her. Animals calm her down so much. She has her lab/pit mix lay down with her and he spoons her face to face. She will close her eyes and strokes his coat and everything is good. Small animals give her something beyond herself to care for and nurture. She loves this.
These a few of the reasons I don't mind having various animals around.
Woke up to a wonderfully clean out and quiet. Unlike most days was up before any kids. Jimmy was already gone to work so I cracked open the blinds and poured myself a cup of coffee. Had some time to read NPR, BBC and Al Jazeera. Yes, I am a news snob and read the news from the best sources. Music played softly in the background while I read and enjoyed the sun fully rising. As soon as the kids starting coming to we started opening the windows and putting the ceiling fans on. Life is always good when it's not 90 degrees in the house.
Hezzie had a great visit with his teacher. She is amazing and real. She includes his younger siblings in her thoughts and brought balloons yesterday. It was like a party with these orange things floating through the air and the kids laughing...louder and louder and louder.
When Jimmy got home we took Maggie and Hezzie to the library. It was a Cesar Chavez celebration that I say, did not meet my expectations. It was a story, a less than informative slide show and a worksheet. Okay...but, I did get some good info on volunteering in the summer with the kids program...go me. The kids ended up playing with puzzles and games.
We headed down to the community garden afterwards. Jimmy dig out this huge weed whose root was like a small tree...no joke. (note: that is not even the whole root). He went back home with all the kids and I stayed and did more weeding and watering. I also did a video.
On my walk home I took a wonderful picture of what grows randomly. Not sure if this is part of the house or the church in borders.
Dear Lord where has the time gone? Her she is my 7lb 1 oz baby girl...okay I know she is almost seven now. She seems so much older some days and some days, I still see that chubby cheeked baby girl. She is amazing in so many ways. The artist in her is always out, drawing, painting and more. She is kind of nerdy and watches Anime daily and even pretends she is some character from one of the shows. Now she has her brothers playing along.
As you can see she has her very own style and loves layers. Which because, like Shrek she has layers. She can be sweet and nurturing, she can be feisty and mean. No matter how she is I love her all the same. Before you ask, yes I would allow her to leave the house like that...that is who she is. Then again I leave the house barefoot all the time.
Sometimes I wish I could get into her dreams. I bet they are vivid and colorful.....I love my little girl.
full of so many unexpected things, so many blessing, so many memories. I took BayLee for a walk this morning and got to think a bit. Thinking about where I grew up and how we used to take our german shepard for a walk all the time. He was such and outside dog. Amazing and loving....I miss him.
I also got to enjoy the warm sunlight on my bare face and feel it's warmth through my black hoodie. It felt nice to feel my Nike's hit the sidewalks and roam for a bit. I had the latest podcast of This America Life on and felt amazing. Despite that I had a molar and a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday and it is "shark week" it was a wonderful walk.
Jimmy is off work for four days in a row...it's almost like a staycation. Well, for me because he knows my pain comes and goes. The pain in my mouth, head and foot. Hopefully soon his day off will be a staycation for him.
We have been enjoying some nice time outside. We have a gazebo in the backyard with some chairs and my beloved papasan. We also have a nice firepit for night time marshmellow roasting and for warmth when stargazing. Jimmy hung my windchime in the gazebo today so I could listen to it sing.
Earlier in the day when my face was hurting a bit, I lay upon the papasan and closed my eyes. I let the sun warm my cheek and I drifted off for a bit at Hezzie lay in my lap. It was nice to have that therapy.
Today Maggie and Waylon returned home from my moms. They always come back looking so fresh and clean. Wonder if they are really dirty when they leave. Mom washed out Maggie's baby dreads. She goes back and forth with wanting them anyhow.
Spring is coming and I am hoping for a change in myself....weight, hair, attitude and such. Spring is always beautiful to me. It makes me want to have picnics and go on long walks. Makes me think of flowers and spring sprouts. Makes me thinks of hugs, kisses and babies in arm. Pretty dresses and bike rides.
Maggie is our artist in residence. She love to draw Anime type things but, she also paints. She wants to paint some more so we are looking into helping her out with that more. One of the many wonderful things about our type of un/homeschooling is letting our kids find their passion. This is Maggie's passion.
She had her first art show yesterday. She sold my favorite painting for $10 to my cousin and her boyfriend. My cousin is a strong supporter of my kids. Although, she is blind she came over 150 miles round trip to support Maggie. She loves all my kids and is an Auntie to them. I feel like crying right now.
Maggie was so proud she made some money but, kind of sad to see something that had been hanging on our wall go. Quiet honestly, I wanted to keep that painting. Knowing how shy Maggie is and critical on her work even at six years old I held my tongue. She told me last night, "Mom one day I want my art to hang in an art museum." My heart melted and all the fits, moods and what not became worth it.
She also was given several gifts of art supplies. She was supprised and greatful of those things. Our friends Karl and Liz brought her flowers which she loved.
I say help your kids discover their passion and give them the gift of encouragement!
"Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people."
- John F. Kennedy
"So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering."
Maggie came into this world on June 2, 2004. She came into the world so fast, I did not even realize she was out of my womb. I mean I knew she was but, just could not fathom it. She was like a rocket on her exit. To this day I do not think she was quite ready to make her appearance. We were all ready for her though.
She was always a fun, talkative playful baby and toddler. She loved the water and drawing on walls. I miss that girl so much. The past year...my Maggie has been lost. She is lost to this other person inside her mind.
She has had periods of depression where she would just lay on the couch and suffer from low grade fevers. She would not eat much. It was pretty scary and she ended up in therapy. Honestly, I am not sure that helped her much. She has times where she screams, yells and throws things. It is like she is trying to claw out of the mind and body she is in. She finds her peace in drawing and watching cartoons. She likes Sonic the Hedgehog, AstroBoy and stuff like that. She loves Anime movies.
When her body is tired, her mind does not shut off. She is six and thinks about things like who will she marry? What happens if her husband does not like horses? If I die who will her mom be? Her mind is like this everyday. So when she is physically tired and not mentally it is ugly. Her body and mind battle. She will scream and cry, lay on the ground flopping around. You can see the pain in her eyes, she does not like where she is. She does not like not having control over her mind and her body.
I can only hope and pray one day her body and mind will be in sync...and she will have peace. The peace she was meant to have.