15/52 & 16/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(15/52) Little Miss : It was your first dance recital this week-end. Everything was so exciting! You had your first dress rehearsal, your first sound and light check. You looked so adorable in your little dress, barefoot on the black stage. When you stepped out of the dressing rooms after the show, grandma and grandpa had bought you flowers, you were so proud. And we were proud of you! You decided you wanted to continue dance this season, it’s the first time you’ve asked for it. I hope you stick with it, it makes you so happy. You know I’ll never force you to do anything you don’t want to do, but to see your passions come to life is thrilling.❤

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(16/52) Little Miss : FREEDOM! This week-end was heavenly. And I know what they about being careful when shedding layers, but we couldn’t help it. The sun was warm, the snow was melting and it truly felt like Spring. You had so much energy, like all the weight of winter lifted up of you in one brilliant moment. I’m looking forward to many more amazing days this season with you my darling.❤

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(15/52) Little Man : You never cease to amaze me. Little tornado, you never stop. So when it was time for your sister’s dance recital, we planned a big snack to try to make sure you would stay sitting until her group was done. But you just surprised us all by sitting for the full 45 minutes of the show, mesmerised by the sounds and lights. It’s moments like this that truly make me believe that no matter what comes, we’ll be okay. These precious moments as a family, we can truly share them. Thank you for proving to us everyday that you are not a statistic or a label… you are our angel.❤

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(16/52) Little Man : Mud mud mud! That has always been what Spring means to you and you got your fair share by the River, watching the Snow Geese migration, this morning. You are fearless, jumping into everything with both feet… literally! You teach us everyday to not take the world quite so seriously and we thank you. We just have to always remember to bring an extra set of clothes wherever we go!❤

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14/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man :  We are back in winter clothes again this week, but you are taking it in stride. As long as you have some good friends in hand and a nice shielded spot to watch the world around you, you are happy. But Spring will come my love, I promise. And all this waiting will just make it grander when it arrives.❤

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : Oh that increasingly gummy smile. Your 3rd and 4th teeth fell out back to back and now, you whistle when you speak. Watching you eat has become tremendously entertaining and you keep sticking your tongue out through the holes.  Most of all, you feel like you are growing up and you love it. But please try to not grow too fast okay? Mama wants to enjoy these moments with you for as long as she can.❤

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No sense in going backwards

I could try catching you up, telling you all that has been happening here, but it seems pointless really. Not that I view the last almost 8 weeks of near perfect silence unworthy of telling, but because it is the “trying to jot everything down” thing that has been causing the writer’s block.

Where to start, organizing my thoughts, not writing 2000 words, losing half of you after only 750, I just couldn’t make it happen.

So the next best thing is to simply think back a few days, look at today and a bit into the future. Much less overwhelming, wouldn’t you say?

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Although it has been a bit uneven temperature wise, Spring has been treating us amazingly well. We are outside almost everyday, rain or shine, cold or warm, and nothing has been more healing on our bodies, mind and spirits. Our feathered friends have been coming back in droves, bringing with them joy and song. Our yard has been filled with chickadees (pictured above), goldfinches (pictured above), savannah sparrows, chipping sparrows, blue jays, white-breatsed nuthatches, robins, cedar waxwings, house finches (about 100 of them in line of sight as I type this) common redpolls (pictured above) and mourning doves. The cats have been having a fit watching them fly around the yard, chirping menacingly through the windows.

We’ve been rediscovering some of our favorite haunts and soaking up every moment of sun we can get. Our greatest thrill has been the return of our days on the beach. The St-Lawrence River has gone from completely covered with ice to free and clear in a little over one week and our water’s edge exploration has begun. The icebergs are spectacular this year and the kids can’t get enough of them. It’s been so amazing to get out and dirty without fear of freezing in place. We even found an howl nest (last picture)! How cool is that?

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I’ve been spending more time in my craft room lately and it has felt amazing. Easter presents for the kids stayed simple (mushroom peg family for Little Miss and rice tossing bags and rope bowl for Little Man) and a nice comfy paper pieced pillow was made for my niece’s 10th birthday. And as I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, crafting, like reading, truly is like riding a bike. The more you create, the more you want to create and I’ve been loving every moment of it.

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We couldn’t be happier with the way our Little Man has been doing in therapy. We’ve seen such progress in his everyday way of being. We’ve been focusing on life skills and he’s been enjoying helping around the house and feeling useful. He has started to undress himself when prompted and will clear his place setting when meals are done. He helps undo the groceries and love putting the heavy stuff away. He puts on his boots when asked and will eat more runny foods (like applesauce or yogurt) with a spoon now. We’ve been practicing washing ourselves in the bath tub and combing our hair.

Another big thing we’ve been working on is his behavioral quirks. Much of his impulse control issues are being addressed in therapy and we’ve seen such improvement in his patience and the intensity of his tantrums. He’s also trying to speak more and more. The sounds aren’t quite words yet, but they sound like words and we are just on the edge of our seats, waiting for them to overflow from that smiling little face.

Last, but not least, we are in the midst of the emergence of imaginative play. For those who don’t know, many kids with autism have a lot of issues with imagination. It was actually one of the big red flags we had mentioned to the psychologist conducting his initial assessment. Not anymore though : He will put his peg dolls on the back of his dinosaurs and have them take a ride. He will take his baby in the tub with him and wash him. He loves putting costumes on for role playing and having imaginary “conversations” on the phone. His favorite thing these days is taking the toy guitars and having us play together while dancing.

He makes us so proud everyday, I can’t even find the words.

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And I truly believe that all of his amazing developing social skills are mainly because of this little lady. What a big sister he has.

So there you go. We are here again : Happy, healthy, connected and blessed.

Wishing you an amazing week-end! xo

 

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13/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man : First beach trip of the year and that face says it all. The sun was shining and Spring was everywhere. The tide pools were filled with shells, algae, rocks and the tiniest little swimming creatures. You came home so very VERY dirty and full of life. Since, you’ve had a renewed sense of purpose, not so blue anymore. Like you just know in your heart something amazing is coming. Thank you for being so patient.❤

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : Life becomes quite magical when you sit under a melting iceberg on a warm Spring afternoon. There are layers of color and debris to analyse, crevices to explore, droplets to listen too, tales to tell of the journeys that have brought them to us. Your wonder lust is insatiable and I couldn’t be prouder. That curiosity of yours will take you so far my sweetheart. Don’t ever lose it!❤

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10/52, 11/52 & 12/52 – Her & Him (Catch-up again… Last time I swear!)

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(10/52) Little Miss : Your spot…looking at the ice flowing down the river in come March. You just love it. You could sit there and listen to the crackling of the ice, the crunching of the icebergs, the seagulls making their way back to our shores. There is always so much promise when the river clears and the dark blue of the water is revealed. I love how enamoured you are with the simple beauty of nature.❤

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(11/52) Little Miss : Putting on such a brave face for mommy’s camera. Truth be told, you were in day 2 of your battle with influenza and you were still trying to follow us around in the woods. We had to stop and take breaks a lot, but the fresh air did you so much good. I’m sorry you had to get so sick this year my love, but Spring will make it all better I promise.❤

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(12/52) Little Miss : Keeping up with the boys! We ran into a friend of yours from school while out at a city park. There was a huge ice hill and you wanted to try his tri-ski sled and off you went. We lost you in the woods and when you came back out, all we heard was you laughing and yelling “I ran into a tree!!!!” That is our girl! Oh the stories you will tell. I love your fierce nature.❤

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(10/52) Little Man : My wonderfully odd Little Man! I love discovering this world through your eyes. You always make me laugh, there is never a dull moment with you. It,s been harder for you now, therapy is pushing past your comfort zone,  but we’ve seen such amazing results. I know it will all be worth it.❤

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(11/52) Little Man : Curly Cue! You woke up from your nap in sweats and this is the hair that was waiting for me. LOL! You are so adorable I could just eat you up. My angel.❤

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(12/52) Little Man : Slipping and sliding in the bright Spring sun! We could not have asked for a better Vernal Equinox : Breakfast with grand-ma and grandpa, walks in the woods, bird watching, playing in the melting snow. I know you can’t wait to get all those layers off, we see it in your face. It,s been harder to get you outside, you’ve been fighting getting dressed. Just a few more weeks now my darling. Before you know it, we will be baking in the summer heat and you will be wondering where that nice chilly weather went.:-)

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Round and round…

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… and round it goes.

Seems I’ve been away from this space (and every space honestly) for so long. It doesn’t feel quite like mine anymore.

Seasons, months, events and ills… We seem to be on a rotation here. This is the 3rd year in a row that all of us fall sick between the 15th of February and the 15th of March. We thought we were out of the woods, I was excited, happy week-ends ahead and sickness struck again. This time of year, when the weather doesn’t seem to know what it wants, has always been hard on us. Even more with Little Miss in school now and bringing home a plethora of new germs and bugs for us to fight. There has been confirmed influenza and mononucleosis cases at her school and we are fairly certain that the first is what has our darling girl bed-bound. She is being a trooper about it, sleeping a lot, enjoying movies on the laptop and time alone in mama and papa’s big bed. Considering that Little Man’s croup episode started from influenza, we are hoping he will not catch it again, but he has also been feeling off, not hungry and sleeping poorly. Spring can’t come quickly enough.

But the sun has been shining more days than not, it has been wonderful. The time change has led to long lasting, warm sunsets and evening walks. I was surprised at how easy it was to put the kiddos to bed on last Sunday, even if it was still partially light out. They seem to have flowed into it without too much fuss. They have been tired though, we all have. It has been a long and gray winter and we are ready to be bathed in sunlight again. Let that Vitamin D find us, let the blues be pushed away.

As I write this the sun is actually breaking out of the clouds. It has been nice and warm, a bit rainy, but above freezing for over a week now. All that cold and snow that had finally found us at the end of February and during Spring Break is quickly fading away.

It hasn’t been all sickness this past month and a half. We’ve also had many wonderful moments. My wonderful and talented niece coming in 7th on the Provincial Figure Skating circuit, Little Man surprising them all in his latest interdisciplinary evaluation and him responding well to therapy, Little Miss quickly grasping the concept of phonetics making reading a very real (and fast approaching) possibility, her second cast coming off, dear friends moving back to town after a year away, my husband getting ready for bike season, our first seedlings sprouting under our grow tents in the basement… And me?

Me, I’ve been trying to find a balance. Yoga has been healing and wonderful. Joining the online community at YogaGlo is one of the best decisions we’ve made in a while. I’ve put aside journaling for now just because I still haven’t found the right moment or rhythm. But I haven’t given up on it yet. My greatest thrill is that I have been reading. You remember my 10-book goal? I’m 50 pages away from being 4 books in. It’s funny how reading is like riding a bike. You can stop doing it for years and then, you jump on (or in this case in) and you just feel exhilarated. I promised myself that I would not allow another book purchase for myself until I finished my 10. Looks like I might be able to treat myself to something off my wish list come fall!

That is it in a nutshell dear friends, not much has been happening, life is moving on, we will slowly get back our groove and before we know it, it will be Spring.

Wishing you all an amazing Equinox on Sunday. I hope the weather is wonderful for you and that you celebrate it fully.

 

 

 

 

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8/52 and 9/52 – Her & Him (Catch-up)

** I want to sincerely apologize for having simply disappeared on all of you. Viruses invading every inch of our home, several snow and ice storms and another broken arm have made the last few weeks a bit overwhelming. But, we are now starting to see the light at the end of the very achy, runny and “coughy” tunnel. **

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(8/52) Little Man : It always amazes me how things that would be so little to others end up being so huge for us. Like last week, you suddenly started playing with all the peg dolls mom has been making for you. Hugging them, carrying them around, lining them up (from tallest to smallest) all over the house… How wonderful it is to see your imagination take flight. All those “little-big things” my love, I notice them all. All your triumphs will be celebrated and you will know joy and fulfillment. You are my shining star.❤

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(9/52) Little Man : There he is! My beautiful, happy, sparkling boy… healthy and happy and loving life again. Oh my, what a yucky time we had my love, but you are all better now. Seeing you smile makes my day. Love you so much…

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(8/52) Little Miss : What happens here, in our magical home, before the sun rises? Why, fairies recharge their wands of course. You just amaze me with your boundless energy and wild, beautiful imagination. The depths to which your stories go, the detail, the life you bring to every moment, is truly a gift. I know mom has trouble following sometimes, I hope you will forgive me. Imagination is a muscle and thank goodness I have you to get me back into shape.❤

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(9/52) Little Miss : Oh, after all those icy storms, waking up to snow we can actually play in was a rare treat! We headed out early, bundled up in the cold sunny morning air and just played for hours. After making your snow angel, you just laid there, eyes closed, soaking up the sun. What a day it was!

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