Kieran's first beach experience was a success. He loved it. We went to Mispec Beach for the afternoon, and what a perfect day it was there. Just enough breeze to be just right and the tide was on it's way out.
Kieran loved the waves, giggling each time they hit his feet, jumping over them, and splashing. He sat in the sand and just played with his bucket and shovel-content to just be outside. Can't wait to go back!
What a beautiful weekend. Kieran and I don't have too many photos together, but this is a keeper!
This happy guy loves his carrots. He has been on some sort of sleep rebellion schedule where he sleeps only in 30 minute segments through out the night but he is still smiling.
He is crawling all over the place and has been having small bursts of standing with out any support. Can't believe how fast he is picking things up.
For example, this morning he successfully used his fork- I had to put the good on but he got it to his mouth.
Ten months this past week. Wow, how time flies. He is 19 lbs 2 oz and 77 cm tall.
What a beautiful day! Kieran had some fun dancing in the grass-he isn't quite sure what to think of it yet. Usually he will crawl all fours (instead of his belly) to get to me when he is on grass, but tonight he wasn't going anywhere.
...well not literally, just in my smash journal, underneath all that paint and pen is my 10 items I am bringing with me. As you can see I am taking an all terrain vehicle with me for transportation. " take me where I long to be" where ever that is. Some where warm and scenic, a place of peace, and joy.
But before I leave on this journey, I have one stop-dropping my inner critic off for an all expenses paid trip to somewhere gorgeous. Time for her to unwind, relax and renew.
I am in love with my altered dollar store journal. I created a new cover with one of my art prints and painted over top, gilded the page edges and added some ribbon for good measure. All set for a smash journal class with the Cosmic Cowgirls... Now to come up with my cowgirl name. Any suggestions? :)
Wow, a full school year has passed. Kieran has been visiting a grade 3 class at FES each month for a program called roots of empathy. The kids and I had so much fun each month sharing how he had changed and grown each month.
Last week we had our last visit- I felt a little sad at this "last time". Today we are going to meet other babies from the program at a little celebration in Hampton.
Meet one of my muses. The muse of desire- desire to create, desire to be me, desire to grow, learn and transform, desire to connect.
The wonderful thing about this muse is I don't have to go very far to find her, because she is an inner muse.
The medicine she shared with me during her awakening is move on, even if you are afraid of what comes next. There were 2 major parts in the process where I did not want to move on even though I knew she was not finished- the first was the initial colour blocking
The second was after I covered her in a glaze.
In both circumstances I really liked the colours and the feel of the painting, but felt uncomfortable and unsure moving forward. Every time I went to add a colour I hated it and promptly wiped it off.
Luckily the Color of Woman teacher training has a wonderful support network. When I feel stuck the have art doctors to help. They are wonderful- usually their support inspires me with fresh ideas and reminds me I am on the right track.
Once the apple tree branches took form things really began to move. As I painted each leaf I was reminded that every leaf is a new idea, a different perspective- but all belonging to the same tree. The roses became clusters of apple blossoms, ideas in full bloom.
The vines moving ideas and life's stories down towards the crystal heart to be stored with love. The heart flame ignited and electrified with energy.
The butterflies floating around reminding me of beauty, transformation, and being free.
The red thread on her wrist ( as I am currently wearing) a symbol of connection to me, and all others I have met and have yet to meet.
At one point I thought she was finished, but the heart and the butterflies kept calling me.
Now she is complete and content in her meditation.
So many layers ( as Shrek would say like an onion). Everything that came before had to happen just as it did, or she would not be who she is today.
Thanks for reading my blog. Hope you have a beautiful day!
Last night I went to a watercolour class taught by Laura Batt-Melanson, at Timeless Cottage. It was wonderful. A fun relaxing evening with friends.
Watercolour is something I have played with but never had good results with. Some tips and instruction from Laura, and look what happened. I think I have a new medium I need to play with more( sorry Peter).
Kieran found a new friend this weekend. He loved playing with baby in the giant mirrors.
He had been working hard on words. He can say mom- although it seems to be his default, go to word. He sounds like he his trying to say 'hi kitty' and 'hi doggy'. Sorry daddy. Although this weekend he did pull off a couple sounds that sounded like dad, and doggy is pretty close.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.