Here is the final part of Just Play-in this final segment I play with some gel pens. Thank you for watching-I hope you enjoyed the videos and are inspired to Just Play whether in a journal or not :)
Here are the links to part 1 and part 2.
Well this week I learned that the way Boo (from the Disney movie 'Monster Inc.') moves around stealthily and pops up every time you turn around is for real. I never thought that a toddler could have quiet feet to walk around me with out me noticing. I had set Kieran down in our room (which is attached to the bathroom), while a ran his bath. When I turned around to start to get him ready he was gone-and already standing at the bath tub. He does this to me all the time-he can make so much noise when he walks, but then move as if he teleported.
...and yes, we do use a turkey baster to rinse our son. He hates getting his hair and face wet-but loves being squirted with the turkey baster-whatever works right ? :)
Kieran enjoying some snow. He loves to be outside and the chilly snow has not changed anything...except it is a little harder to move around and stay upright in a snowsuit and boots...and mittens make it hard to grab things.
Kieran is zipping right along. We went to the zoo last weekend and he walked most of it. He wanted to walk down a hill and started to gain some speed, meanwhile I am trying to let him while not panicking about if he falls-ready to catch him as he stomps down the hill laughing...little speed demon.
He also has some pretty fast feet and leg lifts for his new dance moves. He loves to dance with Mommy and Daddy when we play Just Dance!
He loves to laugh and hear others laugh. A few weeks ago I cut his hair and after the first snip I looked at him and I couldn't help but laugh - it looked awful-think Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber-as soon as I started laughing he started too and we just kept going back and forth.
He loves poking people (including himself) in the belly button, and sitting on your belly and bouncing-of course laughing all the while.
Love, love, love hearing that little laugh!
As some of you may know I have been studying through a program called Color of Woman taught by artist Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis. I Journey technically started in January but officially began in April. Last week was the graduation in California and I took the dare to attend. This is the first time I have ever traveled where family wasn't waiting for me on the other end. I couldn't think about it too much or a would explode from the excitement and anxiety of it. I never thought that I would be able to do something like this. It was a huge step out of my comfort zone-in fact I think I jumped out of the whole galaxy of my comfort zone-and I would do it again.
I got to Healdsburg, California Sunday, Nov. 2 and met the 6 other women I would be sharing a house with. From the minute I walked through the door we felt like family. We had only ever spoken online and it was as if we had known each other for years-there were no secrets-we laughed, we cried, we talked about the cosmos, and we supported one another. I hope they won't take offense when they read this but they were the kindest, silliest, wisest, most beautiful women I know, they inspire me and remind me that I am more than I think I am-and I am just as kind, silly, wise. Insert montage playing to a David Bowie song, of late nights, rocks that look like poo, henna, massaging the kale too much for kale chips, painting, walking through the town square with glitter everywhere, looking for deer and squirrels, taking time to be with myself, seeing a white crane fly just feet from my face, dancing, pumpkin pie, dancing, painting, drumming, sharing stories, Terra Sophia, almost missing a flight, calling in the fire department after waking to our rental house filling with smoke...and much more-maybe someday I will share the stories with you-but for know I will keep you guessing.
We had a few days with the rest of our class-getting to know each other and painting on a canvas. It felt like a dream being in circle at the studio that I had only seen through videos. There were times I had to look around and smile at some one to remind me that I was really here. For our graduation ceremony, before we received our certificate, we made a declaration. My biggest break through of the week up until that point was about being seen and heard and wanting others to have that opportunity too, to not always be fearful of what others are thinking, holding back and feeling guilty about opportunities lost. So I claimed that I am ready to take up space, my space-to tune into my heart and do and say things I need to do in order to stand in my own integrity. I think this will be an ongoing process for me and I know it won't be an easy one, but that is why my blog is called building wings-I am on a journey and learning to walk my path in life.
After our graduation and after we had enjoyed our chocolate cake and champagne, the Alumni events began. We bound a leather sketchbook, painted a drum, worked through some difficult topics of self love and acceptance through creating and a few more sessions, and collaboratively each painted a canvas to honour Sue Hoya Sellars (our art matriarch who only recently departed for the cosmos a few weeks ago, she was Shiloh's teacher and second mother, I did not get to meet her in person but her personality and spirit even through watching her on our live videos inspired me). On our last day our group of women went up to Terra Sophia, a beautiful mountain-where Sue lived and created-it was so beautiful there, with her art, and sculptures, gardens, and alters. It was a magical place, a sacred place. I cried when it was time to leave-but what a beautiful spot to say our goodbyes, I built such a connection to the women that I shared this experience with, saying goodbye was hard, but I know and hope that we will be saying hello again in the future-maybe we will even host some workshops together :)
From Terra Sophia one of my house mates and I were going right to the San Francisco airport. our shuttle was 45 minutes late, and I only made it through the gate 20 minutes before boarding time, and I journaled like crazy until I couldn't anymore and slept the rest of the way to Toronto.
My experience on this trip has reminded me of the greatness that we are and can choose to be. It has refreshed my soul and raised more inquiries and questions, that I am daring myself to follow.
I had the most wonderful time in California, but waiting for my shuttle which was 45 minutes late for the 2 hour drive back to San Francisco Airport, and worrying that I would miss my flight-all I could think about is wanting to see my boys and not wanting to wait another day. Luckily I made with 20 minutes before boarding, yay!
When we went to pick Kieran up at the babysitters he started walking to the drivers side, but as soon as I stepped out of the car he made an enormous grin and changed course to the passenger side and gave me a great big hug. Looks like Daddy and Kieran had a great week even with the diaper blowouts :)
Today he is modeling his new hat that his Aunt Janie made him-it is absolutely adorable! My Fantastic Mr. Fox.
My first Mommy Monday away from home. In fact I have never been away from Kieran longer than 10 hours and now I won't see him for 8 days. As I write this I am sitting in the San Francisco airport trying not to miss him (and Peter of course) but every baby that I here or see reminds me he is not with me.
I know he will be fine and probably won't even notice I am missing, but I miss him already -and can't wait to get a hug from him
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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.