This weekend I tried to make a rink in our back yard for Kieran...the result is a giant bag of water (not ice)...a giant half filled mini-sip and a frozen hose.
Some memories from this week:
-Kieran did not want me to go to work this week when he and Peter dropped me off. "No Mommy, you don't go in there" said Kieran in a very firm tone.
-Also Kieran has learned that he can get out of his bed when his room is dark-nap time is no longer guaranteed!!
This week Kieran and I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, and snuggled up on the weekend to watch "How to Train Your Dragon 2". He loved the dragons, and liked to tell me that the 'bad guy' in the movie was a "meanie!"
We have also been having fun with the camera.
Held my first public paint party this month!! So exciting. I have done a few private parties with staff and a girls night. but this was the first one I opened up to anyone, it also was the largest I have taught so far. I am also excited because I just ordered 25 new easels which should be here near the beginning of March, so now no canvas will need to lie flat on the table!!!
I had 16 participants of various ages as you can see from the photo. We were working on painting our own family portrait as foxes, an animal held dear to my heart. (For those that don't know Kieran's name means Dark Fox). Some customized their foxes with bows and ties, while another transformed the fox onto a raccoon, love how different everyone's painting turned out!
I think everyone had a great time and I was pumped all day for it, I had so much energy. Everyone's paintings turned out great! It is such an experience to see someone take what you are saying and make it their own. A blank canvas can be a scary thing and I am so proud that everyone took a deep breathe and went for it!
Teaching these workshops is a dream come true (or at least part of it coming true) for the past five years I have been dreaming about holding workshops to share art with others for social, healing, and self discovery, things are finally starting to come together.
Kieran went to his first Sea Dogs game this past weekend. He loved it...or so I think. He was pretty serious for the first two periods-eyes glued to the ice and the big screen, but staying pretty expressionless with goals and music. Fleaburn did get him to smile. He loved the Goalies, Referee's and Zambonis too.
After the second period we got him a Fleaburn teddy and flag...the flag may not have been a great idea, since Peter and I got whacked with many times-but Kieran loved it. He had conversations with the people behind us about goalies and hockey pucks, and ate lots of popcorn and juice!
Today he packed his bag to go to the sitter with 3 hockey books and his Fleaburn-I'd say it was a pretty successful Valentine's Day.
In January I signed up Mindy Tsonas's Alchemy deck class. A class where you create your own oracle deck. I have made oracle/affirmation cards before, but love learning different processes! I absolutely loved the class. I often find it difficult to keep up with classes, but I was able to do this one.
I made 29 cards, and the neat thing is I have a connection with each one of them. Often when I use a deck, I find I am looking up the meanings, but with my hand made cards I already know them intimately. I can turn them over and they tell me a story, or help me find an area of focus for the day. I admit for the first 3 weeks I carried my deck everywhere-Now they have a space on my art desk, where I draw a card each day asking where should I focus to stay at "ease" (my word for the year).
They make me feel so happy, and a sense of accomplishment.
Kieran went to a double birthday party for two of his friends (whom are brothers). Kieran had so much fun, I had a hard time convincing him to leave. It was Star Wars themes (hence the Darth Vader mask. He loves this mask-I think he thinks it is a helmet. here wore it most of the party and well into the night!
Peter was away this weekend, and every sound Kieran heard, he would get excited and think it was Daddy. We still had lots of fun, but he loves his Daddy!!
Some of my big smiles for the week are:
-any toys that he considers baby's must go under mine or his shirt
-he tucks me in with multiple blankets, toys, and sings me a lullaby
-if you ask him what the fox says-he will answer Wa-papapapapa-pow-and sometimes hate ho
I recently completed a 31 Day Self Love Instagram Challenge during January and hosted by Gala Darling. I wasn't sure what the challenge would bring, but I have to say that I feel more confident and more in-tune with myself.
For me this challenge forced me to let go in many ways. I started the challenge thinking "yeah, I need to give myself some self-love right now, this could be fun". And it was. Everyday I was excited to interpret the prompts. The challenge gave me an excuse to stop and think about things for me-what do I like, who am I in this moment, how far have I come. Some seemed easy others not so much. Some days I would think-'ugh, maybe I will skip this one' or 'I don't have the picture/video I want (because they are ridiculous, and I will look foolish)', but those ended up being my favourite ones. The ones I resisted were the ones that pushed me past my regular sharing comfort zone, and you know what? I survived. People laughed, I laughed. This challenge caused me to share more about myself than I normally would volunteer. Not because I don't want people to know I play just dance or know the theme to Pokémon, but because I often think that those things are insignificant to others-those thoughts stop me from moving forward and sharing more of myself. I am sure we all have that inner mean girl (or boy) telling you what it thinks others will think, or that they don't care, that it stops you on your tracks. Sadly the mean girl feels she is trying to protect you, and maybe at times she does, but my experience with her (at times is crippling). Maybe it is time to give that inner mean girl a break, a vacation, give her sometime to unwind, and in turn give you some freedom.
What is one small challenge you can give yourself, to take a baby step out of your comfort zone? It could be talking to someone, could be writing a letter, posting a picture, buying a book, signing up for a class, or asking a question.
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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.