On my blogging adventures, it would seem that there are several others who have gotten a bit of the “mean reds” (instead of the blues reference here) as I have lately. All of us stretched thin? Over exhausted? Too much emotional turmoil? The feel of summer ending? Anyone else having sleep problems? Brain feeling frazzled, overloaded? Unable to decompress or no opportunity to? Relationship and financial problems anyone? How about self-discovery, accepting things about yourself then, having a meltdown because… well at times it seems impossible? Oh, hey let’s throw in miscommunication and anxiety?
There could be various other things to add to that list, but I am redirecting my thoughts. I am sharing the things that made me smile today and throughout the week. I thought maybe some others could use a few smiles. I hope that I am spreading smiles. This past week the kids received several posters that were on sale for $3-$5 online. They each picked them out and they all got a colored dragon picture.
If you are new and unaware, the children are color-coded.
Actually, we all are as per Daniel. Soon after Daniel shared his people color-coding, it was adopted by Ariel and Joshua as well. We cannot deviate from their colors this includes the cups and straws that they drink out of. As well as blankets and school supplies, you name it each one has to have their color. Daniel is green, Ariel is red, and Joshua is blue. Here is the story behind the colors, it stems from Daniel seeing people as colors. I am red. Daniel is currently obsessed with the Yin-Yang symbol. He really likes it, when I asked him why he said, “I see them shaped like a circle. It looks like a fan to me.” He chose a cool Yin-Yang poster. Joshua went for the humongous Lego Frodo right over his bed, and the Lego 10 years of Star Wars poster. (He already had that one, it could not be put on the walls of our old house.)
Ariel went for Super Heroes and another dragon. (It’s pretty awesome.)
I have them all in the photos below. Ariel and Joshua have been playing Lego’s non-stop for days. I have some of their creations. Joshua built a huge castle scene and has been doing improv tales with it and his other figures. Ariel has discovered Queen’ the band and she said that she is, “Completely in love with that music.” She watched several videos on YouTube and really liked Freddie Mercury. She even created a Lego scene with him playing on the piano, she said she was unable to finish the drummer, but there is a crowd of people with their hands raised, cheering. She and Joshua have been singing Under Pressure for days.
Daniel has been walking the perimeter and tapping on all of the vents and the walls…
That is not making me smile. However, he has been coming to sit with me when I ask him to and the many smiles and giggles through the taps are making me smile. He has tried to play Lego’s too, but he has been unable to focus. I think talking to his new teacher on Friday, and realizing that school starts on Monday is making him anxious.
It makes me smile so much to watch these guys be creative and be themselves.
I enjoy when they share with me what they like and why. I find their minds, interests, likes and dislikes so interesting. It all makes me smile. I really do not have much more to say. I felt like writing and sharing some of this stuff. I have a love blindness post swimming around in my head and cannot seem to get the words gathered. To take my mind of that I decided to ask the kids what their favorite songs were and now I share them with you.
Ariel’s favorite: (Her Lego Queen Concert scene was from this video.)