Cat therapy || The first few weeks with a new pet can be an adjustment for everyone ( us getting our siding replaced didn’t help ), but we are starting to get used to each other. We can’t wait until she wants to join us for lesson time!
Behind the camera || Got to spend the weekend in Lincoln filming Gravel Worlds.
Nature break || thankful for this unexpected cache of insect dwellings that came to light as our siding is being replaced.
Loads of hammering, prep for an upcoming vlog shoot, and the realization that no matter what I do, my kids are going to be triggered when doing school (the long term consequences of last year’s expulsion are REALLY setting in)
Absolutely no kittens || my husband and I are pretty much of one mind when it comes to what pets we want for our family. Dog, yes. Rabbit, maybe. Kittens, absolutely not!
That is, until it is back to school time, and your children’s ptsd has been triggered, and the only thing you can think of to help them cope involves a kitten. Then it is time for a trip to the Humane Society to add another #furbaby to your family. ⠀⠀
And yes, the kitten (who is still nameless) has been so helpful in soothing little broken hearts already! ❤️
Home work || we are finally getting around to replacing our siding from a storm two years ago. the garage is going to get a fresh coat of paint to match so I’m busy scraping and filling when the temps are low.
Turtle rescue || even though we reside in midtown, we get a fair amount of nature exposure on our block due to living across the street from a little forrest. This week I noticed a turtle hanging out in the middle of the road so we helped to scoot him out of the way of traffic.
Practice, practice || after several months of not being able to make art, I am slowly starting to reintegrate sketching back into my daily life
Fur baby || Gauge is just the best. He loves to snuggle and has purred with great gusto when our kids have needed comfort. Liter boxes may no longer be his thing, but he daily remind us the importance of naps! ❤️
To all the moms who sit on their front porches to have a good cry!
“I love it when you... “ || a few years ago, I read something about children who did well in athletics all had parents who said to them, “I love to watch you play (fill in ball sport of your choice).” For some reason, this really stuck with me. ⠀⠀
I love to hear you practice the keyboard .
I love to see you practice bravery.
I love to watch you try again.
What affirmations do you give your kiddos?
Studio scenes closeup || one of those #enneagram feeds did a “You might be a ___ if you _________” series awhile back. As a 5, I *might* have a nature collection in my space. Nailed it. .
|| Art therapy by the pool ||
Road trip therapy || Our neighborhood sounds like a war zone on the 4th + lately I’ve had a lot of run ins with people associated with those whose abuse led to my family’s ptsd. A 24 hour reset was needed! Kearney, NE might not be considered a destination hit spot by many, but it provided the perfect combination of family sightseeing + ice cream + swimming. The kids can’t wait to go back!
#tbt || Last week we had sunshine and short sleeves and plenty of time outside. While I’m all for a rainy day here or there, my kiddos are going absolutely stir crazy with this cold, damp stretch.
Going big || Taking inspiration from these “smalls” I worked on during our last round trip as inspiration for some larger scale #cyanotype. If only we could have a sunny day...
New school routine || So we’ve finally figured out a new school routine... right before summer break. 😂 Copywork during speech therapy, #morningtime that includes #readaloud and a decent amount of #talktherapy, and my youngest has demanded that he get his own math workbook, too! 😂 😂 😂
Art making on the horizon || Our family has been in survival mode for so many months that I was starting to think I would never get back to art making. But we get better, we heal. This morning I finalized our lesson plans for the remainder of the term and made a promise to myself to prep some substrates with #cyanotype chemicals. The sun might not be out for the next few days, but I plan on being ready when it does!
Time with the tribe || Our Easter road trip to ND was a great reset for all of us. Nothing like being surrounded by people who think you are weird but love you the same to help you (and your kids) get over a rough patch of #ptsd
Mid-week adventures || #protip early afternoon is the best time to go to the zoo! Travis took a day off for “vacation recovery” last week , and we meant to get completely unpacked and caught up on laundry. Reality: neither of these goals were accomplished! 😂
Spring cleaning || Does anyone else find getting rid of stuff to be therapeutic? This week I rounded up the clothes my kids outgrew from last summer and now have multiple bags to donate to the shelter. Home lessons will probably be going into the summertime because of our lightened/ptsd recovery schedule so it feels so good to get something “normal” done.