The last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy. I’ve fallen behind keeping up with my Musings series. I’d promise to do better, but I’d probably be lying.
1. This past weekend I photographed my first wedding. She is a dear friend of mine and it was a wonderful experience and I felt so privileged that she asked and trusted me to photograph her special day.
My girls are getting to an age where they enjoy spending quality time with their dad and I. They’ve been daddy’s girls since they were old enough to choose him over me and always love having special time with just him and the only time anyone ever chooses me is if Elli feels sorry for me, because Elli is very compassionate and feels deeply for others. – but her choosing me out of pity, surprisingly, doesn’t make me feel very wanted. BUT lately her and Aubi have been enjoying spending time with just me and, boy oh boy, does it make my heart happy. Elli was so excited by the idea of being my assistant for the wedding and couldn’t wait to volunteer to go with me. We had an amazing time just the two of us.
2. I haven’t shared much about how easy it is for Elli to become overstimulated, because it is a personal and very emotional thing we deal with and it’s been a difficult journey at times. Being around a lot of people can be completely overwhelming for her but she has made a lot of progress over this past year. While at the wedding Elli did have a couple moments where she needed to regain herself away from the excitement, but she did amazing. I saw her do things I’ve never seen her do around people she didn’t know and more importantly I saw her be comfortable being herself. And she REALLY loved dancing – she danced and danced and danced the night away. When I told her it was time to leave, her response was, “Awwww. I wasn’t done dancing!”
3. The kids got to visit Elephant Rocks State Park for the first time, too. I remember going to Elephant Rocks all the time as a kid. It’s some of my best memories of adventure and exploration. Getting to share that with my kids was a special experience.
6. Homeschool co op has been amazing this semester and so far we haven’t had any issues with Elli being overstimulated…until this day. I think there was just a lot going on at once and she couldn’t cope, even though her sister was right beside her. Her teacher came and got me to tell me she’d been crying the entire hour and didn’t know what to do. When I found her she was crumpled in on herself, she had her hands over her ears, rocking back and forth, and crying. It was heartbreaking to see her struggling like that. I took her outside with me and she clung to me sobbing. We stood there for ten or so minutes before she calmed down and talked to me. I am so proud of her – I told her she didn’t have to go back to class if she needed to stay with me and instead of taking the easy way out, she insisted on going back and finishing. She didn’t want to give up. She’s a strong little girl with an amazing fighting spirit. This doesn’t happen very often to her anymore, but she is learning to cope and deal with it when it does.
7. We had our first “school” pictures done for homeschool co op. Our homeschool group does school pictures and a yearbook each year. Isn’t that cool?!
8. On Friday I had my first night out since…well, probably before Isaac was born or, at least, since I got pregnant with Oliver. Sooooo…two years or so? You could say I don’t get out much. I met one of my dearest friends in the world and I got my nose pierced! Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe how it looks. My coolness level went up a full two points. And, not to brag, but the piercer guy told me that I have thin nostrils, so there’s that.
Next week I will (hopefully) have their Halloween costumes done! I cannot wait to share those with everyone!