Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Waiting on me?

Talking about taking my time - I swear it's unintentional! Everyone is getting a cootie bug around here and of course who do you think has to take care of it??? Who did you say? That's right, me. Was there really any question??

Without further delay . . . I introduce to you the birds . . . .



I'm in love with these!! And I'm really torn about giving them up! So, it might be a few days still before I ship them!

The bedding they are too match! I don't know if you guys know {because I sure didn't,} but Land of Nod will send you swatches! Neatly trimmed in a clear little envelope! I was really impressed! My fav-O-rite pattern on the entire bedding was the dots! {Imagine that?} Which is where the inspiration came for the flower!




It is hard to see, but there is a tiny amount of glitter on the teeny-weeny white flowers. And how can we forget the feathers!!


As most of you know, I normally embellish my canvases with something! I've been dying to paint birds so I could use feathers! These are going to look great over a bed on a soft pink wall! I can't wait to see pictures! Sorry I made everybody wait!!!

Last night, I had just got the kids asleep and had started painting. Lonnie came and got me and said, "You have got to see this on tv." It was a show called "Amazing Families" - has anyone watched it? On Discovery Health {I think?} Anyways - this week's amazing fam had 6 kids - all with some form of autism. All I can say is WoW! I pretty much cried through the entire episode! Really, I did. It was overwhelming to me. They had 2 that were severe - what most of you think when you think of autism. They had 3 with asperger - which I could completely relate to. And one child - the youngest at 3 - that has some kind of autism that really doesn't have a name to it - BUT she is the most "typical child". The parents talked about how it was so wonderful that they can carry on a normal conversation with her - apparently they can't with the others - But can with the 3 year old! I learned that there is only a 10% chance for a family to have a second child with autism after having the first child with autism . . . so this family is quite amazing. I believe it was the University of Utah that is doing a huge study that includes extracting DNA and looking through blood work and the such to see if they can detect the autism gene.

The mom talked about how some days she can do nothing but watch TV or barely get out of the bed because it might be a day that she can barely deal with it. And their house - oh my! Hey Ty, where are you!! These people need a major Home Makeover! One child pulls the drywall off the walls in her room! In sheets!

After I watched it, I couldn't get off the couch. I just couldn't stop thinking of that family! I need to clarify and say that my children have NOT {yet} been diagnosed - and I doubt they will anytime soon only because of the success we are seeing at the moment. Hudson and Lawson get therapy as if they have aspergers. And we have seen HUGE success. Whether they have it or not - currently doesn't matter. We have found what is working and we'll keep going at the pace we're going to see the continued results. We have wonderful therapists who {I feel} will do anything for my children. Their efforts are amazing and I couldn't say thank you enough!

I get several emails on a regular basis that I can tell are wanting to ask me . . . but in a polite way skirt around it hoping I will "take the bait" - I don't want to explain everything a thousand times so I thought I would just blog it. Made sense and it's not a sensitive subject for me - might be for others, so I'm sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes {or feet for that matter.} The hardest part is having twins with one considered "typical" and one not. You can easily see the differences even without comparing. And I DON'T compare them - so NOBODY give my some silly comments about that - please! But the obvious is there! Carson had a true speech delay - only! And I think his speech therapy days are numbered!!! Actually, I'm guessing Monday might be his last! Whoo-hoo! I actually hear him and Hudson carrying on conversations in their room while they are playing - music I tell ya'!! I've waited a long time for my kids to interact with each other!!!

Okay, I'll leave you with this . . .


Laws with 2 strawberries - only 2! And we had somewhere to go - hence the reason he had on no clothes - I was trying to save them with the anticipation he would make a mess!!!


Talking about One Hot Mess!

28 comments:

Lauren said...

I love the birdies! So whimsical! They look perfect with that bedding.

I'm glad that the kids are showing so much improvement with the therapies. Lawson and his two strawberries are hilarious!

Jaclyn said...

Ahhhh!!!! OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE them! PERFECT KIM! Thank you SOO much! I can't wait to get them and I will sned picks of them hanging over miss Grace's bed. You are awesome. They are even better than i imagined!

I am glad you are seeing good things happening with your little ones. They are precious....i love the strawberries :)

Danielle said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the birds! Are they something you would do again and sell?

An Accomplished Woman said...

Love the birds. Of course, I love everything you do.

How funny is your son with strawberries..... Wonder what he would do with blueberries?

Cynthia

Tracie said...

kim, i have an absolute LOVE for birds... and those are too damn cute!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!

jenny mcarthy has some great info and book, you might find helpful for your little ones. and i am glad that you have no shame and make no apologies for your little blessings!

chesley said...

I LOVE the birds! I swear you're only getting better & I didn't think that was possible.

Those strawberry pics are hysterical!

Holli said...

I want some birdies! That Laws...too funny!

SouthernAccent said...

Birdies are so fabulous - love the feathers! You really are growing into your art!

Lea Ann said...

I LOVE the birds!! Makes me want to decorate a room in those colors so I can buy the birds!!

And by the way, your kids are AMAZING! (not to mention that they are all ridiculously CUTE!!)

Jessica said...

Those feathers are adorable! How ca-yute! Love 'em!

And, only 2 strawberries...wow.

Rach said...

The birds ROCK! Those colors together are just cute. I like the wings and of course the feathers are the best!

Lawson and that fruit--he'd eat it all day I swear......on top of the counter if ya'd let him.....hee hee

Megan L Hutchings said...

The birds are AMAZING :)!!! Pretty soon people are going to start requesting animals from you too.

I am so happy that your kiddos are improving and that therapy has helped them tremendously :)!

Holly said...

the birds are great! love them!

Glad the boys are improving!

HouseMama said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the birds with their skinny legs and feathers! They are adorable! Thank you for sharing.

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Kim~I adore the birds! SO CUTE! Love the feathers.

Danine said...

Completely love those birdies...I can hear them whistling in my head (nope I'm not mental or anything, lol!). And it was great to see such a spring picture when we're getting SNOW AGAIN...argh!

Glad also to hear about Carson's speech coming along. My son also had a delay and we had him in speech classes until 2nd grade....you'd never know it now and as my hubby says "the kid doesn't shut up now can we take those classes back!" LOL.

Meagan said...

OMG - the birds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those are my favorite paintings to date, hands down! :-) The cupcake's a close second, lol.

I'm so glad the boys therapy is effective, thank you for sharing!!

Leigh said...

The birds are too cute! I would have no clue how to do birds.

And I'm glad you don't let it bother you what others say, you shouldn't. I only have 1 autistic child. So when I found that show, "Autism X6" then I cried with anguish. My son is the most high functioning like their 3 year old called PDD-NOS. (Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOt Otherwise Specified) But everyone on the spectrum is completely different. I'm so excited that you said he's almost done with speech! That's an amazing goal, and I can't wait for us to get there. THank you for sharing! (((HUGS)))

Paige said...

Love, love, love the birds! You are amazing. Thanks for sharing your work!

Sheryl said...

Wow, those birds are amazing. LOVE the feathers!

I'm glad you are seeing such good results with your children. Early intervention is so important.

Jenn said...

jeez o' pete---that was worth the wait!! Love the birdies and I love ya'll, too!!

Robin said...

How cute are those birdies??!!! I don't blame you one bit for wanting to "hang on" to them for just a little while longer!

Thank you for sharing about your precious angels! They are just adorable....all of them!


LOL....my word verification is "butgore"

The Long Family said...

Those are so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are great at what you do!!!!

Heather said...

I love the birds! What little girl wouldn't think they were the most beautiful birds ever!!

Swan Family said...

Are you joking!!!!!!! I love those birds!!

Leigh Ann said...

First of all, those birds are ADORABLE!

I have to admit, I'm glad I didn't see that show. I would probably still be crying. Hearing stories like that make me realize how good we have it as far as Evan's degree of autism. All I know to do is pray for that mom.

Okay, I applaud everything you wrote about your personal experience. It is so irritating when people (that are not professionals) try to tell you or hint around to you...like you are not their mother or something. Believe me...I have been there.

You are exactly right in that even if there was a diagnosis, their treatment wouldn't change. Plus, it sounds like they are doing fantastic. You are one amazing mom. I've told you before I don't know how you do it all. You are truly an inspiration and I'm glad you are my friend (even though we've never seen each other face to face but I plan on it one day)! Hugs!

Natalie said...

COPYRIGHT, SISTA -- Get a copyright on those birds b/c they are A-DOR-A-BLE!!! LOVE THEM!!!

You are an awesome and it was SO great to spend the day with you all ... seriously. It meant the world to me that you would load up your whole family to come hang with us. I was so happy to snuggle with Emsley and see all the boys!! Hudson still has me cracking up ... You are an awesome mama and an even better friend!! Now get your butt to Florida -- it's only 7 hrs farther :)

J Family said...

Love the birds- anytime I see your new paintings I want to change the theme of my girls room hence the reason why I haven't yet! :)

There is a family at my church that has three boys with aspergers. All three of them have different levels but it does make me think of what an amazing mother could handle all her kids having a disorder- makes me feel lucky for the things I DO have to go through.

Two strawberries? Are you kidding. Sometimes when I eat strawberries I feel like I may look that way for the fact they are so good, he must had thoroughly enjoyed them.