Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sailor Boy

Jon and Russell went sailing with Papa Russ Sunday! I thought they were going to a movie or maybe I would have tagged along! (although Russell told me “we go sailing cause we’re BOYS” so if Alice and I had shown up, this would probably be a post about the Princess and the Frog.)

I don’t have anything much to say (and of course Jon’s job was to keep Russell alive and DRY so I am not mad he doesn’t have any pictures) but I thought it would be a good opportunity to tell everyone how fantastic and smart (and still a little wild and weird) my little guy is!

There was a time, not so long ago, that I often came here to cry for help and prayers. For now, those frantic days are gone. Today he gave me a paper with smiling faces, a house and my NAME on it. I didn’t even know he could write ‘Mom’!! We had just never really talked about it. It made me jump out my chair and whoop and engage in about five minutes of secret handshaking and high fives.

I have a lot of thoughts in my head about why the last year has been so hard for him. A lot of everything changed a lot of times the last two years. He was a little behind on really being able to express himself with his words and that meant a lot of physical expression. And he needed a lot more specific kind of structure that I simply wasn’t able to give him like his new school gives him.

Now he’s like a totally new person. You can look at him and see he is more centered. He still can’t hold his body still, like, at all, but he’ll wiggle quietly through a Church service on Grandma’s lap, or in his chair through dinner at a real live restaurant. I can’t tell you how long it’s been since we could do that… wait, about four and a half years, that’s how long!

He draws these amazing faces and this last month took up painting and ROCKS at it, yeah I’m biased, but look at this!


And Sunday, he went on a sailboat. And everyone survived to tell about it. And I stayed home and played with the pink girl and hung laundry and watched reality TV reruns. And I wasn’t gripping my phone waiting for a call from Jon. It may not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but I’m so proud to be his mom, and I’m so relieved to be out of that crisis mode that gave me nightmares in the middle of the day and robbed me from any sleep at all at night.

Now for some fun; we spent December cleaning and organizing every room, corner and box and he must have caught the bug because, well, because he did this to his dish drawer for no reason Jon and I were ever able to discern.

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(this picture was taken right after he got those stitches on his lip from Disneyland) (what I’m saying, is, no, that is not a new wound)

And this picture has been my desktop for the last month, and I can’t get myself to change it! Look close, it’s a little bit MAGIC


Today my facebook status is:

Alissa King said "Russell, come here, I see something gross in your ear," and he said "That's just my brain."

Which is even funnier than the status about the time he ran up to me holding his arm yelling “I hurt my ELMO!!”

Trying to get him to hold still for a picture usually works out like this:


or this:


he’s more like his Muther everyday:


(he does take an excellent picture :) And I wouldn't want him any other way.

Maybe I could do without the nose picking.


Tara Boschetti said...

I can't tell you how much I LOVE this post! So glad to hear that he's doing so much better lately! And yes, he does ROCK at painting! Can I pre-order a piece? :)

The Farrell Family said...

Yay Russell! What a cool kid. And that painting is fab!

Michelle said...

Haha, I really do love the water hover picture. I can just picture the splash about to occur.

Andrea said...

While I do love the water picture the most, the face squish one comes in at a close second. I may make it my new wallpaper. I just miss your strange and adorable little humans so much. Oh, and you too! And I definatly want a Russell original.

Jon said...

Sorry to spoil anyone's hopes, but that Russell original is going to make it's permanent home on my office wall at work. It was my Christmas present after all. Thanks Russell (and I am sure mommy helped too).