Flexibility and being easily amused is probably not on the college course guides for prospective Occupational Therapists, but man, those are just two qualities that Joanna possesses. She is a unicorn.
I am working towards better physical health by using the Couch to 5K app on my phone. I just finished week 3 and can now jog for 3 minutes straight. I am pretty proud of this since I couldn’t jog for more than a few steps a month or two ago when I started. The app says I’m supposed to jog 5 minutes straight next week. I think it’s mad. We’ll see how that goes.
Since we’ve been doing well the last six months, we have wanted to provide respite for family and friends. (That’s like extended babysitting in this context.) I got to watch my sister’s kids a couple times when her baby was born and I’ve got to watch my friend’s son Levi a couple times. It really has been a pleasure each time. Yes, there is more going on in the house, yes, it can be tiring to have more kids, but YES, it is a pleasure and an honor on so many levels to provide respite. One, my kids love having other kids here. Jordan too. Two, I enjoy the extra energy in the house. Three, I can manage the additional energy output, because it’s temporary. Four, I love having respite provided for me and it makes me happy to give back.
Meanwhile, I am using any other motivation and energy to make jam. Yummers.
There were some relational breakthroughs for Jordan when Levi was over for a week. Jordan struggles to be socially aware and active. The rest of the world moves so much faster than him that he rarely engages with others in meaningful ways. Levi and Jordan, however, are so close to each others speed. They were both modeling and practicing awesome communication behavior with each other. They observed, tried, played, pushed, were puzzled and teased and basically were awesome. They weren’t always enjoying it, but it was so successful, because 90% of the time, they were tolerating and enjoying each other.
Day 1. Not sure what to do about each other. Trapped in jail for an unknown length of time. Decided to sit on same side of room. (me chuckling)
Levi tries to engage Jordan:
Jordan engages with Levi!
They were handling this situation pretty well, but I did go in eventually and make Levi let go:
Okay then! I’m off to freeze some cabbage now….