Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Twinkling Lotus Flowers

Traveling with children is a double edged sword, but traveling with a special needs child can be like running a gauntlet.  It really has been a joyful trip down under so far, and this week we took a little road trip to take in some of Australia's best views.  We had all these grand intentions of making our way north along the east coast of Australia to visit some more of my friends and family.  But, after only two days, it became clear that we would have a lot more fun if we just found a lovely spot and stayed there for a few days.

Both my kids are great car travelers, and the long drives were better than we expected.  In fact, even the stops for lunch, the walks, and the hotels were great. But when you're a complex little bloke like Thomas, the many changes, and the unfamiliar surroundings show themselves in unexpected ways.

As many of you will already know, my little T has had some challenges learning to eat.  Food is not something he enjoys, probably because of his years of ventilators and oxygen cannulas.  He has done really well on this trip, but we have seen a steady decline in his willingness to consume food.

It is obvious to us that he does much better when in a routine, and in familiar surroundings (don't all kids). So staying put just made sense. It's been a serendipity really, as we were able to enjoy less car time and more pool and beach fun.  But the sad part is, I won't get to see many of my friends and family who are spread out across Australia.  I'll have to save you all for our next trip, and remember we LOVE visitors in the US.

So, after a few days out, we made our way back to Grandma's house and will be spending our final week in Australia here.  Autumn is slowly descending on the Southern Hemisphere and our beach days are numbered, but our wonderful vacation is not over till the fat lady sings...so to speak!

In the meantime, it's back to my sketchbook. I have so many pages to share, and this is one I did last week while sitting in my mum's back yard. She's a wonderful gardener (something I did not inherit), I'm not really sure what they are, but they looked a bit like lotus flowers.  Either way, they called out for Twinkling H2O's. And given my "Mastering Twinks" class begins again on April 13 through LuminArte, I'm immersing myself once more in these exquisite, shimmering watercolor paints. It feels like home!!  Registration is now open, and you can click here for more information.

Thanks for checking in. xx