“Dream Boogie” Reflection: Turtles on Parade!

Turtles on Parade ~ By Rose Fedan

SARK’s “Dream Boogie” program is really doing a lot for me already, just getting back into the social networking scene again. It has been a great place to meet and communicate others (like-hearted souls). One thing I’ve come to realize lately is that I feel like a turtle, sticking my head out, taking that chance to share and expose my dreams to others – especially out loud in the teleclass.

When I stick my neck out, however, that really is when I feel happiest lately. My daughter drew this wonderful picture of a turtle (below) which I am putting in a frame and putting it up somewhere special. It totally illustrates how I feel about sticking my head out (look at that big happy face) to express something that is real in my heart. It also perfectly illustrates how joyful I feel getting started in this fun program, ready to be inspired and encouraged by all my fellow dreamers.

The top image which I’ve called “Parade of Turtles” is something Rose just drew today (she was very encouraged by my excited reaction to the first turtle, she had to draw MORE). This image (to me) illustrates the variety of dreamers we have in the group. Notice a couple in the front have WHEELS (ha!). But the slower turtles in back still have their smiley faces, so are obviously happy going their own slow pace, knowing IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY.

"Wendy the Turtle, Happy Head OUT" ~ by Rose Fedan

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Cheap Fun With the Kids!

It’s a juggling act, trying to keep my two toddlers occupied while I do the dishes or the laundry, make dinner, etc., etc. Sometimes they get bored with their everyday toys and just need something different to play with. ENTER imagination.

Baby Jack loves to build things, but he gets frustrated with Legos because he hasn’t quite mastered them yet. And when I introduce the wooden blocks, it often results in a tug-o-war or a screaming frenzy because one of them wants the blocks the other has, or Jack knocks over Rose’s masterpiece.

When introducing something NEW, that always helps them to quiet down and enjoy playing for at least 10-15 minutes so I can have a breather. So, I got the ole disposable paper cups out of the cupboard. When I realized they needed more, I got out the plastic ones – we don’t use them anyway, so why not?

This occupied them for at least 15-20 minutes, and then Jack finally decided it would be fun to knock down Rose’s masterpiece. I quickly entered the scene and tried to laugh it off, making Rose see how fun it is to watch the cups fly. Luckily she bought it and we all laughed as I helped Rose pile up the cups for Jack to knock ’em down.

Cheap fun. Mama likes.

“Mister Golden Sun” – Artwork by Rose Fedan

Sun I - by Rose Fedan

Sun I - by Rose Fedan

Rose surprised me over the weekend by drawing pupils and nostrils on her hand-drawn faces. I tried to get her to do it again a couple nights ago, and she went a step further and starting drawing her first sun!

It started with my suggestion to draw arms and legs. She just kept drawing line after line coming out of the head shape. Then she paused and said, “Mommy, that looks like a sun.” When I agreed she continued to finish drawing the lines until her sun was complete.

I was so excited, I asked her to draw another and another. I was so proud!

Rose is three years old.

Fun at the Akron Zoo!

Rose and AJ enjoying the Penguin photo spot!

Rose and AJ enjoying the Penguin photo spot!

I had to share this wonderful photo with the world. This past summer my kids’ daycare (Tendercare Family Daycare) took a field trip to the Akron Zoo. Since I am currently a freelancer, my time schedule has been flexible, so I was able to go along with the group this time. I had never been to the Akron Zoo before. It was a great place for kids, because everything is so close. Much less walking than the Cleveland Zoo.

Rose was looking forward to the penguins! Here is a photo of her and her best friend, AJ, playing at the Penguin photo shoot spot (one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken). All the kids wanted to put their faces in the penguin heads. It was quite a fun site.

Other fun stops were the bear, and the TRAIN RIDE. Rose and AJ shared a car on the train and I held Baby Jack and watched, snapping some shots. It was a great trip to the zoo. Thanks, Tendercare!