I took Rhema to her first Painting Party last night! It was difficult to pull off, because we left the hotel and drove back home the 4 hours, arrived long enough to change her diaper and refill her juices and lunch box. Before making the decision to go, last week I made my calls to the place to inquire about access, mobility and sensory issues. After talking with the owner, I felt like it would be worth a try and we go and see if she liked it. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Rhema LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!
They were painting Minions and that is the main reason we rushed home to join. You see, the morning of Rhema’s surgery she was allowed to drink apple juice for a 30 minute window of time and then she could have nothing until after we left the hospital. So, I was really concerned that she would not wake up enough to drink; I knew she would be so groggy and fussy when I woke her up so early. On her tablet there is a Minion game that she has no idea how to play, but she loves to watch all the different funny Minions in all their funny clothes making funny noises. So, after 15 minutes of trying to coax her awake, I grabbed the Minion game and turned it on and she woke up quickly and started laughing. Yea! The Minions were now MY best friend! We employed the funny Minions again after surgery when she was not waking up from anesthesia (if she drinks juice and does not throw-up, that’s the ticket out of the hospital), so once again we grabbed the game and she began to perk right up! Once again, those little yellow guys were worth their weight in gold! Rhema has always thought they were funny and she’s never even seen the movies they are in; she just seen them on that game. Anyway, with all these recent experiences, I felt it was really worth it to try this new Minion painting party experience and just go for it!
Again, there are no words to describe how much Rhema LOVED this painting party! Most of the first pictures I took of her were too blurry to use! LOL! She kept jumping in her chair, then she would lean over and kiss my arm and then she would lean over and pat me! That is pure happiness and love, Rhema style, folks! It was immensely wonderful to see her so happy and having fun, considering her her previous 48 hours experiences of surgery, needles and the hospital.
Momma would do the outlines and then I would hand-over-hand hold the paint brush with her and she would fill in the color. It took her a while to feel comfortable holding the paint brush, but she warmed up quicker than I thought she would. Yea Rhema! Plus, nearby they had hair dryers plugged in where the kids could dry their painting faster and this sensory loud noise was a little scary/over stimulating to her. I was really proud of her though, after a while she adjusted to the hair dryer noise and she did not hide or jump every time. There was lots of kids around, so there was lots of noise, but all-in-all, I think she handled the over stimulating noise well. A smaller class would be better for her in the future; I’ve made lots of mental notes on how to improve the environment for her for next time.
You can see all the cute kids and youth who were there with us; there were some folks who were not even in the picture here. It was a very full class and everyone had a blast!
After all the painting was done they had special Minion cupcakes for all the kids and they watched a “shorty” movie of the Minions. Rhema LOVED the cake and was fascinated at the funny movie! Here is our first painting together! Oh, and it says, “daagAdoow” because that is what she calls the little Minions. She has no idea they are called “minions”; Rhema dubbed them “daag-a-doows” because of one of the funny noises they make. LOL! So we tried to figure out how to spell out what she says and put it on the pocket! LOL!
We will for sure do more painting parties with her! Rhema woke up this morning and it was the first thing she said was, “I love to paint….. Paint with yellow, purple, pink, polka-dots……where is the “daggadoow?” LOL! So, oh yes, we will be painting more and more since she enjoys it so much! LOL!