Growing up and living in Kansas my entire life, I have always loved sunflowers. Since Scott & I have been together, he has often given me sunflower bouquets. They are stunningly gorgeous, unique, brilliant in color, and timeless. In part, sunflowers define what I love about Kansas besides its flowing "amber waves of grain," our green, rolling Flint Hills, and the most breathtaking sunsets EVER which so totally -- hands down -- trump all other sunsets on Planet Earth without question. I love that we're known here in Kansas for this striking flower that eternally faces the sun & follows the light each and every day.
Oh yes, I love sunflowers. And that is why I was so elated when our girls' teacher, Amy, told me that she'd be doing a sunflower project with the girls to celebrate Kansas Day this year. During the end of January, the girls worked hard several Fridays in a row to create their special painting with Amy's help. How awesome it is to have an art emphasis to help our girls learn! Amy explained to me her plan for this picture and how the girls would use their hand prints and footprints to create sunflowers on a foot-painted sky and grass background. I couldn't see her vision initially, but I am so glad I was able to watch the picture unfold each week because it was magical!
I will always treasure this one-of-a-kind painting because it represents so much for our family. It is a reminder of my love for Scott, my girls, my favorite flower, & my state. I see this painting and remember how hard the girls worked on this project to achieve this perfect finished result. I am in awe of their progress this year, and seeing their sunflowers is a physical symbol of all of their accomplishments. Most of all, it embodies the way we try to live our lives. No matter how dark life seems, we continue to find our light and keep our faces to the sun. It isn't always easy, but it's always worth it.
|"Sunflowers" by Amy, Claire, Lola & Feta ~ January 28, 2016|
(Ignore Mrs. Pocket's attitude -- my girl was hangry!)
|"Hey Chucko, that doesn't smell like mud."|
(If you don't know what movie this is from, I'm not sure we can still be friends. LOL)
|Claire seemed to enjoy the feel of hand painting & seeing her finished |
|Check out those long legs! Claire is growing so tall!!!|
Notice her yellow-fading-to-orange-fading-to-red footprints in the background?
|"Ummmm, are you really gonna stick my foot into that cold paint??? Who do you think I am?!?! Where's my tiara?"|
Routine eye roll ~ #divability
|I love the way she is looking at Amy. So incredible seeing such progress with her vision lately!|
|Feta could not be excluded... notice the "seeds" in the center of Lola's sunflowers?!|
Yep, chicken scratches GALORE.
|I see you, Pablo Bokasso!|
Look how his little feet are tucked under as he is painting!!!! I literally can't even. And I still can't, for the life of me, figure out what the shit that means, but I simply can't. Even. Or whatever.
|In its new home!|
|Once again, we are SO GRATEFUL to have such awesome teachers & therapists working with our girls! |
We could not be luckier to have Amy as part of Team Hooligan!
THANK YOU again, Amy, for one of the most touching gifts we've ever received.
“I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower. For me that's because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life."
~Helen Mirren, from the movie Calendar Girls