Full-Speed Ahead

I’m not entirely sure that I’ll be participating in the Expo in May–I have to call tomorrow to see if they have room–but the idea of it has jump-started a lot of thoughts that I had, but somehow never managed to get done.

Part of that is developing a web site for my art.

Let that sink in. . . I’m designing a web site, which by the way, I don’t actually know how to do.

I’m going with one of those customize it yourself deals where you pay 5.00/month and customize a pre-made template. I’ve got a lot of options and things seem to be coming along, but I have no idea what I’m doing. I ask my husband for help and while I totally appreciate his opinion, we have vastly different aesthetic sensibilities. Right now it’s going to just be a basic page with contact info and whatnot, but soon I hope that it will link to my online store where I will sell original artwork, prints, note cards, and maybe magnets.

Also, for the Charlie fans out there, today was Easter and Charlie did an awesome job using both his right and left hand to grab and bang together Easter eggs. I’m getting crazy hopeful about that right hand these days. We also let him play the piano, which simply reinforced my belief that he is a complete music lover. I would tap out a little pattern and he would do it too. I showed him where a C note was and I could see his little fingers exploring, trying to find it himself. He also did plenty of good, old-fashioned banging, and gave the keys some good licks (low-vision kids put everything in their mouths), but I can tell he’s got a real ear for music and I’m trying to figure out how I can incorporate more of it into his life.

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  1. Charlie is so beautiful. His face is so angelic! I could eat him up!

    And I can’t wait to see your website! Go for the expo – you can do it!!!

    (I removed the first one due to a typo!)

  2. If anyone can figure it out, it will be you. More music for Charlie and creating a website.

    Another Charlie Fan

  3. Yay Charlie!! Music is such a great thing for kids – I too wish I could incorporate more of it into Bennett’s therapy.

    Good luck with the website – I can’t wait to see it.

  4. I’m anxious to hear how you incorporate more music into your routine with Charlie. Ben loves music too and I’d love to hear what works for you.

    Charlie is such a cutie by the way.

  5. Charlie is doing so well and it sounds like you had a wonderful Easter! I love that he likes music! You have to get a video of that! I would love to hear that! I hope that your website is a smashing success!

  6. I love those photos of Charlie playing the piano! Yay for two hands! Max loves music, too. We found a music therapist to come to the house weekly, and she’s really encouraged him to sing. Yes, sing! He may not have the words, but he has the melody. She’s made music tapes for him and when he hears them he gets so excited. Having a tape of familiar music is really great. We also got a DVD player that has a little recorder, Max liked to sing along until the kids broke it and we didn’t replace it.

  7. P.S. (this is how my brain works lately, an hour later I remember something I meant to say): about getting the site going, reach out to other people whose sites you admire for advice. Seriously. People are very generous about sharing web advice. When I was first thinking about blogging, I found Shannon over at Cerebral Palsy Baby and she was totally encouraging.