As promised, here are the pictures from the Art Show in Santa Monica. Paprika’s art class held an art exhibit at a local restaurant, and all the money from sales of the art went to charity. The day of the art show, Ginger (8) was very sick and Evan had to work (on The Bachelor) – so I was worried we would miss it.
But – Evan worked it out so he could take Paprika by herself for a few hours, and then Paprika went to work with Evan for the rest of the day (it was on a Sunday).
As you can see, the art show was very well attended! At first I was so sad that we all didn’t get to go, but after Evan’s description of the crowds, I think it was probably for the best. He said this was the most “spaced out” of the crowd the whole time – and this was also taken with a wide angle lens, which makes the place look bigger. It might have been a little overwhelming for Paprika’s little sisters. Plus, Paprika felt special going by herself with her dad.
Paprika and Evan in front of her painting:
Paprika loves her art class – and that makes me happy! 🙂 She’s found a great group of supportive teachers and fellow students at the school. I love watching her love of art grow!
So, as I reported before – we were getting more tests done for Ginger (8) from UCLA. The lab results came back pretty darn awful, if I’m being honest. She has a very aggressive autoimmune disease – which she’s been treated for since last July. But – the medication she’s been on has not been working, and her antibodies were “off the chart” – as in the test didn’t go high enough to test them fully. Her TSH levels were abysmal – shocking. And it was just disappointing, because she’s been on medication since last July and suffering for so long before that (about six years, we figure) – and it just keeps getting worse every time she goes for labs.
I like the new UCLA pediatric endocrinologist – he is very thorough, and he was quite concerned – so we will be seeing him fairly often. He doubled her medication and we go back in a week to see if her TSH levels and other indicators have improved. The autoimmune disease is attacking other parts of her body (adrenal glands, for example) – not just the thyroid – and so I’m doing a ton of research and reading about that.
Ginger loves to read about medicine and the human body – and so we’ve been reading a lot together. It’s nice that even at this age, she can be so knowledgeable and aware of what’s going on in her body.
Some people have had good success helping their autoimmune diseases through diet (Autoimmune Protocol – AIP diet). I have discussed that topic with Ginger. She is open to it – but absolutely NOT willing to give up her vegetarian diet. The ideal diet (according to the auto-immune protocol) would probably be for her to eat veggies, chicken, and fish almost exclusively, with some fruit. But – she will NOT do that. It’s so hard to get her to eat much anyway, and I honestly can’t force her to eat something that violates her beliefs so strongly. As of right now, she’s agreed to eat lots of nuts, seeds, veggies, and fruit – and cut back on white flour/sugar. So, we’ll see if that improves anything for her. It can’t hurt.
As you know, she LOVES baking – and a big part of the autoimmune diet is grain-free and dairy free. Ahhh – it’s so frustrating. She definitely doesn’t overeat in the sweets department – but her big joy is making delicious pastries and breads for others. She LIVES to bake!
All I can think is that learning about her autoimmune disease will hopefully open new doors for her in her baking. Perhaps she’ll learn how to make delicious grain-free/dairy-free desserts. Who knows! 🙂
Miss Violet (6) has been doing so well with learning to read. She definitely thrives on rewards, so after she passed a major level in her reading curriculum, we took her to In ‘N Out for dinner. 🙂 That’s her favorite restaurant. The other girls came, too – but we made sure to make Violet feel extra special.
Violet with her Daddy:
And, of course, we’ve been up to a bunch of other things, too!
A trip to the park:
Ellie (3) likes to go into the sound proof practice room when the other girls are at piano lessons – so she can practice her drums! 🙂
Trip to Baskin Robbins:
Trip to the Mall on a rainy day:
Our mall just got a new fountain – and Ellie was mesmerized! 🙂