Enjoyed a fabulous hike with a great group of people out at Ancient Lakes.
This is just really unusual country.
The lighting was not the best for photography . . .
But you can see the amazing landscape.
We did a little experiment with Missy.
As you can see she is holding a purple leash.
It's the rabbit leash, but we don't walk our rabbits, just our dog and our kids.
Missy really likes hiking,
but she struggles when we go with a group.
She struggles for hours and days afterwards, too.
She's not attached enough to us to be able to handle going from
person to person,
holding their hands,
monopolizing their attention,
getting as far away from us as possible....
all of which she tries to do
and as vigilant as we try to be,
In fact, Missy struggles after attending church, and potluck.
By the time we left potluck and came home to change
Missy was on edge.
Before we were done changing,
she was screaming.
Then she smashed her finger in the car door,
and the screaming took on a new twist.
and that helped her to forget that she was mad.
*The injury was not really that bad.*
We gave her the purple leash to hold on the hike.
One of us held the other end.
When people questioned the leash I told them it was
for psychological reasons,
not for physical safety.
She tested the limit,
hardly at all.
WHICH is TOTALLY AMAZING!!
She was and is
calm and secure.
No acting out.
I've noticed some other things recently about Missy
in handling her emotions and outbursts
that I'll post another day.
It seems like they are just little things
but they make a world of difference for her.
She is very young emotionally.
She needs the kind of restraints and measures taken that you would
use with a toddler.
At the moment she is playing with the Buddy's toys.
While she plays with his Mega Blocks
he plays with a cup and spoon
and James puts together his whole lego kit all by himself using the instruction booklet.
We finished our day with a picnic.
The food was delish!!!
The wind was wicked!!!!!