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Painting with the BMets

painting with the bmetsEvery year I look forward to The Magic Paintbrush Project’s Painting with the B Mets event, and this year did not disappoint!
Now on its tenth year this event offers special needs children and their families not only the opportunity to get messy and creative, but to meet some of our semi-professional baseball players. Before we get messy, there’s always a nice lunch where the B Mets mingle with the families. This year we ate delicious burgers! After lunch, behind left field – That is where the magic happens. There’s mural making, paint baseball, and a variety of other fun-filled messy games. The stadium is always full of the sweet sound of laughing and joy during this event as hundreds of gallons of paint fly through the air on sponge balls, or from squeeze tubes. What a wonderful event put on for the special needs community!! Thanks to the Magic Paintbrush and the Binghamton Mets. Hope to see you all there next year.

 

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Wintertime Fun!!

This loooong cold winter season is finally approaching it’s end everybody is excited about getting outdoors and having some fun. I especially am looking forward to the nice weather, as it’s hard for me to get out and about in the cold. What are some of your favorite winter pastimes? This winter I got out a few times to do some wheelies and 360’s in my wheelchair. I attended the Magic Paintbrush Project’s time out sessions when the weather permitted and met a few new friends there (Brendan and Kevin). But what do you do in the meantime when the cold weather persists and the days are shorter – how do you keep your creativity and drive active. This winter I tried a lot of crafting at home – I made a few projects I found on pinterest, watched a few movies, listened to music and played games, and had friends over whenever I got the chance. I must admit though that boredom did rear it’s ugly head quite a bit – so I was thinking let’s share some of the things we with special needs are able to do in the winter! Email me at Felicia@MagicPaintbrushProject.org, and I will be sure to share some of the wintertime fun ideas with everyone!

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Blessed

As we begin a new year and review 2013, put away the Christmas decorations and put our gifts to use, I think it’s important to stop and remember again all the gifts that might not have been wrapped in pretty packages and sitting under our tree.

I am thankful that 2013 brought me the opportunity to write this blog. I made many new friends through working at the Magic Paintbrush, and I am so thankful for them. I am so blessed to have such an amazing network of support within my family, my caregivers, my teachers and staff at day program. I said goodbye to some friends who are retired now. I wish them nothing but the best! I have so many fond memories with them. I was incredibly lucky to have people who pushed to help me get a new wheelchair in 2013, and help me start the process of getting a communication aid. I was able to get out and see a lot of things, places and people and I couldn’t have been happier about all of it. I had an amazing year and I could not be more thankful to the people in my life who had any part in making all these things and more happen.

I have nothing but positive expectations for 2014 and I hope you all do to – I wish you many of the gifts that you don’t have to unwrap, and hope that you always remember to be thankful and return the kindness and generosity in any way you can to help others. Happy New Year!!!

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Why I Write

Being a writer can be a difficulty sometimes. It can also be very liberating, at the same time. Writing allows me to use characters as an outlet for my feelings or even to tell of events or thoughts that people go through and have.

Writing is something that I love to do whenever I can. When I write, I use books of the same genre to help me organize my paragraphs and chapters. Writing to me is more than telling stories. It is a way for me to be calm and relax. It gives my brain a break from feeling overwhelmed or confused. Also, by organizing my books chapters, I feel more organized, too.

Having the ability to be a good writer and to love writing gives me reasons to write more books. I am currently writing 10 to 15ish books and I have one book published, too. Every few days, new ideas arise that I try to incorporate into a new story or even one that I have already started.

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Opening Presents

Have you ever received a present from someone and knew what it was before you even opened it? Well, I have done that many, many times. I analyze the size, shape and feel of the gift. From there I can predict if it will be a movie, or a purse, or a book, etc. Usually it is a friend whose  gift I am ascertaining. So, after I narrow down what I think the category is, I can use what I know of what I usually get from this friend. Over half the time it is a movie. So, I can then list all the movies we have watched together and I know she knows I liked. After I narrow down whether I have any of the listed movies, I take those and number them in which order would she most likely get me. I am 99% of the time correct.

My friends and family are predictable. Not to mention, I usually help order or buy my gifts for Christmas with my parents. So, this year I know I am getting or have already gotten, three DVD’s; Cleopatra, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption and Celtic Thunder Mythology 2-Disc Deluxe DVD. I am also getting a suitcase, two or three gift cards (2 for Target) and maybe one or two other DVD’s. I actually love to guess what I am getting. It’s fun to laugh about how well I know my friends and family.

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