The Kender Report

Kender keeps moving forward. He is understanding boundaries better.  This last weekend at church, Kender didn’t try to go outside once during our meal.  Sometimes I can let him go outside with just Jarod to watch for a few minutes.  He doesn’t immediately run off.  On the other hand, he has learned how to use long objects, like rulers and boom tubes, to open the special locks on our doors.  Keyed deadbolts are in our future now.

In the mornings, during breakfast, I often hear Kender singing and reciting the songs and verses we use for both him and Jarod for Circle Time. He remembers everything he hears. He is still resistant to any directed play, but more and more he is settling down for parallel play.  He will quiet to listen to Caitlin read a story, even if he won’t sit and look at the book, and when I pick up his bean bags he will take them from me and start playing.

We got our oldest cat a cage of his own so that he would have a safe place where Kender couldn’t get to him.  Kender accepted the cage faster than we expected, not even rattling or banging on it.  Being separated from Pixel much of the time seems to have settled Kender’s interactions with animals a bit.  He doesn’t hit the other cats or my mother’s dog nearly as much.  We also got a bunny recently, and Kender hasn’t hit her once.

Last week, Kender had another exam under anesthesia for his eyes.  When he woke up, he surprised me by asking for crackers, even though nobody had mentioned them.  Later, we went to a restaurant for lunch, and he asked for macaroni and cheese, again before anybody else said anything.  Since then, he’s been doing this in other areas as well, asking for favorite lunch or dinner items. I’m trying to accommodate his requests as much as I can, to encourage him to continue.  It’s little things like this that are so amazing when they happen after waiting for so long.

I still wish I could find that magic key to potty training.

New Fundraising

Through another family in Kender’s training class at 4 Paws, I found out about a new fundraising opportunitythredUP is a website that resells quality used clothing online. They have lots of name-brand clothing, including brands that I love like Lane Bryant, Coldwater Creek, and Avenue, all bargain priced and guaranteed to be in good shape, in all the sizes.  I’m excited just for the shopping opportunities here!  The fundraiser is just as exciting, because thredUP is doing a matching program this fall.  Any campaign that reaches its goal and closes before the end of this year will be matched up to $1000!

I set up a group for 4 Paws 4 Kender.  Anybody can join the group and order “clean out” bags. The bags are shipped to you for free, and you fill them up and ship them back for free.  thredUP sorts the clothing and credits you with money for the items they accept.  Then you mark the credits as going toward Kender’s fundraiser.  This is even easier than giving your items to Goodwill, because you don’t even have to drive to the donation site!

In other things Kender and fundraising, keep an eye on my Etsy store over the next few weeks as I get old and new items back up for sale, including my absolutely fabulous TARDIS ballgown, which was admired in person by none other than John Barrowman at this year’s DragonCon!

TARDIS ballgown

Thanks to my lovely, lovely client, who asked me to make this first dress and allowed me to use her pictures.

All our items, including items that were formerly up for silent auction, will also be available for sale at the Midwest Witches’ Bazaar next month, if you want to come out and take a look in person.