Picture the Holidays -- Days 6 and 7

#picturetheholidays Every Little Thing Day 6 with a fitting earlybird filter

Theme for Day 6 was Every Little Thing.

On a table in my office at work are these two Hallmark ornaments.  They are miniature versions of the classic Fisher-Price toys that I remember playing with as a child.  The clock has a knob on the back that can actually turn so one can hear the familiar tune.  The school has a tiny bell at the top that one can ring.  Cute little reminders of play.

#picturetheholidays Express Yourself Day 7 book by @tarasophiamohr art by Danielle Daniel

Theme for Day 7 was Express Yourself. 

Many who are doing Picture the Holidays right along with me have chosen to do a self-portrait for this prompt, but I just wasn't feeling up to it.  So I got the idea for this photo yesterday when this sweet book of poetry arrived in the mail.  The poems were written by Tara Sophia Mohr.  (You may recall that I joined in her Girl Effect blogging campaign last October with these two posts.)

Also, in the photo above is this original painting seen here by Danielle Daniel, of Her Painted Word.  She is called Hazel--she write one poem a day.  For now she sits right by my bedside as a reminder to not forget to express myself through writing.

(All photos taken with my iPhone and uploaded to Instagram.)

Scenes from a Play Therapy Conference

The third annual Appalachian Play Therapy Center conference was June 8 and 9 on the main (Columbia) campus of Lindsey Wilson College.  I am taking a much needed rest but wanted to share some scenes from the conference.

Dr. Terry Kottman

, founder of Adlerian play therapy (and a fellow graduate of the

University of North Texas

) was the speaker for the full two day event.  I just love this woman.


photo by Travis Smith

When I picked her up at the airport she had a huge suitcase full of toys.


Play therapists do introductions using toys,


and we play, learn, and practice our craft with toys.


Puppets seem to be a favorite with adults I've noticed.

(I think that could be a blogpost in and of itself.)


I love that play therapists aren't afraid to decorate their nametags.


More to come!

Happy weekend everybody!