Yesterday was one of those days when I question all of the important, unconventional decisions we’ve made as a family. Taking the four girls on a sunny nature walk, knowing I was the only one home with kids (four at that) in my neighborhood, began me thinking…
Just when I finished packing up everyone’s winter clothes, we had a few days in the 30s again. I’m still thinking optimistically of spring, though. Remembering this knit skirt brings back the memory of days Caroline spent running and climbing trees in it last summer.
Good morning. And welcome, to many of you that are fairly new to the Sleepy Time Gal. (We had over 1,000 readers come to the Sleepy Time Gal a few days ago when the girls’ room was featured!)
My sister-in-law, Christina, and I have been looking forward to this weekend for some time. Our husbands’ cousin is getting married and we actually get to go! (The most recent cousin wedding in Chicago meant us staying home with the kids.) But this wedding is much closer.
Christina and I originally set a goal to get fitter before the wedding, which would mean getting a nice dress to wear there as a reward. That didn’t work very well for us. I just can’t seem to make daylight savings work in my favor to get out and run or find a way to exercise when Bobby’s out of town.
Something that is really hard for me to accept is that I can’t do it all. I fight the contradiction of a home in order and having many young children in that same home, day in and day out. I’m learning to pick and choose what matters most in each moment. Sometimes it is emptying the dishwasher, other times it is reading Night Train with Ainsleigh and Annabelle, sharing my lap for the 10th time in a day.
I guess real mothering means being so intune to your surroundings that you’re always where you should be, when you should be there. That makes sense. Those are the moments that I feel the most fulfilled not just as a mother, but as a woman.
I’m starting to realize how much I love doing wedding photography. I love the creative side and the people side–you know, starting out knowing really no one and by the end of the day, sadly leaving all of the new friends you’ve made.
This wedding in particular was incredible because I spend the entire day and night with Leah, the other photographer and old friend. I love when paths cross like this and you jump right back into a relationship that started some 15 years ago.
Ahhhhhh… It is complete. Let me give you a tour and a few notes about some of the special things in the room.
The warmer days are all I need to leave shoes behind and walk outside barefoot, just because I can. I love watching my children rediscover the earth as the sun warms the ground and blossoms are evident everywhere we look. This is the perfect time of year to revisit their magical world all their own in the backyard…
Today I have one piece of the room to share: this photo. It is the last snippet to share before you see the whole room. (I know, I know, I’m dragging this out, but it has been weeks of pulling things together, repurposing, getting frustrated, impatient, and indecisive, and now, one last thing to be hung. You’ll see it all on Monday!)