I’m constantly amazed at how fast time is passing me by. I was just telling my friend, Abby, this morning that lately, I’ve felt that my days are literally gone in a snap. Every day I wake up and the next thing I know it’s 10 pm and I have no energy left to finish what’s been left undone. It’s a season, I know that. I know that caring for two small children can be demanding, and I know all too well that nap time disappears faster than the other hours of the day. So today when I got a text from my friend and client, Stephanie, telling me that Parham Santana used one of my pictures from her wedding last October, I was happy to just stop for a minute and be proud of my work. In the busyness of life and laundry, bills and bedtimes, it’s easy to just get bogged down in it all. This was a little boost for me, a little encouragement, and a reminder to enjoy what I’m doing, whether it’s shooting or making dinner for my family. Sometimes you just need the reminder that your work will pay off, and sometimes even get recognized.
As Abby and I were talking earlier, she commented that with the first kid, it’s like you’re constantly waiting for them to move on to the next thing. When are they gonna roll? When are they gonna get that first tooth? When will they walk? You then realize with your second how fast it goes, and you don’t necessarily want to hit that milestone just yet, because it means they’ll move on to the next one before you know it. I’m only guessing that when you hit your third and fourth, and for some (perhaps crazy?) parents like my own, seventh, it’s a whirlwind. I guess all we can do is enjoy it, and of course take pictures to remember it. So whether you have small kids or a career on the move or are in college or your kids are going to college…try and take a second and focus on something you’ve accomplished. Realize you ARE making progress, whether it be little or leaps. Whatever stage of life you may be in, remember to enjoy it, because in the words of one of my favorites, Dr. Seuss, ”it’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
As you can tell by the title of this post, I’m keeping it simple by writing one post to the both of you. Simple? Definitely. Lazy? Possibly. But it gets it done, and I just want to make sure I don’t miss out on recording both of you growing because it feels like too much. I’m just being honest
I’m starting a little photo project that I will (hopefully) continue doing until Theo is at least a year old. I wish I had started this when he was just born, but three months will have to do! I’ll be using the same two chairs and taking identical pictures every month to track the growth of the both of you. I’ve seen this done and after it’s finished putting all of the pictures side by side really reveals just how much you kids grow in such a short amount of time! I can’t wait to see the end result.
For simplicity’s sake, this post will be short and sweet. Big achievements as of now: Theo, you rolled over today! You also pooped all over me today, but we’ll forgive that. You’re a baby, it’s what you do. I love the age you’re at now, you are so smiley and happy and content. My favorite is when I go in your room after you’ve been sleeping and you will just wait for me; you’ll talk to yourself, chew on your hands, and then give me the hugest smile when I come get you. Love it. Evey Bevey, you my girl are constantly keeping me entertained. You are intrigued by potty training, but the farthest we’ve gotten is wearing your new princess undies over your diaper. What can you do, one step at a time, right? You’ve got a legitimate sense of humour, you know how to make a serious face on purpose to avoid smiling, it cracks me up to see the corners of your mouth slowly turn up. You do it just to make me laugh. You’re a true kid, you hate your veggies and going to bed, but you’ll still give me kisses on the lips and curl up in my arms when you’re sad. Still my baby.
Your momma loves you both!
Next time we’ll do something with your hair Ev. I promise.
I’m a true woman in so many ways, yet one thing that I should be good at but am just not: multi-tasking. That’s actually a half truth. I can do it, just not well. Right now I’ve got a stack of papers to my left that I’m half done copying, Evelyn’s doll to my right, half dressed, and a pair of Matt’s flip flops that need to be put away on top of that stack of papers. My Frosted Mini Wheats sits next to my keyboard half consumed. The cushions are bare, covers drying from being washed, couch waiting to be delivered from Evelyn’s crumbs. At least I have the vacuum out and ready. I have Facebook open in another icon, think I’ll check that. A load of laundry lies sorted, but not folded, on top of the bare cushions. Just took a bite, soggy. That’s what I get for trying to do everything at once. There goes the printer, sounding it’s reminder that if I don’t use it it’ll go to sleep. I was on my way to put a trash bag in Evelyn’s trashcan when inspiration for this post struck, so those bags are lying on the floor. That’s the thing, inspiration to do projects and cleaning and blogging seems to come inconveniently at the same time. The rest of the time I guess I’m content to just sit in in my own filth? That’s not a very reassuring thought to say out loud. Anyways, I got off topic, not a surprise.
I’m a true woman in so many ways: I’ll analyze in my sleep, cry over just about anything, can’t make a decision until each and every of the 50,000 options have been thoroughly researched…but ask me to grocery shop and talk at the same time and I’ll for sure forget the one crucial item I came there for and end up with three things I don’t need. Gotta run, answered the door about 20 minutes ago and got distracted; Theo is crying, Ev’s got a buddy over, I just found Frosted Flakes all over my bed, laundry still lies untouched…that and the madness is piling up.