I was recently complaining about how exhausted I am with these long summer days and staying up late until the children come home from their activities. I'm exhausted and the bags under my eyes are more pronounced. I don't get to the gym as often and sleep seems to be elusive. See, I'm whining about it to you.
But the reality is, I love it. I love waiting up for the children. I want to know they are home safe and sound, but more than that I look forward to the conversations we have about their night, their feelings, the silly things that happened or they heard. This time with them, usually one on one is something I treasure and I certainly shouldn't complain about the side effects of my choices.
So I tried to edit the tiredness out of the photo Loaf helped me with and am going to try and change my attitude. This time with the children is important to me so I am going to try and remember when I'm a little more tired than I would like for these moments are fleeting.
Loaf has been working with me in the studio each day. I adore that she is filling notebook after notebook with her paintings and dairy entrees. She is teaching herself and about light and shape as she creates. She is learning about color and mixing as she works and experiments. I love seeing where her creativity takes her.
Summer has been hard on her as well, a nap during time out. She is also not getting nearly enough sleep as she stays up late with the children. Being the youngest is hard in the way, but she also adores her time with her siblings. It's amazing to me how different her growing up is to Whitney's who was in bed by 7 or 8 each night. Another change, perhaps not of attitude because I would still love for her to be in bed by 8, but of circumstance happening in our home.
Other changes happening around here involve are due to Samantha's influence and drive. She started working with a new company my brother started, Kivul Nutrition and she has been changing or trying to change the way we look at food. We love fruits and vegetables, but like most people probably don't get enough in our meals. She has just completed a cookbook, that you can sign up and get off their website and we have happily been her testers.
One morning Brick came running to me with eggs on his eyes saying, "We're running low on eggs mom. We only have one package left." That packaged happened to hold 48 eggs, but it was cause for concern. We eat large quantities of eggs, to be honest, we consume large quantities of just about everything with our big family. Every time I go to the grocery shopping I get asked if we are having a party at our house. I just smile and say, "every single day." Love our big crew. That will never change.