I knew being an urban mom with 3 kids and a photography business to run left me quite busy, but I didn’t truly realize how go-go-go my life is until I took the time to do this project. I suspect this is probably the reality for all of us though. This is the first year with having two kids in school and it’s been an adjustment for me… but I love it a lot. It’s well known that my youngest is my most easy going kid and I feel like she allows me to mom in “easy mode” which really has allowed me to be diligent in carving out a little time for me to care for myself and not just everyone else all the time. I’ve tried to reflect that a bit here, despite the constant running we seem to do (I feel like I practically live in my car).
Once a week we get our CSA box delivery and it’s like veggie Christmas. We wake up in the morning to a fresh box full of local fruits and veggies on our front porch to last us for the week. I love this because it keeps us eating in season and forces me to eat more produce than I would if left to my own devices. And I’m all about minimizing grocery shopping. Anything I can have delivered (we get our milk delivered too!) that keeps me out of the store is a win in my book. We also have chicken cuddles and egg gathering in the morning. This is our 4 month old blue silkie named Mable. She is my very favorite and absolutely loves to be held. I may or may not have ordered her a harness and leash on Amazon recently…
It’s a good thing school doesn’t start until 9:30 here because I am not a morning person. It’s all I can do to stumble out of bed in a caffeine deprived stupor, throw on my workout clothes, get the morning chores going and my kids off to school.
On the mornings I don’t have time to make coffee before getting the kids out the door, I can’t resist stopping at one of my favorite coffee spots (conveniently located down the street from the girls’ school). Coffee for me and a steamed almond milk for the girl. Notice the outfit change? That’s because she is a toddler and toddler girls are as bad about changing clothes 27 times a day as most stereotypical teenage girls.
After gulping down my coffee, it’s off to CrossFit. I’m now addicted to weight lifting. Burpees and jump ropes and running can go away. I just want to lift all the things. Unfortunately, my trainer disagrees with me and makes me do it all.
And this is right about the time that I realize I am out of film and since I am in the general vicinity of the local camera shop, I’ll just pop in to stock up on a few rolls of Portra 800 and Ilford Delta 400. And maybe a trial roll of a film I haven’t shot before.
One more stop before we head home. Remember the aforementioned chicken leash? I stopped in the local feed store before I ordered it to pick up chicken food ask them if they had any. Hero was distracted by the pumpkins. For the record, if the feed store clerk has to hold back their laughter from you asking about a chicken harness because you just want your chicken to be portable, you might officially have reached crazy chicken lady status.
When we get home, it’s always a rushed lunch and then nap time (my favorite time, second only to bed time). Nap time means work time. Work time means coffee time (sensing a theme? I need coffee to live). But first, I am taking 15 (or 30) minutes to knit and listen to my audio book. It’s part of that “being diligent about doing things for myself” thing I was referring to. It usually doesn’t take too much convincing, but knowing I am shaving time off my already short work time is a bit of a mental sacrifice. However, lighting a candle, snuggling my dog, and zoning out on the world is one of my favorite parts of the day.
One of the teachers at my girls’ school happens to also be our neighbor and his daughter happens to be my oldest’s best friend. Sometimes she comes home with us. On those days, I try and make their day a little more exciting with a special after school treat. Today it was a stop in the best ice cream shop on the planet (I love it so much I did an entire editorial shoot there). Then we came home and all the kids played in the backyard.
After the neighbor girl went home, the Autumn light was just too gorgeous and so the oldest and I raced down to the park to blow bubbles and take a few candid photos before I had to start dinner and night time routines. Once that’s done, it’s cuddle time with my husband… and I can’t show you photos of that. 😉