hi! i haven't been in this space in awhile. i started my blog break feeling like something needed to give. it wasn't that my kids were lacking in attention or i wasn't getting things done. it was that i wasn't getting enough sleep and when i sat down to blog (an important outlet for me), i was getting sucked into the internet in an unproductive way. my tired attention to my kids wasn't the quality i wanted to be giving and i was battling tired frustration much of the time.
lots of snuggles and love for the sickies (lala and dada...the photo at left is finn laying on lala to hug her, between the piles of laundry sick tummies produce) and return snuggles for finn after a fall.
these past few weeks, mike and i have been working together to find the right parenting approach to suit mike (always the patient, bendable parent), me (the ever-present, tired, stricter parent), lala (smart, sensitive, slow-to-adapt, recently quite fussy big sister), and finn (curious, clever, smart, active, little brother, who is now able to unlock the front door, pull out, open, and a push a stool to reach items in upper cabinets, and pull out electrical socket protectors, but doesn't have the big kid common sense to match his skills).
this past week has been mindful of all the personalities and needs in our little foursome and i feel so much calmer and healthier (even if not yet fully recharged) as we move forward.
every day. and after an adjustment to my evening routines (which was far harder than i anticipated!) and after a round of sickies that required my near 24-hour attention, there was a partial return of sleep.
simple snack and produce sacks i made. the kids love them! i still like the velcro style, but these are super easy for finn's little hands.
i was offline more than i was on, and when i was online, i was increasingly aware of how much time i was spending and where i was spending it. mike and i both developed an appreciation for the timer, which cut us short on various projects, online and off, so that we have more quiet time together and got to bed before the day rolled over in the wee morning hours. i did still visit all of you throughout the week, and re-organized my blog reader, with the hope that i can better balance my desire to live fully within my real life with my love of this wonderful blogging community you have all formed.
enough about me, though! what is new with you and what are you doing for better balance this week? in general, how are you managing to balance family, home, blog writing, blog reading, crafting, sleep, and all the other priorities we seem to squeeze into our days (and nights)?
looking forward to the week ahead...