It’s been a funny start to the month this month. I haven’t been feeling well lately and the dark days are making it extremely hard to get anything done work wise. My food styling has come to a complete halt with no natural light and I have been looking for alternative ways to photograph in my dark, shadowy house. The darker days don’t help me feel very motivated either and I feel I have been letting the kids down with lack of adventures, and family fun. Our half term was a quiet one so I tried to make it up to the kids by visiting our friends in Spain for a long weekend in the sunshine and playing. It helped lift our moods and get us out and about until we came home and I started feeling icky again and it was back to the dark and rain. Winter always is the hardest time to stay focus and feel the drive in work and life all around for me. Am I the only one?
I can see it affects the kids a little too. They don’t get to be outdoors as much as they love to without a thousand and one layers on which they hate. I could see the difference in their attitudes in the sunshine and running free compared to the hats, scarves, gloves, and parkas they are attempting to play in outside today. They don’t like being confined to the living room indoors all day, all week. So I have been trying to spend a little more time using the rooms in the house to change it up for them. We play in MM’s room with her dollhouse, then move to B’s new big boy bedroom for some learning at his desk and reading on his daybed, and when they have had enough of all that we go in the spare room and do I daresay we jump on the bed. We sit and make funny faces in the long mirror in front of the spare bed, and giggle over how silly we are being. Sometimes being fun and weird is just what we all need.
TOGETHER THEY ARE LOVING…
Their weekend away in Spain.
Riding their bikes in muddy puddles.
Taking bubble baths and driving cars through their imaginary bubble garage.
Playing with their new playdoh set and all it’s cut-out tools that came with it.
Making pictures on their peg board together after school.
Most of all…laughing and being silly together.
These two have a funny sibling bond that is full of comedy, laughter, being silly, making faces, chasing, tickling, and teaching each other about new things they have learned at school and nursery. I thought being separate would change their dynamics but I think it only made them closer. They share everything.
On the days they have a tough time or bicker and fight like normal siblings do they know how to work around it and come back together as a team. I have been trying more and more to stay out of it and let them sort it out between them like my own mother used to do with me and my own siblings. I think it’s good to let them learn how to handle the situation unless it’s completely out of hand then I will step in but otherwise I leave them to it. They both seem so independent now that this is getting easier.
They have been good to mommy while I haven’t been feeling good. B is a old soul with a kind heart that will rub my back while MM showers me with her cuddles and love. I couldn’t be more grateful them I have these two in my life, day in and day out. I hope we end November on a healthy note in time for Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas festivities.