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.
I know exactly what you mean about the weather, extra layers, poor light… you could go on for ever couldn’t you?! I want it to be Christmas and then I want it to be summer – that quickly! hehe Gorgeous photos as always x
I am the exact same way Donna, I absolutely love December and the lead up to Christmas festivities than I want summer pronto afterwards. I can’t get anything done in the dark!!!
I hope you feel better soon! B and MM sound just like Z and Miss C. They bicker but then they giggle so much together! It’s so tough when this weather comes round. I hate it. It really gets me down and you are right, I think the kids feel it too.
I think we all do and it’s human natural to need more vitamin D and need more light. I really need to invest in some light umbrella stands for the house it’s like a batcave in here all the time. So hard to work and photograph things in.
Rebecca U says
Your two are so cute with each other, looks like they get on great. I think (and hope) that mine will get along better when they are older and can play ‘properly’ together x
They really are best of friends and I don’t just say that. I am so grateful for their relationship and the fun they have together. I hope it’s always this way. But time will definitely bring out bickering and arguing as all normal siblings do they are still really young.
Colette B says
I’m definitely finding the Autumn hard this year – harder than uusal. It’s so dark and miserable. Work is definitely harder when we’re struggling for light too isn’t it!
It’s the light that’s killing me I can’t put the kids to bed and then start food styling and photography product or anything it’s sooo dark and gloomy makes me just want to sit on the couch instead.
Katie @mummydaddyme says
I have been feeling exactly the same as you Jenny when it comes to the weather and general season- I have lacked motivation to go out and take photos, do much, or generally even blog haha. But these are stunningly beautiful photos of your pair- in fact some of my favourites. They both just look so happy and that is the main thing. x
True I know that’s what I need to focus on but I get so upset when things are running smoothly everywhere and I feel I am lacking control of it all with no motivation. It sucks.
Darling photos. They are just so cute together. The lighting is really tough and I can understand your feelings this month. Have you thought about buying a umbrella light stand. Must serious plan out a Thanksgiving meal. Working on my list of what I am “thankful” for. Chin up girl and give me a shout if you need someone to talk to.
Thanks darling. Oh yes I love a good Thankful list. The kids are making theirs next week will be sharing them. Love Thanksgiving so sad we aren’t in the states for it. I really need to buy a few umbrella light stands for sure. This house is a batcave.
Alex Bump to Baby says
I know exactly what you mean Jenny. The darker evenings make the days feel so much shorter, so by the time it gets to 5 o’clock I lose all motivation and feel like the day has ended. During the summer I feel so much more productive. Gorgeous photos of your two, they have lovely smiles. x
Thanks Alex, they are silly billys for sure. We love a good fun fest jumping on the bed. I feel the same come bathtime and bedtime for the kids when I normally work all night after they go to sleep and it’s just not happening as much. Oopps
Oh the darker evenings and the grey days are definitely making me want to hibernate too! Sometimes as you say you just have to throw some silliness in the mix and it looks like your gorgeous two have plenty of smiles to go around!
Yes silliness really does help keep us from all having too much cabin fever. Hate the darker days. So hard to get motivated and work done.
Katy (What Katy Said) says
Oh I adore these shots Jenny, especially the one of them looking up from the bed laughing. I am struggling with lack of light too, don’t know what to do! #Siblings x
I think I am going insane chasing light. My food styling is gone way out the window I miss it so much but I have nothing to work with. I have NO light in this house. Hate it. It’s starting to really frustrate me. lol Glad I am not the only one. The kids had fun having a good bed jumping session though silly monkeys.
Lovely pics of your gorgeous two, you really can see their lovely bond through your photos!
We’ve also had rubbish weather lately and have been stuck inside a lot, makes me stir crazy and like you feel very blah and unmotivated! X
It’s hard isn’t it to get anything done when we feel like that and the weather is doing something crazy preventing us to go about our normal day. Bless you I feel it here too for too long. The kids go stir crazy too. Thanks they are really growing up way too fast and I notice it more and more each week in their photos.