It’s been a whirlwind, exhausting, start to 2018. That’s not to say it’s been a bad start, not at all in fact, just a rather harried, blurry one.
Not much time to do anything other than get to the end of the month in one, relatively sane, piece.
As a result, my poor blog has been sadly neglected. I’ve written one post. About Christmas. Three weeks after the event.
Not quite the start to 2018 I had hoped for.
Towards the end of last year I had realized that I needed to make some changes here on the blog. I’d fallen out of love with it all, and was feeling less than inspired.
I took a long look at my content. Was honest about what I truly enjoy developing and writing, and made a promise to myself that I would do more of that.
I also admitted to myself that there were certain things that had become a chore. That I felt obliged, not excited, to do.
One of those things was Project 365.
I love taking photos, but I don’t love taking a photo because I have to. I love the challenge of 365, but I began to realize that I didn’t love the photos I was taking.
Last year I took the photos, but I only shared a fraction of them. And, towards the end of the year, I had stopped taking all the photos. I stopped taking the random, last minute ones. It felt like cheating, like a waste of the project. That Project 365 should be something that inspires, not something that constrains.
I thought long and hard about dropping the project entirely.
But a large part of 365 is the diary aspect. It’s photo journaling. It’s a record of time passing. It’s memories.
And it’s a community. One that I love, and that I would miss.
So, I decided that I would focus on completing a Project 52. And, that I would write monthly, not weekly, roundups. I fail miserably at weekly posts… I’m not sure what that says about my organizational skills, but there we go.
And, on that rather self-critical note, here is our January in four photos.
The kids made it back to school for two days before it snowed and we had two snow days! Honestly, this was awesome. The Christmas break was so short, just a week, that I was so pleased to get a bonus couple of days with the kids. We had a lot of fun; snow painting and making snow ice cream. And, it was so insanely cold that the snow stuck around for DAYS.
Week two of the year set the tone for the rest of the month. My husband had to travel to London for most of the week, but thankfully my mother was still with us, so it wasn’t quite as tiring as it could have been. Being able to nip in and out without taking all the children, all the time, makes a huge difference!
My husband got back from London, and my mother was on a plane back home four hours later. Talk about coordination!
Week three of the year and my husband was traveling again. And, this time I was on my own. To be fair, the kids and I get into quite a good routine when he’s away, but my eldest son’s swim team training is in the evenings, and the 8pm pick up makes for late nights for the younger two. So, we all get pretty tired, and a little grumpy by the end of the week.
Oh, and it snowed, It’s become a standing joke that it always snows when my husband is away.
It’s not a very funny joke.
Thankfully, we only got a few inches, but after sliding down my driveway on my way to pick the kids up from school, the afternoon was spent shoveling!
To end the week, because it hadn’t been busy enough, we had the pleasure of the company of the Kindergarten class bear. Little Bear had a good weekend, with cycling, walks, a teddy bears picnic, stories, the park and dinner out! Lucky Little Bear.
This past week, my husband was away, again. We all struggled a little more this week. Three weeks, back to back, is a long time. My daughter especially missed her dad. And I have to admit, I was exhausted. And possibly a little grumpy.
We made it through the week though, including tropical day at school (aren’t those the most fabulous shades?!). And, I’m glad to report, we had no snow.
This weekend has been the usual whirlwind of crazy, including three children needing to be in three different places this afternoon. At the same time! These are the days when I am thankful that the kids are getting older and can be dropped off at certain activities! My eldest was competing at Districts, coming away with two personal bests. My younger son spent the afternoon with his Destination Imagination team. And, my daughter and I spent the afternoon at a Girl Scout organized blanket drive!
So, there we are. What a start to the year!
Head over to my Instagram feed to see the rest of the snapshots I’ve taken this month.
I began writing ‘Snapshots’ posts last summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Simply capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.