Christmas cards: taking this year off

26 09 2011

As part of my radical effort to truly slow down (see previous post) I decided to stop working. Initially I had hoped to stop altogether for a while and then to slowly pick up small projects until all three boys are in elementary school.  But then…reality set in and I realized work for me isn’t just a fun thing I do to pad our budget. All that to say I have started taking on freelance projects again and plan to start back full force in January.  I have decided however, not to do Christmas cards this year.  For the past four years I have spent every spare moment from the middle of October to the middle of December working on cards and as much as I love it, it really robs me of fully enjoying our family during the holidays. I want to take just this one year to actually think about Halloween costumes before 5 pm on the 31st, contribute to the Thanksgiving meal, decorate the house for Christmas, be involved with Christmas shopping, and not be a high-strung stress ball as I wait anxiously for those last-minute cards that might not make it in time for Christmas. I hate doing this to such a faithful client base but I hope you’ll understand and come back next year for exciting fresh designs.

Exception to the rule…if there is a photographer out there who has an open slot in October, November or early December I will gladly trade family photos for 150 custom designed cards. We’re desperate this year because Hope moved to California and Jen is busy being a mommy! Just email me at spay@carolina.rr.com if you’re interested.

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Our summer at slow down boot camp

20 09 2011

I was never that kid who raced home to start on my homework or sat down to do a project just for fun.  Busy was the name of the game for me for as long as I can remember. There were just so many “have to’s” in life.  No more.  I mean having three little ones keeps me on the go but it’s so different from before.  The past 6 months I have been in slow down boot camp. I didn’t go willingly either.  It wasn’t what I wanted, but it was what I needed and somebody who loves me more than I could ever imagine sent me there.

All that to say, part of slowing down has meant not blogging but I really miss it and so many blog worthy things have happened that I really WANT to pick it back up…no have to anymore.

So, sort of sorry to make my comeback with a documentary post but this is for me and I just don’t want to forget what happened between now and then.

Easter.

A trip to the Columbia Zoo.  In my opinion, better for little ones than Asheville.

Then a short trip to the beach with our friends the Whites and Tuttles.

This summer we watched LOTS and LOTS of television.

My Dad turned 60 on June 11th.

The next day we went on a family beach trip with my parents, my grandfather, my brother & sister and their families.

Bradley celebrated his 6th birthday the usual way, at Camp Lurecrest.

We went to the pool almost everyday (we used sunblock most of the time).

And we ate most “meals” there. Did you know kids survive just fine on snacks? But it makes them look like this…

Did I mention we watched lots of television?

Joe & I took a short trip to Mexico. It was our first real trip away since we’ve had kids.

When can we go back?

We helped my parents move into a new condo.

We discovered the charlotte greenways and made great use of them all summer.

Most every morning the boys ran out to the stop sign to wave goodbye to Joe.  It’s those little rituals that I fear forgetting.

Then school started and we sent Bradley to kindergarten. (2 weeks & 6 years)

He said he wanted to ride the bus, so now we go to the stop sign to say goodbye to him every morning. Some days I cry.

Most recently we caught and cared for a little turtle until it was clear it needed to be returned to the pond.

And then Sunday Bennett fractured both bones in his forearm near the wrist. Fortunately they are buckle fractures so they’ll heal easily.

But really, we have slowed down more than this post would make it appear.