Its pretty easy to get overwhelmed isn't it? I mean, the kids are always wanting something, the noise in the background gets louder and louder, you've still got dinner to cook, you forgot to buy dog food, and the pile of washing still hasn't been folded or put away... add in a cranky mummy with a sinus infection and its a recipe for disaster.
Yesterday, fed up with everything, I spent my morning barking orders at the kids - yelling at them for their lack of organisation. Frustrated that it takes 3 reminders to get dressed, that teeth brushing is turned into a messy/noisy game which takes 10 minutes and leaves the bathroom looking like a disaster, that they cant find a shoe, or that they wont stop bickering with each other.
And yet even while yelling at them, I felt guilty. I know they're just little kids, I know they don't have any concept of time management. I know that a lot of the frustration comes from my own lack of organisation, from letting them sleep longer than they should, for not having pre-packed their school bags or for letting them watch tv while they have breakfast... I'm venting at them when really I'm just annoyed at myself.
So today I'm turning it around. I'm reminding myself to take a deep breath and be calm. To stop yelling and actually ask them to help mummy instead of barking orders at them. I'm going to use the Star Chart more often (lately it has fallen by the wayside a bit). I'm being organised and will have things ready the night before to avoid the morning panic... I have also started banning TV in the mornings until both kids are dressed and ready!
How do you cope with the morning rush?
I'm loving having a studio! Not only do I have a back-up plan for when an outdoor session is rain-effected, I love having families come into my new little space (especially since the air conditioner was installed!) I'm loving trying out new backgrounds, seating, props and lighting for these sessions too - and my Christmas Mini Shoots was the first time I got to have a proper "play" in my new studio!
Here's a few of my favourites from my Studio Christmas Mini Shoot sessions:
Why is it that kids can be hopeless at sharing EVERYTHING, except when it comes to germs? Last week, both kids came home from school with a mild case of the sniffles. A few days of a runny nose but otherwise fine and bouncing around off the walls as usual.
Quite thoughtfully, they decided to share these little germs with their mum, and I got struck down last Friday. Typically though, for me, it is lingering like a bad smell, which is ironic considering that my nose and sinuses got so stuffed up, I actually lost my sense of smell over the weekend.
What I DO love though is the way my family rallies around me when I'm sick (*cough cough*)... miss 7, the ever caring and thoughtful one, spends her time decorating little love hearts, cutting them out, hanging them from dangly bits and sticking them all over the house with random little banners that read "I love you mummy" or "get better soon mummy"... The house ends up looking like its covered in paper-chains and it takes me days to take them down and I feel so guilty going from room to room removing them.
Master 5 has a different strategy. Every half hour or so, he will thrust his favourite teddy in my face, demanding "here mummy, cuddle Lioney, he'll make you feel better" - will not take "no thank you" for an answer, and then he goes back to whatever he was doing, and asking for food. Half an hour later the cycle repeats.
Do your little ones look after you when you're feeling sick?
Having your family here to visit is a fantastic time to get some beautiful memories captured, and that's just what Bec and her family did! Jensen and Freya were joined by their little nephew Bowie at our big back paddock at Tamborine for their mini shoot, and they were absolutely amazing! It was a joy watching Jensen coaxing some beautiful smiles out of his gorgeous little sister, and Bowie was a total natural in front of the camera!
Here's a few favourites from the morning...
So much cuteness right there! Thanks for a wonderful morning!
I'm aching all over right now, and I blame YOU, New Years Resolutions...
Driven by slightly expanding waistlines and muffin-tops grown larger by a very social Christmas season, my husband and I decided that this year, we'd get fit... or fitter, in his case. I have been on and off the fitness train for many years, mostly sporadically since Master 5 came along, I must admit. But THIS year, well this year would be different. We decided to do it TOGETHER!
I have never trained with anyone before so this decision was met with some trepidation... but I knew that our competitive spirits would work to our advantage so we're throwing ourselves into this, head first. So for the last month we have been doing Crossfit WODs (Workout of the Day, for the uninitiated) and slowly understanding the terminology. AMRAPs and EMOTM are no longer a foreign language to us, and we are getting quite well acquainted with Burpees, V-ups, power cleans and kettlebell swings. Not to mention, sweat. Buckets and buckets of sweat.
Feels great to be exercising regularly again, and after just a few weeks, we're both feeling fitter and stronger, although a little sore and tired.
How are you going with your New Years Resolutions?
For the final day of the Kindy fundraising shoots, we had a fantastic turn-out! So many gorgeous happy families (including one beloved family dog!) I absolutely LOVED meeting so many friendly faces from the community. The weather held out for as long as possible but we did end up running for cover during the last few shoots of the day, dodging showers and making the most of little breaks in the rain while we could.
Some of my favourites from the day:
What a fabulous day!
Every year, for almost the entire the month of January, I have to endure something both hideous and torturous. Its the same, year after year and you'd think I'd have learned by now that its coming and figure out a way to put a stop to it?
Yes its called "watching the tennis" and my husband likes to punish me with it year after year. This brings back boring, horrible memories of having to sit through the "Summer of Tennis" season with my mum when I was a kid. Just the sound of that tennis ball being struck back and forth, back and forth, the grunting, monotonous line calls and slow commentary makes me want to drift off to sleep. The sound will forever remind me of lazy, hot summer days and long boring school holidays!
My husband of course just laughs and tells me this is his payback for him having to endure 11 months of the year with endless cooking shows (seriously, how can he not enjoy Jamie Oliver?), dancing shows and reality TV. So for the month of January, I act like a very patient wife and endure with limited eye-rolling. We only have one TV in the house (the other TV is in the studio) so there is no escape! And to make matters worse, miss 7 loves it too so they love to tease me about it!
But now, alas, the finals have been played... and while my poor husband mopes about the fact that its finished for another year (and there is now apparently nothing on TV worth watching), I'm silently and secretly doing a little happy dance... hehe... and now back to our regular programming!
Do you have to put up with your significant other's TV shows, for the sake of peace, too? Which show is it at your house?
Lisa and her extended family shared a lovely afternoon with me in a fabulous park recently - all was not too fabulous to start with though as when I arrived on location, my favourite shooting spot was fenced off and being dug up by excavators! Not happy!!
All was not lost though as we had plenty of other areas to explore and of course the adorable Master Leo and his new baby sister Layla to keep us occupied!
Here is a few of my favourites from the day!
Thank you Lisa and your beautiful family for sharing your morning with me!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.