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Early October Morning

October 6, 2011

I have been trying to gather and hold the quiet in bits where I can.  This month has filled up so quickly.  While there are many things to look forward to – my birthday, pumpkin picking and hayrides, time with friends, a night away – it makes me feel overwhelmed and anxious  to look at the calendar and see only 2 days left this entire month where I don’t need to be somewhere at some point in the day.  I don’t value busy and I thrive on down time away from everyone to recharge. But there’s a part of me that wants to run with it and fill the heck out of my favorite month and still try to get our painting projects done and add in trying to get a ton of holiday shopping done so that in November and December, it will leave time for hunkering down and letting the cold come and allow us some rest and quiet time at home with  family.

So, I’m trying to hang on to bits where I can.  Quiet mornings while Mia is at preschool to clean up and run our errands and to build things and draw and let Nick  pretend cook for me while he has me all to himself.  Letting go of the drive for perfection and accepting even a bit more mess than our normal to give an extra half hour of time to read or lay with kids in the afternoon.  A cup of tea here and there when the kids are having moments of happily playing together. Short walks.  Getting to bed at a decent time.  Staying off the computer during the day as much as possible and sneaking in some extra time with it in my lap in the evenings.

How do you handle the seasons of busy? Is it where you thrive or do you run screaming?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2011 10:31 am

    I don’t thrive on being super busy. I work so much that when I’m “off” I want to be “off.” October is shaping up to be a super busy month for us too for some reason. And I have already busted out alot of Christmas shopping too – seriously, what did we do before online shopping?

    Love your pics as always…and miss you, miss you, miss you!

  2. October 8, 2011 11:25 am

    This is a beautiful post. I am not a big fan of busy either but as a working mom of a 4th grader and middle schooler our days are filled with school, work, lessons, homework, and practices.

    Today is Saturday. It is cold (finally) and rainy. I am hunkered down on my couch with the ambitious goal of finishing my overdue library book : )

    Enjoy your October!

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