When the kids don't sleep it's AWFUL, horrendous, mood altering-ly exhausting and with two kids aged 4 and 18 months respectively, this is not what I bargained for. When will they sleep?! When will I sleep through for a full night-please don't say when they're 18 *screams!?
It's days like these are full of happiness, Betty's coffee and cakes, dirty wellies and smiley faces. Now the sun is out we can't wait to return again, observing the gardens grow through the seasons-what a joy!
Oliver loves cars almost as much as baby Alexander adores footballs... the playroom is literally bursting with them (both).
At the end of last year, I anxiously scribbled a creative plan down on paper for myself and blogged about the process HERE. A liberating act and one that was utterly necessary in helping me to focus on what mattered when it came to my creative work goals and dreams.
So you might remember this shot of me from a post that went live a few weeks ago, for the gorgeous designer baby bag brand Nova Harley of the Ultimate Baby Bag Company who gifted me their Manhattan bag in lemon...well since that image was published here, I was contacted again by Nova Harley for some BIG news (eek!)....and boy did it made my day, forget day, it made my entire YEAR!
Mother's Day has gotten me thinking about the simple things I love about motherhood, the little moments that make me appreciate being a mother more than anything in my life, when my kids aren't tantrumming of course, fighting over which Peppa Pig episode to watch or refusing OVER and OVER to share (yawn)....but here are the times when it's truly JOYOUS:
Today, I met up with my wonderful friend Will (not Matt Damon, although striking resemblance that's for sure) for a late lunch at Carluccio's in Leeds as he was visiting from London for a meeting...
When photographer Kirsty Mattsson kindly offered me a family shoot, we'd discussed a Mother's Day theme to start ( it also evolved into head shots and a style shoot too) but the most important, most utterly enjoyable part of the day was with my family: my husband Peter and our sons Oliver (4) and Alexander (18 months)-a Mother's Day shoot I'll always cherish.
So this week has been cold, like flipping FREEZING cold as the boiler went bust and it took the boiler man 3 whole days (well it was the weekend over 2 of the days) to locate the part we needed to finally defrost.
Leeds based Kirsty Mattsson of Kirsty Mattsson Photography, kindly gave my family and I an enjoyable, memorable photo shoot, putting us all at ease and snapping away, capturing quite simply staggeringly beautiful shots of my sons to treasure always, and even persuaded my camera-shy husband Peter to get in the frame to boot (quite an achievement).
I was actually going to name this post as 'The Americanisation of my son' with maybe the use of 'z' not 's' in Americansation to be, well a little ironic.
Kids have honestly made me more creative. That's a fact. I was of course creative before kids working as a screenwriter, director and magazine editor...you get the picture. I was born creative, baby. Hear me out though, those kids took my creativity to another level. Throughout history (and I've found throughout my life so far too), creativity arises and thrives within limitations, be it time, budget, tools/access, they exist and are are actually vital in making creativity happen.