I am home with four kids - two girls, two boys - ages 14, 6, 5 and 3 (and when I started this blog, just a little over two years ago, I had an infant, a 2yr old, 3yr old and 12yr old - feels like a lifetime ago, but it wasn't ;-). Until about four or five years ago, I worked in marketing. I have been and done many things - dancer, magazine "multi-tasker", advertising copywriter, gymnastics coach, resort town waitress, grad student, etc. Now my areas of expertise are different and diverse. I am savvy, efficient, patient and earthy (like it or not). I am a better cook, an Ok herb gardener, an impressive artist to my kids, an active and prolific photographer, a childrens' clothing stylist (in my head), a manager of all things "household" and a news enthusiast (from politics to celebrity). I am more cynical though less of a worrier / hypochondriac than I used to be. I am increasingly proud of what I do with kids, family and home, but I do still present myself as a "freelance writer".
With all the storms in the past day or so - I mean, literally, one downpour complete with lightening and thunder after another - we may have to resort to swimming in the bathtub (as pictured here :-).
Errands today. Cold pizza for breakfast (for me - made proper eggs for kids :-) - hubby home one more day - Mom feeling better - helped a friend move some stuff (she's going to San Francisco, so..... may be helping friend break in apt. soon :-). Basking in cute memory of Lilliana, yesterday, sitting with cousins' dog, sharing watermelon and talking about the sky (all observed from my seat poolside, but... just too cute).
Summer is here all. If you are feeling at all overwhelmed - school, dusty floors, etc. (if you're like me, your spouse will just open the back door and yell, "the kids wiped out on the driveway!" and deposit muddy, sobbing kids through the back kitchen door), it is a time for a new start and / or a fresh outlook. Cliched? Maybe. True? Yes.