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".
Every morning this week has been full of beautiful, bright, multi-colored autumn light. Damp leaves, bright skies, gorgeous colors on all the trees. As my kids go off to school each day, I have been trying to step outside, take a breath, soak in the color, the smells and that light - that unusual, glowing light. And.... as I stand on my deck with coffee, in my front yard ankle deep in fallen leaves, I try to calm myself, slow a bit and think on my lovelies and their enthusiasm as we read Halloween books, their appreciation (my teen digs this) when I announce that we can, indeed, do Chick Fil-A for dinner :-), their sweet, sweaty little hands as they try to rub my neck (mommy has been lifting and moving and organizing lately ;-) or the look on their faces as they "help" me around the house or outside. I do love them - everything about them - the rough, the easy - all of it. Helps to remind myself of all the good for even just a few minutes each busy day.
So.... it's my favorite time of year AND I am back to being multi-media girl again (film and video and photos and slide shows and journaling and.....) plus my freelance editing / writing project may officially kick off today, so.... again - forgive me IF I do not post for a while (though I might - never know when the feeling may hit me) OR if I post haphazardly like I did today :-).