Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"A picture of santa, two weeks into January?" you ask. Well yes, I am just now getting around to checking back in here. The detritus of Christmas has been tidied up and packed away, and we have re-settled back into our regular routines. This past holiday was at times joyous, at other times tiring and stressful. Christmas means normal twelve hour workdays for my husband, and this leaves me feeling a little too thinly stretched some days.
Henry is still into the "wow!! a box AND tissue paper!" stage as far as presents go. Which is fine by me. On Christmas morning, once the gifts were opened, it appeared that Elmo had exploded across nearly every surface area of our home. The kid really loves Sesame Street, what can I say. I did get some great things for him through a company named "Brio"; fabulous wooden hand-crafted toys from Sweden. They are really his favorite toys out of the bunch, and mine, too. Who knew that even a 30 year old could be so amused by modly-painted wooden blocks?
As I bid farewell to 2007 I am remembering a year of many amazing firsts (Henry's first words, first crawl, first steps, first temper tantrum), and also feeling a sense of pride at having lived through it with a full head of hair. This whole raising a child and being a stay at home mom thing is nothing to sneeze at. I am excited to see what happens next, and welcome 2008 with wide open arms outstretched. I will officially trade in the "stay at home" title to "work at home mom" (wahm!) as my floral business continues to thrive. I also have a new venture up my sleeve, namely an Etsy shop to open soon (hopefully). Handmade collages overfloweth around here, and it is time to get them out there. I am very excited to begin working on this in an official capacity soon.
Oh yeah, 2007 will also forever be remembered in my heart as the year my husband gave up his beloved country crock for pure and natural butter. Unbelievable! I leave you with a picture of Henry bounding into 2008. Another year of many spectacular firsts, I'm sure.


Sarah said...

Oh yes, a box AND tissue paper! My daughter is at the same stage. :) Good luck in your business endeavors this year! Working at home can be filled with just as much guilt as working outside the home if you let it...just a warning! You feel bad when you have to tell your kids "Not right now...mommy's working." But it's also incredibly rewarding, and (I hope) an opportunity for your kids to see you work hard and get rewarded for your efforts.

My problem is that I LOVE working. It gives me the "me" time that I so desperately need. Sometimes I get way too absorbed in what I'm doing, and I shoo my kids away. When my son starts whining and acting insane (he's 2) I know it's time to put down my computer and play. :)

Marissa said...

I know exactly what you mean- I've never said "hold on just a sec., dear" so many times in my life. But there is a balance, right? I love working and feeling productive, too. That is the hardest part about staying at home- giving up that structure...And as far as getting stuff done-the worst is at night, after my son has gone to bed. I know I should start working right away, but really all I feel like doing is melting into the couch. And you have your "own" work, and at the same time the laundry is piling up next to the washer (on top of the treadmill I swore I'd use every other day- haha) Good luck to you, too, and thanks for the advice!