This week, what's making me happy is Disney songs, waiting, and some quality family time:
- Can I just be a total geek here for a second? I've been listening to a lot of Disney songs over the past year or so. Or rather, I've been listening to five Disney songs a whole lot of times. Here's the thing: Jason loves Disney songs. About three or four days a week, he asks to hear "the Disney songs" when we get in the car on our way to pre-school. See, Juliette and I figured that since he likes the movies so much, we might as well get him a CD as well. So, most mornings our drive starts with "Just Around the Riverbend" from Pocahontas and ends with "Beauty and the Beast." If there's traffic or we hit a long stoplight, we'll also hear "Kiss the Girl," from The Little Mermaid. And, you know what? I kind of love it. Jason loves the music, and the songs are mostly within my vocal range (for the days when Jason is feeling charitable enough to let me sing). Yeah, it's a little cheesy, but every so often we manage a shaky duet, and it really makes my day.
- Juliette's due date is just around the corner, and as you might guess, we're deep into Babyland these days. It's hectic at times, and occasionally a little stressful, but mostly what we're feeling is anticipation. I spend a lot of time wondering how life is going to change when we become a foursome. And when I can, I try to spend some time documenting this time, because it's all going to be different very soon.
- I've also been trying to make the most of the time I have left with just one child, to enjoy him alone as much as I can. Of course, him being three means that isn't always easy--we still have a lot of outbursts and he's constantly testing his boundaries. But there's a lot of sweetness, too, and I try to focus on that. Lately there's been a short time every morning, after the struggle to get him to eat breakfast and before we have to clean up his toys and head out the door, where we can just play and enjoy each other's company. We might chase invisible monsters, or make a "tent" out of the comforter on my bed, or just roll around on the floor and laugh. It doesn't last long--usually just a few minutes--but it's often the best part of my day. Here he is on a recent Sunday morning, when he decided he needed to be in the big bucket we store his backyard toys in:
I'm also excited at the possibility that my business may be starting to take off. I'm heading out of town to shoot a wedding this weekend, and the following weekend I have a grad session with a local family. Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend!
Have a great weekend, everybody!