These photos scream Penny, but how could I not?! She’s the easiest to photograph (i.e. won’t run away from the camera like her siblings do), and that yellow is irresistible. I mentioned on Instagram that Penny LOVES yellow, and her only Christmas request all season long was “yellow boots and a yellow coat!” Not a single toy on her list, and not exactly winter wear, but she had heart set! I had to scramble to find them at the last minute (and it wasn’t easy in the winter!), because I kept thinking she might forget or change her mind, but nope. . . the girl knows what she wants! I love that about her. And she wears it so well.
Yesterday we needed some sunshine! We love Colorado because even in the winter, there is more sun than there are clouds. I’m a big fan of all four seasons, mountain views, and those consistently blue, clear, bright sunny skies. Yes, it’s cold and we get plenty of snow, but it melts quickly because no matter what, that sun always comes back. It sits low in the sky this time of year, so it’s blinding when we are outside, but the kids know where to find their shades. Haha. Playing outside is our favorite and it sure helps beat those January blues.
Like every week, this week was busy for our little family. Noah is in first grade, Lucy is in preschool, and Penny is my sidekick. My husband goes to work every day, but we are lucky to see him almost every night for dinner. On top of my kids everyday needs (so many needs), there’s the everyday mom stuff: laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping, bills, house cleaning, doctor’s appointments, swim lessons, homework, church responsibilities on Sundays and mid-week, playdates, hosting friends/family/missionaries in our home, my photography business, and everything else that seems to make the to-do list grow and never shrink.
But. . . I must admit that I love it. I love the crazy, monotonous, exhausting, yet fulfilling life of a stay-at-home mom. I even enjoy the housekeeping! It is not easy though. Motherhood knocks me down and brings me to tears and brings me to my knees in prayer. But every morning I get up and try to face it as joyfully as possible. I love my kids! Most moms will tell you they didn’t know they could love so much until their first baby was born. Same goes for me. I was nervous about parenthood up until the moment I met my son in the delivery room. The second I saw him, I was like WHOA, and I knew I would dedicate my life to this tiny thing I just met. Now, there are three, and I am usually a hot mess, but I love every bit of it and am trying to hang onto every little fleeting moment. . . even the hard ones. Because soon they will be grown. But let’s not talk about that. 🙂
“Stop seeking out the storms and and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” -Gordon B. Hinckley (source)