Wow. Sorry about the absence here! I'm trying to find balance (ha!) as I juggle the kids, the blog, and the book. Apparently I'm not doing such a great job though; the blog slipped right out of sight there for a bit. And not for lack of artful things to post about -- I have several half-drafted blog posts, hundreds of photos, and so many ideas. Not to mention questions you've asked that I need to respond to. But the time? I've been fantasizing about cloning myself. Probably every Mom thinks about that at least once in a while. A personal chef or housekeeper would be nice, but that's bigtime wishful thinking. Or is it just that I need to be better organized? I've ordered a copy of this book to help me on that front. We'll see if it helps.
The good news is that I've made great progress on my book. While I had a rought draft written back in February, the shaping and editing process has been slower than I would have liked (and is still in progress). A book is so much bigger than any other thing I've ever worked on that I got bogged down by its sheer size. I also took chunks of time off for illnesses, visitors, and other projects. Oh and for a while there I got completely sidetracked and started acting like this was the year of the garden instead of the year of the book. Oops.
But I'm starting to feel good about how the book is shaping up. And just in time, too, because Maia will be out of school in about a week and my writing time will be seriously diminished. I'm looking forward to having more time with her, though. Looking forward to whole days together to play, explore, and create. The little window of time that I get her between school and dinner has been feeling so short and precious. Not enough time, really, to dive into a serious project or bake something just for fun. So while I may have less time to write this summer, I will have more time with my girls. I'm so looking forward to it!
By the way, Maia really liked the flower mandalas on our stained glass door and made her own version shortly afterward. She added another sheet of contact paper to the top of hers and took it in as a gift for her teachers.