So, last Wednesday, I put everything else aside (again) and focused on why I really love staying home with my daughter (and tried to distract myself from the sneaking anxiety that typically accompanies publishing a post that leaves me feeling vulnerable).
Our afternoon found us outside on the back patio drawing with sidewalk chalk. L. asked me to lay down so she could trace me (she likes tracing--or being traced--so she can color in the person left behind). While laying on my back looking at the blue sky and watching the new leaves on the Mesquite tree waving gently in the breeze, I couldn't help but want my camera. I wanted to hang on to that moment forever.
L. immediately wanted her camera too. She has a hand-me-down toy Kodak camera. She loves it.
"Mama, you want to lay down and take pictures of the sky with me?"
Of course I did.
We spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos in the backyard.
These are her photos (including the one above).
Someday I'll show you the pictures I took of her taking these photos.
When we were finished playing photographer J. arrived home from work and we discovered our internet had died.
I figured it was a sign that I needed to spend a few more days slowing down. And that what I've done.
I'm trying to keep the (slow) momentum going. I'm going to take deep breaths when I need to, I'm going to laugh at every possible opportunity, and I'm going to plan a trip to the beach.
How are you slowing down this week?
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