documenting life with my iphone over the past few weeks. it is my story. it is our story. and taking photos every day has just become part of what i do.
it has been six years since i have have had any time for myself. six years since quinn was born. six years since he rocked my world. in a good way, of course. but in a way that changed everything for me. and in ways i never expected.
i have spent the past six years focusing on quinn, and then tate. i have not had any kind of balance with "me" time and family. the scales have always favored my kids. and i have no regrets about one single minute of time spent with them instead of on myself.
but life is changing now. time is moving on so quickly. quinn is about to start kindergarten and tate is going to start preschool. all of this happens in just a few weeks. and life will be different. for the first time in six years, i will have a few hours to myself for three days a week while tate is in preschool.
i know this time by myself will zoom by so quickly. i know it from all of my busy days with them now and from all of the advice of my friends who have gone through this school transition before me. and i will miss them so much when they are gone. but i also know that the time i will now be able to take for myself is going to make me better, stronger and more balanced.
and i intend to savor every minute.
i love that light right after a rainstorm. when the clouds are still lingering. and the light is glowing in a crazy, hazy way. the boys always want to play in the puddles after the rain. so i let them...
so we took a little trip to daytona beach for a family reunion. and when big italian families are involved, getting everyone together at the same time and in the same place is no small feat. but it happened.
all i know is having a big family. and that is a good thing. growing up, we used to take a summer vacation trip every year to daytona beach, florida with my aunt + uncle and their three kids. four adults, six kids and about seven days spent at the pool, the beach and the boardwalk. sun + fun. and lots of good memories. plenty of other aunts, uncles and cousins would come from year to year. and finally after many years, we all got together in daytona beach for a big giant family reunion. all 79 of us.
so this is what a great, big family life looks like to me...