Archive for February 2012
What a glorious day!! So many fresh starts and changes in the air.
I have been working on something that I have wanted for so long. My own studio (or shared studio space with the man of my dreams!) ….aaaaand I GOT IT! I spent the day organizing that dream. It is such a nice in-home space with doors that shut out the world and grabby toddler hands. It was an amazing and sometimes hard journey to get here. When we first decided it was time to buy our first grown-up house we made a list of a few must haves. I won’t bore you with the long list of picky details, or how long we had to wait but will just say that we got it all and then some. The best part being a studio space. I guess in most people’s homes they would call it a downstairs study or office, but to us it is pure heaven with french doors. I plan on doing a “before and after remodel” post so I won’t reveal too much of the awesome-ness now. I just wanted to talk a little about what it means to me as an artist and stay at home mom.
First thing we had to do was come to terms with was the fact that it was time for Jude to start going to some sort of child care or Tuesday/Thursday school outside of the home. The occasional play dates and library story times a few times a week weren’t cutting it. There is only so much entertainment I can give a kid who needs a little socialization and time away from mommy. I was already past desperate for some me time as well. Realizing that I was pushing back the Wendy that wanted to create and paint for herself simply because it was too tiring to be her and the supermom/partner that my family needed me to be was hard to swallow. It was time to let others into our life to help care for little guy. We so lucked out with our small community’s local child care facility. They are so kind and loving. They also had the perfect spot for him to go two times a week that worked with my schedule. The best part for me is that they offer video monitoring. I love this!! I can log on and see what my sweetness is doing all day. It is hard for me to break the attachment and closeness we have shared over the last 2 years, so still being able to see that he is actually napping, eating, playing with other kids helps me feel connected. He is still in the adjustment period and drop-offs are still hard but he seems to be adjusting well.
MEANWHILE! I have been busy getting the space ready to be a wonderful place for creative goodness. This is absolutely my dream come true. I have so many plans for business opportunities to come. Along with a fresh new physical creative space, Simon also put a new coat of paint on the old Wenderflonia website and it looks great. He added a few new tabs such as the newest painting tab that has a sweet button that will send you straight to my shop to purchase. Loving it! A renewal of sorts is setting in. I am feeling this! What are you doing to see your dream come true? This is what mine is looking like.
Love a real live artist,
Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of Our Jude. He is the sweetest, most dynamic and talented 2 year old we know.
His first birthday (remember that one!?) was a grand affair (as it should be!) so we decided that a small little gathering of nearby family and friends would do us just fine. All my awesome menfolk came early to help with the last and worst part of our move. My raised beds were still at the old house and I wasn’t about to leave them behind. We also needed the dirt for back-fill in some washed out parts. It was very hard work and I am so lucky to have such a giving and helping family.
Once all the hard work was done we enjoyed presents, burgers and good company. Jude has been in toy heaven ever since. He doesn’t get a lot of sugary treats so he was a little “high” on the excitement and junk food. He didn’t go to bed until 1:30 am!
So happy birthday Jude! This next year will be so full of excitement and new adventures. Let’s go take a nap.
Love the mama of a sweetie,