This week we literally had all four seasons in one week. We had some absolutely gorgeous days that dried up our backyard and made it possible to get outside and do some yardwork. And then... there were the not so nice days. Rain, freezing rain, snow, you name it, we got it over the Easter weekend.
But I'm hoping that it will clear up, warm up and that we'll have a nice week because my oldest has no school and it'd be nice if we can actually have some fun outside. This is the first year that I've let the younger of the two boys go out with his brother and explore the neighbourhood. We live at the end of the cul de sac and four out of the six police officers in town live right next to us, so it's a pretty safe street for kids. So they've been exploring together, which is nice because it gives me a little time once in awhile just to spend with the baby, who doesn't get my undivided attention as much as she probably should. She does get loads of attention from all of us, but sometimes I worry that she isn't getting the same childhood the other two had. Our oldest had us all to himself for almost five years and then he started school the fall after the youngest boy was born, so the youngest boy had us all to himself during the days while his brother was at school. But baby girl hasn't had that much time with us without one or both of her big brothers hanging out too. So it's a nice change that sometimes they're both outside playing together and I can stay in and just hang out with her.
Hubby was off almost all last week because of the way the schedule fell, but had to start back to work early this morning and will work through the week, so unfortunately we won't get to go out of town or anything during the Easter break, but we celebrated Easter a day early so that he could sit and enjoy his Easter lunch without worrying about getting called out. And my parents came for the weekend, which is always nice. I actually managed to take a bunch of great photos this weekend, which made me really happy. Our Nikon started giving us some problems a couple months ago so I finally sent it away to them and they actually sent us a brand new one just last week. So yeah, a huge shout-out to Nikon Canada, because they are awesome!
Oh and then last week this also happened:
I made a bit of a spur of the moment decision and now I have bright red hair and bangs. I haven't really decided if I like it yet, but it's fun for a change. I guess I've changed a lot in the past year or so because this time last year, if I made a split second decision like this and was unsure of the end result, I'd probably cry about it. A lot. But I just don't sweat the small stuff anymore. Mainly because we've had our share of dealing with the big stuff and I've just realized that being stressed and worried everyday is soooo not worth it - it just takes you away from the things that really matter. And how the heck do you enjoy life if you're anxious about every little thing. So not fun. And not good for a creative brain. I know some very famous works of art are created out of angst, but I need to be happy to create anything I really love. Or at least at peace with whatever's going on in my life.
And speaking of artwork... I'm so happy that I finally finished the canvas I've been working on forever for my studio wall. I really wanted something that I created, in my favorite colours to inspire me. This is the beginning of a wall dedicated to art (mine and others) in my studio so it's an exciting start. I just love the bold lines on this one. Although I keep looking at the words and thinking it needs another one for balance. I may have to do a little tiny bit more after all.