Monday, October 05, 2009

A love/hate relationship.

I have such a torn relationship with this time of year.
It's my absolute favorite.
But it's also my busiest.
From now until Christmas is going to feel like a marathon for me.

I love the smells, the baking, the colors, the decor.
But I haven't had a chance to enjoy much of that yet.
I did grab some pumpkins and gourds at the Farmer's Market the other day.
I just told them, "Give me the bumpiest ugliest and funkiest ones you have."

I don't want to whine, because I'm so blessed.
And I try not to get stressed out, but this time of year does make me a little you know....

2 of my 3 kids have birthdays in December. Not exactly good planning on our part.
If you can help it, don't ever have a December baby. It's a crazy enough month already.

This time of year I start feeling super domestic and crafty.
I have loads of jewelry, blog, and craft ideas floating around in my head.
But other people are thinking shopping. So they are buying and keeping me busy with orders.
Which I am so grateful for!
It allows me to be a stay-at-home mom.
But as the holiday orders pick up, my grand ideas get pushed further and further back on my list of priorities.

Add into the mix this year, that I'm now running a photography business.
I could not love it any more than I do.
Meeting new people, creating art with my camera. I adore it.
It's challenging and exciting.
And people are so unbelievably kind. People see my art and appreciate it for what it truly is, and that is so heartwarming.
I get asked to document newborn babies, people in their 90's, families who only get together once every few years, people who are terminally ill and want to preserve this moment in time.
As much as I love jewelry, I almost think photography is the most rewarding thing I've done. (aside from wifing and mommying, of course.)

So for the next few months, please forgive me if I am a dry blogger.
Or if I don't return blog visits as quickly as I should. (this one kills me.)
Please know that you're not being ignored. You're still valued and treasured.
I'm just trying to juggle this love/hate thing I have from October through December.

And even though it's stressful, I still love it!


Morgan said...

That last picture is gorgeous. We have our anniversary in September, then birthdays in October, November, December, Jan, Feb, and March. I'm always so glad when Spring arrives and I can chill out on the birthday scene for a bit!

But you're right to count your blessings're blessed coming and going :)

Erica said...

i feel the same way about photography... it's a blessed job to have! there is nothing like capturing people's lives for them and allowing them to see that moment in time forever!

what a blessing to be so busy!

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

I love this time of year too but it is definitely hectic. Our birthdays aren't until early Jan which is almost as bad as Dec.

The Flying Bee said...

Being busy is such a blessing! I know what you mean, can get crazy! Try to enjoy it along the way.

Happy Monday!

Trasie Bressler said...

Just don't forget to take a little time for yourself too!

Cristy said...

Oh, I feel your pain. One birthday in Dec and one in early Jan. One in Feb and more in March. I always seem to try and do too much. Too many crafts. Too much baking. Too much shopping and running. The past two years, I have made a huge effort to try and slow it all not have things be so 'perfect'. This year, being pregnant with number 6, I think I may slow it down even more. It really does help my family keep our focus of what the season really means to us.

Sounds like you could use a pumpkin spice Cappuccino. Want me to bring you one tommorow? ;)

Shore Debris said...

I feel the same way! My family has 9 of 13 birtdays and 2 of 6 anniversaries all in December. My largest # of days in a month at craft shows are Nov and Dec.... it is so nice to know that I am not the only one who feels the tug of both love and hate. I almost feel sad that I am counting down the days (19) that I still have left to breathe easy before the crazieness starts!

Beadin By The Sea said...

Ah, we all feel a little bit this way. As my Etsy shop gets busier, it's usually my blog that gets neglected first too. I think when Christmas is over, we always wonder why it came and went so fast. Try to take the time to stop every once in a while and take it all in, as it looks like you've done today!

PS. My summer baskets are still hanging on, we've had such a beautiful Fall here. I should look out my Autumn door wreaths but I think they'll CLASH with the bright summer petunias, and we can't have that!

Wendy said...

LOVE the funky pumpkins! They're so cool!

And what a nice problem to be having - too many jobs? Where do I stand in line to have that problem? Of course, you were just talking about not getting to OTHER people's blogs, not mine, right? Right? Beki?

Toni :O) said...

Good golly, you are not alone. My son's b-day is the 21st of December...thank goodness he didn't arrive on his due date of the 25th. Who knew in March when the fun happened, what month we'd end up in-we were so clueless! Hah! Yes, I agree...people....if you want less stress in your life...don't get preggo's in March! Enjoy what you can when you can...that's what counts!

Unknown said...

I had this big long thing written out and then sounded like I was whining, so to make a long story short. I TOTALLY sympathize with you, birthdays and all. =) Hang in there girl!

rentz said...

We've got both mothers b-days and our girl's in December. I feel your pain.

But it is such a fun, fun time!

The Boccias said...

This made me laugh...since I am a Christmas Day baby myself and have a c-section set for Dec. 21st for our baby girl. Poor husband! Hope you are able to fully enjoy these next few months.

kraftykash said...

You are truly blessed!

Spadazzle said...

Yes, it is a crazy time! It feels the same for us and every year I have more things I want to do but never get done. This year I took my Christmas ornament stuff to Starbucks and worked on them during the summer, then brought them with me to Tokyo when we stayed in the hotel for the week. Wow! So much can get done if you can do that stuff out of season :) but people look at you kinda odd..... I really enjoy your pictures, I just got a new camera and am playing around with it but havn't figured it out yet. If possible try to take 1 day a week (during the week) off, enjoy your time, take things slow- I find this helps a lot. Tuesday is our day and it includes a nice dinner.movies, etc but only if I take it off, so I try everyweek- no appointments, nothing! Enjoy your week!

Jenny said...

I also LOVE Fall..but you are right. There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done!
I love your pumpkin pictures! They are great!

Sara said...

to it all.
you have to read the kids book:
"The Ugliest Pumpkin"

Unknown said...

you certainly are a busy lady.

Just so you know, your blog always makes me smile. I go to my little Google Reader page, and look for updates on your page first. :D


Laura said...

wish we were neighbors
I am in the same space you speak of

Ruth said...

gotta be honest, that knobbly thing in the last picture makes me feel a little sick. ack. but i don't think your blog could ever be dry!! hope you get some time out as well as all the craziness :)

Sara said...

The book is
The Ugly Pumpkin...

tara said...

I think a lot of us feel this way Becky, don't apologize, it is life and we will be here to read when you post! :)

LuLu said...

Your photography is beautiful... i know what you mean about being busy... it's a blessing but it's also nice to sit a spell,
Have fun and enjoy yourself,

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

You are so sweet! I can relate...except for that birthday! I do get extra crafty and have to keep up with orders. It's strange because the happiness of more orders can be dampered by the overwhelmed feeling! Your photography and jewelry are beautiful!


Farmgirl Paints said...

I hear ya. There is more to life than blogging, but at times it doesn't seem so:) We will still be here.

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

I can SOOOO relate! My daughter's birthday is in Dec & most of my etsy business is christmas. Just gotta hold on and enjoy the ride.

Serene said...

Your town is gorgeous :)

Anonymous said...

I certainly can understand the mixed feelings during this very hectic time of year..
Lucky YOU, fo having so many orders to fill, but it still takes time.
Just remember to pace yourself and take deep breaths.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment on my little Team Warmies...Fingers and toes crossed here~~lol!


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