8 weeks and halfway through #The100DayProject . . . and Summer Break is upon us!!!
Which means the 4 (four!) kids are with my every moment of every day.
Unless I’m at CrossFit. But I can’t live at CrossfFit. Nor can I draw at CrossFit. Drawing may help me work on grip strength but I can’t imagine how to keep my paper clean.
…but I digress.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore my kids. But once you get used to the freedom of school, even the idea of Summer Break makes you feel like hiding in your room, locking the door and never coming out.
Before starting this project, (and before Summer Break) I typically had one and a half days of the school week when my youngest is in preschool to create and the occasional Saturday. So I’ve already learned I have to be creative in how to get the time in.
I had once heard about an artist who worked at least 15 minutes a day on her art once she had children. I couldn’t understand this. I can get completely swept up into a project and 15 minutes feels like barely enough time to get my head in it. This was unappealing to me and instead I opted to create almost nothing for the first several years of being a mom. That worked great. *sarcasm*
Now here we are, one week into Summer Break, and so far so good. How, you might ask? I’m an early bird, so a lot of mornings I’m in the studio around 5:30 and squeezing in 45 minutes to an hour before they are *supposed* to come out of their rooms. But, even if I’ve not been able to get to it early, I’ve found ways to make it work. . . during reading rest, sneak away for a few when they’re playing nicely, while they’re watching Odd Squad . . . squeeze it in wherever I can. What I have seen is that my family has gotten used to looking for me in the studio first thing in the morning, or any time of day. And they’re ok with it.
But the best part: without realizing it, I’ve reflected values I want my kids to embrace:
drive and determination
using and valueing the gifts that God gave them
. . . and I’m sure I’m missing more.
Now for this week’s progress:
Day 50: Experimenting is important, too
Day 51: Forget the wash
Day 52: Climbing up the hill
Day 53: Getting closer
Day 54: The drawing is nearly done
Day 55. On to my favorite part!
Day 56. Scripture Sunday