Thursday, June 18, 2009

Spinning Plates

Sculpture Garden Lafayette Gallery Red Balloons
Originally uploaded by Julee Herrmann HeArt Collective

Summer Break is a whole new animal to this Mommy... Since Alexia has been old enough to be social she was in preschool even during the Summer. Now that I have my business in full swing and my kiddo in public school she has the summer off and I have been thrown for a loop. No wonder all of the working Mommies in the area have their kids in camp after camp... duh!

I have always struggled with finding the balance between work and family and household stuff pretty much throwing myself fully into what ever it is I am doing at the time. If I am making dinner the art work and workshop prep is the furthest thing from my mind... If I'm in the throws of creativity its every Herrmann for themselves when it comes to eating... if I'm hanging out with The People I try to get them to take me out to dinner... and now I find myself in the 4th day of Summer Break thinking.... holy crap! I'm never going to finish anything ever again!

I have mostly finished a project that I started last week... should have taken me 1 day to finish - it took me 3 and its still NOT done. I have one sewing project on the machine... the laundry is done and folded and The People (a.k.a Herrmanns) ate last night... do I have to cook again??? Oh and Lexee has played, painted, planted, done letters and numbers and read a dozen books... she's gotten more sewing done than I have. The puppy has a new cape, a "do rag", two pillows and a sleeping bag with her name embroidered on it! Right now we're mostly kid focused as you may be able to tell....

So here's the question... how do I keep the plates spinning? With art, house, family, home-all-day-all-night-all-week-KID and SELF plates staring me in the face I'm about to throw them all up in the air and go lay by the pool.... *DUCK!*


  1. Hi Jul! OMG I can tell you that I know what you are talking about because I am in the same boat. I've got three boys, ages 5, 8, and 10 years old and keeping them occupied (other than letting them play video games all day) is really challenging. We have a swimming pool so that helps a little bit. I'm constantly feeling guilty that when I'm doing one thing I should be doing another thing. I have yet to find a balance and get rid of that guilt but I try to take it one day at a time and at least dedicate to doing one fun thing with the kids daily and then I can tell them that they can play video games for an hour or so guilt free so I can work in my office. Good luck with finding a balance for yourself, if you do, let me know what it is! :) Alison

  2. Seriously, I'd go lay by the pool, right by the side, and roll in. Then just float for a while. Then make sure you get hamburgers and hot dogs and on days when you "crap, I have to cook again?" everyone will be happy, because what kid won't eat a hot dog? They won't die of malnutrition over one summer. At least none of my four did. And you said "holy crap" .... I say that!



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