I finished shooting pre-holiday sessions the week before Christmas and took some official time off. I'm not unaccustomed to juggling work and school holiday, but this year I knew I had a busy January (not to mention February March and April) so I welcomed the break. I find parenting and, well, everything else, often compete with each other. I would like so much to say that I've figured out the magic balance where everything works just brilliantly. But, of course, you know the answer to that dilemma. Spread too thin. The simplest tasks (dinner?) become epic undertakings when I'm attempting to do multiple things at once. When I sit down to just be with the boys (and nothing hanging over my head. Sales tax due?) it's just so much - easier. I'm just going to keep believing that it's okay to work towards the elusive balance. (Definition of insanity, you say?) But two weeks of nothing but being Mom? Yes please. And then, of course, everyone gets sick. Or the weather keeps us inside. Or the boys are quarreling. Again. But we were home together and it was (mostly) lovely. And January promises to be busy. But not in the whiny-I-have-no-time-why-am-I-so-over-committed-way. Just in the I've-got-a-lot-on-tap way. And I signed a new school for the spring, bringing my school photo schedule to near capacity. Unbelievable. In year two! Of course, I'm thrilled. And now considering what comes after. For next year: keep the schedule as is and hope to book full again, or consider expanding. Either way, I like the options. Meanwhile. This is what my life looks like.