Moooo (not boo!)

My computer is dying… my kids ate my camera… I am sleep-deprived!!!
Ok, so I really don’t have a good excuse for not blogging, other than your average, every-day busy-ness!  But, more on that topic later as everyone just wants to see the cow and the pilot!

Here are our gorgeous trick-or-treaters who say "moo"!
 

Actually, Giselle says "Got Milk?" and Jameson says "Got Candy?"
 


Giselle has just informed me that her 20-minute nap is over...
A.K.A "Got Milk?"


It is now 11 PM and everyone is miraculously asleep so here is a quick update...

My mom and Dad helped me unpack our last boxes and organize our garage last week! Yay!  San Diego is beginning to feel like home and that feeling is compounded by the fact that our house in Pleasant Hill is finally sold. Thanks to Rosie Meddaugh and her team, we had multiple offers on our house, in spite of this crazy real-estate market.

Now that the unpacking and house selling is behind us, we can begin to focus on a few creative things in our lives. I have written a few songs and am hoping to find time to record them. Jim and I did a preliminary recording a few months ago, but I was completely distracted by our sweet little one and learned something about myself. I really don’t like to multi-task. Naturally, I multi-task constantly as a mother of two young children. In fact, I feel like I run a multi-tasking marathon every day of my life. But, when it comes to being creative, I really want to focus on one thing.

Jameson began his Mandarin class on Wednesday, so I have some time to run errands and just hang with Giselle. But, Mademoiselle Giselle is not a big sleeper during the day. I cannot guarantee that she will sleep for more than a half-hour at any point during the day right now. So, how much can I really accomplish during that short half-hour in the studio? I am hoping if I just keep writing every day and practice when I can, and be super-efficient when it comes to recording, that I will eventually accomplish my goal.

My question for the day is: Am I the only woman/artist who dislikes multi-tasking? If so, does anyone have advice on how to stay creative with constant distractions? How do I stay focused, when honestly, I cannot focus even when I am asleep? I must learn this skill soon or I am bound to write 200 songs that never make it past my iPad!

4 comments

  • Char

    Char

    My Seester, Eventually they sleep through the night. Eventually you can count on them going to bed at a certain time. Eventually you carve out one night a week, when all the laundry is done, the kitchen is clean, the major projects are done, and you decide you deserve just one hour to yourself to be creative! Beware! Sometimes you have so much fun being creative, the hour becomes two, or five, and you are exhausted the next day, and you vow to never go over your one hour time limit again. (Sometimes you forget your vow!) Either way, that one hour can become one of the more cherished hours of your week. Other than the hours you spent playing at the park, snuggling during story time, blowing bubbles, playing with play dough, and countless other beautiful cherished hours that make less creative time bearable! Hope this helps! Love you and can't wait for Disneyland!

    My Seester,
    Eventually they sleep through the night. Eventually you can count on them going to bed at a certain time.
    Eventually you carve out one night a week, when all the laundry is done, the kitchen is clean, the major projects are done, and you decide you deserve just one hour to yourself to be creative!
    Beware! Sometimes you have so much fun being creative, the hour becomes two, or five, and you are exhausted the next day, and you vow to never go over your one hour time limit again. (Sometimes you forget your vow!) Either way, that one hour can become one of the more cherished hours of your week. Other than the hours you spent playing at the park, snuggling during story time, blowing bubbles, playing with play dough, and countless other beautiful cherished hours that make less creative time bearable! Hope this helps! Love you and can't wait for Disneyland!

  • Annie

    Annie

    *Waves hand excitedly in the air* Me! Me!! I *detest* multi-tasking sometimes and it frequently makes my head spin. Ugh. I so enjoy the one day when the babysitter comes and I get a couple of hours to myself!

    *Waves hand excitedly in the air* Me! Me!! I *detest* multi-tasking sometimes and it frequently makes my head spin. Ugh. I so enjoy the one day when the babysitter comes and I get a couple of hours to myself!

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    The baby will learn to sleep better..you'll learn to multi-task in order to survive...and I mean the creative part of your life. Like your wise sister said...carve out an hour for your self...don't lose yourself in being a Mom....being and artists will make you better Mom! Sharing your gifts will help your kiddos to grown...and taking a small bit of time for yourself is setting a good example for them. You are an amazing woman and child of God. He has equipped you to do it all...even when you doubt it. Love you!

    The baby will learn to sleep better..you'll learn to multi-task in order to survive...and I mean the creative part of your life. Like your wise sister said...carve out an hour for your self...don't lose yourself in being a Mom....being and artists will make you better Mom! Sharing your gifts will help your kiddos to grown...and taking a small bit of time for yourself is setting a good example for them. You are an amazing woman and child of God. He has equipped you to do it all...even when you doubt it. Love you!

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    Wow - just re-read what I wrote. Talk about tired Mommy and bad typing! Well you get the gist! Love you. Off to sign language class to help Nathan learn.

    Wow - just re-read what I wrote. Talk about tired Mommy and bad typing! Well you get the gist! Love you. Off to sign language class to help Nathan learn.

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