My boys are four years old today. Here they are, modelling my new hat design (pattern to be released soon!) and blowing funny kisses to the camera. Thank you to everyone who has helped us make it to four years old!
I haven't blogged lately, in part because just keeping up with life seemed hard. I had some weird snafus; things that got lost in cyberspace, didn't get published, stuff like that. Nothing major, I let it go, but it meant some things I wrote, time and energy got lost along the wayside.
Recently, I've focused on my work efforts here. Several readers have asked me to send links to my articles and this allows me to do it one place. I've started publishing knitting patterns more regularly again after a long hiatus, and the blog allows me to announce them, too.
I'm excited about this focus on my work life, which I'm slowly regaining. On a good week, I get maybe 10-15 hours a week to work. The thing I can celebrate as the boys turn 4 is getting back a little of my professional freelance life back as well. Twins are all consuming, and in a place where it is hard to access childcare and we have no nearby family, I sometimes spend weeks or months trying to manipulate all the household obligations so I can find time to write and design. Preschool and summer camp (X two kids) become essential.
Regaining that chance to think, write and produce is crucial for me to be a financially contributing household member and a happier, self-actualized person. I think this also probably makes me a better mom. (Now, if only I could get everyone to sleep through the night. I am bushed!)
So here's to four! Here's to new designs, articles, ideas, and creative outlets for all of us! (The boys' favorite gifts this year included a lot of creative play toys: ukelele, a kid-sized banjo, lego train and rocket sets, balls, books, a play silk, and other wonderful surprises)
Recently published in the Winnipeg Jewish Post & News, on community belonging and ownership:
Building and revitalizing Winnipeg’s Jewish community
Recently published on the CBC Manitoba website--on enforcement (or not) of Winnipeg bylaws:
Navigating Winnipeg parking driving cycling bylaws a dizzying affair
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