1 Dec 2014

Our Everyday Life: The Candle of Hope

theodora ofosuhima toi at the museum

Maybe it's due to the month but November was hectic over here.
Week 48 we had to run against time. On Monday I thought I had time on my side but by Wednesday I was feeling like a cat on ice, i couldn’t keep my balancing act together.

Well, Sunday marked the beginning of advent and the first candle that we burn is of hope so, I hope to learn to keep my life well balanced.

I realised that stopping AOI from napping affects me too, but when she naps bedtime routine becomes an epic conquest, plus she sleeps the same amount of time (meaning if she sleeps at 10pm she works up at the same time around 6-6:30am as if she sleeps at 8pm).
So up to Wednesday I didn't let her nap. On Monday she slept in car on our way home from an afternoon photoshoot I did. It was 6pm so we didn’t let her stay awake. She woke up three hours later but she went back to sleep within half an hour.

theodora ofosuhima snow angel

But Wednesday, after a lovely afternoon ice skating on the ice rink some friends have created in their backyard, I didn't let her sleep in the car because it was too late for a nap. I had to stop and get my fingers cold in the snow to rub on her sleepy eyes. I then gave a long episode of Peppa Pig in Italian to watch. That kept her awake until our food shopping trip. In the meantime baby TOI was  napping in the carseat, he woke up as soon as I parked in the parking lot at the supermarket. He was screaming by time I went into the shop. Perspiration became my companion for the next hour. I pushed throw it all, promising myself never to go good shopping alone. For some reason I don't think I'll keep that promise.

I went to pick a photo order that one of my clients ordered. I really love the process of photographing them, helping them choose and then ordering prints for them. It takes more time and effort but that's the service I want to provide.

Saturday morning, I heard the voices of my lovelies in the distance. They had left me under the covers of the bed. I should have followed them but instead my hands pulled the covers up to my chin. I closed my eyes. I was woken by the small voice of my girl playing pretend in the living room, I checked the time. 9:30, my phone read. Three hours since they've been awake. I had my weekend lie in and I felt fresh. I really miss more morning lie ins!

theodora ofosuhima wdm christmas tree

Around half past ten I took the kids, alone {daddy was working on some papers}, to see the Christmas tree display at our local western development museum. Though I’m always struggling when I’m outandabout alone with two kids, that doesn’t stop me from taking them to places, because they are always nice people are willing to help. The case was when one of the ladies whom works at the museum asked me to leave my sleeping boy next to her standing post so that I could take pictures. She looked like a trustworthy person so I left TOI in his carseat next to her as I snapped few pictures. There were Scottish dancers too.

theodora ofosuhima scottish dancel

In the afternoon my church hosted the annual adventivity program - cookie making, horse drawn sleigh riding, craft and tree decoration making, decorating the tree and carol singing. I love the fact that my church does all these Christmassy stuff. Saturday made me want to see and feel more Christmas all around me.

Sunday morning, I was standing in the kitchen cutting bananas into the blender whilst m y children played near my feet. "You look like granny T" I heard AOI say. I was flattered because I could sincerely see myself looking like mother in my morning gown and the fact that my daughter said that made me so proud.

I went to church alone because it was too cold to take the kids.

Few photos from the weekend

theodora ofosuhima church adventivity 2014 horses

theodora ofosuhima church adventivity 2014

theodora ofosuhima church adventivity cookie making

theodora ofosuhima church adventivity horse sleigh ride

theodora ofosuhima church adventivity tree decor 2014

theodora ofosuhima church adventivity

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