We parent and we care!
I know it does not sound like much but when there are 5 children aged 3-8 in a house it takes a lot of caring and parenting to keep the life going.
At the minute I have being loaded with requests for workshops and a couple of parties. After my break from soap making I completely forgot how October has always been our busiest month related to workshops and party. I am gladly accepting the work load and after a few months feeling a bit "blue" and avoiding human contact I am back enjoying to meet new people and hear stories with a lot of creativity, lovely smells and laughter.
The boys are not used with mummy away from home anymore and they are starting to verbalize that they are not very happy with my errands lately but after a lot of hugs and reassurance they remembered that they are the ones who encouraged me to go back into the soap business as they think that " it is very important for a family to have a family business to be passed to the children and so on" - Eli and Tobin's words.
If you ever wondered (or not) what happens in our soapy lives the days workshops are not being programmed, prepared and delivered than I will give you a glimpse of it. It is not everyday happy and bubbly but when things are quite sad and ugly I don't have a camera to record it so here I will show in pictures some things that get going among the school runs, home work, washing, tantrum management, pacifying endless disagreements, potty training fails, appointments to attend, cleaning and cooking:
My first attempt to make my own throat Honey and Lemon drops
It took me 4 tries but at the end I made one with pure honey and it worked a treat!
Board games are the big thing in the household at the minute. If weather allows we go for walks and reading is also something we enjoy a lot as the we are a no-tv household
We do things that keep us distracted from important things
Well...at least I get distracted. Garreth is more focused than myself so "I" get distracted taking pictures of nature, learning sewing, crochet, knitting, weaving...we also eat, drink coffee (in abundance alongside Garreth's Gin in the evening and get some rest on Shabbat (our favorite day of the week).
See? We are just like any other family. And you? What do you do when not investing in your passion or work?