Just back from a wonderful, amazing, terrific, magnifique week in Paris, so apologies for not getting anything up on the blog last week.
I met up with the darling Ms J for a just-her photo shoot earlier in July, and she couldn’t have been cuter or more pleasant to work with. When she had her ice cream in hand, she was all giggles and goofiness, and I love the captures. These, again, are Jane Photo wardrobe, which I was thrilled to be able to loan to Ms J.
I simply couldn’t call it a day without a snap of Ms J’s little bro as he munched on his ice cream. He is just sooo adorable.
Our July fundraising drive is for the Cassidy’s Craft Campaign. Cassidy Briggs is a little 8-year-old Surrey girl who died in January of liver cancer. There weren’t enough craft materials at Children’s Hospital during her stays, so all on her own initiative, she started a charity drive to purchase supplies. Now that she’s gone, the charity is continuing, and all little sick kids will have this sweet gift from Cassidy. We are pleased to offer Cassidy’s Craft Campaign $1 for every comment received on this blog during the month of July, 2010. So come one, come all! Send your friends and family to this blog to leave a comment. It’s such a little thing, but it can make such a big difference. We are happy to send the hospital a cheque for up to $200 at the end of the month, depending on how many comments you leave.
Tell us about Ms J. How old is she?
J is 5 old years. Cannot believe time has passed so quickly!
Tell us about her little brother. How do the two get along?
They are the best of friends most of the time but like any siblings, they have their moments. I love that they are born close together (17 months apart) and will not remember life without one another.
Are you stopping at two children, or are you continuing on?
I actually wrote a blog post entitled “Is 3 the new 2?” To make a long story short, the jury is still out. We also just got a black lab puppy which I think is my husband’s way of trying to distract me from having the should we/shouldn’t we convo.
Ms J is headed for school in the autumn. Is she looking forward to it? What do you think her favourite subject will be? Will your heart break seeing her go off into this new, big-kid stage?
My heart is already breaking. I was a mess at her preschool graduation. So proud but also so blown away at how quickly she has grown up. At first she didn’t want to go to the big kids school but since some of her friends from preschool are going, I think she will be fine. If she is like her mother, PE will be her fave class. She also seems to really love art! Hopefully she takes after her father because I struggle to draw stick people.
What is your favourite thing about having two children?
Everything. They are incredibly full on, so loving, adaptable and I feel like I am reliving my childhood through them at times. They absolutely keep me on my toes, which I love. I learn from them every day and cannot get enough of their kisses, cuddles, tickles and hugs!
What is the most frustrating thing for you?
In general, it is the workload and the overflowing plate and number of balls to juggle. At times it feels like I am not doing anything well but I recognize this is a choice I make (to be busy and to say yes when I should sometimes say no). Ultimately though, I have control over the decisions I make or the path I choose, even if the decision is to live life permanently OUT OF CONTROL.
You run your own business, Raspberry Kids. How it is balancing the two sides of your life? Any advice for other moms out there trying to walk that tightrope?
I don’t believe balance exists, at least not for me. Therefore, I am not in a position to give advice to other moms other than to say make sure you love what you do. The long hours, commitments, responsibility are acceptable because I truly enjoy what I do.
Ms J’s favourite things in the whole world are:
I just gave J a call and asked her this very question and her response was: ”Princesses and the Diamond Castle”. On her behalf, I would also add the color pink.
Ms J loves her:
J loves her dresses which I am sure you will find as no surprise considering how willingly she performed all the wardrobe changes on our photo shoot.