It's an every-day, every-decision, always-on-my-mind kind of thing to balance out who is 'winning'. And by winning - I mean who is benefiting from the decisions in question. Is our activity/purchase/plan good for Pilot or Penn or me or Dan or the dogs or everyone? Sure, there are no-brainers like laundry soap or toilet paper - YES, GOOD FOR EVERYONE. Things like morning park-time when Penn would better benefit from a nap in her crib - Pilot the busy bee with too much energy wins. Things like sitting on a big blanket watching Pilot race around with the neighbours - me AND my girl tribe win. Things like long lineups or long flights for babies - ARE NOT GOOD FOR ANY OF US. Then there are things like painting... YES, it's crazy good for ME. But, I have to believe that it's also good for Pilot + Penn because they are learning to be more exist without me and to formulate their little wings (or maybe that I am slowly learning to be okay with the very big wings they will develop long before I am ready). It's great for Dan because he gets a happier me and really the same applies to the dogs because I feel so much more awesomeness when I am painting. For instance - I stop calling Norman an 'dirtbag' and start taking a few more minutes to rub his super cute little chin.
See? Everyone wins.
Today: I have 5 pieces that I am working on and the first 15 show pieces to plan out. The nanny is here and I am going to do my very best to STAY OUT OF IT. That is so much harder than it might seem. But, I think by letting them find their own rhythm together - EVERYONE WINS.
My coffee is a mocha today. Hello paintbrushes. GO!