Having a two and four year old and a husband that works long hours and travels a fair amount has meant that finding, and then maintaining, any sort of hobby over the past few years has been incredibly difficult. I'm never without my littlest during the day and then evenings are spent holding the fort or catching up on all the things that didn't get done while I was playing 'choo choos'. I have an increasingly long list of things that I'm going to do once both boys are in school and while some days I sigh because I'd really like to head off in to the woods unaccompanied to take some photographs, I'm not in any real rush for that time to come. It will get here soon enough and surely being able to watch Newsnight ... okay, reruns of Gossip Girl ... in silence is overrated, right? How much fun can it be to read a page of a book without being asked a million questions about how chameleons 'work' and if they're battery powered? Who wants to bake a batch of cookies without two chairs being scraped across the kitchen floor and four hands trying to sneak 'samples' of the mixture? All very, very boring, I'm sure.
Even this little blog of mine is not safe. The boys don't feature in a lot of posts but believe me, they're most definitely there behind the scenes. You might see my smiling face in the sidebar but it's really a family affair. There's no chance that I can get any writing done while they're awake because that's 'boring' no matter how many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle colouring books I put in front of them. But taking photographs? That's where my boys come in to their own. I see bright futures in photography or styling for them. It could be finding the perfect napkin, suggesting a certain tray or vase to feature in the background, or even deciding that a photograph of two beautiful, handmade and hand painted blue-drop mugs from Little Snug needs some teeny toes in it to really show them off.
Or perhaps the cheekiest smile ever.
One thing's for sure, the boys have certainly contributed to my increased knowledge of photo editing. I've become quite adept at cropping images although I occassionaly leave their little fingers in the shot as a bit of a momento. You'll be trying to spot them from now on, won't you?