A little gift between friends, Illustration: Ink, Watercolor and Gouache.
It’s well into December and I have been neglecting you, my friends! I find it hard to sit at any point in the day, to take a break, never mind picking up a paint brush. Today, I needed that to change. There is never enough time, but there should certainly be time to welcome the season of giving with at little illustration.
We have had a little snow, a little rain, and a couple of surprisingly warmer days, but the weather is the last thing on my mind. I throw on a scarf and hat like brushing my teeth and venture out into the stormy spin of nonstop seasonal scurrying. Hats and jackets, boots and mittens, shoes on backwards, and a little less spunk in my step as I herd my preschooler to school in the morning. Little Fox (who is one now!) is hanging from my hip and sliding down my side as I try and maneuver both kids into the jeep and make it the five minutes to the school house. I tell you, it’s a task getting the days started in winter with two babies.
Of course, there have been colds, bad colds, ear infections, flu shots, Dr. appointments, and cabin fever. There is “bewitching hour” as my husband and I like to refer to the four o’clock hour every evening before dinner. Panda is notorious for temper tantrums at his age, and Fox likes to see how many octaves higher he can overpower him in a screaming battle. He thinks it’s a song, and Panda thinks it’s a game. It’s a delight for the eyes and the ears both. It sounds great, right?
I’m drooling on my pillow by 8:45 at night, and dragging my feet by 5 the next morning to get in 20 minutes of yoga (maybe) before the kids are up again. It’s crazy. If I were a wittier writer, I’m sure I could relay this much better and really make you feel sorry for me, but honestly it’s not like me to dwell on the negative.
Instead, let me finish this post with a positive accomplishment. OUR TREE IS UP! It is decorated and the lights are twinkling. I’m so excited we have the big tree up this year! With Fox’s arrival last Thanksgiving, we barely got the baby two foot tree up. Also, we have begun Christmas crafting and watching festive holiday movies. I have been teaching Christmas carols to the boys, and hubby has been hosting the nightly Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar. Chippy, The Elf on Our Shelf, has returned. We are doing it. Amidst the crazy of just being our normal dysfunctional selves, we are making Christmas happen this year.
It’s the whole idea behind this illustration today. Though it may be stormy, we will still find those sweet pockets of happy moments, because we took the time to really celebrate the magic of the season. It’s about family and giving your heart in kindness. Time is my most valued gift this season, and I’m trying to share it…with everyone!!!
How are you getting ready for the holidays?