Now that the park is closed, the kids and I are going to be home for the weekend and I’ve been trying to figure out something for us to do.
My son has hockey on Saturday afternoon and a practice on Sunday so that means we have to stay close to home and work around his schedule. My ex will be picking him up and taking him…hockey is her thing and she takes him regardless of whose weekend it is.
Saturday evening we are going to my mom’s for dinner. The kids love going there. My son loves to build a fort under her coffee table and my daughter likes to sit in the window in her room (12th floor) and watch the lights and traffic go by. It also helps that she has an indoor pool and we all love to go swimming.
We spent a lot of time there when my ex and I first split up and we were waiting for our house to sell. As you can imagine, things were very tense living in the same house so the kids and I would pack up and go to grandma’s every weekend. It was our home away from home even though Grandma wasn’t there, she was in Florida for the winter.
On Sunday afternoon we are having family pictures taken. This is something we have never done. Never. I haven’t even had professional pictures of my kids taken since they were babies.
We are schedule to have them taken outside and I worry that it’s going to be too cold or it’s going to rain. I don’t want a bunch of pictures of us all wearing coats, but it’s not like I can layer up the shirts/sweaters on my daughter. I have been going through our closets trying to find something for us all to wear but so far I haven’t figured it out yet.
Then there are my own body issues to deal with. I hate having my picture taken. Most days I don’t mind my body. I’m comfortable in my own skin and generally happy with the way I look. Pictures…those are another story, and I can’t quite figure out why. I look in the mirror and I’m happy with what I see and think “wow, I look good”. And then someone takes a picture and I think “wow, is that how I really look?”.
Oh well, I’m going to suck it up and get the pictures done because it’s something we’ve never done before and I’m always the one behind the camera. I have lots of pictures of the children but I want pictures of the 3 of us. I don’t want to look back years from now and wonder where I was in our visual history.
Now that we are in the midst of autumn, I’m loving the cooler weather, the early sunsets and the beginning of the holiday season. I know that we haven’t even gotten through Halloween yet but I thought I’d leave you with this thought…