It may have been just an ordinary day. In fact, that was the idea. Nothing special planned. No coordinating clothes, no trip to an especially pretty park, no timing with the setting of the sun. Just do what you do as you normally do it. Let me capture it and then, then you can actually see all the beauty that happens on an ordinary day. Then you can see all that you do as a parent is extraordinary even though it may feel like it’s just part of the job. From Lego-building to boo-boo-kissing, from whipping up some pasta carbonara* to readying for bedtime, parenting is wonderful and challenging and exhausting and priceless.
The balancing act of being a mom and owning a small business is not unlike that of any other position where one must do two very different things simultaneously, do them well, and do them both with a full heart. Kristan managed to do this with skill and a smile: picking up E from school and consoling J, while also trying to figure out how to tweak her schedule for a new client. Adam seamlessly joined the team when he arrived home from work and caught up on the day’s events which included J nearly being pinned between the car door and a tree. E filled him in on just how tired she was (but had enough energy to enjoy the macaron for dessert). And at the end of the night when little eyes were closed and little hearts were content, they were able to enjoy the well-deserved quiet, the presence of each other, the comfort of their couch, and a little wine.
Kristan and Adam, thanks so much for opening your afternoon and evening to me and my cameras. I loved every minute.
*Literally, she whipped up pasta carbonara – no recipe needed, she didn’t even measure anything from what I could tell. Seriously, this would have taken me an hour. Check out her amazing cooking skills and fantastic business, Collier’s Market.