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Happy New Year!

What a day!

Started with epic parental search for appropriate epic punishment for a six year old, broke up multiple arguments between children, broke up dog fight between our bulldog and the in-laws pooch after the in-laws dog growled at our two year old, loaded truck to brim to take load to dump on last amnesty day of 2012, delivered all remaining sessions to 2012 clients after working until 5am to finish them in 2012, found bright blue marker on in-laws light beige couch and white carpet, spent far too long scrubbing said blue marker marks, contemplated cost of replacing the in-laws entire living room furniture as my first purchase for 2013, took kids for a walk to blow off steam, two year old cried for entire walk, stopped at Tim’s for coffee- I never drink coffee, spilled coffee all over myself, I still don’t drink coffee, returned home with kids, six year old repeated parts of behaviour that spurred morning’s epic punishment…

All seemed lost in my entire philosophy as a parent and human being and dark black holes seemed very inviting, until my six year old asked if we could bring a lost friend a coffee for ‘the last day of 2012’. Deep breath. A flicker of light. We piled back into the truck and stopped back at Tim’s for another coffee and then headed to a special spot where Jackson told stories about 2012 and left a coffee for a special friend. We ventured home together, peeled off our layers, I put the cranky two year old down for a nap and opened up my computer to blog about 2012. As I went to sit, my six year old asked me to watch a movie with him. I started to respond with ‘I’m going to go,’ and before I could finish he hung his head and said ‘work.’

Melt my heart with guilt.

We started today on a sour note, trying to figure out the answers to parenting and discipline, seems the answer is time. Needless to say, I am not finishing my blog post right now. I am off to watch a movie I probably won’t enjoy but I get to snuggle with my special little six year old whom I adore regardless of how upset he can make me at times, and that is time I am thankful for. I made a promise in 2011, that I would be present for important celebrations, so I also won’t be blogging after the kids go to bed- maybe 4 a.m. But the odds of two near all nighters in a row in quite low, because tomorrow my six year old and even the two year old will both want more quality time.

My apologies for no end of the year post. But I wish you all the very best as you ring in the New Year. I am celebrating the first part of my evening with a cranky two year old, a snuggly and apologetic six year old, and the second part of my evening with my husband and our wonderful friends. Lots of love and gratitude for all of your incredible support, kind words and for bringing me incredible photographic opportunities; sharing your incredible family moments remind me to continue to appreciate my own.

Caitlin.

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  • January 1, 2013 - 11:14 AM

    Karen Knutsen - Have I told you lately that I <3 you! XOX

  • January 1, 2013 - 3:24 PM

    Tara Marchiori - Oh Caitlin – this is lovely. Lovely and honest. Rings so true and is so so familiar. Have a wonderful year!