{Tea} time.

Warning. Rampling personal post ahead … ūüėČ

I used to read a lot. 
I love reading. I am a fast reader. I love books and I have always wanted a huge library in my home. I am teaching my five year old to read (a very awesome feeling!) and my girls and I read books every night before bed.

But since having three little girls underfoot, a business to run, a household to run, a life to live and never-ending laundry to fold, well, my reading falls by the wayside. And when I say fall … I mean, it hits rock bottom in the deepest, darkest dried up old well in an abondaded field miles from civilaztion. I never ever find the chance to read anymore.And that makes me sad. If I sit, it’s because I’m proofing or folding laundry or teaching JK to my daughter or going over the keys on the piano or changing a bum on the living room carpet or painting a little girl’s toenails … oh, the list could go on.
Well, a few afternoons ago, the girls were playing nicely (nicely being the key word) in the backyard and I had most of my “chores” done, so I decided – dare I sit?! – to crack open a book and sit on the back porch – one of my favourite places to sit and relax. The lilacs are in full bloom, the pear tree is bursting with flowers and everything is lush and green with the newness of spring in the oasis of my backyard.




So I cut some lilacs from the bushes … (they happen to be my most favourite flower in the ENTIRE world) …





I made some tea (yes, I drink tea for a treat, coffee for necessity!). 



And I sat. And read. I actually¬†cracked the cover of this book,¬†which my mother-in-law gave me to for LAST Mother’s Day. Yes, over a year ago … and I hadn’t touched it till this week. Sad.¬†




(Yes, some mornings, that above picture IS my life!)


and it was like an 8-minute spa-soul makeover. That’s all my short break lasted but that didn’t matter. I felt refreshed and renewed and incredibley happy. It didn’t matter that I still had 10,000 things to do on my to-do list. I didn’t matter that my two year old was stomping around in her underwear by this point (I think she’s a nudist at heart) and it didn’t matter that the car still needed cleaning out.¬†

It just felt good to sit.

And then this little one sauntered up and smiled at me with her eyes …¬†



And I sighed. A happy sigh. I am a lucky momma. 

And I totally going to force myself to take more tea breaks in the upcoming weeks …¬†
P.S. Yes, I have my camera with me at all times. Seriously. It’s an addiction!

June 1, 2009 - 10:04 am

Amy I too love lilacs…I found lilac soap at a store last fall and it is delightful! I bought two bars of it and it smells SO much like lilacs and not like a fake chemical replica!

May 30, 2009 - 10:01 pm

Tracy Nevin Sweetest Pic ever Gillian….Love RED RED RED on Lucia!!!

May 29, 2009 - 11:43 pm

Rose:) Ah yesssss…a break for the soul for me is when I come here and read your stories and see your amazing pictures….you are sharing with us all what your heart feels, sees, touches and loves..now that is a great story to share…THANKS!

May 28, 2009 - 6:01 pm

clary What a great post and your little girl sure is adorable!!

May 28, 2009 - 5:36 pm

Michelle Love this post Gillian. It is so true. I have about 5 books started and none past the 2nd chapter. I am also wondering why I subscribe to Today’s Parent mag when I have not read one issue completely in the 3yrs I have been getting it!!! Your stories are amazing to read. Maybe I can count your posts as my reading escape time!

May 28, 2009 - 1:50 pm

Tanya LOVE the pictures and I can soooo relate to the blog! It makes me feel normal and happy to be normal! Thanks for sharing.

May 28, 2009 - 1:35 pm

Catherine I can *sooooo* relate! I don’t even bother starting a book unless I know I can devote the time to really read it. If you are able to carve out some reading time, I highly recommend “Girls will be girls” by Joanne Deak. If you’re raising girls (and you are!) it is a MUST read.

May 28, 2009 - 7:39 am

Stacey You are soooo cute Gillian. I love reading your blog.. your feelings, stories and perspective on life is so relatable.

May 28, 2009 - 12:07 am

Vanessa Day Loved this post Gillian, I’ve got 2 toddlers at home with me also and they frequently show up naked, especially my daughter. Love to see other photographers out there who can balance family and work, I’m just starting my business so this summer will be a true test. God bless you in all you do.

May 27, 2009 - 11:43 pm

Kari Gillian.. i could smell the lilacs right through the computer. my neighbours have a lilac bush and i purposely park right beside it so that when i get out of the car, it’s the first thing i smell!