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Lately in the studio...
 custom home portrait, anniversary gift idea, wedding gift idea

custom home portrait, anniversary gift idea, wedding gift idea

 artist studio, the art of michelle, michelle schneider, custom home portrait, petite portrait

artist studio, the art of michelle, michelle schneider, custom home portrait, petite portrait

I've been working on a Petite Portrait of a beautiful brick home in Washington state...

 1957 ford truck, truck restoration, red ford truck

1957 ford truck, truck restoration, red ford truck

 custom truck painting, custom portraits, michelle schneider

custom truck painting, custom portraits, michelle schneider

A custom truck portrait glossed and framed...

 custom christmas ornament, custom home portrait, house painting

custom christmas ornament, custom home portrait, house painting

A custom ornament without snow...

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And baby Lane's double chin. :) Oh Lane. I just want to squeeze you every second!

I hope your week is going well! It's been warm and beautiful here lately.

Baby Lane

And just like that, 9 hard months of pain and discomfort have been instantly replaced by relief and overwhelming joy as we welcomed our second child, Lane Joseph Schneider, into the world! He was born Sunday, March 5th at 8:19 pm weighing 8 lbs 3 oz, 21 inches long.

We're all doing well, except poor Seth who somehow came down with influenza and a sinus infection last week. Thankfully, he's on the mend now, and we're all looking forward to spending more family time together in the next few weeks and months. 

I'm slowly working my way back into the studio. I've actually missed work lately and am excited to get the paints out again and start a few portraits back up in between naps, dirty diapers, laundry, nursing, and everything else! Life is full and a bit chaotic right now, but I'm soaking in the baby snuggles because, you know, they grow so fast and newborns are just magical. If you don't believe me, here's proof:

Boring is my new best friend.

It's been an incredibly calm month for us so far. Words cannot express how much I've needed calm these past few weeks. I forget sometimes how hard it is to be pregnant. I've had to cut back so much and allow myself the luxury of uninterrupted rest. Usually I go a little stir crazy when I'm not busy with work, but I've sunk down deep this month, on more than one occasion, into the comfy chair and indulged in novel reading and coffee drinking and just plain spacing out. And yes, it's been amazing.

I think my brain needs more time for spacing out. All this quiet and calm has cleaned up so much of the clutter that typically fills my thought life every day. I find myself more creative, more focused, and craving even more blissful rest. 

They should really do more research on the benefits of spacing out, don't you think?? :)

Cutting out screen time has helped with the spacing out thing, too. 

Seth's been home most nights, which is rare, but it's freed me up to have a few evenings a week to do things I enjoy- mostly work on my portfolio (see previous post) and bake and cook. And of course, because of this nasty weather, we've been forced to stay inside and not fill our evenings with plans.

It does get boring sometimes, I'll admit. But what mother doesn't need more boring in her life? Boring is my new best friend. At least for now. :)