my poor, poor blog has been a bit neglected for the last couple of months! this is good and bad ~ bad for the obvious reason that i haven’t gotten any pics up here recently but good because it means i’ve been busy AND it means that in the coming months there will be an overload of awesome families and seniors hitting the blog!! so stay tuned for that!
for now ~ i’m back in the groove of participating in a project with other local photographers called “the kids were here,” which is intended to help us document life’s everyday details (including the messes). life moves so quickly and our kids grow so fast and this project will help us always remember and appreciate our hectic and even a little chaotic lives as they are now. this project is also helping our group get to know each other even better so don’t forget to check out my beautiful friend Angie Jackson’s post as well!
so ~ a few things in my life that are almost always a sure thing…
1. if a movie comes on tv and we have toys associated with that movie, they are like new again! 2. with all the electronic devices, there is sure to be a mess of cords somewhere (or everywhere). 3. there is a laundry basket full of clothes that need to be put away. 4. the hangers in the boys closet are always a mess (drives me crazy). 5. there is usually a bedroom somewhere that still has signs of a sleepover. 6. signs of the latest fad are usually apparent. 7. clothes on the floor ~ yes, always… 8. clearly the mom in the house is not perfect (earrings left on the mantel and mounds of pictures waiting to be put in albums)!
which brings me to the most important sure thing of all ~ life is perfectly imperfect!! cheers to life’s little imperfections!
here we are again at the end of a crazy month and it’s time to share a little messiness from my life. today i realized something else about this project that i love ~ in these pictures, besides the mess and chaos, you also can see details of our house, just as it is now.
so while you might see a raggedy/dirty wristband (on my nightstand), now i’ll remember one of the color schemes of my bedroom when the kids were young. and while you might see a baseball glove thrown on top of someone’s bed, it’ll help me remember that eli loved the brown blanket and preferred that one over his regular (much cuter) quilt. and while you see a clothes basket turned upside down, it’s going to help me remember the tiny toes that helped out by grabbing the crazy puppy a treat that was just a bit out-of-reach. and even though i probably won’t soon forget the clanging sound of medals that i hear when one of the boys jumps into bed, i’m happy to have an image of them all hung neatly from each of the boys’ headboards. two more things ~ i promise you, i just dusted and i also promise, i wipe that trash can lid every time i use it!
i’m part of a local group of photographers and this is our project called “the kids were here,” which is intended to help us document life’s everyday details (including the messes). life moves so quickly and our kids grow so fast and this project will help us always remember and appreciate our hectic and even a little chaotic lives as they are now. this project is also helping our group get to know each other even better so don’t forget to check out Keri Hurst Schneller’s post as well!
i’m part of a local group of photographers and we are beginning a new project called “the kids were here,” which is intended to help us document life’s everyday details (including the messes). life moves so quickly and our kids grow so fast and this project will help us always remember and appreciate our hectic and even a little chaotic lives as they are now.
when we go visit my in-laws for a weekend, i always insist that my boys clean up the toys before we leave their house. this project reminds me of one time when we were leaving and my mother-in-law told me to leave the mess (she always does). i remember her saying that day, “jim (my father-in-law) will be mad if you have them clean it all up. all the toys out remind him that the boys were here.” i totally get it now and am so excited for this project.
this project is also helping our group get to know each other even better so don’t forget to check out my friend, Tara Long’s post as well!
our last project “what _____ looks like was recently featured in SO Magazine (how cool is that!). that project was intended to help us remember to get the cameras out at home to capture candid images of our families.
the “kids were here project” was introduced by the very talented Ketti Photography.
to see posts from other photographers, be sure to click below!
she was all like, “hey kim ~ come on in” the second i arrived! oh my goodness this little girl is so incredible! we all know where she gets it because her parents are just as awesome (not as awesome as you kate but we have to amuse the parents)…
we started at their house, which i’m so excited about! i love that she’ll have images of the first house she ever lived in, the beautiful red door and the stairs she climbed for the first time while i was there (i knew you could do it)!
she was such a happy little thing the entire time! i’m so happy and thankful that i get to photograph this family! i was the third person (excluding the doctor) to get to meet kate. i had the privilege of documenting the day she was born. she amazed me that day and just continues to every time i see her! i hope you have the best first birthday miss kate!
it’s the end of their time at elementary school and it’s on to the big bad middle school ~ so we headed out for the end-of-the-year field trip to New Salem. we had such a good time and what a great group of boys! i’m so excited to see what they do in the next several years and i won’t think about how fast the time is going or how soon they’ll be headed to high school, well, because that’s just makes me sad. for now, i’ll just enjoy who they are and look forward to the times to come!
to my 5th grader (as of a couple of days ago) ~ i’m so proud to be your mom. i just sometimes wonder how i got so lucky to have you. i’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see the amazing things you do! i love you with every bit of my heart and then some! good luck to you and all your friends next year in 5th grade!
this is my post as part of a fun project I’m doing with some other local photographers! we are all blogging at the end of each month and the theme of your post has to be “what _____ looks like” (obviously, you have to fill in the blank). the images have to be candid images of your family and then you link to one of the other photographers that are participating! it’s helping us remember to capture moments of our own families and also is helping us get to know the other photographers participating! so be sure to check out Jill Gum’s post too!