I see my kids almost all day, every day. Wiping peanut butter from faces, conducting toothbrushing checks and planting kisses, only to have my mommy-ing swished at and to watch the beginning of eye-roll practice.
But sometimes I look at them, really look from close up but far away, and have to bite my tongue from asking “who are you and how did you get here and weren’t you just a baby tumbling in my belly yesterday?” And sometimes I say it out loud and there is more eye-rolling practice.
I’m trying to perfect the looking at them as people separate from me and not just the people leaning in so close I can barely move an arm. Some days it’s easier than others and some days I just grab the camera and shoot away and then we look at them together and say look how cute you are, wow you are so old and oh look at your face.
One of these days I will print all of these pictures and slide them into albums, when I have time and my arms move freely. When I’m wishing someone was still sitting on my lap, jiggling the camera lens so it’s a bit blurred and messy.
We did this last year too, here’s the old shots in case you want a peek.
(teenager not present once again, I wasn’t fast enough to snap a pic of the perfected eye-roll she gave when I asked if she would participate).
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Really cool series and nice shots! I can remember that my dad used to take series like this of us with my brother, and my mom put them into a beautiful golden album. I think I’m going to search that album at the weekend, it would be so nice to see those old pics:)
julie gardner says
Cheers to the lens that’s a bit blurry and messy.
For that matter, cheers to that life, too!
There is so much love crammed into every inch of it.
And joy. And perspective.
Love this! Did you ever see the website, Eric Conveys an Emotion? it’s sorta kinda the same thing, it was a huge for a while.. and now, not so much.
Sybil @ Peace it all Together says
What a wonderful idea! I love all the faces!!
Amy @mommetime says
Fabulous idea –I can see why you would want to do it again this year! It is hard finding time to put prints in photo albums; I finally finished my youngest 1 year album… she’s five. 🙂 I try at least once a year to put together one of those shutterfly albums.
This would make a wonderful Nana gift for Mothers Day…
LOVE this idea. Love it so much.
Amazing series of photos. What a wonderful idea.
I love these. I loved them last year, and you can see even more of their personalities this year!
Jessica, I love this idea! I would have one 11 year old refusing to participate. Heavy on the eye rolling. But I’m going to try it with the other 3!
Now I’m off to find a piece of furniture that isn’t tattered and place it against a wall that doesn’t have handprints…
Kirsten W says
I am in love with this idea. It is perfect.
Kirsten W says
I love this idea. It is perfect.
Love it. So hard to always remember to pick up that camera and capture the moment. Great reminder!
I’m trying to get better at it, I’m always snapping pictures with my phone but the kids love when I get out our regular camera and take pictures.