Hello again! Another week begins, so it’s time for another weekly recap of the 365 project!
If you are just joining in, this is a project where I take a photo every day to illustrate my day to day life, finding the magic in those everyday moments. The photo can serve as a reminder of something fun we did that day, to show what our mundane really looks like, or to celebrate something about my children’s personalities or where they are in their lives right now.
We went outside for a quick photo for her birthday invitations. How is she almost 4? This tornado of a girl who keeps me humble, keeps me on my toes, keeps me laughing. She’s fiesty and stubborn, fiercely independent and a total cuddlebug. She posed herself here.
This photo is full of motion blur and I don’t even care. Look at these two goofballs! The total joy on their faces! Today was the Art Show at the elementary school. I wanted to take a nice photo of my two little artists but they were not interested in a that. Instead, they had a serious case of the sillies. They were making “artist” faces at each other, which closely resembled an expression you’d expect to see on a mad scientist. Then they’d explode into laughter. Over and over and over again. No amount of “calm down, can I just take a normal picture?” would make a difference- they couldn’t stop giggling. You see, I thought I wanted a nice picture of the two of them. It turns out, this was even better.
(and lest you think life is perfect, don’t worry- they spent the rest of the evening intentionally getting on each other’s nerves and fighting, haha)
My only son. He’s the one to constantly call me back to his room for more hugs and kisses. He will lay in bed and call my name over and over again. Not loudly, just in his normal voice, “Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy,” until I come up to his room. If Andy goes up there to see what he wants (maybe I’m in the bathroom, or maybe I’m hiding in the hopes of taking a parenting break), he will just tell him, “I want Mommy.” So I take a deep breath, and head on up to his room for the 30th time that evening to see what is so dire that it has to be me. “What’s the weather tomorrow? Can I wear short sleeves?” I’m half irritated– doesn’t he know his father has the same weather app that I have? But then it dawns on me… he really doesn’t want to know about the weather. It’s just an excuse because he wants to talk to me. To feel close to me. Because he loves me. So I give him the extra hugs and kisses that he swears I didn’t give him (I totally did). I tell him the weather forecast for tomorrow, or what month it is, or how old I am, or how to say green in Spanish. Whatever he’s asking. This is his way of loving me. And it won’t last forever– one day he will too big for hugs and kisses. It may drive me absolutely crazy to be up and down the stairs so much every flipping night, but I will miss it when it’s gone.
Mother’s Day Tea at Little Bear’s preschool. My heart is full.
A little pre-bedtime flight.
A little Mother’s Day crafting to make gifts for the grandmothers in their lives
The three beautiful souls that made me a mother. I’m so grateful for them.
That’s this week’s every day magic. Thanks for checking it out. I’d love to see yours– you don’t need to be a professional photographer to photograph great memories with your children. Use your iPhone! Any photograph is better than none.