Thursday, February 27, 2014

Day 28/365 - Harried and Hurried

Tomorrow is an exciting day for A. 

I'm sure I'll post about it tomorrow, but because of the anticipation, we rushed through photo time after dinner tonight:

Didn't work so well. 

Came out a little better. 

This was, of course, after this had already been captured:

Pure. Sibling. Love. 

On EJ's part, at least. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Day 27/365 - Clowning Around

Someone made the comment to me today that this project would drive them batty.

I guess it's done that, already, to me:

Really, guys??  Must the tongues always be out??

But it's a good kind of crazy - 
every day, we snuggle up and mug for the camera - 
and every day, we take a few minutes to come together and enjoy one another's company.

Yeah, well, EJ's default smiley face is with his tongue hanging out the side.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Day 25/365 - Take a Deep Breath

Tonight's photo shoot devolved into a ticklefest between kids:

And - at some point - I lost my cool.
I think it happened when they managed to pull the bottom sheet off my bed.
(after the photos ended - but the riling up was continuing)

So today's post is a reminder to myself:


These moments of laughter are what's most important.
Not whether the bed is made or the sheets are perfect.  
Their relationship, our relationship - our family.

So, I'm taking a deep breath, posting today's ticklish photos,
and remembering to not sweat the little stuff. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Day 24/365 - Ladies' Man

We didn't do a family photo today. Chalk it up to both A. and I being too tired when we got home - and me not thinking of it earlier. I got a couple of cute photos of each of us with EJ, though.

And we ARE his girls. 

Watching Brave at the birthday party

And, yes, he demanded his jammies be changed before bed, in favor of his woolie pants - woolies are much more comfortable!

Snuggling before bed

As our project continues, I'm realizing how difficult it is to make sure we're all in the photos - after all, someone has to take the photos!  My favorite photos are, inevitably, the candid photos I snap of both children - separately or together.  However, I'm learning, at the same time, to appreciate my own presence in the pictures.  

I may not have gotten a photo of myself with A. today, but so long as those are the exceptions, rather than the rule, I'm okay with that.  Sometimes I can be happy with being outside of the picture - especially when the photo captures the sweetness of their relationship on its own.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Day 23/365 - Together Again

After her fast, A. returned - and hungry!

So, today's photos are from dinner (well, waiting for it):

                 I learned how to take
                black and white photos

And after dinner:


Friday, February 21, 2014

Day 22/365 - Separation, the First.

Tonight my daughter is fasting, in the midst (at this point) of her 30 Hour Famine.  She is at our church, along with 20+ other youth, learning about the problem of world hunger and how they can help.  She raised over $500 to support the organization, World Vision, in their efforts to combat hunger.  They're also working together to feed those who are more local to us, who are also hungry, putting together lunches for the homeless of Hartford, while fasting.

Every year, these youth amaze me.  

And here's my amazing daughter - just before she left for her overnight.

Of course, this means that I completely forgot to get a family photo today.  Or, rather, I never really had both kids together in a setting that was conducive to such - the only times we were all together were in the car.  

So, we did some more photos at dinner - without A.  But I did, at least, get a photo of the two of us together today.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Day 21/365 - Keeping in the Picture!

We almost forgot tonight!
Thankfully, I remembered right before I changed into my jammies. 


A. got a bit camera shy?

But not my EJ. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Day 20/365 - Keeping In The Picture!

EJ wanted to say hi!

Okay, really, I just wanted to prove that he can take a nice photo.

Because today's family photo does not make that same statement:

Thanks, kid.

And one more outside photo - because we haven't all caught cold quite yet (only me).

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Day 19/365 - Blurrrrr - It's Cold Outside!

Yeah - I'm done with snow.  Six new inches today, more on the way.

But, it's pretty.

Pretty, and deep.  We've gotten more snow this winter than Fairbanks.
So, we decided to attempt photos in the snow.

They're a bit blurry, but it was cold out.  So, these are it.

Except, of course, for while I held the camera and A. put the tripod down:

And THEN I got EJ to model.  In the snow.