I was so honored to be invited to be part of a Project Ten group. Ten photographers taking ten shots throughout the day & publishing them on the 10th of every month. The list of photographers in this group is amazing. I’ll post a link to the next person in the circle at the end of this post & you can hop through to each person’s post. Oh what a great opportunity for inspiration!
I’ve been feeling bad about not having done a very good job of documenting our lives this summer. I shot too much for family and other clients early this summer & have been too busy trying to catch up to put much into personal work. I don’t like hearing photographers say that and I didn’t like feeling like that myself. I’ve been trying to pick back up and do a better job of focusing on my kids. I’ve had all three all summer long. Every day. Trip to the store? All three kids. Workout at the gym? All three kids. It’s all totally doable but just a whole lotta work. We have one week of that left so I decided to document our life as a party of four on a normal day. Here’s what that taught me: I haven’t been shooting my kids this summer because it’s so much work to just get through the day with them that I have no mental mojo left for pictures of them, let alone with a theme. On one hand, I wish I’d poured more into this project for today. On the other hand, I’m glad I have a record of how ragged we run each other.
I’m really lucky that a “long day” for me includes the gym, the park, chik-fil-a, a pedicure (2nd one this summer, baby!), a decent dinner and a fairly trauma-free bedtime. I’m really lucky to have these long days because the months and years go by so quickly (or so they say). I’m really lucky that three kids are here.
Three kids were here and left their breakfast on the table. I get to set out three really cool bowls with straws. When we buy cereal, we get Cheerios once and then they get to pick a sugary cereal. Today it was Captain Crunch. Lily never eats her cereal but she sucks the milk dry.
Three kids were here and they produce a staggering amount of laundry. I didn’t start in with the laundry complaints until Lily was about a year old. My mom says I could keep up with it if I put a load in every day first thing in the morning. I’m an only child.
Three kids in and out of the car. I’m proud if we make a trip and I don’t say, “Just. GETINTHECAR!” at least once. I’m also pretty proud that my kids are fairly self-sufficient and do a good job of sitting down and buckling in.
Three kids were at the park & their mom went down the slide with them. This is too many people to go down a really hot slide at once. And that’s a fact. But I’m in a picture with my kids. I got on the other side of the camera. Sure maybe they’ll look at it one day and think, “Huh? We didn’t go down slides together…what the heck?” but we’re all there together and minus my shock at how hot the slide was, we’re having fun.
Three kids were at ChikFilA and three kids got balloons. Only one balloon will survive until the morning. The other two have already been popped. Can you guess who’s balloon that is? Wrong. It’s Lily’s. Balloons. Of which I am not a fan.
Three kids and at least one of them seems to always be touching me. When we relax together, there’s always a lot of snuggling. Works for me, especially if I can doze a little. A little downtime in the space between afternoon and evening is almost 100% essential. This was our first run with a remote and I’m so glad I got one!
Three kids and it’s almost always entirely too chaotic for the one in charge to attempt making dinner. Seems like it would be a good time for them to watch a show on TV but they don’t seem down with that most days. Fill the PAM lid with grapes? Sure, I’m not trying to cook or anything, you’re fine right where you are… (note popped balloon beside her)
Three kids and this one always commandeers the iTouch my parents gave them for the purpose of Face Time with my mom. I secretly like it that he’s getting into techy stuff.
At the end of the day, I decided to look for my favorite mess. One of the things that always gives me a little “kids were here” sigh is Bradyn’s room. He’s got a lot of stuff, most if it fairly organized. My seven-year-old was here and he made this mess while making what was surely a neatly-written, poorly-spelled list or sign.
Three kids were here and made a mess on the mirror & I had to put their toothbrushes into the holder just to take a picture.
I’m really lucky to have had a happy, healthy summer of extremely long days with three pretty great kids. I’m actually glad that today went the way it did so I have these images for myself. Some day I will be the semi-creepy lady in the grocery store telling a haggard young mom to “enjoy it because these are the best years and they go so fast”. The best I can do right now is try to be grateful and document it all.
Please click on over to Hope’s August Edition of Our Project Ten.