I've been blogged out lately, haven't really been keeping up. Haven't really had a lot to write/post about. Haven't really felt like much of anything. So I'm making a resolution to start with a clean slate after Christmas. I want to get back into but I need some motivation. I realized that I haven't taken very many photos this year. Not that that's a bad thing, necessarily. I usually take too many and most stay on my computer and never make it into a book or a frame. So what's the point? But I was really disappointed when I started culling through this year's photos to put together my annual slideshow and realized that there aren't as many, and even more lacking on holidays and special occasions. I did notice a trend that I tended to focus more on candid lifestyle shots as that was something I worked more on - focusing on the everyday moments that I wanted to remember most.
A few things I want to work on this upcoming year. A different photo project, one that has more meaning and that I can learn from as well. And taking more pictures. And I want to take more portraits - of my family, of friends, and most importantly, of my own kids.
So I came across this pretty cool photo project that I want to try next year. It's a mix of a photo project with a "be a more present mommy" project. I've been catching up on my Click issues and stumbled upon this website givemejustasecond.com. Created by Jennifer Bogle, this is what she has to say about how she came up with this idea....
"As a mom of three young kids, I’m no stranger to chaos. Not “the world gone mad” variety, though we have those days too, but the constant balancing of needs and managing of time.
As my children grow, and life gets busier, I find I need to deliberately carve out time for them as individuals.
This year I started a personal photography project called “Dates with my Kids,” which combines my love of photography and my one-on-one adventures with my kids. Each month, I photograph our date activity, but I’m also quietly watching for those small, quiet moments, all too often missed in our daily chaos."
It doesn't sound too overwhelming, and it involves monthly dates with one of her three children. Simple dates. Most center around coffee and dessert at a local Starbucks while putting together a lego kit; building a model airplane over lunch at Panera. Oftentimes, she even sneaks in a quick trip to the grocery store or on an errand. And sometimes gets to make a pit stop to catch a sunset.
I worry, sometimes, that my kids are just getting too old. I feel like I've already lost precious time. Especially with Jack and Cameron. Jackson is almost a teenager!! But I feel they would benefit the most from these "dates".
Instead of Project 365, I'm going to turn to Project 52. The former was just too much, especially these past few months. I'm still going to continue with the childhood unplugged (it just gives me an excuse to post sports photos).
So that's a good enough list for now. I don't want to take on more than I can handle. The date thing is going to be very hard but something I know I need to do (for me and for my kids). Starting tonight. Josh is away in D.C. for the Redskins game, so it's movie night at our house. Penne pasta (the boys' favorite), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, popcorn and cookies.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.