Tackling 365 Again.

Some of you might remember that I used to participate in the 365 Project. For about 3 years I attempted to take at least one picture every day, in an attempt to better my photography skills via repetition and inspiration. It totally worked. Aside from the peer pressure to take more pictures, I got to know a lot of photographers really well and was inspired by their photos to take more, better pictures. I developed friendships while developing my skills and it was totally worth it.

But after a few years I burned out on the project and for the most part I still continued to take pictures but over the years my dedication and inspiration has dwindled. Which I guess is fine but when 365 warned me that my account would be deactivated soon, I found I couldn’t let it go just yet. For funsies, I uploaded some upload worthy pictures from January.


Now I adore all of these pictures but I was a little disappointed to see how few of them there were. To be fair: On most of those days I took quite a few pictures. I’m trying not to cheat just yet and choose only one best photo for each day. But look at all of those days that I either took no pictures or took no pictures worth uploading. I can do better than this. I want to do better than this.

So here is my photo for February 1st:

A portrait by BB, Age 5
A portrait by BB, Age 5

May there be many more to follow.  I know my time constraints are larger than usual but I think with a little effort that I can do this again and find my inspiration and motivation to click more.

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First Day of School: Kindergarten and 3rd Grade!

first day

Monday was their first day of school. It was a morning full of firsts – her first day of kindergarten, their first day at a new school, my first time being a mother of two school aged kids with more spare time on her hands than she knows what to do with. 

Despite my grievances about waking up so early, we were all up on time, dressed and fed and had time to spare for mommy to take an incessant amount of pictures of her babies before the first day of school. I used these cute printables from Modern Parents Messy Kids. My pictures didn’t come out very readable so I included a handy translation in the photo above.


Remember when we were moving halfway across the country and I was seven months pregnant with my 2nd child? Remember when we bought our first house and were frantically putting baby gates everywhere because she was learning to crawl up the stairs but couldn’t get back down? Remember sleep training and homemade baby food and potty training (you know, yesterday) and strollers and … How is this girl of mine already five years old, in school full time – a big, brave, resilient kindergarten girl?

She was all smiles Monday morning, all bravery. She painstakingly picked out that first day of school outfit – mommy had no say in the matter aside from “You absolutely have to wear leggings with that dress because it’s too short even though this is literally the first time you’ve worn it.” I knew better than to ask, “Really? Those leggings?” On a grown woman like myself, this outfit would send me to the looney bin but she is working it out like a fashionista champ. 

That morning she wrote down that she wants to take care of butterflies when she grows up. I had a hard time turning that plan into two words so I ended up helping her spell out “a butterfly take care of” – and then realized that wasn’t really a coherent thought but her attention had waned and we moved on.

BB had a fantastic first day of school – all smiles from beginning to end, if a bit completely exhausted by 3pm. She made new friends, adores her teacher and had no reservations today either when I dropped her off for day two. Mommy had a few moments over the past two days of “What am I supposed to do with myself? Where are my babies? I don’t know what to do with my hands!” but mostly we’ve both been okay.

3rd grade

This year he starts 3rd grade and he has had his reservations about starting over in a new school but his amazingly friendly, outgoing personality will take him far. The curriculum this year is likely to be quite a bit more challenging than what he’s used to but so far he’s risen to the occasion. Going into the new classroom he actually already knew four or five of his classmates from karate class and I think this is helping a lot. 

The first morning he was pumped up about getting back to a routine and more importantly getting to hang out with his friends every day, even when mom wants to be boring and do nothing that day. His only real moment of hesitation was when I asked him “What do you want to be when you grow up?” as we filled out those signs and he teared up, not knowing exactly what answer to give. I assured him there was no wrong answer and he eventually settled on rocket scientist because obviously.

He’s already successfully completed his first day of homework which was mostly reading and memory work but the memory work is new to him and I was very proud and impressed with how well he did with it. Crossing my fingers for a challenging but engaging school year for him!

Both kids have really great teachers and seem excited about the school year. We’re crossing our fingers that the new school will continue be a good change for our family!

When do your kids go back to school? 

What do you do with your hands when your kids aren’t there to pull you backwards and sideways through the supermarket?


family fun, love thursday, memes & carnivals, photography

love thursday: the loves of my life

I’ve been all about getting more family pictures lately – usually our pictures are just of one or two of us – and I still don’t have any of all four of us, but between this photo shoot and this one, we’re close. I secretly adore the realness and imperfections of these pictures. Sure, I wish the baby wasn’t crying – but at the same time, was she likely to do anything else with a grabby three year old holding onto her not so gently? He tried, but seriously. I do love all of MM’s goofy faces and Dan’s expression in the last one just says it all – we may be sleep deprived and occasionally weepy, but we are still… filled to the brim with love.

Love Thursday is the brain child of Chookooloonks. Check out her post today for more thoughts on love, and the comments section for other people playing along.

memes & carnivals, photography

52 Weeks: Mother(oftwo)hood

It’s not easy cramming three people into a self taken picture but we tried. Well, I tried. For the most part, MM was not the least bit helpful as he thinks the picture taking happens at the wrong end of the camera… But here are two that came out well and one that I love in spite of it’s obvious imperfections.


52 Weeks is a year long challenge for YOU, hosted by Forever in Blue Jeans, to be in a picture once a week for 52 weeks. We are always the ones behind the camera, this is YOUR chance to get out in front and be in the pictures with our family. We are glad you are joining this challenge. More importantly your family will really enjoy having you in the picture. Thanks for playing along! Oh, you can just jump in now with 1 of 52, you’re not getting off that easy! Now go take a picture!