You sometimes get frustrated at us for not acting our age, and then start crying because we're growing up too fast.
I feel like this quote pretty much sums up everything in my life right now with these three chicks. As I mentioned before, this Summer was a bit hard. Don't get me wrong, it was really fun too!... but also hard. My girls are 7, 7 and 5; going on 17, 17 and 15.
We receive compliments almost daily about how polite, independent and well-behaved our kids are, but I wonder at times if all of those "social awareness" talks - ex: "Don't run around in stores/others homes", "Whisper observations about others you want to know/talk about into Mommy or Daddy's ears, instead of blurting them out loud", "Don't whine if you can't have your way", "Keep your hands to yourself" and learned skills we've taught them - Making their own breakfast, picking their own clothes cleaning up messes, walking the dog and practicing piano daily - have made my girls grow up too quickly (?)
I noticed this year especially, that my kids were MORE than ready to head off for their first day of school. No tears, no hesitation, just smiles, kisses & hugs, waves and joyful goodbyes!
Isn't this how I WANT it to be? What lots of parents dream of for their child's first day in an unfamiliar situation?
The easy answer... Yes!
The more complicated, emotional one... Not really. ha!
I can't believe how MUCH I miss these little people during the day. How much I've struggled with being away from THEM, more than they have with being away from ME. I fear that they are growing up too fast, and I just want to freeze time, so that I can capture and cherish every funny conversation and happy memory that comes my way!
That being said, it's no surprise that I'm a picture-takin' fool. Between Instagram and the blog, something is always being documented around here... and I love it.
Truth be told, I have the worst memory. Short term stuff is easy for me, but trying to remember little moments and the way I felt years and even months ago, is a totally different story. For this reason, I rely heavily on blogging, journaling and most of all, picture taking.
"THE BAG" of pictures that are awaiting journaling
Last year I started an InstaLife album with Project Life, and it fueled the fire within me to get going on photo journaling, and actually PRINTING the memories that I have stored on my computer and in my phone, so that me AND my family can enjoy them. Since then, I've been keeping my cute friend Chari at Persnickety Prints busier than ever. I especially love being able to assemble photos on my PicFrame iPhone app, email them to myself and then upload them to Persnickety to get them blown up into a big 12x12 size. Can you say Insta-collage!?
Of course, right alongside this goes Project Life. It's been my go-to journaling system this year, because it just works for me really well when I'm documenting a lot of photos at once.
I'm not sure if you've heard already, or are just seeing it here for the first time, but Becky Higgins has come out with new Instagram-friendly, square formated page protectors and a Core Kit. There are slots for 2x2, 4x4 and even the good ol' 4x6 photos and journaling cards.
I was ecstatic when I found out that I could try a few samples of each of these pages, along with the new Just Add Color Core Kit, and share them with you guys before the big release happens on HSN, Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The special discounted HSN bundle will include an album, the Just Add Color Core Kit (complete with 60 4x6 title cards, 20 4x6 journaling cards, 80 4x4 journaling cards, 400 2x2 filler cards, 80 basic cards, 20 sticker sheets) photo pocket pages and stickers.
When I found out about this new collection I think my exact words were: "YES! Finally, sheesh!" haha! SO MANY of my photos are now in this square format, because more and more I'm relying on my phone for picture taking, and Instagram for in-the-moment-journaling, that sometimes it's been hard trying to find page protectors for my physical layouts that work just right.
Well... that problem is no more! whoohoo!
It just so happens that these pages were perfectly put together for documenting our back to school photo shoot this year, and I even added a little section with each of the girls' prior photoshoots from the years before in those mini 2x2 sections.
Yup... I cried while putting the whole thing together; I won't lie. lol
The reality is, our girls ARE getting bigger, older, smarter, more independant and self-sufficient.
Their individual personalities are shining through, their feelings and emotions aren't as irrational, but instead more real and adult-like than I sometimes know what to do with.
Just when I think I've got this Mothering stuff all figured out and running smoothly, I turn around and realize that the whole game has changed, and I have to readjust my strategy.
One minute I'm sitting in spit-up soaked PJ's all day, thinking to myself that I'll never make it through basically having three tiny babies all at once...
to finding myself forgetting what that life was even like back then, as I now drop off those 'grown babies' to school each morning.
Regardless of how great your memory may or may not be, don't let the little or big moments in your life pass you by without taking a photo of them first. You never know what your outlook may be like 2, 5 or 10 years from now. Document the not-so-hot times, and also the best moments as well. Print and display physical photos for your kids to create with, handle, share and enjoy. You will NOT regret it, I promise.
“ Which of my photographs is my favorite?
The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham