I love taking pictures, but I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. I just point, click, and hope for the best most of the time. The advent of digital cameras has done a lot to help me, though, and I save a lot of time, effort, and disappointment by not having to wait for film to be developed only to realize that my thumb was over the lens for 80% of the pictures. The instant gratification is a plus, too. Like most moms, I find many moments throughout the day that I want to capture. Whether it’s Liv snuggled up to her daddy on the couch while he feeds her spoonfuls of ice cream, or Maris reaching a new milestone of babyhood, or just pictures of our zinnias, art projects, and baking experiments, it’s all fodder for the photo album, and in the end, tells the story of our days.
I just learned of a great book that does this same thing: A Year of Mornings by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes. Two friends, one in Portland, Oregon and one in Portland, Maine, agreed to take pictures of their home life before noon every day and post them to a shared blog. The result is a beautiful tribute to the comforts of home and lives simply lived. One of the authors mentioned that she feels most grateful for her life in the morning and found that the act of taking pictures centered her each day, and made her more present. It’s no secret that I’m not a morning person; but, alas, my daughters are both up with the sun each day (and sometimes before). So, in an effort to be more present in those hours before my shower, I’ve decided to keep my camera close by so that I might capture some of those sweet and fleeting moments with my two babies before they’re grown. I’m going to call this portion of my blog “Home Made Moments.” The first photo is of Maris’ feet in the sunlight. We were hanging out on Livvy’s bed this morning and it was just warm and cozy and memorable.
How do you stay present with your kids amidst diaper changes, play dates and the dinner rush?