"Dream the impossible, then go out and make it happen. I walked on the moon. What can't you do?" Gene Cernan, Astronaut and last human to have walked on the moon
Okay guys. I know it's been a while, but I am officially about 1 1/2 months behind on my 366 project, which is crazy because I was weeks ahead just a few months ago. But I've been super busy at home, at work, getting ready for mini sessions, and taking more photos of my kids than I know what to do with. Also, our youngest is very affectionate and gets bad separation anxiety, so she's definitely a momma's girl. Our oldest could scream bloody murder right outside the nursery door, and the baby wouldn't wake up. But as soon as she hears me click the mouse on my computer, she's up and wants held STAT. So it's been difficult at best to edit, let alone keep up with this project and actually prep the book that they're going into. So these photos below are actually from May and June, but I love them, so I'm including them.
The main purpose of this project for me is not to improve my photography skills, although shooting daily definitely helps with that, and I can always use more improving, but I want to document my children's milestones, our day to day, their mannerisms and favorite things. That's why I'm putting together a book each year, and this one is going to be massive, which is part of the reason I've fallen behind. Last year, I literally used one photo a day and many photos never made the cut for the book. When I photograph something my children are doing, I often have enough photos for an entire session. I go wild. So this year I've decided to have a main photo as my official 366 image, and then a collage of the rest of the "session." This has been very time consuming, but I think I'll be glad I did it in the end. Although I'm pretty worried about what a price tag for a book that large will be!
So anyhow, I'm still here, and I've got some actual photo sessions to share soon, too. Hope you're all getting in the swing of back to school...can't believe it's here already!
183.366 You have an incredible love of space and astronauts and rocket ships right now. You found your Daddy's space magazine and nearly lost your mind in excitement. Since then you've colored countless pictures of rocket ships, performed countdowns ending in "BLAST OFF!" and zoomed around the room many times and Daddy even bought you a toy rocket ship with two plastic astronauts which you call "Little Kids." "Here you go, Little Kids," you say as you place them in the rocket ship.
184.366 You both generally wake up at the same time, even though you can't hear each other from opposite sides of the house. I grab Baby Jo and carry her up to your room, where we play and act silly and get accustomed to waking up. It's one of my favorite times of the day. You love to hold hands with each other, or "Little Paws," as you still sometimes call them.
185.366 Mommy and Baby Jo are not big fans of the summer heat, so we often go outside in the evenings after Daddy comes home. These perfect summer evenings have been magical. We lie on our backs and look at clouds. Every one of them is a dinosaur-shaped cloud to you. Daddy helped you with your basketball skills, and we played on the swing set for hours. We found little tree frogs, but you're not a fan of surprises, so when they hop, you jump too. And we played among the peonies that used to be your great great grandfather's. These are the evenings I hope never to forget.
186.366 The 3rd of our Mommy-Daughter dates, we went to Tim Hortons for doughnuts. You should have seen your eyes, as big as those doughnuts, when you looked into the display case. I let you pick your own, which of course was chocolate, and we laughed when you got chocolate stuck between your two front teeth. Afterward, we went to the library for story time, but you discovered this amazing playroom there and refused to go to story time (a first!). We read some books, and then off to Panda Express, which was packed and you threw a colossal fit so we had to leave. But overall, it was a perfect day with my Sunshine Girl.
188.366 Canal Days. I grew up on one of the streets where they have Canal Days each year, so for me, it's great to run into people I know from my childhood or high school. For you, it was a captivating myriad of sights and sounds. But your favorite part was riding the ponies. Like Daddy, like Daughter. Here you are staring at the ferris wheel in amazement.
189.366 Someday, when you're a big girl and off at school, I'm going to miss these easy mornings. On my days off work, we take things slow, sleeping in and making a big breakfast. Sometimes we play tea party before breakfast. I let you mix the pancake batter. "Mix-a mix-a mix-a!" you cry. "Like Daniel Tiger!" I took some batter with my finger and swipe it on your nose playfully once, so now you think that's a requirement for pancake-making. While eating the batter you're supposed to be mixing, you take your finger and wipe it on your nose. We both think it's pretty funny. And then I think to myself that I'll miss the day when you're too big to sit on the counter, mixing pancake batter like Daniel Tiger and eating half of it with your finger.
"On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, 'Life will never be the same.' Because there had never been anyone like you ever in the world." - On the Night You Were Born
Yesterday we celebrated our Sweet Baby Jo's half birthday. 6 months have flown by in the wink of an eye, so quickly, in fact, that I'm just now finishing up photos from her debut into the world. She can now sit and laugh and babble and eat rice cereal and play with her toys and cuddle. She has been such a huge blessing to our lives, a wonderful addition to our family, and a happy little soul to grace the world. It's so odd how before you become pregnant, you have no idea how wonderful your child is going to be, but when you have a child, you hardly remember life before them, that they just seem to have always been in your life and life would be incomplete without them.
And so it feels with our Baby Jo. It's hard to believe that in another blink of an eye, I'll be writing to tell you that she's a year old and walking and saying "Dada" and such. Until then, we treasure each milestone and each cuddle and smile. Happy 1/2 Birthday, Baby Jo. ♥
My sister happened to have her baby boy the day before our delivery at the same hospital, so she was able to come down and visit, and my husband snapped this shot of my nephew in the nursery.
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