Today's message: Keep going and find a rhythm that works for you.
Your rhythm might be photos just a few times throughout the day. Your rhythm might be more in the morning and less in the evening or vice versa. This project isn't meant to be photos of every single moment of your life over the course of the week. Remember that you are telling the story of one week in your life that includes a whole lot of little moments along the way. Those seven days come together to tell one bigger story of what your life is like right now. Stretching it out over seven days allows you to capture bits and pieces here and there and miss some things along the way and still tell a fairly complete story.
I like doing this project at different times of the year. The last time I did it during the summer months was a few years ago. My family's life does look different in the summer months - there's a different rhythm and flow and flexibility. We've made it to the pool quite a few late afternoons and evenings this summer and I'm so happy to be able to create that space for my kids.
Here's to keepin on keepin on and having fun along the way.
Here's what I want to remember from our Thursday:
I want to remember that it's worth it to take the time to plant flowers. This year I didn't plant anything new in my garden knowing that I would be traveling on and off. I love bringing the outside in and these hydrangeas are the main thing blooming out there right now. I also have one huge volunteer tomato plant that came back after being planted a previous year. I'm missing having the dahlias I've had in years past and need to make time to get new ones in the ground for next summer.
I want to remember the first time Sam made his way downstairs on his own. He and George checked each other out and no major fights ensued. He wasn't down there for too long before he headed back upstairs.
I want to remember that I'm a morning person and he's a night person. I'm a quick moving multi-tasker and he's a very patient single-focuser.
I want to remember mornings at the table, with and without technology. Cereal, bagels & cream cheese, nectarines. Lots of "keep eating" reminders came out of my mouth.
I want to remember how much I appreciate Katie and her input and suggestions and memory and hardwork and follow through.
I want to remember how much I enjoy a hot shower, even if it's not first thing in the morning.
I want to remember her in this space, in this time, full of might and love.
I want to remember that it's okay to not have it all planned out.
I want to remember that listening to him is the most important thing.
I want to remember that I like wearing dresses, even when there are no special plans for the day.
I want to remember how awesome it is to get an avocado that looks like this. Seriously. How awesome.
I want to remember that a lunch like this of little bits of stuff works out just fine. And the watermelon right now is so, so awesome.
I want to remember how much he loves the smell and taste of sourdough bread.
I want to remember that many of our days do look very much the same. It's one of the reasons I've taken this exact same photo multiple times throughout the week. This week has been a lot of computer work and less standing-at-my-table crafting work.
I want to remember his awesome memory, his passion for characters, and his tender heart.
My other recent Week In The Life™ projects are usually full of car photos because that's a much bigger part of our lives outside of summer.
I want to remember how sometimes when we get to the pool he just decides to take a nap.
I want to remember how great the pool is for everyone's attitude and energy level.
I want to remember that I am a fan of the quiet moments. Today I read through Anna's back-to-school packet while we waited for pizza delivery after returning home from the pool.
I want to remember the growth that has happened around this table. Aaron and I were looking at photos of kids from a few years ago and it struck both of us that we can literally see the length of our relationship in the physical growth of each of these kids. The girls were both almost 4 when we first started dating - now they are close to 7.
Tonight I stopped taking photos a bit earlier because I was ready for a little break and ready to get to bed a little earlier than the last few nights (remember I'm the morning person). I think it's important in this project to give yourself permission to not put pressure on yourself to get every single detail of every single day - it's just sustainable. So capture what you can. Look for stories through your lens and enjoy the process.
Hoping you have a really awesome Friday.
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