I’ve been feeling so down with photography lately. The weather. Too busy. And, really questioning if it’s even worth it. If I’ll ever be where I want to be.
Tonight, I spent some time looking for a particular type of photo in my thousands of photos stored in Lightroom, flipping through them all. For the past 5 months, I’ve been capturing at least one photo a day, and before that, I was still using my camera regularly, weekly at least.
It made me think of that awful cliche that mothers of young children hear often: the days go slow, but the years go by so fast.
But, looking at two years of photos in a matter of minutes really confirmed that for me.
This is just a camera phone picture, but this is my life. This was taken in May 2013. I have tons of tabs open, which was totally appropriate for that season. Researching much. Reed had only been out of school for a few days, so he’s still trying to figure out how to spend his days. I love it.
This is from August 2013. Out with my littlest kids in the early morning, on the last day before Lena started kindergarten. We used to do this a lot last year, a walk with the three of us and the dogs. I miss her quiet company on those walks.
And this, taken just a few months ago. I’m so hard on self portraits. But, his cuddles won’t last forever. I have so many photos of him curled up in my lap and I have a feeling that one day I won’t regret a single one of them.
Seeing my life in retrospect makes me so grateful for all of these captured moments.
I don’t blog about what’s happening in Ukraine every day, but it’s never far from my mind.
I wanted to share a couple of articles that I read about Ukraine today and ask you to take the time to read them, particularly if you haven’t been keeping up with events in Ukraine.
A 35-Step Guide to Understanding Why Russia Has Decided to Follow the Olympics with a War
This offers a breakdown with a history of Ukraine and Russian’s relationship with Ukraine, leading up to the events of the past few days.
Who Putin is Protecting from Whom in Ukraine?
This is a CNN iReport piece by a Ukrainian woman, which breaks down the complexity of the Ukrainian demographics.
I’m rather glad to check another month off on the countdown to Spring. Just a few more hours left until… March! March, when everything starts to get better. Sort of. We’re supposed to get 3-8 inches of snow this weekend.
Gus has been handling Reed and Lena eating candy around him everyday pretty well. He reacts to Red Dye 40, so even if they wanted to share with him, I wouldn’t let them. He doesn’t entirely get that candy is superior to other food yet, so he hasn’t been bothered by it. But, today, he came over to her while she was eating and said “I hungry, Vya. I hungry.”
“It’s been a long week,” I thought. . . and then I realized it was Tuesday.
That about sums it up.
It’s free, so I downloaded it out of curiosity, but my kids really like it. The animations are cute and for young kids who don’t play a lot of digital games, they’re perfect.
He asks about her as soon as we drop her off at school in the morning. “Vya school?”
And, here she is, just being cute.
Gus is an awful sleeper. He wakes up often and for long periods of time.
I haven’t figured it out yet. I’ve tried a weighted blanket, melatonin, cutting out food dyes, cutting out naptime… I’m down to two possibilities: food intolerance (to something major that is in everything– wheat, corn, dairy, eggs?) or pushing back bedtime.
Both of those are difficult for different reasons and I’ve been avoiding testing either one of them. So, if anyone has any wonderful ideas for getting a 3 year old to sleep at night, let me know.
Tonight, I took a video of a piece of our conversation. I think it’s cute, but I might be biased. However, Gus also says “I so funny”, so if the kid who stars in it thinks it’s funny, it must be, right?
I think he might finally be asleep again, so yay for that.