Did You Capture Those Everyday Moments?

Another year in the memory books. Did you capture those everyday moments last year?

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Those toddlers are teenagers now and the cute chubby-faced photos don’t fill the camera {or camera phone} as much.

It’s the “Teen Factor”.

I’ve got two teens in my house with one college bound. It makes me cringe and tear up every time I think about her adventures to come.

You betcha it’s exciting!

But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the closer WE get, the more anxiety it causes me.

Big changes have always been hard for me, and my photography brings calm to those anxious feelings I get when something BIG is coming our way.

It might sound silly, but the year Thing 2 started kindergarten I was A MESS!

A big-red-eye-mascara-running-MESS! I didn’t want to lose him all day to school + he wasn’t real excited about going. If you picture a screaming, crying and flailing 5-year-old you’ll come close to what our morning drop-offs resembled the first few weeks.

TORTURE!

That same year I did a 365-project to record our everyday moments. Having all of those photos to look back on now brings back moments I had forgotten about. Yes, there were a few gap days because life happens, and then sometimes I’d take two or three photos in the same day.

BALANCE is huge with kids and taking the lead from them + not forcing things all the time.

You can start a 365 or 52-week photo story at any stage. Record your everyday moments in any of these life phases {there’s no rules}::

  • Pregnancy
  • Babies first year
  • Toddler phase
  • The terrible two phase
  • Remember that Covid-19 thing? {yep, I’ve got a photo story of that}
  • High school years

ARE YOU WITH ME?

Most moms take on a 365 Photo Challenge when their kiddos are younger, mainly because they are around their kids a lot more + their kids still like them ALL THE TIME.

I do think my teens are pretty great, but life ain’t perfect and we have our days that I want to hide in my closet with a box of caramels {and maybe a box of kleenex}. I STILL WANT memories of these years in photos + some videos. Our memory books shouldn’t end once the teen years start. The annual Christmas card doesn’t a year-long-memory-make.

I return to a photo project often and it’s a new family autobiography.

If you need a list to follow for your 365-project or week-52 photo journal google those words and oddles & doodles of lists will come up to guide you.

I share my weekly photo journal from time-to-unscheduled-time. You’ll find them on my social media::

Capture your everyday memories.

For me, as we inch closer to the next phase in our family, I want – actually, I NEED – to have these memories. If the quiet school days of the kindergarten years were hard, I’m a little scared about how tough letting go of my first-born to her college adventure will be {yep, my eyes are welling even as I type}.

Cheers & Sparkle to your everyday moments captured!

💖-Andrea | Memory Keeper

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