The last month seems like it flew by. We were crazy busy with school, work and what felt like no time for just playing and hanging out as a family. Over the holiday weekend we packed up and went camping with our church. Family Camp! There I felt like time just slowed down and I was able to absorb my kids in a simple way. We just hung out with no plans. On the way home I didn’t want that to end. But we started the week with lots of work and school again. So I decided to pick up the camera and tell you a little story about us. Note that I did not clean up my house for these images. I did not tell my kids to do something for the sake of the post. All I did was make sure I remembered to actually carry my camera around the house while we did what we did each day.
Our days start and end with the four of us. Our fab 4 whom I LOVE! I am not a morning person so I don’t often get the chance of seeing my kids open their eyes for the first time in the day; they, on the other hand, often come into my room and climb into bed with me to wake me up. Morning breathe is not the best thing to wake up to, but I will take it anytime if it means these little craziness coming to snuggle with me. (NOTE: this does not happen every day, most days we all wake up on our own and then the kids start to fight!!!!)
Our day moves on with dropping my husband off at work, breakfast, doing hair, brushing teeth, prayer, more fighting between the kids, carpool and then kicking them out of the car to get to school. Oops, I mean saying I love you, kisses and watching them get out of the car with excitement! My kids are 9 & 7, a girl and a boy and are crazy with the things that they think are important. My daughter is all about making sure she has the highest bun on her head for school and my son wants to do nothing else but build Legos. But in all the mess and all the “No’s, crying, yelling, frustration” there are smiles, love and laughter.
During this session my daughter got caught her 3 times eating in her room. You will see that she watches TV is the craziest way, STANDING UP. You will see the not so enthusiastic ways of getting to school, sleeping on the couch! You will also see how my son chugged whipped cream, stood on the table to build Legos and zoned out with a bowl of cherries!
I hope you see that life with our kids isn’t meant to be perfect. It’s meant to be lived. Moms and Dads sometimes home life isn’t all snuggles and smiles, come on, how many of us can say that every single day or every single week is pure joy. It is pure joy with a whole lot of work and discipline. I am so glad to know that we are not perfect and we were never meant to be perfect, that is why we live in community, have loved ones around us to help out and have the ever so great TIME-OUT!!!! If you follow families on social media, which I so do, we can get caught in the trap of only seeing the great moments, the joy of each day but remember that image is 1/100 of a second of the day. That one image only captured that one exact moment when the rainbow shined and all that was good in the world was seen! 1/100 of a second!!!!!!!!!
I am glad that I got to realize that maybe my daughter eating in her room wasn’t the end of the world and that maybe my son chugging that whip cream was a time to laugh with him. What I did see through my lens was that I have some pretty amazing kids and our fab 4, well we are non-prefect pieces of love that God put together. For that I feel blessed.
I hope you will shoot some images of your family as they are. I know my kids loved seeing pictures of themselves this week and I loved capturing them as they are.
Hi, I’m Cristina, I blog at CristinaRobeck.com, Give Prints and contribute to Rags to Stitches. My life is spent working from home and being with my kids, hubs and behind my camera. I believe in people and love to hear their stories!
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