Last January we took our first Me and Mine photos. There had always been a distinct lack of photographs of the five of us. In fact, the very first photo of all of us also included a man with a white beard in a red suit!
That needed to change, so I began our Me and Mine project.
It hasn’t always been easy. Of course. Three kids, two tired parents. What could possibly go wrong with a plan to take a family photo every month?!
But, it’s been worth every stressful moment to get a photo of us each month.
As I look back over the year, at this set of silly, funny, wonderful photos, I am so glad that we are now in the habit of taking a photo every month. It’s generally last minute, often in terrible lighting, never in matching clothes.
But, these photos are US.
They sum up our family life. They remind me how much fun we have together, how together we are.
Even on the days where everyone is grumpy and no one wants to sit still while mum takes three thousand photos. Just to get that one-where-everyone-is-actually-looking-at-the-camera shot. Or while dad balances a phone, sets the timer and makes a run for it. Hoping for the best, and his head in the photo.
We’re getting better at getting THE photo. Working out who needs to hold the selfie stick, or where best to balance the camera (thank you Santa for the new tripod!) so that we’re all in the photo. The first time, instead of the tenth!
But, however it happens each month, we have a wonderful record of our lives over the year and I am very grateful for that.
I have decided to combine my Siblings and Me and Mine projects this year into one monthly My Family post. I want to keep recording our family each month; noting the big and small changes and the ordinary and extraordinary moments; but I need to have fewer project commitments going forward! So, watch this space; the funny faces will return!
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