I know, it can be daunting to commit to a project that takes all year. The thought of a photo a day–What if you forget? What if you miss a day? What if you’re starting late? Listen. It’s never too late. First off, this year is a leap year, so you get an extra day to miss and you’ll still have 365 photos. You can capture two moments in one day to make up for lost time if you REALLY want to get them all in, or you can just do a photo a week, or once a month if you’re a more laid back type of journaler. Each of these are great 365 project ideas that don’t take a daily commitment but help you document your year and make your memories last.
The idea is to be mindful and appreciate every day. If you’re up for sharing your special moment now and then, remember to tag #Cherish365 so we can follow along on Instagram or Facebook. I’m already enjoying seeing your photos!
Here’s how my second week of 2016 went. I turned 30 and shared some special moments with each of my kids.
Every morning is a battle with this girl. A battle of will over what she’s going to wear. I normally don’t mind giving her (almost) total freedom except when it’s cold. Today, after telling her 458 times that she could not wear her leotard and tights outside in 50 degree weather, she finally changed… Into this. You’ll rarely catch her in pants. And when you do, she’s likely wearing a dress over top.
This boy! Going to church with him has been a struggle the past few months. He enjoys the first hour but then melts down right after the closing prayer in sacrament when it’s time to head to nursery. After insisting he needed to go potty twice and sitting in class with him for half an hour, then unsuccessfully sneaking out, I picked him up an hour and a half later and the first thing out of his mouth was “I had fun at church Mommy!” Hopefully this is the start of happier Sundays.
This boy! (Why do so many of my sentences start that way?) I thought the up-all-night phase was long gone with my newborns but last night he woke up at 12:30, thinking it was morning and time to play. I’m talking asking for waffles, iphone videos and train tracks. This went on until 6am when he finally fell asleep. Then I had to wake him to take his sister to school an hour later and he didn’t go back to sleep. Praying that was a one-time fluke cause mama can’t do that again. I’m trying to think of something positive to say to go with this moment but… I’ve got nothin!
Today is my last day in my 20s. I’ve been anticipating my 30th birthday for a year and I’m finally ready to welcome this new decade with open arms. My 20s treated me well and were full of unlocked dreams and accomplishments. All day I was thinking of a way to commemorate my last day as a 20-something and I decided to buy my first lottery ticket. Well, 3 tickets. One for each decade. Wish me luck!
I turned 30. And it feels so good already! We went to my favorite camera store and the hubs treated me to a new (used) Canon lens before we had a lunch date and celebrated with our kids when they got home from school. A highlight was Lil’ J surprising me with “herself” by jumping out of a bag she was “hiding” in. She was so happy and it made me tear up. She, her brother, and her daddy are the best gifts God has given me. I’m feeling quite blessed.
Last night my mom threw me the most beautiful 30th birthday party. Friends joined me in creating vision boards! A vision/dream board helps you stay focused on your life goals and dreams daily as you look upon it. I first made on in my early 20s that is now complete, so I worked on a new one for my next decade of life! I’m so thankful for my awesome mom who put in so much love and effort into this on the anniversary of the day she became a mother! I can only hope I am as awesome as she is when my little girl turns 30. More pictures coming soon!
I spent years at this desk every weekend. Luckily weekends at work are much more rare now, and usually involve a field trip for my kiddos.–Who are much more intrigued by the elevator, spinning chairs and vending machines than the fancy lights and cameras. Nevertheless to them, Mommy’s work is the coolest (that is, until we left and saw daddy in the police car.)!