In November 2011 I climbed aboard the gratitude train and posted a Facebook status each day in regards to what I was thankful for. I so enjoyed doing it that I decided to bring our family blog back with a little twist... to devote the year of 2012 to gratitude. This will be my platform with which to journal our thankfulness throughout the year along with just documenting the daily fun that is our family! Hope you'll join me for the journey!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Project Life Tuesday

A friend of mine with grown children and grandchildren was recently asked if she could have pictured life as it is now 20-30 years ago... she said no and that while she has enjoyed every stage of life, her one wish would be to be able to "remember every single moment"... my initial thought was "this is why I scrapbook" but then I realized that I don't scrapbook every single moment.

Most of my friends know that I don't go many places without my camera... I love capturing both the big "moments" as well as the little "moments" in photographs. I have very few pictures of my childhood... although I have very fond memories of that time, I have very little tangible evidence of those memories. I can't put into words the emotions I go through looking backthrough pictures of years past particularly the last 11 years of this season of life I've known as motherhood. I want my children to have a tangible piece of their childhood to remember and I want to be able to look back at photos and remember those moments as well. I scrapbook most of the big things such as birthdays, vacations, first days of school, and most of the firsts my kids experience; but I have so many "everyday" pictures that sit in boxes or on my hard drives hidden away from view.
For 2012, I decided to begin a project created by Becky Higgins known as Project Life. The basic premise is to capture everyday life. As I read more and more about this project I realized it was a great way for me to capture and document my family's everyday life. My goal is to take a photo a day to capture and remember moments. I know there will be days that I may forget or for whatever reason not take a picture... and that's OK! I can still document our daily, weekly or even monthly moments in 2012.

I have ordered my supplies but the photo protectors I want to use are out of stock so I haven't begun actually putting my album together. However, I really want to participate in Jessica Turner's Project Life Tuesday (a wonderful source of much Project Live inspiration) so for today I'm just going to share some of the pictures I am documenting our first week of 2012 with...

Campbell and I at our fun bowling adventure
with friends to celebrate the new year

a picture of my running shoes to
signify my resolution to run 600
miles in 2012

Will jumping x's for the first time on Hollis.

Campbell doing homework in the passenger
seat while we wait for her brother in middle
school carpool... our daily afternoon routine.

a glimpse at the week's weather... warm,
warm, warm!

I am so excited about this project for 2012 but as I began to gather my supplies and get organized I came to the realization that I can also do this for year's past. I spent a few hours this evening going through pictures from 2009. My kids were 6 & 8 that year. We got a new puppy that year. Kip and I went to our first Mardi Gras ball that year. We saw the Eagles in concert that year. I can't begin to tell you how much fun it was to revisit that year of our lives and all the "moments" I want to recall and remember. I seriously think Project Life is about to impact my memory keeping in a huge way and I can't wait to share it with you each Tuesday as I not only document this year but revisit years past in the process! If you are looking for a simple and fun way to document "moments" then I encourage you to check out the links above! There are so many different ways to do this project that I am confident that anyone can find a way to fit this into their lifestyle! So as I end this really, really long post I am beyond thankful for my camera, Project Life and ALL the MOMENTS that make up my life!


Abby Devine said...

Love your photos! I am new to PL and I feel that it is a great way to capture life and memories so you can flip back through and see what you were doing 1,2, 5, 10 years ago. Hope you get those page protectors soon!

camilla said...

I think going back and picking up on years gone by is a great idea. I am starting PL this year in the hopes of not getting further behind. Super excited.

Kimberly said...

LOVE the weather glimpse. Just did the same thing on my iphone!

Maria said...

Thank you Charlotte! This inspires me! I just got a new camera and maybe this is exactly what I need to do to put it to use! But maybe doing so on line on my blog, though, rather than scrapbooking... Thanks for listening to me think out loud :)