December: The moments in between

I take hundreds of photos every month, and most of them don’t get shared with anyone, let alone online. And yet the moments in time that those photos capture are just as important a part of our story as the other images that I do choose to share.

I created this blog as a way of documenting our lives, a way of watching the girls grow into who they’re going to be and a way of remembering who they once were. It’s something I want them to be able to look back on as they get older, because memories fade but (digital) photographs don’t.

It’s easy (and tempting) to only focus on sharing the fun bits, the memorable parts, the highlights and the celebrations. But I’m learning more and more as I continue through this crazy journey of motherhood that it’s really important to me that I capture the ordinary, everyday times that we spend together as well. The bits of the jigsaw that fill in the gaps to complete the picture. The tantalising glimpses into who our girls are becoming.

The chaos, the calm and all the moments in between.

This monthly feature – The Moments In Between – is a space for me to share all of those magical bits that would otherwise just stay in a folder on my laptop, never to see the light of day.

DECEMBER

December has absolutely flown by in a complete blur of birthday celebrations, Christmas preparation and school & work busy-ness. Apart from this last week where everything slowed down, meaning that lazy days became the norm and I had the chance to catch my breath (even if extra sleep still eluded me).  Again, I’ve surprised myself with how many images I managed to capture and I love every single one of them, because this is us, in all of our messy, complicated, emotional, perfectly imperfect glory.

 

Getting ready for Saturday morning football

Screen time

Checking out the nativity display at a church in the town centre

Sleepy cat

Standard kitchen scene

Writing Christmas cards for their classmates

Christmas selfie

I put this star banner up for Ella’s birthday but we all liked it so much I’ve decided to leave it up indefinitely. Also, I really must get some photos printed out to fill those two outside frames.

Santa’s magic key (because we don’t have a chimney)

Sunday bike ride

Making chocolate orange brownies

Her ‘thinking face’

Tired

Watching TV after the last day of term at school

Visiting Santa

Feeling festive?

Scooting into town

She fell over and hurt her knee 🙁

Taking a photo of her Daddy on his birthday on the new camera she got for her birthday

The husband opening cards and pressies on his birthday

Laughter is the best medicine

Constructing a gingerbread house has it’s perilous moments!

I love her curls

“Smile!” I said. This is what they gave me instead.

Dusk. No filter.

Watching their messages from Santa. I think we might be in the final year of Ella and Mimi believing…

A cuddle with Daddy

Facetiming Sophie on Christmas Day

Boxing Day is made for playing boardgames. ‘Frustration’ has been a particular favourite this year.

Waiting for nail varnish to dry

Exploring the forest

Watching ‘How to cake it’ on Youtube

“No photos!”

Ice crystals on our bedroom window

Sister cuddles

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