Posted on February 20, 2012
Week 7 was a freebie for the Project 52. In keeping with my own general theme of MY SON, here’s a little gem I captured while he was on time-out at the harbor down in San Diego as I was scouting a location. It is SO hard to be upset with this child when he makes faces like this. I imagine him looking up to the heavens, thinking, “Are you there, God? It’s me, Atticus. Mom put me on time-out. Can I get a little help?” That little prayer must’ve worked because I let him loose after I saw how cute he looked on the LCD screen. What a stinker…
Posted on February 20, 2012
I’m a little behind in sharing my Project 52 photos on the blog. Nevertheless, here is my take on the theme “emotion” for week 6.
Before my son was born, emotions were just words I used to mask the reality of the apathy that lived inside of me. I was “happy”. I was “sad”. I was actually somewhere in between.
Then my little man came along and showed me that real, raw emotion exists. I never knew such joy and passion until he looked at me with those soulful gray eyes. I never knew fear for the future like I do now raising a child. I never felt such longing until I noticed my baby was a baby no more.
My son has defined emotions for me– the greatest of which is pure, unconditional, unabated love.
Posted on February 11, 2012
Week 5 has come and gone and I realized I forgot to post this image to the blog. The theme for week 5 was “simplicity”. It made me think about all the anxiety I give myself by constantly fretting over my laundry list of “problems”. It keeps me up at night and makes me feel hopeless.
And then I look at my son and I remember that life can be tough– but in the end, it is truly simple. I’m the mother to a beautiful child and that’s really all that matters. I am here to love him and teach him how to be compassionate, sincere, and honest.
Simplicity = me + my son. There is nothing more important in this crazy thing called life.
Posted on January 31, 2012
I’ll admit I had lofty expectations of parenthood. I said I’d never let my kid eat fast food. I said I’d never let my kid play video games or stay up late. I said my son would always wear nice clean clothes and be well-mannered. I’ve learned in 2 1/2 years that my aspirations of raising a “perfect” child were a tad ambitious. Don’t get me wrong, I still try my best. But I’ve accepted that failure is a part of parenthood. I’ve accepted that no matter how many $30 t-shirts my toddler has in his closet, he’ll stain each and every one of them. I’ve learned to let him just be himself– dirt, muck, mud and all.
Week four’s theme was “imperfection”. For me, this photo represents how I have embraced imperfection as a mom. So now I say, “Bring on the chicken nuggets, Angry Birds and 10pm bedtimes. And the mud. Oh, how I love mud…”
Posted on January 22, 2012
This week’s theme for the Project 52 was “inspiration.” Here’s my baby boy, playing in an Ikea storage box, kissing his doll while I spied on him from my desk. When I look at my sweet boy I feel like I can do anything. He inspires me to be better than I am. And his birth is what led me to starting this business.
My son is the first word of every sentence I live.
Thank you My Four Hens Photography for giving me a guide to actually follow through on this year-long project. See you guys again in a few days for week 4