I left my camera at home. I know what you are thinking you are crazy, but stay with me here. I am one of those moms, that has my camera or my phone all of the time. I love photography; especially those pictures of my babies J
Every once in awhile, I like to just enjoy my time with my kiddos and not worry so much about “capturing the moment.” Don’t get me wrong some of my favorite photos came from just playing and happening to have my camera, but lately I have found that I have been so focused on having my camera to catch those moments that the kids were living and I was not. Not cool! I don’t want my children to look back and be like “wow, these are great pictures, but where was mom?” I only ever remember her taking pictures.
This particular day, I found myself playing in the river with the kiddos and what a beautiful view it is.
We love to explore, we love to play and on this day was another day to soak up the sun and just love being with each other.
I watched as my children problem solved to figure out a way to get to another part of the river, I watched my Bean learn what happened when you throw a rock, I watched my pumpkin climb different rocks and work on her balance, I watched peanut be like George of the Jungle and swing across about 10 feet of river! Go Peanut. I was very impressed it took him three tries!
At times, I missed my camera especially when the kids asked me to take their picture. “Mama, take my picture!” Then I got a goofy face or a gigantic smile, I mean who wouldn’t want to take it? But the point was to enjoy the moment and make a memory not capture it in my camera! I would tell them that I was doing something more important, I was taking mind pictures.
We spent the next two hours playing in the water, catching crawfish, fetching rocks, digging in the dirt, pretending to hunt fish like our early ancestors, and just enjoying the day together.
It is by far one of my favorite days with them. I am not saying you should never take a picture but think about this a few years ago (ok, maybe more than I would like to admit.), digital was this new thing and not many people had them. You took pictures with a film camera, and you maybe had 24 tries! There was something about taking the pictures and hoping that it turned out, then driving the film to the store to be processed, drive back pay for them and then look at your pictures, holding them in your hand. As crazy as it sounds, I almost feel more appreciative of them, it seemed that you really had to work and wait for your pictures. Now, just as everything else that we have it is instant and onto the next thing.
Saw this sign on Pinterest and just had to add it here, how appropriate. Remember to breathe and just be every once in awhile.