Each year starts out with grand plans.
Plans that change/ fizzle/ or get ditched all together.
This is the third (maybe fourth) year I have attempted some sort of photo a day project.
I am hoping that this is the year that I see it through with a few new tools and plans.
Easy tools. Simple plans. Small chunks of time.
The goal is simple: (two week in, at least it still seems so) take a picture a day.
No structure. No set parameters.
Just the small moments that paint of picture of what our life looks like.
Friends, meals, adventures, projects, celebrations, happy kids, crying kids...
A year in the life of the Carsons.
Our noisy, chaotic, ever moving, life.
The life that is moving too quickly, changing rapidly.
It is my feeble attempt to take back what the jerk time is trying to take from us.
I got this little journal to help.
Each night I jot down a highlight from the day.
Sometimes it might just be something as pathetic as
I started AND finished a load of laundry
Because those are the days that are intermingled with the big days. Those are the days that I want to celebrate too.
It's not all making out in front of the Golden Gate bridge.
It's a whole lot of sweeping floors and changing diapers.
The crumbs and the diapers are part of our little story right now. The story that slips away as we trudge forward in life.
Too many people much older and wiser than I, have told us over and over again that the day will come when we will miss the mess and noise. When that day comes, I want something to flip through and reminisce.
So far I threw together the beginnings of what will be weeks one and two in just a few minutes. Now I just need to flip through my little journal, and type out bullet points that correspond to the pictures. Part of me wants to be lazy, and just keep it clean and simple. The smarter part of me knows better. It knows that in years to come, I won't exactly remember why a particular Disney sunset was so bittersweet to our family (our season passes expired that day). The extra time will be worth it. So worth it.
So this is my plan. Each day I will take a picture. Each night I will jot something down. Every two weeks I will brew a cup of tea, sit down at the computer, put my headphones on, and put together our small moments. At the end of the year we will look back at the photos, the memories, the words, and be thankful for the hard days and the beautiful ones.
It's going to be rad.