Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tornados, Goals and Laughter

Every year it's the same. The holidays come and go, New Year's Eve is celebrated, then Jan 1st comes and I immediately go into overdrive. My OCD kicks in and nothing can stop the madness; Erik calls it my "tornado mode."  I love the holidays and part of that is what happens to me after they are over. My lists come out, my routines are back and life is once again as it should be. The house is clean and in order, the kids are bathed and in bed on time, and there is this amazing peace residing in my little world. The treadmill comes out of hibernation, the cookies are replaced by broccoli, and there is an overwhelming feeling of new beginnings.

I have lots of goals, ideas, and dreams for 2012! I have a feeling it's going to be a great year! 

I have started a new project, it's called "Project 52." Take a picture a week! There is a theme posted that you can use or you can just take a picture that represents your week and explain why. It's a way to grow, document the year, and collaborate with a wonderful group of photographers! If you would like to join us you can check out the information here. Sarah, at My Four Hens Photography, is heading it up. Here is the link to the flickr group if you would like to jump in on the fun! 

This week's theme:

Being a mom to four precious, rambunctious, spirited lovelies requires my day to be consumed with being the referee, the counselor, the nurse, the one that is making sure everyone is in line; sometimes I forget to laugh. I want to remember throughout my day in 2012 to laugh with my kids more often! 

As a photographer I want to step out of my comfort zone. I want to master shooting wide open and I want to take pictures that make me happy even though they might not be technically correct or perfect! I am so drawn to imperfect images, they are by far my favorite. This year, my goal is to look at things with a fresh, unique perspective!

Sweet Ella has a very contagious laugh. When you hear it you can't help but join in. This was a gorgeous day at the park where everyone was getting along and the laughter was rampant. For me, this image captures the joy of that day perfectly!

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  1. First of all, how can you say you "forget to laugh"? You are always laughing and smiling when I see you!!!!! (maybe it's just me you laugh at... haha!) I do agree that that Ella of yours has a very contagious laugh. She's precious!

  2. I just heard of a similar project through someone else and it sounds really neat. I can't wait to see your photos and hear the stories. I have a feeling this year is going to be a good one too!

  3. Great picture, I can feel the swing moving