On February 2013, I started a 52 Week Project where I took (and posted) photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, for the whole year. I don’t count the pics we post on Instagram and Facebook as part of this project, only the ones I took with our DSLR. Posting on IG is too easy, and I wanted to exert a little more effort than that.
Sometime in September (backtracked July), I stopped posting my weekly portraits. I continued taking photos still, some weeks more than I should, other weeks none at all.
And then, life happened
I have no excuse other than the classic “Well, life happened.” Except now, for the first time, I’m not just using it as an “excuse”. Life really did happen. And most times, it’s not just about not being able to find time to do things. Looking back, I’m pretty sure I could find time, like when the girls were sleeping, or on Saturday mornings when it was their Daddy’s turn to play with them.
It’s just that.. life has become too big for words (and photographs). And often it has left me paralyzed. Sometimes there’s nothing else I’d rather do but stare at these two little darlings and marvel at their beauty (while wiping the goo that keeps coming out of their mouths and noses). They’re growing up fast, and I feel that I would miss it if I’m away too long.
Just the same, I looooove looking back at the posts that I managed to publish for this project. You can check them out here. They remind me why 2013 was such a beautiful and meaningful year, and how awesome God has been to our little family.
As I put some form of closure to last year’s 52 Week Project (and so I can start anew this 2014! Ha!), here are some of my favorite photographs, including ones I never got the chance to post, in reverse chronological order.
DECEMBER: Christmas Greeting Card Material (Not!)
We wanted to take photos of them to put in Christmas cards to give away to family and friends, so we DIYed a little photoshoot at home, and had them wear their Christmas dresses.
I guess you can say it was a failed attempt because we never got around to printing greeting cards. Plus, none of the shots we took were greeting card worthy. Most of the pics that came out were like the ones above, and yes, the one we posted on IG was actually the best one from our set of family pics. But how can you not be happy with these photos just the same, right? :) What can I say, I’m a proud little mommy. LOL.
NOVEMBER: Fourteen Months
OCTOBER: Praise the Lord
You’re probably familiar with these next ones if we’re connected in FB or IG. We used them on the twins’ birthday invitations and giveaways.
When they were younger we taught them to raise their hands when we say “Praise the Lord”, and well, they never forgot. Sure, it’s just one of their default “tricks”, but I’m so excited to see these two learn to really praise the Lord as they grow.
AUGUST: Tiger & Piglet
Someone gave them these Tigger and Piglet headbands as presents, but surely we enjoyed them more than the girls did. ;)
The next ones are some of my favorites from the ones that made it online.
JULY: Marshmallow Test
Haha. I love this set.
JUNE: Bedtime Routines
MAY: Happy Birthday to Me!
Turning 30 was not so horrible after all. ;)
APRIL: Happy Babies
MARCH: Little Darlings
Sometimes I still can’t believe they were, at one point, this small!
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Well, that’s a wrap! I didn’t have anything for January & February because I actually started the project mid-February, almost two months behind the other moms who were also doing it. This year I’m starting off my 52 Week Project with everyone, and while I really don’t want to pressure myself, I’d like to see myself at the end of 2014 with more photographs to look back to.
That said.. Next up, my 1/52 for 2014. :)