Last week we were asked to take part in a photo challenge for Families Online as part of their #EveryMomentCounts campaign.
We were set a theme for each day and were asked to snap a moment that fit the theme.
As a blogger, I do love a photo challenge. Especially where it’s one that challenges me to take more spontaneous photos of the boys and with them both at school full-time now we certainly do have to make every moment count.
Here’s a rundown of our week!
Day 1 – Together
This wasn’t quite the photo I was wanting to snap for the “together” theme but it just goes to show you – life is unpredictable!
It was the first week of a new routine for the boys and M’s second week at school. I picked them up happily from their new childminder and everything was good. The boys were happily drawing away at the dining room table whilst I tidied up the house.
Then it all changed.
M asked what we were having for dinner, not realising that the sandwich he had at the childminders was his dinner. He told me still hungry so I offered every food item we had but to no avail.
One very overtired boy had a huge meltdown which resulted in him watching TV in our bed (the only way I could calm him down). Five minutes later, when I went to check on him and he was fast asleep. I snuggled up for a cuddle and he wrapped his little arms around me. He climbed back into his own bed a short while after. So whilst this photo is just of him we had a moment of “togetherness” at the end of what was probably a pretty tough day for him, and that is what I think counts!
Day 2 – Tradition
We have a few family traditions in our house. Friday night is always movie night where the boys get to choose something to watch after dinner. They get into their PJs and are allowed to stay up later than usual. We also make sure we eat together as a family at the weekend – a lot of our “family time” is based around food and having fun!
Bath time, whilst can be a bit manic at the end of a busy day is the best time for me to extract information about what the boys have been up to at school. There’s just something about bath time that relaxes them and lets them open up. Maybe it’s the undivided attention they have with no other distractions?
Day 3 – Laughter
After a rocky start to the week (see Day 1) it was lovely to see this one so happy and smiley after school. He is super hungry when he comes out of school and wolfs his snack down. You might not be able to see but it looks like he has a slight bruise on his left eye but the teacher informed me it was mud as they’d been playing in the mud pit!
Happy M = happy Mummy. I think he is enjoying school life.
Day 4 – Three things
I have to admit, I didn’t know what to snap for this theme and then just before bedtime I noticed these “three things” on the landing. Every night, before the boys go to bed they take their comforters (yes still!), a bottle of water and a toy up to their room. They’ve both had their comforters ever since they were babies and we’ve come so close to losing M’s before! I have no idea when they will eventually grow out of them but whatever eases them into a peaceful slumber works for me.
Day 5 – Colourful
Ahhh Friday! The end of the school week and it couldn’t have come soon enough. The sun was out so we made the most of it and headed to the park straight after school where I snapped this photo of M on the climbing frame. It was so nice watching the boys play in the sun.
I often wonder if they will remember spontaneous after-school days like this when they are older. Some of my best memories as a kid were of the random things we got to do after school.
Day 6 – Love
We don’t take enough photos together as a family but these boys right here are all I need in my life. E actually requested we took this photo. We were at Thorpe Park for the day as a treat for the boys.
Like I said above – we have to make the most of the last days of summer, don’t we? And what better way to do that than a family day out to their favourite theme park?
Sunday – Reflection
Another snap before bedtime – a view of the sun from the boy’s bedroom which has made me look back and reflect on the week’s challenge.
I’ve really loved doing this photo challenge with Families Online. As much as I love taking photos, I’ve realised that I’ve been using my DSLR more to capture special moments (like days out) this last year and have stopped using my phone to snap those all-important everyday moments as much as I used to. These moments are, in fact, more precious than worrying about taking any perfect good-quality shot with my big camera. They are the moments that I am going to want to remember in years to come. The meltdowns, the bath times, the spontaneous trips to the park and more.
From now on, I plan to continue snapping away (I’ve always been snap-happy) and hopefully I’ll be able to continue documenting the little family moments of our daily lives as well as the big ones too.
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With thanks to Families Online for inviting us to take part in this challenge.
* All photos were taken with my iPhone 7+