Are there days you forget to look at your kids? I mean... really look at them. Take a minute and soak up the size of their hands, the way they hug you, how they tell you they love you...
This is an area that I have tried to be so purposeful with with my little ones. Yet I often fail.. because being a parent is hard. And often I get focused on having a minute to myself, getting things done, or getting to the next day, or teaching them responsibility and respect... and how to act... *sigh* I have to kick myself sometimes into remembering... "Let them be little"
I forget so often with my 7 year old. She is getting bigger... her 7 going on 17 tendencies are often something that grate on my nerves. Don't get me wrong. I love her. Deeper than I know what to do with. But sometimes. I tell ya! How do we change that focus? By remembering how we want to be loved, noticing how they love us, Seeing her, listening to her... and truly trying to reciprocate that selfless love she gives me. My goal this week is to love my girl, who seems big... but is certainly still little, the way she wants to be loved.
My little guy's sweetness is easy to soak up! But man I'm so afraid I will forget some of the ways he does or says things. He's 3.. and that can be trying at times.. His will is getting stronger and his attitude more purposeful sometimes. BUT... with all that 3 year old tude, comes 3 year old sweetness. This kid... He would melt your heart in an instant if you could see him in all the moments I do!
I think it's time for a shoot for myself and my kids. They are at ages that in just a few short months and years I'll look BACK thinking - "Oh my gosh - look how little they were!" While right now in my eyes they're big. I keep thinking "SOAK IT UP! Soak it up!" but our memories get more and more feeble.
I'm so thankful for how easy documentation is now... as much as I LOVE taking really great portraits... I love that I have more snapshots of my kids than most of us probably have of our childhoods put together. I know the things I remember most - are things I've seen printed pictures of my growing up. maybe my next shoot for myself and kiddos will be lifestyle. Such a great way to capture what life looks like right now.
Anyway - the way she still relies on me and seeks me out, the way he smiles and says "iiii wuv yoooou"... might not last forever and I refuse to let it go without documenting it somehow. So thankful for my little blessings! And for this little soapbox I just created! haha Thanks for joining me on this totally non-business related post!
What do you notice when you look at your littles? What sticks out to you as things you don't want to forget? Comment below with your thoughts! Sometimes just taking time to point them out helps them last in your memories a little bit longer! <3