June is our most hectic of months in our family. It includes our anniversary, my birthday, my husband's birthday, father's day, and the Little Lady's birthday. Normally a family vacation is thrown into the mix as well. It is always a wonderful month, but by the end, we are all a little haggard. This June is no exception and the days whizzed by with speed, leaving me the day before my Me & Mine post with nary an image that included me. In other more honest words, I completely forgot (despite my reminder system). [Me & Mine is a creative project I do in a group once a month]
So there we were on Wednesday. Less than 24 hours to deadline. Earlier in the week we spent hours upon hours upon hours organizing the toys. It had become a disaster. Everything was all mixed up. No one knew where anything was. Constantly cluttered and messy. But most importantly, they were not playing with their toys, for it was such a chaotic nightmare. If you do not play with it, it leaves the house, so goes my mantra. So they had one last chance to redeem themselves. All baskets and bins were dumped into the center of the room, and we painstakingly sorted it all. I'm not kidding when I say hours. Now the toy room holds all the toys in order, and shockingly, they are playing with their toys again!!!
Little Buddy is amazing me daily with his imagination, creativity, and ability at his 6.5 year old self. I am loving this stage (while simultaneously mourning the loss of his little boy-ness). All on his own accord, he created a new "board game" that he calls "Speed". It includes a car track, and obstacles, and "cards" that you draw to tell you how to move. It has a lot of complicated rules that I can't keep up with, but he sure knows them. We've played it a good bit this week. He loves that!
We were upstairs in the toy room playing "Speed" when I mentioned to Little Buddy that I would need his help that afternoon on a "photography project". He really likes to help me with those, as I call them, when I have something specific I'm trying to shoot. I told him I'd need him to use my camera to take some photos of me with the Little Lady, and then let her shoot some of me with him. He threw a curve ball at me and asked "Ooooh! I have an idea! Why don't we do it now, while we play Speed?"
Um, well, uh, because I haven't showered yet today. I haven't even combed my hair. Or gotten dressed. Oh dear. You know what? That's a great idea! Let's do it!
I figured if they turned out too embarrassingly awful, I could just not show them. I wanted some more formal documentation of his first complex board game creation, so this served two purposes. While my appearance isn't exactly what I'd want it to be, it is real, and me, and the momma they know on their daily basis.
I invested in the Black Rapid RS-Sport 2 "Slim" Sling Camera Strap when I got my new D800 and have really liked using it. I've always worn my strap across my body, but this is significantly more comfortable. But the added bonus is that the Slim Sport strap adjusts small enough to even fit my newly 5 year old, for real! I put it on both kids and adjusted it to fit them, just as I'd wear it myself. This worked wonderfully!!! Makes me feel much better about handing over a three thousand dollar piece of equipment into little hands!
I asked the Little Lady to photograph me and Little Buddy playing his game. That lasted about 2 minutes and she was done. Sigh. I took some of him playing and the details of the game. Then we switched and Little Buddy did the photographing of me with her. He's so good. I really cannot wait until he's ready to learn more about HOW to take the photograph. That is going to be so fun to share with him.
Without further ado, I bring you our real afternoon of play together.
My friend Christine Blaylock is up next in our Me and Mine group. Spend a few minutes spinning around our circle. I do hope you will consider taking on this project yourself. So important to document US with our family!
I shot these with my Nikon D800
Nikon 50mm 1.4D