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Capture the Gifts of the Everyday Moments of Life

Posted By megan.rosker On July 5, 2012 @ 1:31 pm In Family,Photo Book Ideas | 4 Comments

The first time I read Katrina Kenison’s site The Gift of an Ordinary Day [1], I cried. There was nothing there I didn’t already know, yet there in front of me was everything I had put out of my mind while raising young children. Ms. Kenison encourages parents to capture the gifts of the everyday moments of life.

The truth of the matter is that time is a fleeting thing and before we know it the struggle of babyhood and the toddler years have ended. The elementary school years dash past and the years of middle school and high school speed by in a flurry of homework, sports and events to attend. The life we thought we would never get back when we became parents, lands on our doorstep one morning right next to the morning paper. All too soon we find ourselves flipping through photo albums filled with pictures of baseball games, school dances and birthday parties.


Photo credit: Maria Allebring [2]

But what about the ordinary days of sitting at the kitchen table doing homework, waiting at the bus stop or playing in the sprinkler? It’s those days that I know I will miss the most when my children leave the house. The sound of laughter from the other room as I cook dinner, the mess of toys that I step over and dirty laundry on the floor-these are the signs of a home teeming with life and full of the unknown potential of young children. Most of what we miss when our children leave home is their play time.


Photo credit: Maria Allebring [2]

When you flip open the photo album in ten years will there be pictures of their every day play? Those pictures are the ones that I know will mean the most to me, the ones that capture what an average moment of life felt like when our children were two, four and seven. A naked toddler splashing in the bath, a young boy running through the yard in his favorite cape or our daughter playing in the sand box- it all seems so mundane now, but all to soon it won’t be.


Photo credit: Maria Allebring [2]

How do you savor these moments through photography? Have you started an album? Do you create scrapbooks? We would love to hear your ideas on capturing the gift of every day play for your family’s photo albums.

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