Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our four in June 2017

Half way through the year already, this year so far seems to have been one of the fastest. Yet it also feels like there has been so much change in such a short amount of time, especially when I look at our little ones. When I've looked at the four of them recently, that's what I see - four little ones. No longer is it 'the older three & a baby', They are more whole than ever now that Didi is toddling around wanting to be involved in everything. Its so sweet to watch the sibling dynamics between them all though, the little two love their time with me when the bigger girls are at school, yet they do get so excited when we are reunited with them at 3:15pm. Obviously we have the moments of intense squabbles, battles and miscommunication, but with help at times, we're trying to encourage them to problem solve by talking it out, sometimes it doesn't work but on the whole they can sort it out. This is usually between the bigger girls, or Phoenix included. Its a funny thing where they're all so close in age but naturally there are still age/development differences which can cause a stir.

On the whole though they love to be together, they become one lovely unit. I feel so proud to see how much they think of each other, how they look out for one another but also how they're trying to use problem solving if they have a disagreement. They have really enjoyed spending time in the garden after school, making up games (usually water or mud related!) and also getting Didi involved too, Something that has been an ever growing joy for them is to enjoy their snuggles on the sofa for a dvd, favourite tv show, either that or all getting on the top bunk to have a story read to them by Yve's (her favourite thing!). The two older girls were recently mistaken for twins as they were dressed almost the same, the same crinkly hair from having French plaits and to be honest, theres not much difference in height considering the year and a half difference. They go in & out of phases where they want to 'be the same' or to be different, to which we fully embrace either way. Its lovely to see that they all have their own thing going on but equally how they are all gravitated to become one again.

I really feel so proud that these four are still close, and are growing an even stronger bond over time, something I hope continues to grow and they they'll all know they have each other standing by them living this wonderful life, for what ever life throws at them.

These photos were taken during the May half term when we went strawberry picking with my sister (Didi's first time as a walker), it was a lovely day together & it was great to see the team work in finding the best juicy ones (and the biggest mud rocks!).
So i’m happy to be joining the lovely ladies Lucy, Kerri-Anne, Katie, Carie, Amber and Donna so make sure you check out their posts and do pop by some of the ones linked up below! If you’re sharing via Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #siblingsproject so we can all have a look at your wonderful images and share the love.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Memory keeping - The overwhelming stage.

I am always thinking and talking about my passion for photography, that teamed with videography and journaling. I've written a post before about my love for photography but along with that, something I absolutely adore is holding the actual print or photo book in my hands, something real that I can cherish forever.

The stage i'm at now is culling, decluttering the duplicates and trying to get some kind of organisation flow going to clear the back log of my digital albums that go all the way back to probably around 2005. This amount quadrupled when i became pregnant with our first baby, and even more so when she was born and after that as our family grew. The memories are being made, captured and documented, but what good are they if they're only stuck in a computer screen?

One of my goals (ongoing of course) is to create a way where I can organise them, and make sure I have a proper regime to keep printing them, whether thats loose prints to create things with, go in albums, canvas's or photo books. I want to ensure we have all these memories easy to hand for us to look back on together in years to come. The kids love to grab a book off the shelf & look through the ones we have so far and so do I. This is the same principle for the family films I make too, creating time capsules for us to keep forever is something so sacred to me.

I believe if I create a strategy that suits, then I can keep on top of this, as its a passion and it should be enjoyable not dreaded. It has got to the point where it feels so time consuming, and leaves me feeling so defeated at times but I guess when you have a big passion for something you want to try your best on all counts.

Along with my process, I'm going to be making notes as to what suits me, what I've found helpful and also any tips I feel I can offer as I think its such a valuable thing to have is the art of memory keeping. This can be parenthood or life in general. To document simple moments, the everyday, things that mean most, things that will be forgotten but would love to have that little snippet of - it all means something.I'm going to continue to do this process, breaking down the photographs into years, months, events, or moments. Same with my video files, it is such a long process but it's one I want to do to make sure that I can get to the point of regularly making photo books, films, etc. I love the way we can combine images, words and film on a computer screen, watch them or read online but for me, something sacred is having them to hold too. 

A few months a go my computer died and I thought I lost EVERYTHING, I cried but thankfully after six hours and a chat with Apple, we resolved it but it's made me even more determined as once they're lost digitally, it's hard to restore sometimes. Around that time we also had a water leak that wrecked my entire photo books collection, I saved some, but still I was/am so devastated, so it can go either way, but if we keep copies (luckily they're saved in my printed albums online) organise and maybe think of better places to store them we should have a better journey with memory keeping, and enjoying looking back.

So I am on this LONG process of sorting - that along with being a mama to four little ones and blogging, working with my other half and planning a business.
Now, lets get started on that backlog...
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