Dear Avery, Morgan & Bennett,
I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started this Letters project! Time has passed so quickly! I’m so glad I have these twelve letters to look back on. You guys have grown and changed so much in a year. Avery, earlier this week you said to me, “Mama, termites eat wood houses. Mosquitos suck your blood, and that is NOT very nice.” Whaaaa?!?! You are learning so much and it never ceases to amaze me.
Morgan and Bennett, you guys are such a hoot these days. Bennett, you’ve turned into my snuggly guy who is sensitive and caring. You get upset when other people are upset, and I kind of love that about you. We don’t have nursing snuggle time anymore, but I do cherish our bedtime routine.
Morgs, you are such a character. You’re doing things in your own time, and I’m okay with that. You’re so playful, like tonight when you were blowing bubbles for about 15 minutes non-stop during the car ride home. And then playing peek-a-boo, which I think is your favorite game! I love how you keep throwing the blanket over your head to hide yourself. And I love how you snuggle with any pillows or even just the floor!
None of these photos are technically perfect, and I’m okay with that. A couple of them are a little bit out-of-focus, but they’re emotionally in-focus. I year ago I was so obsessed with capturing “technically perfect” images that I began to lose sight of the reason I became a photographer in the first place. Today I can accept a little bit of motion blur and excessive noise, and be so happy that I have beautiful photos of you guys experiencing the wonder Christmas. Avery, you still don’t like to be photographed very much, but I hope that might change in the near future. I love you guys so very much, and I hope that you will enjoy looking back on these photos and words some time when you’re all grown up, and be able to imagine a little bit of my love that went into the project.
Lots of love,
This is the last monthly installment in a blog circle that I undertook with a group of fantastic photographer mothers in 2013. Please visit Kelly’s blog to read her final installment, then follow the circle around until you end up here. Join me in 2014 as I embark on a new personal project to continue documenting the life of my family.