In the Dutch speaking blog community we are throwing things at each other, we are throwing invitations to show our most loved moments of 2014 captured by a photograph. TamTam threw me one of those invitations and I happily caught it. I loved looking through our picture archive, I have not been doing it enough this year. In the previous years I kept our photo albums up to date, but the time I spent on that activity (and on many other activities) has now turned into sewing time.
many others before me, I had a hard time selecting only 10 pictures. I
therefore cheated slightly and decided that the goal of this post is to
show 10 happy memories, and some of these memories need more than one
The first happy memory is from the first warm day of
this year, somewhere in March. We packed up the kids and some food and
held a picnic at a nearby play yard (together with many more families).
this second picture I am baking cookies with the kids. Our youngest
was in a phase that she wanted to be held all day, so I carried her a
lot at that time.She really has grown this year!
The third picture shows our three eldest
playing house in a cardboard box. Our kids love cardboard boxes (as most
kids I presume) and whenever we have a big box, the kids play with it until it is torn to pieces.
The fourth event is one of
our trips to the local zoo. For three years we had a a subscription to
the zoo. This particular zoo is like a beautiful park and it is the
perfect outing on a sunny weekend day. The small picture shows our two
eldest walking hand in hand, I love seeing that they are such good friends.
The fifth picture is made at a nearby lake. This
spring we had extremely nice weather and being near the water was a lot
of fun. This time I went alone with the three eldest kids (because
the youngest was still sleeping a lot) and the kids build sand castles
I made the sixth picture when I was trying to
create this years fathers day present. Inspired by Pinterest I wanted
to capture the shadows of kids. Making a nice shadow picture was harder
than I anticipated and in the end we created a different present, but
this picture is one of the few pictures that has all our kids on it.
After trying to make the gift picture, the kids just played outside and I
shot some more pictures. I love the smaller picture because it really
portrays our eldest in her pure form. Dreamy, not really aware of what she
is doing, hanging on something while her underwear is showing.
seventh picture is again made at the small lake. It was the first time
we went there as a whole family. Our youngest loved to play in the sand.
She looks like a catalog baby in this picture (usually she looks like a
little troll, adorable in her own way, but far from resembling a catalog baby).
the eighth picture we are celebrating the birthday of our sons teddy
bear. We were driving home from a day at a amusement park when my son
announced in the car that it was his bears birthday! We all played along
with it and when we arrived home I turned some leftovers into a cake,
took some small balloons and gift wrapped a bottle of honey while the
kids dressed up for the party.
I love to send picture
Christmas cards and I prefer to have something different every year.
This year we opted for a "falling leaves" picture. On one of the last
nice days of a very warm fall we went to the forest and shot some great
pictures, not the "perfect"one I was looking for but for everyone's sake
(making the "perfect"picture can create some tensions) I made it work.
last picture is an even rarer picture than all our kids together (my son is usually boycotting those). It is
a picture of just me and my husband. Over Christmas we received a
tripod. While I was setting up the tripod to make a picture of a part of
our extended family my husband proposed to make a picture of us, to test the settings. The quality is not great, we switched off the lamp later, and used
the flash, but I still love the picture.
I think that
everyone who wanted to catch the invitation, has already caught it, so I
will just end with wishing everybody a happy next year!