Almost every Sunday night, I used to sit down with my laptop and recap my weekends. I’d tell you about the food I ate, the exercise I did, and how I filled my time. They were never particularly exciting posts, but I figured it was a way for me to remember how I spent my free time, while giving you insight into what my days look like.
And then, I stopped.
The major reason for stopping was my pregnancy. After the holidays were over, most of my weekends looked like this: eat when I can, sleep, eat again, sleep some more, repeat. Not very exciting things to read (or write) about. Truthfully, my weekends still look pretty much the same. I don’t sleep well, and because of this the work week drains me. On the weekends, all I want to do is rest — and I let myself!
The other reason, though, is because I was spending so much time trying to capture a moment, that I was often missing the moments right in front of me.
“Wait, let me take a picture of this [insert food here] before we start eating!”
“Can we just get one group shot before we start [insert activity here]?”
“Hold on — will you take a picture of me so I can post it on my blog?”
There is a time and a place for taking quality pictures that help you remember a moment, but I began to realize that, for me, none of these were those moments.
Jordan and I spent this Saturday with his family, celebrating the life/mourning the death of his grandma who passed away last weekend. After the funeral, we spent some time going through an old photo album at his grandpa’s house — photos of his days in the war, of high school basketball games, and of celebrations when his kids were still little.
It was nice to learn more about Jordan’s grandparents and reminisce, but it also made me sad to think that our kids might not have things like that to look back on. Who knows where this blog, or the internet in general, will be by the time I’m in my 90s.
After this “ah-ha moment,” I decided that I want to start putting photos in albums. I want to start taking pictures of things that actually mean something — last night’s dinner and gym selfies don’t exactly count.
While I will write about my weekends when I do something fun or exciting or meaningful, I will also make sure to document it elsewhere (Shutterfly is too easy and convenient not to use!). And if I’m having too much fun to take a picture, I’m not going to worry about it!
I’m sure this will all change when the baby is born and I want to document every little thing that he/she is doing, but until then, I’m going to enjoy these last few months as a family of two and enjoy each moment as it comes .