Being the studious person I am, I checked out Pinterest posing guides, shutter speeds, and aperture settings. I had such a brilliant plan, and then these three free spirits came along. I still chuckle out loud as I think of our time together. Being with them was such a great reminder that even the best laid plains sometimes fall apart so that even better ones can come together. Try telling an almost 4 year old, almost 2 year old and a 2 month old that you have a plan. Are you laughing out loud, cause I sure am!
The memory of this time together is priceless. We had a baby crying, and two toddlers bouncing with energy. We had my sister in law covered in furry blankets so that she could hold the baby and hopefully soothe her so that she didn't start crying. Things even got so chaotic that there might have been a bribe of chocolate somewhere along the way, and these kiddos were sure to remind the adults that we had mentioned chocolate. The pictures didn't come out as I had hoped, but in a lot of ways, they came out even better. The raw joy of giggling, of moving, and squealing with delight was filtered through the lens. There's no planning for the spontaneity of a child. Their wonderment is an amazing reminder to be in the present moment. Squeal. Laugh. Run. Play. Make it count.
This life isn't about being so over planned that we forget to live. Sure, we have responsibilities, but when was the last time you waved at a stranger, enjoyed the simplicities of life, laughed until your sides hurt, ran through the grass barefoot, or giggled until you snorted? With the heart of a child, may your week be full of lighthearted moments and wonder. Ready, set--go!
May You Sweetly Seek:)