Tuesday, March 26, 2019

November Family Film

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

In January of 2018 I set a goal for myself. I had just learned video and instantly fell head over feet in love for this way of documenting life. My goal was to create one family film a month. As the months went on, I decided there were other things in our lives that I wanted to devote to their own films, let those moments shine separate from our daily lives; and so my goal of completing 12 films in 2018 quickly blossomed into many, many more.

And, as is usually the case in life, our schedules got busy and I had less time to sit down and edit the video clips together to make the films. Thankfully I kept up on filming the moments; they were simply stashed away on my hard drive, awaiting some free minutes. That's why this March 2019 finds me finally finishing the family film from November.

I only have to edit one more film to complete my goal from 2018. I'm excited to check that off the list. This project has been so much fun. I'm grateful to have these memories documented in such a real way to look back at in years to come.

Have I renewed my goal of completing monthly videos in 2019? No, I've decided that task was a bit daunting and unrealistic to do long term. But I will continue to document the big moments and make sure to also record a hodge podge of the little ones, too. After all, Laura Ingalls Wilder said herself that it's the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones.

Enjoy our November. I know we did.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Ashton turns 7

"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is completely crazy it's unbelievable."
-Roald Dahl

This quote embodies Ashton so thoroughly. I believe it probably could be his life motto. He goes all in. I don't even think he knows how to do anything less than that. This is both endearing and frustrating.

Ashton turned 7 last fall; and it's been a good age for him. Six wasn't his easiest year. He hit many bumps in the road--suffered numerous skinned knees--but he has now surfaced stronger and more acutely aware of himself. The transformation has been so fun to watch. No mother likes to watch their children suffer--helpless in their endeavor to make the path easier--but I can sure attest to the pride and pure relief and overwhelming love a mother feels when things turn around.

I may be a few months late in celebrating another year of Ashton, but here it is nonetheless. His birthday interview.