What a fun week this challenge was in the Documented Life Project... and thankfully Rae Missigman had a great little video tutorial on her site this week that I totally worked off of as inspiration. Check out her video here.
At first, reading challenge: "Photographs & Memories with a prompt of "All that I have to remember you" by Jim Croce, I was completely perplexed. I took careful looks at all the sample pages that the Art to the 5th artists created and started trying to envision my plan for my layout.
I immediately thought of someone from my early life who is no longer among us. But, every time I think of this person, I get really, really sad. He's been gone since 2000 and I still can't quite get my head around it. And while I do realize he is gone, the tragedy of his end will always be something I don't understand. So... I decided another route.... to go with my happy, current, best things in the world: My babies.
I absolutely adore these two photos of my kids, taken nearly 3 years to the date from each other. And they're in the same order in both photos, so it made me realize just how quickly they're growing and that I have been able to enjoy every single day with them and have fun together no matter what we do.
The left side image was taken in 2012 at a lovely state park after a day of walking around feeding farm animals, picnicking and having delicious ice cream. This was also the day that we brought our "bug catchers" and walked around the pond edge looking for wildlife. Gracie nearly fell into the water as she was saying "oh, hi" to a passing butterfly, Charlotte was totally engaged in searching for frogs under every lily pad she could find. And little Joey just watched his sisters intently, making note on how he would participate in these activities once he could walk.
The right side layout was when we recently stopped last minute at a carnival in the town next to ours. We sat in this big fiberglass "dragon" that spun around in circles. Needless to say I took this photo **before** we spun around nearly out of control and not being able to see straight for about 15 minutes afterwards. But it was an incredibly fun evening that we all enjoyed together with endless smiles and laughs from the kids (as well as us parents).
I love looking back at these "old" memories, for they are happy ones. Ones that I can remember almost every detail of and the joy of my kids and the smiles on their little faces.
So, thank you, Rae, for giving me some guidance on this week's DLP challenge. This is my favorite layout so far this year!