Crazy?

So I know that some of my friends and/or family think that I am slightly crazy when it comes to the projects I take on with my pictures.

I started scrapbooking when we moved to camp, because that is what ladies do here on Monday nights, and I’ve always kind of enjoyed that kind of thing. So I decided to make a scrapbook of our first year here at camp.

It has over 100 pages in it. I won’t be doing that again with the pictures from any of our other years here, because… that would be crazy.

Then I started blogging, at first on the camp blog, and I wrote “365 Things I Love About Camp” and took a ton of pictures all year for that. Won’t do that again, either. It was fun while it lasted, but it was a pretty time-consuming commitment.

My project for this year was something called “Project Life.

It’s this big kit that I bought, and the idea is that you take a picture every day for a year, and write down something about that picture on a little card, and put everything all together in one big book. And I have loved it. I can’t keep a journal worth anything, but I can write little cards. And I can take pictures!

People think it sounds hard to take one picture a day, but really, I’ve got small children in the house. I’m taking pictures all the time, anyway. If I happen to miss a day, I take pictures of my favorite food, or the shoes I’m wearing all the time, or the books I’m reading, or a room in our house and what it looks like right now, or anything that would work for any day.

And when this year is over, I will have all of my pictures, plus my journaling, in one (honkin’ huge) book. I already love looking back to the beginning of the year, because Kaylia has changed so much, and it’s just interesting to remember life stuff, even from a few months ago. (That makes it sound like I just lounge around on my couch all day, looking at pictures of our family, but I don’t. Really. I’m too busy taking more pictures…)

Anyway. I’ve started a new project. It’s called “A Week in the Life.” It could possibly drive my family nuts by the end of the week. We’ll see. The idea is that you take a picture of everything you do all day, for a week straight.

I took 140 pictures yesterday. Which sounds like an insane amount, but it isn’t my fault. Think about it – I’m taking pictures of a very active and unpredictable toddler, a girl with a mind of her own who has decided she doesn’t want her picture taken anymore (wonder why??? šŸ™‚ ) and a husband who loves to make really dumb faces in pictures to wreck them. And then I have to keep taking pictures until I get a good one.

See? Not my fault. So out of those 140 pictures, I deleted at least half of them.

And today, I only took 50! And deleted a bunch of those, too.

So, why would I do something like this? There are a number of reasons:

1) The life we live right now is not a normal one. Someday, when we’re living somewhere else and have a totally different kind of lifestyle, I want our girls to remember this time, and the unique schedule that we have right now.

2) I love the challenge of capturing pictures of things I don’t normally take pictures of. And I want to remember this stuff forever.

3) It’s all going to go into a pretty little book, and the whole project just brings joy to my life, for whatever weird reason. (My sister says, “Why would I want to remember, 20 years from now, what I ate today??” I don’t know! Maybe it will be interesting by then!)

So, for anyone who’s curious what kind of pictures I’ve taken so far, here’s a peek:

MONDAY

Reading “A Little Princess” to Anika:

Afternoon yoga:

Hanging pictures in Kaylia’s room:

Stew for supper:

Supper dishes:

TUESDAY

Driving to the city:

Physiotherapy appointment:

Grocery shopping:

Filling up gas before the drive home:

Sitting in the van:

Bags of groceries to clean up:

4 thoughts on “Crazy?

  1. i don’t think so!!! i think it is cool- what a great way to bring awareness and appreciation to all of the everyday things and events in your life and sort of celebrate them. The Project Life thing seems very cool- remind me to get the information from you about where you got the kit- I think that would be a really great thing to do for me….cause i am terrible about journalling too šŸ™‚

  2. Hi Kendra,
    I’ve been hestitant to comment on here. Somehow the whole signing in thing and the public-ness of it all is intimidating. But you post your thoughts for all to see, so I can too.
    I love these projects you’ve got going. Your sister is right. You probably won’t care that you had stew on Sept 28th, 2010. But lifes best memories often happen in the little things. The books, and stews, and other trivial details seem so insignificant but they are the things we miss the most when they are gone. And sometimes they are so little we don’t even miss them, we just notice that something is not right with life until finally it clicks, “oh, I haven’t had this in a long time!”
    Anyway, keep it up. One day your family will notice that you are not crazy but will thank you for it instead.

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