I have been participating in a blog circle with some wonderful photographers who are also mothers of girls. Each month (more or less), we write a letter to our daughters to preserve thoughts and memories of this time in our lives. I treasure being able to do this for my girls and I love the chance to see the messages that my friends leave for their own daughters. You can access all the letters by clicking HERE. Once you have read my letter, please follow continue on to see what my friend Jenn Valluzzo wrote by clicking HERE.
Dear Avery and Alexa,
I caught you in your bed yesterday, mid-afternoon, looking like this. You’d stolen my phone, climbed up somewhere comfortable, snuggled together and were playing games. This photo, above, captures how it feels to be your mom for me. I am used to seeing you this way – up close, curled up, with a good view of your incredible lashes, and without a lot of perspective. Too close to focus properly. You’re pushing a boundary, of course, but that’s your job right now – to push boundaries.
So I decided we would go downstairs and do one of your favorite projects. We roll out paper onto the floor, trace your bodies, and then you can color yourselves in, however you’d like.
Avery wrote “I ♥ U” on Alexa’s. I am so lucky that you two love each other so much and are so sweet to each other (most of the time anyway).
You worked hard for a while, first each of you on your own drawing, but then Avery you decided to help Alexa with hers. She isn’t as fast as you just yet.
Of course, you each used a lot of blue, because you were dressed like Elsa. Obviously.
I realized when I was taking these photos of you, that I haven’t been taking so many pictures these days. It’s a combination of things – I’ve run out of memory and need to get a bigger hard drive, I’m too behind in editing and hate to make it worse, and it’s been winter (when the sun sets SO early – you can see there is almost no light in these photos) and I get bored or blue. But I love having these pictures of our everyday activities and I want to back to taking more of them again. I love all the little things that we do. You make our day-to-day so fun, and I know we will have less time together each year, especially when you start kindergarten in the fall, Avery. So I want to make time to be better about capturing that. Hopefully my camera won’t make you want to run away! 😉
Thank you for making being your mom the most fun job there ever was. I love you both the mostest – more than chocolate, ice cream, cheesecake AND coffee. 😉