I feel like each year after Christmas has passed, I plug my camera in to upload my pictures and look through them, and I’m always disappointed at the amount, and quality, of the pictures I’ve taken. As much as I want to, and try to, take pictures to remember the magical moments, I inevitably miss something important, or don’t get the great picture I was going for.
This year I realized after the kids were asleep on Christmas Eve, that I had forgotten to have a family picture taken.
And on Christmas morning, I was behind the camera the whole time, so I’m not actually in any of the pictures with my kids.
Sometimes, capturing and savoring the moments and the memories when you have little ones can be a fleeting dream.
And this is true all the time, not just a Christmas. They say something so cute and funny, but when you go to write it down later, it has already left your mind. They are acting adorable, but by the time you grab the camera, they have moved on, or they won’t let you take a good picture. And they get so engrossed in what they are doing that all the pictures you do get of them their heads are down so you can’t actually see their faces.
And it all flies by so quickly.
Sometimes I try to just stop time, to take a mental picture, to seal in my heart and mind forever the look on my kids’ faces, the sound of their little voices, the smell of their hair, the feel of their hugs. But even though I can do that so intentionally, those memories, those pictures, can still be so hard to hold onto or conjure up after days, or weeks, or years have passed.
Yet, I so want to be able to hold to these moments forever. They are so fleeting.
Tomorrow I’m going to share some ideas for capturing and remembering the precious moments with little ones that I’ve been gathering and am hoping to implement over the next year.
Hopefully, at the end of the next year, I’ll be able to look back and know that I savored all of the big and little things with my kids, and that I’ve recorded the memories to help me actually remember them.
How do you capture and savor the memories with your little ones?