When I first created a blog over three years ago I thought it would be a great way for family and friends who live far away to see photos of our kids and hear tales of what we have been up to.  There are also many posts about me, myself, and I, but I truly think it is a good thing. When my kids are older they can read my words and get a glimpse into who the person that their mother is. She may be the chief cook and bottle washer, but she is also a girl, married to a boy, who is trying to make the best of this thing called life.

I want to document the experiences that we have together as a family. I take photos, I write posts, sometimes I actually get organized and print photos to put into photo albums.  I only have three small photo albums that document the first fourteen years of my life. After that I started taking photos and writing in journals. The entries are horrifyingly embarrassing, but then again so was my hair.

I have been sorting through photos from the summer and realize that there is a lot that went undocumented. Things we did and that I took photos of, that at the time I had a great story in my head to write about. Days and weeks have gone by and the stories remain untold.

At first I was a little disappointed in myself. If I don’t document the things we do it might be like they did not happen. The memories will fade to a hazy blur of sunshine and water, of sandboxes and tunnels, of love and laughter.

That actually sounds kind of nice.

For while I do want to document our lives, there are limits. It is impossible to hold on to every memory. I came to the realization that I would much rather be too busy living life than to record it all.

This is not to say that I will not still tell the stories of days at the beach, of trips down dusty logging roads to visit secret campsites, of standing on top of a large dam. I might still do that when the snow has blanketed our house and I need to remember the warmth of summer. Or I may not. I may just print the photos and sit with the kids as we pore over our albums. It is one of their favourite things to do.

As I look through the photos I have taken this past week it seems as though there is no exciting story to be told. The summer sun has been back and the afternoons have been toasty. After dinner we head back outside to revel in the golden light that happens before sunset. We run and we play bocce and we wrestle on the grass that is still green and not covered in snow.


Do you hear Chariots of Fire?

Time to attack Daddy…

How about a smile?

(Matthew usually avoids the camera, so this is a momentous occasion.)

Wait. Someone is missing.

There he is! Emily lost all interest in looking at the camera.

There is no big story, no grand adventure, no drama. Just the five of us enjoying each other and the fading light of summer. Sometimes the blissfully boring needs to be documented as well, don’t you agree?

*Alternate title I considered: If A Bear Poops In The Forest, And Nobody Blogs About It, Is There Still Steam?

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  1. sizzle September 20, 2008 12:40 pm edit

    What a beautiful family. :-)

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  2. witchypoo September 20, 2008 2:07 pm edit

    I love love these images. Only thing missing is the self timer so the photog can squeeze herself in frame with the rest of the family.

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  3. angella September 20, 2008 2:14 pm edit

    Yeah. I need to do that more. Or get someone to take our family photo…

  4. Janssen September 20, 2008 2:51 pm edit

    That alternate title is too funny (and gross :)).

    I’m so envious of your beautiful yard.

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  5. mommyknows September 20, 2008 3:49 pm edit

    HA to the alternate title.

    I feel the same about photos taken and stories not told, but hey … you have to live life, not just blog about it, right?

    Great photos.

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  6. bethany actually September 20, 2008 7:12 pm edit

    I agree 100%. Life is for living; blogging is just a hobby. ;-)

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  7. Kami September 20, 2008 7:26 pm edit

    The alternate title is classic, LOVE it. And you are so right, it’s best to live it rather than kill yourself trying to document it all. Some memories are best left to our imagination, in fact, sometimes they are better that way.


    And yay for the warm days, winter will be here oh too soon or as I like to call it, boot season. Yes, I have a boot fetish. I may own more boots than shoes.

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  8. monstergirlee September 20, 2008 8:35 pm edit

    Beautiful family.
    Wonderful pictures.
    I’m jealous of the nicer weather. I think its all fall all the time from here on out in the Pacific Northwest. Which means Cool Rain. Don’t forget the rain gear and turtle necks when you come down in October.

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  9. Michele September 20, 2008 9:01 pm edit

    Definately! Your kids are never going to have a lack of photos to look at and if “a picture is worth a thousand words” then the photos can speak for themselves! (I do love journaling though – when time allows!)

    My Grandma just passed away in July and we’ve found a couple photo albums that no one remembers seeing before. The pictures are amazing! Even though there is not any stories with them, we can see that she was a beautiful, happy, loving lady!

  10. rachel September 20, 2008 9:40 pm edit

    She looks so pleased with herself :-) Love it.
    The pictures with Matthew and the kids are priceless. I can see him stamped all over them. Now we need pics of you with them so we can compare.

    I have found myself looking at pics from this summer and thinking, damn… I forgot to write this. THank goodness for pics that jog the memory, y’know ;-)

    Great post Angella.

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  11. Hannah September 20, 2008 11:02 pm edit

    Great photos! Blessings on you and your gorgeous family! xox

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  12. The Over-Thinker September 21, 2008 8:19 am edit

    I think you should have alternate titles to all of your posts. The actual title can be lovely and funny (like they always are) and then the asterisk’d one will have to be about poop or farting. Because Mom’s keep it real yo….

    I love the photos–your family is crazy-good-looking by the way.

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  13. angella September 21, 2008 2:16 pm edit

    Another stellar idea from the ever-funny Over-Thinker. I could have some fun with alternate titles…

  14. Mrs. Wilson September 21, 2008 6:20 pm edit

    love it. your family is beautiful!

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  15. Roshan September 22, 2008 8:22 am edit

    “blissfully boring”

    Blissful, yes! Boring, no! Not at all. All I can do is stare at these pics and wonder when am I going to have that. Find my Ms. Right, make her my Mrs. Right and get her knocked up and be a dad. If that makes me boring too, then I happily accept it.

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  16. ali September 22, 2008 10:58 am edit

    who needs exciting stories when you have kids that cute?? ;)

  17. Elaine September 22, 2008 5:30 pm edit

    Angella, I love this post. So simple and sweet and heart-felt.

    Sometimes I get too caught up in documenting everything myself and I have to stop and try to just enjoy life as it’s happening.

    Your family is beautiful! : )

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