personal project \\ six people twelve times \\ 01.10

January notes:

Love this fence. Have taken photos of OTHER people in front of this fence. When we were here playing golf for Anna’s birthday I asked Shane to snap a couple of us in the same spot.

I am not wearing glasses because I was wearing my prescription sunglasses, and I didn’t want yet another shot of me with sunglasses on. (My glasses were in the car – not enough time before dark to grab them.) It feels weird, my glasses-less face, but it is actually growing on me. Are contacts on my horizon?

Drew is obsessed with that grey sweatshirt and wears it every single day. He likes that the sleeves are too long and that they bunch up in his hands. It drives me bonkers having to look at him in it every single day, and although sometimes I gently recommend that he switch it up, I know that this is his way of expressing himself through his clothes. So deeper down, I love it. I can’t wait to watch him through all of the stages of discovery and becoming.

Uniqua is clipped securely to Mckenna’s belt loop. She comes with us everywhere we go. This is the second Uniqua replacement. Mckenna likes to find her shadow in the light and project it into walls.

I am so glad I went with that color when choosing a jacket. I almost went with olive green, but this gold color is so 70’s fantastic.

Right now the kids spend a lot of time playing wii. Nathan is a pure professional when it comes to boxing, bowling, and tennis. All of the kids complain about sore arm muscles after the weekend is over!

Favorite dinner of January was: Beef Biscuits. (I should edit and say my favorite dinner of January. The kids hated them.)

We are all loving the rain and cooler weather. None of us likes being hot. We are complainers in the heat. We all enjoy snuggling into sweatshirts and cardigans and soft fuzzy blankets.

Looking forward to the premiere of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Lightning Thief in theaters. I have started the first book of the series so that I can have something to talk about with Drew. (That was Jeff’s brilliant idea for me.)

Anna has recently gotten into Polly Pockets and HORSES!, but only plays with her toys when she has a friend over. She loves to make a bath or swimming pool for them in the bathroom sink. She also loves dressing and doing the hair of her American Doll.

Jeff downloaded the latest Offspring album, and although it isn’t always my cup of tea, it is definitely on major rotation and getting lots of requests from the kids. (Half-Truism and Kristy, Are You Doin’ Okay? are favorites.)

Jeff and I are struggling through the aftermath of Mckenna’s surgery. She is almost completely healed, but twice a week occupational therapy appointments along with weekly burn clinic appointments take up a lot of precious energy.

The house is a bit of a mess. A lot of my organizational projects are half-done or not even started. I want to get organized and re-arrange/re-decorate pronto!


Okay so here’s the deal. I love seeing photos of all six of us together, but for obvious reasons that rarely happens.

Was talking to a friend about this problem, and I thought of a great idea. IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF.

Once a month, I am going to organize a family self portrait. Hand held, self timer, or grab someone else to take it.

Whatever. JUST DO IT. Just to have it.

Because I can, and I should!

I don’t think once a month is too overwhelming. Not even for this procrastinator. I am pretty sure I can do this. I am going to let the kids get in on it too, and maybe have them plan a shot or two if they want.

When I share the photo(s) of the month, I am also going to jot down some things that are going on with our family at that time. And then at the end of the year, put it together in a book.

I would love for you to join me.



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  1. Great idea! I have a monthly email with my three sisters in law and we do it for just the kids. I think it’s a fantastic idea to do a family portrait once monthly! Don’t know why I didn’t think of that…I’m definitely in.

  2. We do once a year self timer portraits at the place Joe asked me to marry him. The kids LOVE to race to the camera to look at the screen to see what it looks like after every single shot. And someone always asks if we would like them to just take our picture… NO! Have fun:)

  3. I love the idea of having a monthly family photo shoot. Sometimes we get so busy in our everyday life and forget what matters most! I am soo going to join you with this great idea. By the way I LOVE your images they are amazing!!

  4. you’re awesome!
    what a GREAT idea. I am GAME for sure.
    …I used USED to have a goal to snap a photo of me and my little monkey – Liv Kate every week. …then every month.
    LOVE this idea.
    ps. Cute photos. The middle is my fav. ;)

  5. omg i love it. such a fantastic idea. i tried the “one photo a day for a month” thing and failed miserably. “one photo a month and a few footnotes” = doable. thanks for the idea and i love your 70’s fantastic jacket too!

  6. I LOVE the idea. It’s so sad to look at my family pictures. It’s like I’m not even part of the family. I’m afraid my kids will look at our pictures in the future and think that I was never there for their soccer games, and school parties, Christmas… I was the one taking the pictures!

  7. do it while you can, my friend. my babes are all 8 years apart… we have only one left in our nest… the others are 29 and 20 and already involved in lives of their own. how i wish i’d thought of this years ago… :)

  8. oh, Tara.. this is such a fantastic idea! I need to take more pics of my kids & especially of me with them. AND I need to write more stuff about them & us as a family. Thank you for the awesome inspiration!

  9. I saw the idea (and link) on Sara Jansen’s blog and I love it! I NEED to. If I had lost any of my children or husband in our house fire on Christmas, what a priceless thing a full FAMILY photo would have been. Even now, I wish we had taken one recently in our sweet house that we miss so much. I’ll be joining you!

  10. Im in!!!!! For months now I have wanted to get out and take more pictures of our family, and practice taking portraits. We have so FEW family photos with ALL of us together, but I never get around to taking them. And I LOVE the idea of documenting what is going on with the family at that moment too.. So many little details get lost over time. What am awesome family heirloom that can turn out to be! And it may be just the kick I need to get a personal blog up and running.

  11. 1. I was so behind on your blog… EEKS! 2. seeing you without your glasses REALLY shows how much your kids look like you… especially Nathan :) 3. I like you glasses-less! Though, I like you with glasses, toe.. either way, beautiful. 4. Love your idea.. can’t wait to see what team Whitney come up with… 5. and now I’m fully caught up! Thank you for sharing your life with the rest of us… I love the way you write and share…

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